Yoga without Religion is Dangerous! (Post No.4026)

Written by London Swaminathan
Date: 26 June 2017
Time uploaded in London- 11-15 am
Post No. 4026

Pictures shown here are taken  by me in Lisbon, Portugal on 25th June 2017; They are taught Yoga by a genuine swamiji Sri Amrta Suryananda Maharaja.

International Yoga day is celebrated on 21st June around the world. Though Jagatguru Amrta Suryananda Maharaja of Lisbon, Portugal proposed this in Bengaluru and got the consent from other famous and popular Yoga Gurus of India in 2011, it is Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India who made it more popular.

 

Yoga is a multibillion dollar business today. But one unfortunate thing about Yoga is that it has been hijacked by bad elements in some parts of the world. They do business with the ‘Yoga seal’ (Mudra). Some of them are moving away from the ideals of yoga. We see Yoga Mudra in Indus seals and Egyptian statues. It originated in India. Buddha who was born as a Hindu followed the traditional Yoga taught by Patanjali and attained wisdom under the Bodhi tree. Both Mudra and Bohi (Peepul tree) are important for the Hindus. Brahmins who recited Vedas used Bodhi sticks (Peepal or Ficus religiosa) for their fire rituals every day and it is seen in Indus seals as well. Brahmins who recited Vedas followed Asana postures during their ‘thrice a day ritual called Sandhya Vandhanam’. Buddha whose first Gurus were Hindus taught him these things. So his famous posture with fingers showing different Mudras became very attractive.

 

From Hindusim it went to Buddhism and now all people have started Yoga schools around the world. They have adapted it to suit their business needs. Nowadays Tom, Dick and Harry and Mary, July and Samantha are running YOGA schools!!!

 

Big exhibitions are held in the Olympia hall in London every year, attracting lot of Yoga businesses. There are umpteen Yoga magazines published around the world. Someone in America started wrestling yoga, another one started selling Yoga beer; in short the word YOGA is misused and abused. There is no central authority to control this. Some religions banned Yoga because it is basically Hindu. Very true. It is Hindus’ property.

 

If some says Yoga has nothing to do with religion, please don’t believe it. It is based on religion. If there is no religion in Yoga and Asanas it will leads to many dangers.

 

Hindu Forum of Europe Discussion

Hindu Forum of Europe held its AGM in Lisbon on 23rd of June 2017. Mr Radj Bhondoe (of Nethrlands) who has done lot of research in this filed spoke on this topic and emphasized that we should create awareness about Yoga. He pointed out Yoga without dharma is just gymnastics. Yoga without religion is just circus.

 

There can be different types of Yoga, different schools of Yoga. There is nothing wrong in it. We can adapt it according to our own needs. It is not possible to use just mats made up of grass in Western countries; we may use Yoga mats made up of recyclable materials. But if someone says that anyone can do Yoga without the traditional controls, it is dangerous.

Yoga is taught with the Yamas and Niyamas, in short physical and mental controls. Without these controls, it will open up a Pandora’s Box –other dangers.

Yoga Murder, Yoga rape, Yoga Robbery!

In the Hindu Forum meeting, I was invited to make some comments on Radj Bhonde’s talk. I readily agreed with him. I pointed out we read several news items about saints and ascetics, Babas and Swamijis involved in Rape, murder and theft cases. I warned that the same thing would happen in this field. If there is no control over our physical and mental behaviour it will be disastrous. We may even hear about Yoga murder, Yoga Rapes, Yoga robberies and Yoga thefts. We must warn all the Hindu organisations to create awareness. We don’t need to insist the slogan ‘Yoga without Hinduism is dangerous’; but we must say ‘Yoga without Dharma is dangerous’. Physical and mental controls are essential for yoga practisioners

 

What I have not told in the Hindu Forum meeting is given below:

 

Sabarimala, the famous pilgrim centre in Kerala, India attracts 20 million pilgrims within a short span of time- just 40 days. In the olden days, only genuine devotees went to have darshan of Sri Ayyappa alias Dharma Sasta. The very word Sasta gave the English word System. It was a disciplined movement at one time. Now it has become a fashion to wear black/blue dhotis or and black shirts with a Tulsi or Rudraksha mala (garland ); after forty days of fasting their behaviours becomes obnoxious. Some even abused the uniform and robbed people or raped women according to newspaper stories. Fortunately, it was not widespread and now under good control. But Ayyappa devotees don’t command the respect they commanded at one time. Some of them are disciplined only for FORTY DAYS or a Mandala. Yoga may go that way if there is no control.

