Who is a Dasyu? Kalidasa and Rig Veda explain! (Post No.3982)

Research article Written by London Swaminathan

 

Date: 8 June 2017

 

Time uploaded in London- 11-00 am

 

Post No. 3982

 

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Dasyu means a thief; but foreign ‘thieves’ who translated the Hindu Vedas wrote that Dasyu mean an aborigine- a deliberate distortion. In every community, there are thieves and we can find them even in all the scriptures. We have poems about robbers and thieves in Sangam Tamil literature. Some words gain wrong meaning in course of time. We have several caste names (Pariahs and Kallars) in Tamil literature which have earned wrong connotation in course of time. But nobody bothered about them.

English newspapers around the world use the Tamil word ‘PARIAH’ everyday with wrong connotation, which originally meant a drummer or an announcer. Countries and leaders are described as International Pariah in English newspapers and TV stations every day. The new meaning the English dictionaries give is AN UNTOUCHABLE!

 

Tamils were the only race in the world who fought among themselves for at least 1500 years according to Tamil literature and Tamil inscriptions. But nobody divided them on racial lines. The Chera, Choza, Pandya kings fought with each other for 1500 years continuously, killed one another, detained their women and made ropes out of their hair to pull their Victorious Chariots. The Tamil poets praised the kings as great heroes. The poets also say that they burnt the palaces of other Tamil kings and razed it to ground and ploughed it with donkeys just to insult the defeated Tamil king. The Sangam Tamil poets sang about rivers of blood as well. Even though the Tamil kings claimed different origins the foreigners never attributed any race into it.

 

But foreigners who wanted to divide the Hindus, deliberately divided the Hindu community into two : Aryan and Dravidian which are not found in Tamil or Sanskrit literature. Though we have the word Aryan in Sangam Tamil literature  and Arya in the Rig Veda, the meaning is ‘cultured’, ‘civilized’ or ‘saints in the Himalayas’. There is no racial division or connotation. But from the days of Max Mullers and Caldwells, they coloured the word with racial paint.

Dasyu in Kalidasa

In the Sakuntala drama, Sarngarava in his anger accused the king Dusyanta as a thief. It is because the king married Sakuntala secretly and abandoned her. When she was sent back to the king, the simile Kalidasa used was that sending the stolen property to a thief himself! The word Kalidasa used is DASYU for thief (Act 5-21)

 

Dasyu in Rigveda

In the Vedic Index, Keith and Macdonell say,

“Dasyu, a word of somewhat of doubtful origin, is in many passages of the Rig Veda, clearly applied to superhuman enemies. On the other hand, there are several passages in which human foes, probably the aborigines, are thus designated.

Dasyus are described as

God Hating (a-devayu) 8-70-11

Not sacrificing (a-yajvan) 4-16-9

Devoid of rites ( a karman); RV 10-22-8

Lawless (a vrata)

Addicted to strange vows (anya vrata) 8-70-11

Reviling the Gods (deva piyuu) AV 12-1-37

It is impossible in all cases to be certain that people are meant.

No clans of dasyus are mentioned;

Indra is Dasyu-hatya (killer of dasyus); but never mentioned as Dasa hatya. This means Indra was against criminals, thieves, robbers etc but not against people.

It is like later inscriptions describing Hindu kings as ‘parantapa’ scorcher of the enemies (Bhagavd Gita)

 

In one passage of the Rig Veda they were described as A-nas(RV 5-29-10); some wrongly translated this as nose less and attributed to Dravidians; Dravidians have big noses! As far as we know only the Japanese have small noses; some foreigners translated it as faceless, broken nose.

When the Rig Veda described them in one place as ‘Mrdhra vac’, they translated it as ‘stammering, unintelligible speech!’

Actually Sangam Tamil literature describe the Yavanas (Romans, Greeks and Arabs) as people of harsh speech; Tamil literature describe the shepherds as Kallaa Idaiyar ( rude, uneducated, uncultured etc). No one attributed any race or aborigine element into it.

 

Every scripture or every literature has such words to describe the enemies from their own clan or from the opposite sides.

 

In Iran there is a province with the name Dasyu!. What they meant was it was an enemy country. We can call Pakistan and China as Dasyus today. England which fought 1000 year war with France would have called them Dasyu!.

When Cumuri, Sambara and Susna fought Indra they were described as Dasyu, meaning ‘a brutal enemy’.

 

In the Aitareya Brahmana it meant uncivilized people.

In short Dasyu meant hostile, uneducated, uncultured thieves and robbers. These types of people are found in every scripture and  every ancient book. But only in Hindu scriptures they were coloured by foreigners as aborigines or Dravidians. A deliberate distortion with an ulterior motive. Marxists and Dravidian politicians spread the distorted version to laymen for their own political gains.

It is Hindus’ primary duty to translate the Vedas  properly and rewrite Indian History.

–subham–

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