The Beautiful Poetry of the Vedas (Post No.9473)

Compiled  BY LONDON SWAMINATHAN

Post No. 9473

Date uploaded in London – –9  APRIL  2021     

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( I find Vedic references numbers are wrong )

Indian Express newspaper cutting dated 6-3-1980

The visions of the beauty of life and nature in the Vedas are extremely rich in poetic value. Perhaps, nowhere else in the world has the glory of dawn and sunrise and the silence and the sweetness of nature, received such rich and at the same time such pure expression.

In English literature , only such noblest passages in Shakespeare and Milton, for example, can be cited as a parallel to the best Vedic hymns, in respect of the spontaneity and expression, the power and sweep of rhythm and the subtlety and solemnity of effect. It is surprising to find that the Vedic sages were quite confident about the future of their poetry

Never Forget  This word of thine, O Singer !

Which future generations shall re-echo

— RV 3-33-8

The words of the Vedas have resounded through at least three and a half millennia and we should expect them to be resounded for many more millennia— (Dr. Abinash Chandra Bose).

Indeed, God is seen as the poet who with poetic power has fixed his beauty in the sky – RV

Aye, the poet of poets, the most famous of all

‘Kavim kaveernaam Upamasra vasthamam’

Also the greatest sage among the poets

‘Tvaam aahur vipratamam kaveenaam.’

In Subrahmanya Bharati s words

‘Umai kavithai seykiral’.

Vedic hymns are compared in the Veda itself to streams gushing out of mountains

‘Giribhrajo normayo madanto bruhaspatim abhyakaa anaavan’-

RV10-68-8

The Vedic sage -seer to whom Vaak, the sacred word had revealed her noble form as a loving wife, finely robed, reveals her to her husband, could not but sing –RV10-71-4

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The aspect of Veda as superb poetry, literature, was dealt with Sri A.V.Subrahmanian under the auspices of Rasodaya at the Sanskrit college premises, Mylapore on March 2. He cited the relevant mantras with manifest ease and enjoyment. Some points referred to by him are recalled below,

SWEET NIGHT AND DAY

1.The Vedic age was one of abundant life. The will to live a long and radiant life was strong. This world was the most beloved of all, we must be happy here.

Sweet to the night and

Sweet to the dawns

Sweet the dust of the earth,

Sweet be our father heaven to us.

‘Madhu naktam utoshaso madhumat naathivam rajah madhu dhyaur nah pitas’

2.In the opening mantra of the Rigveda  the deity is hailed as the Supreme donor,

Agnimeele….. hotaaram ratnadhaatamam. Elsewhere the deity is extolled as the best of furtherers— gaatuvittama- the best gladdener— matsarintam, friend, father, fatherliest of fathers—sakhaayo pitaa pitrutamah and a fountain in the desert to the worshipful man.

RATS AND WEAVER

3.During times of care and pain the Supreme deity is prayed to thus realistically—-

As rats eat the weaver’s threads, cares are eating inside me, Oh Almighty God, show Thy mercy on us. Be like a father to us.

Moosho na sisnaa vyadanti Maadhyah sotaaram to mrulayaa adhaa piternava no bhava RV 10-33-3

CHILD AND FATHER

4.Like a child appealing to his father not to leave him and go away, the prayer is made

Stay still O Bountiful One

Don’t go away. I will offer Thee a libation of

Well pressed Soma juice .

With my sweetest song,

I grasp thy garment’s hem as a child grasps his father’s

RV 3-5-2.

RR.

–subham—

Tags- Vedic poetry. Dawn, Rig Veda

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