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It is amazing to see the continuity of our customs from the days of the Rig Veda to this day. Not many Hindu scholars noticed or not documented those customs. I don’t expect Western Buffoons to list them because Max Muller gang is not only Anti Hindu but also could not understand many of the customs said in mantras. Most of them including Max Muller never visited India nor seen a true Vedic Hindu.

Rigveda contains over 1000 hymns in which we come across over 10000 mantras . One will be amazed and flabbergasted to see the way the seers address the Gods. I have just finished reading two out of Ten Mandalas(Books) in the Rig Veda.

Let me tell you the points I have noted.

Everyone knows that this is the Oldest Religious Book in the world.

Most of you know that this is the Oldest Anthology in the world. Several thousands of years after the Rigveda, Tamils also made anthologies like this. Tamil books themselves are 2200 years old!!

Most amazing thing in the Vedas is the Mudra or Signature they use in the Rig veda. I used to wonder how come the great Tamil saint Tiru Jnana Sambandar put his name in every decad 1400 years ago and how come 900 years after him the great Carnatic music composer Sri Purandaradasa used the same style and revived it. Many of the hymns in the Veda have the names of the Seers who sang them e.g. Agastya, Grtsamada, Bhargava,Visvamitra. All the Carnatic music composers used the technique. We see Thyagaraja’s name in his Krtis and Guruguha for Muthuswami Dikshitar krtis. Dikshitar used Guru Guha , perhaps following Agastya. He also used Mana’s son and in few his own name ‘Agastya

Before Purandaradasa, Jeyadeva also placed his name in every Ashtapathi. It continued with Kabir Mirabai and the latest Tamil composers of 20th century.

Until this day this Rig Vedic custom is followed.


Dharba Grass

All the Brahmin priests leave the house with a bundle or bunch of Dharba grass. Every Brahmin use it in their day today rituals. As a Brahmin I use it at least once a month. Most amazing thing is the way the Vedic seers used it on the banks of River Yamuna, Ganga, Sindhu and Sarasvati is followed by me in London on the banks of the River Thamasa, that is Thames.

All the Vedic Rishis or seers invoke the gods to sit on the Dharba grass spread before them. I do the same to invoke my departed forefathers every New Moon day what is called Amavasya. Apart from 12 new moon days and 12 first days of every Hindu month, Hindus are supposed to this Tarpana 70 more days. I invoke the departed souls from my father’s side and from my mother’s side in the Dharba grass on a plate. Then we do it with mantras and Sesamum seeds and the water.

So this Dharba grass  business is being continued for several thousands of years.

Amazing thing about this Dharba business is, it is in 2000 year old Sangam Tamil literature too!!


Let me tell you more amazing things. In Carnatic and Hindustani songs we have Pallavi.

Refrain (Pallavi)  is part of the compositions. That is the opening lines or sentences are used after each stanza. This custom or style is started by the Vedic Rishis. Bards like Homer and Sangam age Tamil poets also used refrains. We see it in Bharati’s Tamil poems too.

But the oldest refrains are found in the Rigveda. Some times all the stanzas/ mantras finish with the same word s or lines. Sometimes a particular Rishi finish all his compositions with the same stanza/ Mantra.

The wonder of wonders is like Visvamitra of Rig Veda, Tamil saint, The Boy wonder, Tiru Jnana Sambandar, also composed 11 stanzas and the finishing has the same message like the previous decads. Though we call it decads they have 10+1=11.

Jnana Sambandar, the boy saint, who changed Tamil Nadu completely within 16 years of his life, mentioned Rig Veda in many of his Pathikams / decads. No wonder he followed Visvamitra.

Look at the beauty in his name. Visvamitra means ‘Friend of the World’. And the very first hymn was sung by Madhu chandas which means Mr Honey Poetry or honey poems.

Vedas are full of positive words. They address all the Gods as Friends and address their colleagues Comrades. I don’t know whether there is any Index book that gives the information of the number of times each word is used. They use the similes ‘God please help me like a friend helping another friend’.

‘God please shower me good things like a father showers his love and affection on his children’.

Mother, father, brother, sister, friend and cow and calf are used thousands of times. I don’t find it in Sangam Tamil literature that many times. Even ten fingers are called ‘10 sisters’, because they help you like a sister.

Wonders never stop in the Rig Veda.

To be continued………….

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