According to my statistics, there are more Non-Hindus practising “yoga” than the Hindus in the western countries. There are more “Yoga”schools run by westerners than Hindus in European countries. A non-vegetarian or a drinker of alcohol can’t be a Yoga practitioner.  Unless they have the body control and mind control, it is just physical exercise they do. Let them do it for their own health. But it is NOT Yoga. Yoga aims to give a long life in a sound body so that the body can be used to reach spiritual heights. Please spread this awareness. Never ever repeat the words “Yoga has nothing to do with religion”. It is religion; religion of Dharma; religion of self control; religion of good qualities (Satva Guna). Let others tell they teach breathing exercises or Postures for flexible body movements. Don’t abuse or misuse the words ‘Yoga’ and ‘Asana’. Hindus living in Western countries must proclaim this to the world.

 

(My sincerer thanks to Radj Bhondoe for bringing up this subject for discussion).

I will write about how genuine Yoga that is spread in Portugal by Swami Amrta Suryananda Maharaja tomorrow; I have just returned from Portugal to London)

 

Mrs Nandini K.Sigla, Indian ambassador to Portugal, is doing Yoga with swamiji’s disciples

–Subham–

 

 

HINDU SPY IN THE SKY (Post No.4021)

Written by London Swaminathan
Date: 21 June 2017
Time uploaded in London- 10-28 am
Post No. 4021
Pictures are taken from various sources such as Face book, Wikipedia and newspapers; thanks.

 

 

“Light giving Varuna! Your piercing glance does scan

In quick succession, all this stirring active world

And penetrates, too the broad ethereal space,

Measuring our days and nights and SPYING OUT all creatures”—Rig Vedic Hymn on Varuna

 

Brahmins who do Sandhyavandanam thrice a day worship Varuna; He is the God of the coastal area according to the oldest Tamil book Tolkappiam; Sangam Tamil verses say that Tamil fishermen worshiped Varuna on sea coast of Tamil Nadu. Varuna is in almost all European and Iranian languages.

 

Max Muller says,

“Varuna is one of the most interesting creations of Hindu mind, because, though we can still perceive the physical background from which he rises, the vast, starry, brilliant expanse above, his features more than those of any other Vedic God have been completely transfigured, and he stands before us as a god who watches over the world, punishes the evil doer, and even forgives the sins of those who implore his pardon”

 

In the Rig Veda an exceedingly high position is ascribed to Varuna. He is Chief of the Adityas – sons of Aditi. They are inviolable, imperishable, eternal beings.

 

Aditi, the great Mother Goddess has twelve sons including Varuna, Mitra, Daksha, Indra and Surya. Varuna is derived from the Sanskrit root ‘var “to cover”. He is therefore god of the heavens covering all things. A mysterious presence, a mysterious power and a mysterious knowledge were all ascribed to him.

He is the one who makes the sun to shine in the heavens; the winds that blow is but his breath; he has hollowed out the channels of the rivers which flow at his command, and he has made the depths of the sea.

 

His ordinances are fixed and unassailable; through their operation the moon walks in brightness, and the stars which appear in the night sky vanish in the day light.

 

The birds flying in the air, the rivers in their sleepless flow, cannot attain a knowledge of his power and wrath. But he knows the flight of the birds in the sky, the course of the far travelling wind, paths of ships on the ocean, and beholds all the secret things that have been, or shall be, done.

He witnesses man’s truth and falsehood.

 

In truth, omniscience is his outstanding attribute. The sun and the thousand stars are his eyes searching out all the passes on earth, from which even darkness cannot hide. When two are in the company, he is the third. He is the god of the serene distant heaven, yet he is not far from any one of us.

 

“His spies descending from the skies glide all this world around;

Their thousand eyes, all scanning, sweep to earth’s remotest bound

Whatever exits in heaven and earth, whatever beyond the skies.,

Before the eyes of Varuna the thing unfolded lies.

The secret winkings all he counts of every mortal eyes

And wields this universal frame as gamester throws his dice!

 

Tamil God

Varuna is one of the Gods mentioned in the oldest Tamil book Tolkappiam. He is portrayed a s a god of the coastal Tamils. Tamil Sangam literature also has a reference to fishermen worshipping Varuna.

 

Mitra and Varuna are always paired in the Vedic hymns. Some people see it as positive and negative forces in the universe. Mitra represents light and Varuna represents night. It is like Shiva and Sakti; both are required for the survival of the universe.

 

Rig Veda (7-86-3/6) has the following prayer:

Be gracious, O mighty God, be gracious. I have sinned through want of power; be gracious.

