Those who know that are indeed here assembled”, RV (1.164.39). 3 1. Mitra stands for the force that calls men to activity and sustains earth and sky. derived from "ṛta". Of course, I have not read all of them. उप॑ त्वाग्ने दि॒वेदि॑वे॒ दोषा॑वस्तर्धि॒या व॒यम्। नमो॒ भर॑न्त॒ एम॑सि॥७॥ This is valid in Sanskrit and there is no doubt about it. If I had written: "Veda consisting of verses recited in praise of deities", the title would have been more exact perhaps, but too long, wouldn't it? click on the number to quickly reach my explanation and click on the arrow icon to return to the exact position where you were reading. ), but this is not the case as the phrase reads: "tau ā yātam upa". On the other hand, Varuṇa is one of the most important deities in Ṛgveda. The philosopher’s business is to look at a proposition, recognize its components and understand the relationship between the components, which gives force to the proposition. Oh heroes (narā), (come) soon (makṣū) (and) willingly (itthā dhiyā)17 !||6||, I invoke (huve)18  Mitra (mitram), whose strength of will (dakṣam)19  (is) pure (pūta), and (ca) Varuṇa (varuṇam), destroyer and devourer of enemies (riśādasam). 7  "Acchā" is an "avyaya" or "indeclinable" (i.e. At present (December 2004), I have not taught you Perfect and Aorist Tenses in depth, but I promise that I will reduce the quantity of hard-boiled eggs you will have to swallow to... say... twenty, hehe. when Visarga is before "p" or "t"... be warned then). In this view, as explained by us, there is no contradiction inconsistency between the eternality of the Veda and the authorship of the rişhi. The same thing is true to the rest of deities. About: Hinduwebsite.com provides original and scholarly information about Hinduism and related religions, society and culture.We promote tolerance and the highest ideals reflected in these cultures. They contain no jokes to alleviate a little the poor scholar (or a simple victim like me) studying the rule number 70,000,001 and, of course, the respective exceptions which are about 140,000,002, i.e. The vision need not be couched in philosophical language. Seer: Madhucchandā Vaiśvāmitraḥ    -    Meter: Gāyatrī    -    Deities: Vāyu, the god of the wind 1-31 ; Anyway, as I said above, the term "sutānām" (of the libations de Soma --three or more--) may distract a translator and force him to make a mistake. Back of the book To have a happy and blissful life, we need many felicities or powers such as the power of will, fortitude, quietude etc. it seems that I will have to stop using the pretext "because it is a mere explanatory note", hehe). This contact with the supra-physical world endows the person, who sees, with a certain power the intensity of which depends on the person. is a rare form of Imperative 2nd Person sing. All the four stages of Speech are known to the rişhi, one who has control of mind, who is consecrated in the secret and inmost parts of his being, not to any other. Rigveda Mantra -1 MP3 Song by Dr. Balaji Tambe from the Sanskrit movie Feminine Balance. The Universal … Like painting or sculpture, poetry appeals to the spirit of man through significant images. It does not depend (for its existence) on the seer; on the other hand, the perception of the mantra is possible because of it. 4  "Soma" is a juice prepared from "Somā" (a sacred plant). Griffith English translation of the Rig Veda. Here I chose "may (one) obtain", but in the stanza 2, I preferred to translate "vakṣati" (Subjunctive 3rd person sing. They are to be approached through yoga with self-control and skill, understanding, general knowledge and above all tapasyā” BD (7. The whole of the Rigveda-Samhita is in form of verses, known as Rik. "suta"), but "pressed, extracted", from the root "su" (to press, extract). The Vedic poet (kavi ) makes us see the vision which he has experienced. But the secret sense, as stated earlier, is dependent on the meaning of the symbols. Nevertheless, to the composer of the Vedic hymn it was only a help, a means for his progress and a help for others. 54 Veda Mantras Sanskrit . 