SEA IN BRAHMINS’ DAILY PRAYER! (Post No.10,926)

WRITTEN BY LONDON SWAMINATHAN

Post No. 10,926

Date uploaded in London – –    2 MAY   2022         

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I have been writing about Brahmins’ wonderful culture of preserving the past customs. In all the Pujas and religious performances, they do ‘Sankalpa’ (uttering the purpose or aim) in which they say where and when they perform that ritual. Nowadays you need google map to say all these things. But Brahmins, by word of mouth, spread it and did it for a long time. Hindus  must follow five rules to write a mythology and two of them are about History and Geography (Puranam Pancha lakshanam).

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I have been reading a book on Sea in Sanskrit literature written by university scholars. It is very informative, but lacking in practical knowledge of Hindus .

I can compare it to one of my job interviews, where I failed to get the job. I applied for a top post in administration ; when I failed to get the job I asked for feed back of my performance. They informed my manger where I was very weak. I answered all questions except budgeting and finance. The reason being I never did this in my previous jobs. They tried very hard to get the exact words from me like Budget, Income and Expenditure statement, Balance sheet etc. I never used any of these words in my reply. That reflected my weakness in that area. Once you don’t practise onething it would not come naturally.

Foreigners who commented on Hindu scriptures lacked practical knowledge. Some idiots have been writing for long that Vedic Hindus did not know sea at all. Sindhu meant both river and sea in Sanskrit . But their argument is that Hindus knew only river Sindhu (Indus). If one looks at Tamil or Sanskrit dictionary, one would be amazed to see 20 to 30 meanings for one word. Some meanings may be quite contradictory.

If we apply this argument (i.e Sindhu is river only ) to Tamil literature, then no one can connect Tamils with Indus Valley Civilization. Tamils did not know Indus River or that area 2000 years ago. No where in Tamil Sangam literature we find anything about River Indus; but they sing about the glory of Himalayas and River Ganga. Sangam Period Tamils had no word for heart that pumps blood. You can’t say heart operation in Tamil. That doesn’t mean Tamils did not know heart at all.

In short, we need secondary evidence to support our argument. In the Rig Veda Asvins’ great adventure of rescuing Bhujyu from the sea is repeated by many seers. Sea is known to all Hindus.

But the amazing thing about those several thousand-year-old Vedas is that the Brahmins’ Daily Prayer to Sun called Sandhyavandana has sea in it. They have to do it three times a day depending upon the position of the sun.  They use Vedic mantras to sing about mountains, seas, rivers, and seers in them.  They cant do it without water. That shows that they were not from cold countries. From birth to death, Hindus need water for all the rituals. Westerners from cold countries wear even dirty shoes in the Church. But Hindus never do it. Because their religion emanated in tropical countries, they wash their feet and enter the temple.

Brahmins invoke the Goddess Gayatri from the top of a mountain and ask her to return to the peak after the prayer. In the same way they use the famous simile Akaasaat Patitam Toyam Yathaa Gachchati Sagaram = “like all the rain water that fall from the sky reach the ocean ultimately, let all my prayer should reach You (the God)= Sarva Deva Namaskarah Kesavam Prati Gachati.

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The words used by Kalidasa for SEA in his works are:

Saagara

Samudra

Arnava

Mahaarnva

Udadhi

Mahodadhi

Udanvat

Lavanaambhas

Varunaalaya

Ratnaakara

Amburaasi

Nadiipati

Saritaam pati

There are many other words in later literature.

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The rivers /sindhu flowing into the sea/Samudra are mentioned in the Rigveda many times

Rigveda 6-56-3; 8-92-22; 9-108-16; 9-88-6; 8-44-25; 8-6-4

In the Vedas, Kalidasa and Sangam Tamil literature the rivers are women and the sea is Man; so all the women are going to mingle or meet with the man. Words Saritaampati and Nadipati (sea= Lord of the Rivers) confirm it.

Ancient Tamils follow other things said in the Vedas as well such as Moon=man, Stars= women; Tree=Man, Creepers or climbers=women)

This shows that from Himalayas to Kanyakumri the approach is same for thousands of years.

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Coming back to the knowledge of sea of Vedic Hindus which the Brahmins use it even today, I would like to point out the following mantras:-

1.Aakaasaat patitam toyam yathaa gachchati saagaram, sarva deva namakarah, Kesavam pratigachchati=  Like the water from the sky (as rivers)reach he ocean all the prayers reach Lord Vishnu.

This simile Akaasaat patitam Toyam is in Bhagavad Gita (11-28) and Tamil literature as well.

2.In the Mid Day Prayer these lines are in one of the mantra (aasatyena rajasaa……..)

Ya udagaan mahatornavaad- vibhraaja maanas, sareerasya madhyaath, sa maa vshabhaha lohitaakshaha sooryo vipaschin manasaa punaatu

Meaning

May my mind be fully sanctified by that sun god who confers all wishes, who has red eyes, who knows everything and who rises from the WATERS OF THE OCEAN SHINING IN ALL DIRECTIONS.

The Vedic mantras are intermingled with a Brahmin’s life. He recites the selected mantras from at least three Vedas. In fact, the Gayatri mantra is in all the four Vedas. So one can claim he recites all the four Vedas every day. The sikhara/peak and Samudra, Arnava reflect their knowledge in geography. Though Varuna mantra recited in the daily prayer of a Brahmin doesn’t mention sea, all the Hindus know Varuna is the Lord of the Sea.

MY EARLIER ARTICLES ON SEA

SEA IN KALIDASA & TAMIL LITERATURE

https://tamilandvedas.com › sea-in-ka…

29 Mar 2012 — Tamil poet Paranar said the same thing when he sang that the sea neither shrinks because the clouds drink its waters, nor swells because the …

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14 Apr 2015 — Posts about Sea in Vedas written by Tamil and Vedas. … Sea Travel and Ship and the Rig VedaRig Veda is the oldest book in the world …


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21 Jul 2020 — Tamil word ‘Neer’ for water is in the Rig Veda according to scholars of yester years. This water nymph references blasts their theory and shows …

VEDIC HINDUS DOMINATION OF MIGHTY OCEAN-30 …

https://tamilandvedas.com › 2020/10/31 › vedic-hindus…

31 Oct 2020 — VEDIC HINDUS DOMINATION OF MIGHTY OCEANSEA IN THE RIG VEDA– 30 QUOTATIONS. NOVEMBER 1 SUNDAY. AS RIVERS TO THE OCEAN – 6-36-3.

—subham—

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