DANCE AND MUSIC IN VEDIC SOCIETY (Post No.10,606)

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Post No. 10,606

Date uploaded in London – –    28 JANUARY   2022         

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There are innumerable references to dance and music in the Rig Veda (RV), the oldest book in the world. Music originated in the Samaveda. Over 20 dialogue poems in the Rig Veda show us the dance dramas enacted at the end of Yaga, Yajnas (Fire sacrifices) . The Saptaswaras – 7 notes of music — and different musical instruments are in the Vedas. For a Vedic poet, even the dawn looks like a dancer in the sky.

Dawn is personified as a young beauty. She is well decked like a dancer, appearing in the east (RV 1-92-4)

Atharvana Veda (AV) Bhumisuktam shows us that the Vedic society  led a happy life with dance and music.

Let us continue our review of Bhumi Sukta (Hymn to Earth). We have already covered up to 36 stanzas out of 63 (AV 12-1).

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MY COMMENTS

Look at stanza or Mantra 41

The poet described earth as a place where men dance and sing. But it was a heroic race where the sounds of war drums were also heard. There is no history without war. 2000 year old Tamil Sangam literature described the continuous wars fought between three Tamil Kingdoms- Chera, Choza and Pandya. We read about the great wars in Mahabharata and Ramayana. In fact, no society lived without wars.

But the big difference between Hindu society and other societies is Hindus did only Dharma Yuddha and gave back the kingdoms won, to the original rulers. They accepted only tributes.

Even today at any one time, at least 50 wars are fought in different parts of the world according to Economic Times Annual Survey.

If there is no war, Western society will die. They sell arms and provoke fights. If the countries refuse to give them oil, they bomb them and massacre the leaders under some lame excuse. We saw it in Iraq and Libya recently.

In short, the wars have been there from time immemorial whether it is Egypt or Babylonia or India.

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Mantra/stanza 37

God hating Dasyus are mentioned by the poet. Dasyus mean thieves in Kalidasa’s work. They were not only criminals, they did not worship God as prescribed in the book. We see such people even today in atheistic and Marxist groups. Criminals have no religion or any set of rules.

Mantra 38

All the three Vedas are referred to and the fire sacrifice is praised; we must remember that we read these lines in the fourth Veda known as Atharva Veda.  We see such Yaga scenes even in 2000 year old Sangam Tamil Literature. The Tamil poets praise Choza king for conducting Rajasyua Yagna and Pandya king for erecting Yupa Poles through out his land. Later inscriptions also confirm it. We also read about eagle shaped Yaga Altar of Karikal Cholza. Kalidasa introduces the Pandya king to Princess Indumati as one ‘with wet clothes after the Avabrutha bath/snan of Asva Meda Yagna’.

From Kanyakumari to Kashmir we see the same scenes. Around second century CE, it spread throughout South East Asia.

Mantra 39

Seven Sages are mentioned by the poet. Millions of Brahmins around the world salute the Seven Rishis, thrice a day. Sangam Tamil literature praise the Seven Rishis as worshiped with joined hands (Kai Thozu Ezuvar). 2700 years ago, Panini in his Ashtadhyayi, gave the names of seven rishis in the same order.

Mantra 40

Poet prays for wealth to all the community. Plural ‘US’ is used.

Mantra 41

Please see above dance and music in the society.

Mantra 42

Here we see the description of an agricultural community. This reference to rice and barley in addition to many references in the oldest Rig Veda, smashes the faces of the Max Muller and Marxist gangs who projected Vedic Hindus as nomads. Very next mantra talks about the cities created by Gods.

Manta 43

Variously employed community and Cities created by Devas/gods figure in this stanza. Here we have to look at a word in mantra 39 which describe Rishis as ‘World Building Rishis’. Krishna also confirmed in Bhagavad Gita those certain rishis or seers were equal to him. Seven Rishis were not only progenitors of human race, but also they the one who created essential things. If one reads the history of all ancient cities in India, one will know they are created by Devas/Gods. There is no holy city in India which has no link to a god or a seer.

Bhumi sukta confirmed everything said in the Rig Veda.

There are 20 more stanzas in this beautiful hymn on earth.

To be continued……………………..

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