Pinnacles of India’s Past: Selections from the Ṛgveda by Walter H. Maurer

By Walter H. Maurer

The Ṛgveda is the oldest of the books that contain the scriptures of Hinduism. whereas its age can't be thoroughly decided, it may be acknowledged with average walk in the park that it should have existed in its current shape no less than as early as a thousand BC. It involves 1,028 hymns, prepared, in response to the shape within which the Ṛgveda has been transmitted, in ten divisions, referred to as maṇḍalas. This quantity involves a range of hymns, translated into English and annotated, in addition to brief introductions to the Ṛgveda as a complete and the various topics round which the chosen hymns are grouped, a bibliography, and an index.

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Through his power, when he has been kindled, through his greatness, brilliance illuminated earth and heaven. 3. Of him sparkling are the lustres, ageless of him, who is of goodly appearance, goodly countenance, goodly splendor: the lustres of Agni, producer of light, shimmer like the irridescence of rivers by night, not slumbering, ageless. 4. The all-knower, whom the Bhrgus placed in the navel of the earth, of the world, through their greatness - do stimulate that Agni with hymns of praise in his own abode, who alone rules over wealth like Varuna.

He slew the serpent reclining on the mountain. Tvastr fashioned for him the resounding thunderbolt. Running like lowing cows, the waters went quickly down to the sea. 3. Desiring manly strength, he chose the Soma: he drank of the extract in three brown vessels. Maghavan took his missile, the thunderbolt, slew him, the first-born of serpents. 4. When, Indra, you slew the first-born of serpents and then reduced to naught the wiles of the wily, causing to be born the sun, the heaven and the dawn, since then you have found no enemy at all.

Shy': The translation is uncertain; most render by 'unsmiling,' the appropriateness of which seems even less evident. 'rays': This word is not actually expressed, but has been supplied from the context, as in stanza 14 ('ever shining with undimmed rays'). ' 'garmented in ghee': Said several times of Agni, with reference to the generous quantity of ghee that is poured on him as the sacrificial fire. 5. 'Three women wish to bestow food upon him': By this are probably meant the Waters in the three worlds, viz.

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