6  This is the Subjunctive Mood 3rd person sing. Uktha-s are recited verses of praise. Anyway, when they are joined together, and "dhī" is in Instrumental case, singular number (i.e. In this case, it should be interpreted as "son of Viśvāmitra", of course. Keep this in mind, please. November 11, 2020. Finally, "svastaye" (for well-being and success) is the dative case of "svasti" (well-being, success, etc.). Sa na̍ḥ pi̱teva̍ sū̱nave'gne̍ sūpāya̱no bha̍va| Saca̍svā naḥ sva̱staye̍||9||, | And now the first set of eight lessons begins |, Seer: Madhucchandā Vaiśvāmitraḥ1     -    Meter: Gāyatrī2     -    Deity: Agni, the god of fire3, Om̐ (om̐) - I praise (īḻe) Agni, the god of fire (agnim), (who is) the family priest (purohitam), the divine (devam) priest (ṛtvijam) of the yajña or ritual of worship (yajñasya)4 , (as well as the priest known as) Hotā (hotārām)5 , (and who) distributes great riches (ratna-dhātamam)||1||, The god of fire (agniḥ) (is) worthy of being praised and solicited (īḍyaḥ) by (both) the former (pūrvebhiḥ) Seers (ṛṣibhiḥ) and (uta) the present ones (nūtanaiḥ). This is an experimental Sanskrit version of the Rig Veda; each verse occupies a separate file and is encoded in UTF-8 Unicode Devanagari and standard romanization. Listen (śrudhī) to (our) invocation (havam)5 !||1||, Oh god of the wind (vāyo), the invokers (jaritāraḥ) (or) knowers (vidaḥ) of the (proper) sacrificial day (ahar), who have extracted the Soma and offered a libation of it (to you) (sutasomāḥ)6 , address (jarante) you (tvām acchā)7  by means of recited verses of praise (ukthebhiḥ)8 !||2||, Oh god of the wind (vāyo), your (tava) speech (dhenā)9 , the instrument (you use) to come in contact (prapṛñcatī)10 , goes (jigāti) toward one who honors and serves the gods (dāśuṣe)11 ! Thus, "aśnavat" might be translated as "let (oneself) obtain! In my opinion, a higher grammar should not be synonymous with an antididactical and boring one, such as those I have read so far. Note that Vedic Subjunctive may have various senses according to the context: exhortation, present, future, hypothesis, etc. A mantra is potent with a certain power. Granted, there are more rules governing over the use of enclitic particles such as "nas", but I am sure you will not want to know them for now, hehe... oh my God! वाय॒विन्द्र॑श्च चेतथः सु॒तानां॑ वाजिनीवसू। तावा या॑त॒मुप॑ द्र॒वत्॥५॥ Thus there are four stations or steps of the vāk, Speech, that sets out from the supreme station of Unmoving. and not "let them both come near" (ā yātām upa) --Note as "yātam" changed to "yātām"--. It is an ancient belief that the mantra is an extraordinary meaning of achieving all the ends of life. Ah, a last thing!, "hava" does not mean here "oblation or sacrifice" as usual, but "invocation or calling", and the accent is placed on the first "a" as follows: "hava". 2  Indra and Vāyu are generally associated with each other. The meaning of the mantra may not be very high to our ordinary view, the language of the mantra may not be of a very high splendour, the idea suggested may not be very deep and its metrical diction may not be strikingly rhythmic. Yada̱ṅga da̱śuṣe̱ tvamagne̍ bha̱draṁ ka̍ri̱ṣyasi̍| Tavettatsa̱tyama̍ṅgiraḥ||6|| “He is like a God worthy of praise in heaven even by the Gods, who is pure and studies the Veda with knowledge of the Gods and the mantra” (133). The priests in a yajña or ritual of worship prepare libations (i.e. It is not permissible, for this reason, to class Vedic hymns with poetry of a literary and aesthetic kind. । अथ प्रथमं मण्डलम्। It is plunged first into our intuitive depths and emerges imperfectly to be shaped by the poetic feeling and intelligences. “O Virūpa, by the eternal word give now the impulse of the high laud to the Luminous One”. Ah, a last thing: the numbers 1-3 indicate that Vāyu will be the object of praise in the stanzas 1 to 3. Read the Declension documents for more information about cases (accusative, dative and so forth). They believed that outer results could be produced by inner means and that thought and word could be so used as to bring about the realizations of every kind. We do not