RIG VEDIC DEMON AND DEITY IN ZOROASTER’S ZEND AVESTA (Post No.10,550)

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Post No. 10,550

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Rig Veda, the oldest book in the world, mentioned a demon by name Druh and a Goddess by name Aramati (araamati). Both are in the Zend Avesta of Parsees (Parsi or Zoroastrians). Not much attention is paid to these references by the scholars for some reason. If more research is done, one can pinpoint the age of Zoroaster.

Zoroaster ‘s period, his birth place and etymology of his name are all in utter confusion. Druh is also found in Atharvana Veda (AV).

Another interesting point would be to analyse it with Druids of Europe and Dravidas of South India.

An A V hymn is punning on the word Hari. If Zora is a corrupted form of Hari as some scholars think, then Zoroaster ‘s name would be Golden Camel or Yellow camel or a horse and camel breeder.

AV-20-30, 31 – (618, 619 SUKTAS)

Word Hari is in poet’s name as well (Varu Sarva Harirva)

Five mantras are in the first hymn. The poet plays with the sound Hri, Hari etc

HRI = TO TAKE

HARYATA = DELIGHTFUL

HARYAN = LOVING, DEAR, DARLING

HARI = HORSE IN TAWNY OR BAY COLOUR

HARIT = GOLDEN, YELLOW; ALSO GREEN

(Dictionary meaning of BAY = REDDISH BROWN; TAWNY= ORANGE BROWN; IN SUN LIGHT GOLDEN COLOUR)

DEVAS AND ASURAS

Zoroaster demonised Devas and glorified Asuras. Rig Veda also praise Asuras and give this epithet to Gods Agni, Varuna and Indra. There is nothing new in it. Later scriptures demonised Asuras completely.

Hindu religion revitalizes itself to suit the times and circumstances. Adi Shankara wiped out the unwanted 90 odd Hindu sects and established Shanmatha- Six Sects or Types of worship.

Ramalinga Swamikal and Narayana Guru and others established new type of worship in Tamil Nadu and Kerala respectively.

In the North, Arya Samaj and Brahma Samaj tried newer things. So do Theosophical society in south and north.

Degrading Lord Shiva

In our own days a great saint Bhakti Vedanta Prabhupada who spread Hare Krishna movement throughout world, for no reason belittled Lord Shiva as Demi God. This is also not new. We find such tendency in the Saivite and Vasihnavite Puranas and the Hymns by Tamil Alvars and Tamil Nayanmras . One degrading the God worshipped by another sect or opposite sect.

Buddhists and Jains also did this. They replaced all Hindu Gods in temples and established their own. Later Hindus reversed it. Sri Lankan Buddhists wiped out the Ramayana traces and symbols in Sri Lanka. Now Sri Lanka government is renewing them for tourist money.

Christians and Muslims destroyed all that looked Pagan and Kafir to them . And yet the customs prevailed in one form or another.

If we look at Zoroaster’s demonising of Devas with this in background, we would understand him better.

Armaiti in Avesta = devotion, love, piety, zeal; one of the Amesha Spenta

(in Vedas we see good and bad things are personified as Goddesses or Demons)

Druj in Avesta = Lie

Drujo Demana= House of Lies/ Hell

Please see the attachments showing Aramati and Druh in RV:

Old Articles written by me:–

Who was Zoroaster? Why Did Parsees ‘Return’ to Gujarat?

https://tamilandvedas.files.wordpress.com › 2013/12

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25 Dec 2013 — reason for Parsees coming back to Gujarat after the persecution by … Their contribution to the development of India was great in all.

Parsee | Tamil and Vedas

https://tamilandvedas.com › tag › parsee

19 Apr 2017 — Why did Parses Return to India, I gave 20 points listed by Dattopant Thengadi and what Kanchi Paramacharya (1894-1994) told us about ..


India- Iran Vedic Connection (Post No.3831) | Tamil and Vedas

https://tamilandvedas.com › 2017/04/19 › india-iran-ve…

19 Apr 2017 — Written by London swaminathan Date: 19 APRIL 2017 Time uploaded in London:- 6-55 am Post No. 3831 Pictures are taken from various sources; …


Iran | Tamil and Vedas

https://tamilandvedas.com › tag › iran

Kanchi Paramacharya (1894-1994) was a great linguistic scholar and he said that word Sourashtra (a region in modern Gujarat of India) gave the word Zoroaster.

tags- Aramati, Druh, in Vedas, in Avesta

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