OLDEST HISTORIAN IN THE WORLD; RIG VEDA REVEALS-1 (Post No.9650)

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Post No. 9650

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OLDEST HISTORIAN IN THE WORLD; RIG VEDA REVEALS-1 (Post No.9650)

EVERYONE MUST READ AT LEAST  ONE HYMN IN THE RIG VEDA. IT IS IN THE FIRST MANDALA, HYMN 112. IT LISTS ALL THE MIRACLES THAT HAPPENED BEFORE 3150 BCE AND ALL THE HISTORICAL ANECDOTES. SO THE POET-SEER  KUTSA ANGIRAS IS THE OLDEST HISTORIAN .NEITHER HERODOTUS NOR BERORUS NOR KALHANA OF RAJA TARANGINI COULD CLAIM THIS TITLE.

IT HAS NOT ONLY HISTORICAL DETAILS BUT ALSO SCIENTIFIC DETAILS SUCH AS THE ECLIPSE AND EARTH QUAKES!

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RIGVEDA 1-112- 1 TO 25

HYMN 1-112 HAS 25 MANTRAS OR STANZAS, ONE OF THE LONGEST IN THIS MANDALA (BOOK)

Rishi /Kavi/Seer/Poet Kutsa Angirasa address this hymn to the oldest Twins in the world ‘Asvini Devas’.

Mantra 1 (RV.1-112-1)

Kutsa Angiras says, let me first salute Heaven and Earth and  Agni/fire god.

O Asvins, come here ! you helped us to get the spoil in the battle with your war cry  .

Mantra 2 , RV.1-112-2

O Asvins, come here!

You help our thoughts to think about more holy acts.

Here is a beautiful line – the hymns are described as ‘AN ELOQUENT CAR’. That is like carpenters make a beautiful chariot by cutting and joining the wooden pieces and decorating it with pearls and gems so do we do construct poems. Tamils also use SOL THER=WORD CHARIOT and SOL THATCHAN= WORD CARPENTER.

Please note the Tamil words ‘thachchan’ and ‘ther’ are Sanskrit words.

Thaksha gives birth to 100s of English words such technology, technical, archi TECT, tactics, tect etc.

‘Ther’ is RATHA inverted, reversed . it is called mirror image of ‘rathe’

Mantra 3

O Asvins, come here.

You, HEROES made the barren cow yield milk.

The word hero is used 1000s of times in the Rig Veda. They not only called the gods heroes, but also prayed for heroic children in 100s of verses.

Here the barren cow/pasu is interpreted as rishi Sayu’s cow.

So we hear one ancient anecdote and even milk is interpreted as Soma rasa/juice.

So we see the first miracle of Asvins, world’s first TWINS here.

Mantra 4

Here Fire God Agni is described as ‘Two Mothered’.

Ancient seers rubbed two sticks and made fire – says the interpreter. 

We get so many words like this which shows Vedic Hindus were highly cultured, imaginative, poetic, eloquent and literate.

According to Sayana, the most often quoted commentator, here Wind god is described as Wanderer and Fire God as his child.

Veda is full of symbolism. Vedic Hindus were highly imaginative. They don’t say anything straight. They themselves sing in one of the hymns GODS LOVE MYSTERIOUS EXPRESSIONS. They are NOT nomadic as described by the 15 Western jokers/translators.

Here comes one word ‘triple lore’. Commentators believe that a saint come poet Kakshivan became a master of 3 things. Western commentator and translator R T Griffith says the ‘passage meaning is uncertain’. Words like ‘uncertain, obscure, not clear, inserted, interpolated, incorrect’ are found throughout Griffith’s Rig Vedic translation. He quotes at least 20 jokers / comedians/ translators of the West; we get beautiful jokes- one person describes a word as a worm, another a devil and third person it may be a deity.

Number symbolism came to Tamil during the period of Siddha poetry. But in the R V ., we see it from the very beginning to the end.