say that all the seers lived at the same time, led the same identical inner life and perceived the mantrās. OK, enough of all these grammatical subtleties. As a mere example, if you use the translation "water" for "ṛta" in "ṛtaspṛśā", the meaning would be "oh, both of you who touch water". Ṛ̱tena̍ mitrāvaruṇāvṛtāvṛdhāvṛtaspṛśā| Kratuṁ̍ bṛhanta̍māśāthe||8|| Rigveda translation of "Vedic Experience" By Professor Raimon Panikkar - one of the finest translations into English. Hence the translation "we come" and not "we go" (īmasi), as the particle "ā" there reverses the sense of the root "ī" (to go). the juice from the plant) and offer a libation of it". There are really three lines containing 8 syllables each. It is no wonder that to those who look only at the outer garb or who follow the western scholars the rişhis present a picture of simple idiocy. He is that which is possessed of the quality of heat and color in all orders of life. 11  "Upa... emasi" may also be translated "we come to", but I preferred the meaning "we come near " as "upa" denotes specially "nearness". Now, I may also take the root "dhā" as "only" meaning "to support" and "to bestow" in this particular context. Good Ṛgvedic joke, rookie translator! Thus, the phrase "dhiyaṁ ghṛtācīṁ sādhantā" would mean "(These two gods) accomplish (sādhantā) the act (dhiyam) of shedding (acīm) water (ghṛta)". Perfect Tense is pretty generally not used in Classic Sanskrit... thank God! Additionally, I added "heroic" in parentheses to the phrase because another meaning of the word "vīra" is "hero". Even Sāyaņa’s commentary on the rik agrees with this. 17  "Narā" is the Vocative case, dual number, of "nṛ" (man, hero, etc.). Well, you expect that the Vedic form is different... and yes, it is different. The term "Kampa" literally means "tremulous or thrilling pronunciation", i.e. the Sun). 2  "Gāyatrī" is a meter consisting of 24 syllables "generally" arranged in a triplet of 8 syllables each. 12  The word "dhī" means many things: prayer, thought, understanding, wisdom, etc. Here the word Veda signifies primarily the mantra. In the human being he is the vital energy or Prāṇa. This should be clear to all diligent students of the symbolic and esoteric meaning of the Veda. This seer of the Beyond is also the hearer of the truth; therefore that the poet-seers are truth-hearers, kavayaĥsatya-shrutaĥ is famous in the Veda, RV (5.57.8, 5.58.8, 6.49.6 etc). If you consider that not only the Sanskrit portion but also the transliteration in IAST will occupy thrice more space, you will agree with me that the solution lies in writing all in one line for the sake of making the text more compact. when necessary. I chose to translate "wealth consisting of sons", but both translations are valid. “Agnimeele purohitam” is the first mantra of Rig Veda, the oldest among the four Vedas. It also means "a (Soma) libation". The reciter of mantra experiences the rasa which was enjoyed by the poet-seer (kavi). 3  The devatā is the deity worshipped or praised or simply dealt with in a particular hymn. Ah, well done! (In fact,) it --i.e. Anyway, I will try to dissipate any confusion regarding Subjunctive and the like (e.g. If you got it, remember my previous statements in the future. The word-rhythm of the mantra, which we hear with our physical ears, is only a part of what we hear. प्रथमोऽध्यायः॥ वर्गाः १-३७, ऋषिर्मधुच्छन्दा वैश्वामित्रः - छन्दो गायत्री - देवता अग्निः, ॐ अ॒ग्निमी॑ळे पु॒रोहि॑तं य॒ज्ञस्य॑ दे॒वमृत्विज॑म्। होता॑रं रत्न॒धात॑मम्॥१॥ Anyhow, the information there is vital for a Sanskrit teacher like me. This was one of the first etexts developed for this site. Do you understand me now? * Well, what is that underlined 1 with a vertical line on top of it? According to some authors, the literal meaning of "itthā dhiyā" is: "such is (your) will". It is said that the ‘Veda is an uncommon means of realizing what is desired and warding off what is undesirable’. "dhiyā"), the result is not "thus by thought" or anything like that. 130). Therefore, "sutasomāḥ" should be taken as a Bahuvrīhi compound (See Compounds section) in the sense of: "those who extract the Soma (i.e. The paramam vyoma has been there before the appearance and after the disappearance of the rişhi, the seer of the mantra. It is to be noted that though the sacredness and power of the Vedic mantra lies in its inner and spiritual meaning of the revealed word, it lends itself – even in the outer sense – to users other than sacrificial. 