Seeking to perceive that sin, O Varuna, I inquire: I resort to the wise to ask. The sages will tell me the same; it is Varuna who is angry with you.

What great sin  is it, Varuna, for which you seek to slay your worshipper and friend?

Tell me, O unassailable and self dependent God; and, freed from sin, I shall speedily come to you for adoration.

Release us from the sins of our fathers, and from those which we have committed in our own persons.

O King, loose, like a thief who feeds the cattle, as from the cord a calf, set free Vasistha.

It was not our own will, Varuna, but some seduction which lead us astray – wine anger, dice or thoughtlessness. The stronger perverts the weaker. Even sleep occasions sin.”

 

It is the prayer from the bottom of the heart of a true devotee!

 

Hundreds of hymns in the Vedas praise the mighty Varuna. They all make very interesting reading. The ancient Hindu society knew the general weakness of the human beings.

Perun (Varun) in Slavish Countries.

 

INTERESTING STORY IN YAJUR VEDA

In the Yajur Veda, the following story is narrated of Varuna:_

Varuna is found instructing Bhrigu, one of the Seven Divine Rishis, as to the nature of Brahman, the Supreme Spirit.

Varuna tod the seer: Whence all beings are produced; by which they live when born, towards which they tend, and unto which they pass.

Bhrigu, after meditating in devout contemplation, recognised food to be Brahman; for all things are indeed produced from food; when born they live by food; towards food they tend, they pass into food.

Unsatisfied, however after further meditation, he discovered breath to be Brahman: for all things are indeed produced from breath; when born they live by breath; towards breath they tend; they pass into breath.

Again he sought Brahman in deep meditation, and discovered intellect to be Brahman; for all things are indeed produced from thought; when born they live by thought; towards thought they tend; they pass into thought.

 

Then he went to Varuna and requested him,

“Venerable Father, make known to me Brahman.

Varuna replied, “Inquire by devout contemplation, profound meditation”.

Bhrigu thought deeply and then he knew Ananda (bliss, joy, felicity) to be Brahman; for all things are indeed produced from desire; when born they live by joy; towards happiness they tend; they pass into happiness.

Such is the science taught by Varuna of the origin of things.

 

Hymns to Varuna reach a lofty poetic height because they are rather sombre and inspire reverence and awe in a manner few other Vedic Gods do. As an unwinking watcher of men’s conduct and as judge and punisher he inspires awe and fear- the god who evokes an ethical response.

 

These hymns show that the Vedic Hindus were highly intellectual and reached the pinnacle of civilization. They are not primitive as westerners described. Human psychology is fully reflected in these Vedic poems.

(Bhagavad Gita 3-14 to 3-17 also discuss it)

 

“He instructs the seer Vasistha in mysteries; but his secrets and those of Mitra are not to be revealed to the foolish”

 

(that is why Vedic seers speak in symbolic language; it has hidden meaning; only the enlightened people can read between the lines)

 

“he has a hundred thousand remedies, and is supplicated to show his wide and deep benevolence and drive away evil and sin, to unite sin like a rope and remove it. He is entreated not to steal away, but to prolong life, and to spare the life who daily transgresses his laws. In many places mention is made of the bonds or nooses with which he seizes and punishes transgressors.

 

Amazing Knowledge of the Seas!

“By his wonderful contrivance the rivers pour out their waters into one ocean but never fill it”.

These lines are in the Vedas and Sangam Tamil Literature. Paranar, a Brahmin poet, quoted this in his Tamil Sangam verse.

This shows that the Vedic Hindus had amazing knowledge about the seas and oceans. They talk about thousands of rivers pouring into ocean and yet the seas never cross its shores. This is because of God’s order- Varuna’s orders.

 

All the Hindus use the simile every day at the end of their prayer “Akasat patitam toyam yathaa—– like the rain water that fall from the sky reaches the ocean , all my salutes/pranams go to Kesava”. They knew very well about the thousands of rivers and 7 oceans.

 

All the Tamil Sangam verses and earlier Sanskrit verses, whenever they mentioned earth, they say ‘sea clad earth’. Every second they remembered it. No literature in the world would mention it in all their verses that mentioned earth.

 

Vedic Hindus migrated from India to different parts of the world and spread Hindu values. All the famous rivers and seas around the world have Sanskrit names!

(I have dealt with this in my articles; so I am not going to repeat it)

 

If you get hold of the Vedas, just read the poems/hymns on Varuna! You will be wonderstruck!!!