Mantra 5

‘Pushed into well, fallen into well’ – are phrases used by Vedic seers.

Rebha and Vandana are said to have been thrown into wells by the Asuras and Kanva also was thrown into well. Asvins rescued them all. In other passages we come across TRITA thrown into well. Westerners could not understand this phrase. So  they gave this phrase a racial tone. One of the jokers, WILSON, say that the ‘some of the first teachers of Hinduism tried to civilise people and they pushed them into wells. We see lot of jokes like this throughout Vedic translation.

My comments

‘Well’ is ignorance; Asvins helping some people to ‘see light’ is attaining wisdom. Later literature gives stories around this phrase.

But Asvins miracle list includes this as well.

SEA ADVENTURE

Mantra 6

This stanza contains the sea adventure, sea miracle which is quoted very often. We come across huge ships with different descriptions.

There are four anecdotes reported here. And most important of them is Asvins saving Bhujyu. He was son of Tugra and was let in the middle of the sea. At last, Asvins recued them.

This shows Vedic Hindus were great sea farers. Even before Columbus , Magellan and Captain Cook, they travelled to far off islands. It is reported in other stanzas and Ashtadhyayi of Panini and Kalidasa.

In this sixth stanza we come across Antaka, Karkandhu, Vayya who were all rescued by Asvins

Antaka was rescued by Asvins from a lake.

Vayya is referred to in RV 2-13; 4-19-6

MY COMMENTS

‘YYA’, ‘AYYA’ ending in several names show Tamil connection or influence.

Madhavayya, Ayyachchaami, Rajayya are common names

So in mantra 6, we come across four personalities with 4 miracles.

Mantra 7

Seventh mantra talks about four more people-

Asvin helped Sucanti ,Atri ,Purukutsa and Prsnigu .

Asvins gave Sucanti wealth and home.

Guarded Purukutsa and Prsnigu.

About Prsnigu and Sucanti nothing more is related.

Atri is referred to in 1-45-3 and 1-51-3  where in it is said he was thrown into a fiery pit by the Asuras .

Asuras throwing seers and poets into a well or a lake or a fire pit is strange. Asuras were described as cannibals in one hymn in the same Mandala. This shows they were barbarians. If we don’t take it literally it may mean different things.

But we have another historic anecdotes to compare it.

One of the greatest Saivite saints Appar alias Tirunavukkarasu was also thrown into fire pit by the greatest of the Pallava Kings Mahendra Varman at the instigation of bad Jains. But Appar enjoyed the burning lime kiln as a ‘cool pond in summer’ due to Lord Shiva’s grace. This is one of the miracles in the life of Appar. So it is possible that Atri also escaped from such a fiery ordeal .

Purukutsa  is referred to in RV 1-63-7.

Indra demolished seven castles in a war to gain victory for Purukutsa. So it is a historical incident.

Foreigners wrote wrong history of India and listed kings only from Buddha period- Sixth Century BCE. According them , India had NO kings from 2500 BCE, beginning of the Indus- Sarasvati Civilization.  When they have listed all the kings of Egyptian, Babylonian and Mayan Kings, they rejected 140 kings names in the Puranas. Even when I got M.A.in history from Madurai Kamaraj University in 1977 , I had to write that false history! What a shame!

Rig Veda lists lot of personalities. Most of them were kings or Priest Kings. We must include those kings and 140 generations of Solar Dynasty. Apart from this , there is Lunar dynasty as well.

About two of the above four names in the seventh mantra we do not know anything else.

There are Ten Mandalas/Books in the Rig Veda with over 1000 hymns and in those we have over 10,000 mantras!

I am dealing with only one hymn with 25 mantras.

(All the Rig Vedic verses are available free of cost in the websites; both in English and Sanskrit; I will give the full verse at the end of this essay)

To be continued ………………………….

tags- RV 1-112, History, Oldest, Historian

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