11  "Dāśuṣe" is the Dative case from "dāśvas" (one who honors and serves the gods). Anyhow, try to understand what I said, please, or you will not understand the full purport of the "devatā-s" or deities in Ṛgveda or any other Vedic book. And if you are not... do not worry because this topic is really complex and cannot be fully explained and understood via a mere explanatory note. Thus is it famous that mantrās were not made but were seen by the kavi, the Seer, the satyashrut. 15  This is because "they" ("who" refers to them both, and not only to Indra) drive chariots (or share one) drawn by many horses. Here I took the meaning: "to accompany". Rigveda. He explains the apparent monotony in many places which even lesser minds could easily vary or break by simple or artful devices or common poetical conceits. INTERPRETING RIG VEDA - Rig Veda is the most sacred book of Hinduism. ", but in Ṛgveda it is usually associated with the adjective "dhī" (intelligence, wisdom, thought, understanding, prayer, etc.). Still, Indra is most important in the hierarchy, at least in that one you find in Ṛgveda. The object or meaning on which the rişhis meditated, the purpose for which they led the bodily life, the goal they fixed and established as the aim for the well-being of their followers and posterity, that object or aim the text of the Rig Vedic hymns. He also invoke the gods and thus he is often known as the "invoker". 5  The Hotā priest is mainly in charge of offering the oblations to the fire during the ritual of worship. Anyhow, I preferred to translate "Ṛgveda" in the title as "Veda of Praise" for the sake of simplicity. your speech-- (may be) far-reaching (urūcī) (just) for the sake of drinking (pītaye) Soma (soma)12 !||3||, Oh Indra and Vāyu (indravāyū), come (ā gatam) with dainties (prayobhiḥ)13  near (upa) these two (ime) libations of Soma (sutau)! It carries with it the subtle musical sound-image. It is not that there is no poetical charm or other qualities that we associate with Poetry. Besides, although I have not written any formal commentary on each stanza, I have added my own notes when a more detailed explanation is needed. Himalayan Academy published the 1000-page anthology in a special edition in the West, … Now the outer meaning of the riks can be understood from Sāyaņa’s commentary. This page uses the International Alphabet of Sanskrit Transliteration (IAST) This particular mantra … Besides, "emasi" is really "ā-īmasi". They may be what are called poetical compositions but they are certainly not the kind of literary compositions we are familiar with as described in the section 6 of this chapter. The Mantra is invoked in the first line of above text with the holy sound OM applied to Bhu, Bhuvah and Suvah, respectively representing the gross Physical, the subtle Spiritual and the potential Causal … But here, it means "speech". Mahaa NyaasaH . The Vedic poet was not merely a rhapsodist, not merely a thinker in stanzas, but a seer, who sees the world beyond the physical senses and the surface mind and finds the revealing word. Besides, although I have not written any formal commentary on each stanza, I have added my own notes when a more detailed explanation is needed. So, "tvām acchā" means "to you" or "toward you". There is a rik of Dīrghatamas declaring that the abode of the mantra is the supreme Ether known as akşhara, unmoving, where dwell all the Gods; and for him who knows this not, the riks have no use. English Translation of the Rigveda. Thus the collection (Samhita) of Riks is known as Rigveda-Samhita. In turn, all that is between double hyphen (--...--) constitutes clarifying further information also added by me. 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