BEAUTIFUL SIMILES IN FIRST 25 HYMNS OF RIG VEDA (Post No.9631)

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Post No. 9631

Date uploaded in London – –21 May   2021           

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Rigveda is the oldest book in the world; oldest anthology in the world with over 1000 hymns. According to tradition it was compiled by a blackman called Vyasa. His full name was Mr  Black Islander (Krishna Dvaipayana). He lived in 3150 BCE during the time of the greatest Blackman of India. His name was Mr Black (Krishna). He had a great friend who was the blackest woman of India and her name was Miss Blacky (Krishnaa alias Draupadi). These three black skinned people laid the foundations of Hinduism 5000 years ago. Even if we believe Max Muller and gang still Rig Veda is 3500 years old.

It is amazing to see the similes of highly cultured people. They had very close knit family connections. Their similes are woven around families. There are beautiful similes about wife, father, mother, and brother. Friends were used as similes very often. So much faith in their friends! Gods were called Friends. ‘A friend indeed is a friend in need’ came from this.

Chinese called the foreigners ‘Foreign Devils’ in their language. Greeks called all non- Greeks as ‘barbarian’s. Christians called non -Christians as ‘Pagans’ and Muslims called all non -Muslims ‘Kafirs’. In the same way Vedic Hindus called thieves who stole the cows as Dasyus and Simyus. Kalidasa also called thieves as Dasyus. We see this word umpteen times even in the first 100 hymns which were sung by seers who lived closer to the time of Mr Black (Krishna).

The great Tamil poet who composed Tamil Veda used several Rig Vedic verses or similes in it. That is the reason one contemporary of Tiruvalluvar, author of Tirukkural, called it Tamil Veda. He openly declared now Tamil ALSO has got a Veda. Till then Tamil lacked it.

Simile 1

I am dealing with the First Mandala (book) of the Rig Veda.

1-1-9

‘Be to us easy of approach, even as a father to his son’.

In the very first hymn of the Veda we see the bond between a father and his son. And the wonder is the name of the poet is Mr Honey Verse (Madhu Chandas) and his second name is Mr World friend (Friend of the world= Visva Mitra). These show the high culture of the people. Another great wonder is the very first letter of the oldest book is A for Agni. Lord Krishna in Bhagavad Gita said ‘I am letter A among letters/alhabe’t. Tiruvalluvar who wrote Tamil Veda several thousand years after thew Rig Veda also said  ‘God is like letter A in his very first couplet!’. Jesus also repeated it in the Bible.

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Simile 2

In the third hymn we see a simile of cows happily returning to their cattle sheds.

1-3-8

Ye Viswedevas (all gods) , swift at work, , come hither quickly to the draught as milch kine return to their stalls.

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Simile 3

Here Indra is portrayed as cow.

1-4-1

As good cow to him who milks, we call the doer of fair deeds

To our assistance day by day .

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1-5-1 hymn begins

Hello Comrades! All of you come here and sit down. Let us sing the glory of Indra .

Indra is not one individual. Kanchi Paramacharya (1894-1994) makes it very clear in his talks. Indra may mean King or God.

In 2000-year-old Sngam Tamil literature also God and King are addressed with the same word. God’s temple and King’s palace have the same word.

The beauty of Vedic society is that no individual prays for himself. All sing in a group and pray for all.

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Simile 4

1-7-8

‘Indra drives the people with his might like a bull drives on the herds’.

Vedic Hindus had three great discoveries to their credit.

1.They were the first people who knew the value of cows. In other parts of the world, they were using the milk of donkeys, goats, and camels. Hindus showed the world that cow’s milk is the closest one to mother’s milk. A great invention, until this day it holds good. Nothing can replace cow’s milk. So they gave it the respect given to a mother. They called cow ‘Go Matha!’

what a great discovery!

2.The second discovery is the decimal system. From the very first chapter to the last they speak in terms of 10, 100, 1000, 10,000 and lakhs and crores. This led to all other inventions.

3.The third is the use of horses and wheels. Without which man kind couldn’t made any progress.

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Simile 5

1-10-1

‘The chanters sing about you (Indra), they praise you. The priests have raised you up, O Mr Hundred Deeds( Satakratu) !, like a pole’.

There are various interpretations on this pole.

Some  compare it to acrobats’ bamboo sticks; other compare it to Yupa post or Flag Post.

In the same hymn we see friends.

Hear my words quick. Please accept my songs. Keep my words as close as your friend !

Friendship is lauded throughout the Rig Veda.

Tamil Veda Tirukkural has several chapters on Friendship.

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Simile 6

1-11-1

‘All sacred songs have magnified Indra expansive as the sea’.

Vedic Hindus sailed across the sea frequently. Over 100 hymns have sea in them.

This ‘Like Sea’ is used in several hymns of Sangam Tamil literature. Buddha never mentioned sea because he was travelling inland only.

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Simile 7

Vedic Hindus were nature lovers. There are beautiful descriptions of Dawn personified as a Beautiful Girl, Ushas! Until this day Hindu girls are named as Usha. The English word ‘ushe’r is derived from Ushas.

Birds are flying in the morning. Everyone is going to work; let us raise fire in our altars and praise god –says one hymn. No where in the world we see such a scene in the dawn. This shows all Rig Vedic matters are typical tropical, nothing to do with cold central Asia or Siberia. 100 years ago 15 white skinned western idiots tried to mislead us.

Here beautiful deer simile is used.

1-15-5

Come here Indra, we are singing your praise and pouring libation into fire for you. Drink of it like a stag.

The English word libation is derived from Sanskrit ‘Bali’. Mirror image of which is LIBA.

Deer simile is used in other hymns as well.

Kalidasa, the greatest poet of India describes the natural beauty of Holy Himlayas in the first 15 verses of Kumara Sambhava. Sangam poets who came after Kalidasa of first century BCE use almost all similes from it. One of them is the Kavari Man (used by Tiruvalluvar Kural 969). Oldest verse in the Purananuru by Mudi Nagaraja also sings the glory of Himalayas with holy fire and deer.

In this Rig Vedic hymn ‘Gowra’ is sued for Deer. It is the deer with white tail. In the same way Kavari man of Tiruvalluvar is translated as Yak which is wrong. Yak would not die if the hair were removed. Tiruvalluvar says if the hair is removed Kavariman will die. The kind of Gowra or Kavari maan is probably extinct.

But the simile is simple. O Indra! Come to us like a thirsty Deer.

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Simile 8

1-23-13

‘Like lost animal, drive to us bright Pusan, him who bears up heaven

Resting on many coloured grass’.

Here the lost animal is used as a simile.

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Simile 9 , 10 and 11

1-25- 3

To gain your mercy, Varuna, with hymns we bind your heart, like a charioteer binds the tethered horse

1-25-4

They flee from me dispirited, bent only on obtaining wealth, like the birds fly to their nests

1-25-16

Yearning for the wide-seeing one, my thoughts move onward unto him

As cattle unto their pastures move.

Up to first 25 hymns covered from the first Mandala. There are ten Mandalas/ books in the Rig Veda. Hundreds of similes are in each book

–subham—

tags- Vedic Similes, father son, deer, birds, cows

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