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Rigveda samhita is a vast book of more than ten thousand verses in ancient Sanskrit. Rigveda is the only scripture among those of all religions in which the wisdom was revealed to the sages. Rigveda is full of spiritual and psychological wisdom and is also magnificent poetry. It is the earliest book to declare that knowledge is infinite like a vast mountain, in which each peak corresponds to one branch of knowledge; they welcomed knowledge from all sources.
This is the first, the central teaching: the central aim, with which accords all the rest in the Veda, is the seeking after the attainment of the Truth, Immortality and Light. There is a Truth higher and deeper than the truth of the outer existence; there is a Light greater and higher than the light of human understanding which comes by extraordinary and transhuman sight and hearing. There is an Immortality towards which the human soul has to rise. We have to find our way to that and get into touch with that Truth and Immortality. We have to be new-born into the truth, to grow in it, to ascend in spirit into the World of Truth and live in it. Such a realisation alone is to pass from mortality to Immortality, to unite with the supreme God-head''.
Here is the second doctrine of the Mystics: there is an inferior truth of this world because it is mixed with much falsehood. There is another higher truth, the Home of Truth "The Truth, the Right, the Vast' as described (taught) in the mantr?s. True knowledge there is termed ?ta-chit, Truth-Consciousness. And there are other worlds. But the highest is the World of Truth and Light. This is the World celebrated as the Svar, the Great Heaven. We have to find the path to this Great Heaven, the path of Truth.
The Rig-veda, the “Veda of Praise,” contains 1,017 hymns, or 10,522 verses, arranged in ten books or mandalas. The first eight mostly contain hymns of praise to the various demigods, such as Indra and Agni. The ninth book deals primarily with the soma ritual, which was the extraction and purification of the juice of the soma herb. The tenth book contains suktas or verses of wisdom and mantras that would cause certain magical effects to take place. The Rig-veda hymns were mainly of praise to the gods that were invoked during the Vedic ceremonies for ensuring immediate material needs. These were chanted by the four priests who conducted the Vedic rituals, namely the hota who calls the gods with the mantras from the Rig-veda; the adhvaryu who performs all the rituals of the ceremony according to the Yajur-veda; the udgata who sings the Sama-veda mantras; and the brahmana who supervises the general ceremony. However, it was usually only the brahmana priests who could be sure of chanting the mantras accurately to produce the desired result. If the mantra was chanted incorrectly by someone who was not qualified, the desired result would not take place and often something undesirable or horrible would happen instead. In the world-journey our life is a battle-field of the powers of Truth, Light and Immortality and the powers of the opposing Darkness.
Rig Veda in English translated
by Ralph T.H. Griffith
The Rig-veda is also a mystical text that contains knowledge in its abstract imagery of what the seers had realized. It has information on yoga, the spinal current and the chakras, as well as the planets and their orbits. Many aspects of this mystical knowledge are also contained in the other Vedas. The Rig-veda is said to have had 21 branches, out of which only two are still available. Much of the Shakal branch is still available, along with the Brahmana and Aranyaka of the Shankhayan branch. The summit of all the mystic teaching is, 'The One Reality' ekam sat, 'That One' tad ekam.
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|Why Read Rig Veda?||An
introduction to Rigveda
|Wisdom of Veda||Rigveda 01|
|Explaining the Gods||Rigveda 02|
|Essence of Veda||Rigveda 03|
|Gods of the Veda||Rigveda 04|
|Deeper Meaning||Rigveda 05|
|Veda Books||Rigveda 06|
|Sandhya Mantras||Rigveda 08|
Rig Veda in English translated by Ralph T.H. Griffith
|Book 1||Rigveda 13|
|Book 2||Rigveda 14|
|Book 3||Rigveda 15|
|Book 4||Rigveda 16|
|Book 5||Rigveda 17|
|Book 6||Rigveda 18|
|Book 7||Rigveda 19|
|Book 8||Rigveda 20|
|Book 9||Rigveda 21|
|Book 10||Rigveda 22|
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|Vedic Scriptures in Sanskrit (Devanagari)||Rigveda 28|
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