In Mahabharata and Puranas, we see a different Varuna. ( I will deal with it separately)

 

Source Books:–  four different books on Vedas.

Vedic God Varuna in Oldest Tamil Book | Tamil and Vedas

https://tamilandvedas.com/2013/07/08/vedic-god-varuna-in-oldest-tamil-book/

8 Jul 2013 – Vedic God Varuna in Oldest Tamil Book. East European Slavs worshiped Varu as Perun. Oldest Tamil book Tolkappaiam dated to 1st century …

 

-Subham–

 

Biggest Loss of the Hindus- Wonderful Soma Plant! (Post No.4009)

Written by London Swaminathan
Date: 17 June 2017
Time uploaded in London- 14-50
Post No. 4009
Pictures are taken from various sources such as Face book, Wikipedia and newspapers; thanks.
contact: swami_48@yahoo.com

 

Most wonderful herb in the world is the Soma herb. Hindus must rediscover the Soma plant; it must be somewhere in the Himalayas or beyond the Himalayan Mountains. The whole ninth Mandala of the Rig Veda and the later literature praise it sky high. It has got miraculous effects. Had it been a narcotic drug, Hindus would have replaced it with opium or similar drugs. Had it been identified, foreigners would have made billions of dollars, by bottling the juice for sale. Vedic Hindus knew it; but in the modern times, It is not identified yet and it is not found yet. So Hindus must rediscover it through serious research.

Parsees also praised Soma plant in Zend Avesta. It is unique to Indian sub continent. Since Zoroaster migrated from Saurashtra region of Gujarat, he knew the miraculous properties of the Soma plant (See Kanchi Shankaracharya’s lecture on Zoroaster)

Here is the gist of Ninth Mandala of Rig Veda where 114 hymns praise the Soma herb.

Immortality

The juice of the plant is an immortal draught, which the gods love. Soma, the god in the juice, is said to clothe the naked and heal the sick, though him the blind see, and the lame walk. Many other divine attributes are ascribed to him. He is addressed as a god in the highest strains of veneration. All powers belong to him; all blessings are besought of him as his to bestow.

 

He is said to be divine, immortal and to confer immortality on gods and men. Future happiness is asked from him:

“Place me Oh, Pavamana, in that ever lasting and imperishable world where there is eternal light and glory” -RV 9-113-7

 

Gave God Like Powers

Soma sharpened the sense. Gods, men and angels enjoyed it, especially Indra and Maruts, Yama and the Pitrs/ancestors (This mantra shows it is not alcoholic drink because gods and ancestors are included). The potent juice of the Soma plant which endowed the feeble mortal with god-like powers.

 

The gods bought soma in the eastern direction. Thence he is generally bought in the eastern direction.

Number 17

The Adhvaryu priest draws 17 cups of Soma plant and the Nesthri 17 cups of Sura (alcohol), for to Prajapati belong these two plants, to wit the Soma and Sura – and of these two the Soma is TRUTH, PROSPERITY, LIGHT and the Sura is untruth, misery, darkness.

(This Satapata Brahmana mantra explains the bad effect of alcohol and the good effects of Soma- SB 5-1-2-10/14)

 

Girl and Soma

There are many symbolic stories about Soma which confused and baffled the foreigners; they started blabbering like drunkards when they read these passages!

“King Soma lived among the Gandharvas. The gods and rishis (seers) deliberated as to how the king might be induced to return to them. Vach—the goddess of the speech said—The Ganharvas lust after women. I shall therefore transform myself in to a woman and then you will sell me to them in exchange d for Soma (Aitareya Brahmana)

In the Taittiriya Brahmana, Vach is turned into a woman one year old, and induced to come back again by singing, and hence women love a man who sings”

The meaning is those who have lust cannot have Soma.

 

Such symbolic stories made the foreigners crazy and stated writing rubbish. Their Vedic translations have become a big Joke Book now!

Satapata Brahmana says (3-2-41)

Soma formerly lived in the sky, whilst the gods were on earth. They desired to get it that they employ it in sacrifice. The Gayatri flew to bring it to them (Gayatri is the most powerful mantra found in all the four Vedas, which was discovered by a Non Brahmin; Brahmins recite it three times a day until today). While she was carrying it off, the Gandharva Vibhanasu robbed her of it. The gods became aware of it and knowing the partiality of the Gandharvas for females, they sent a Vach (Word) to get it from them and the word succeeded in doing it.

 

There are hundreds of pages with symbolic mantras like it about Soma. No where in the world a narcotic drug is treated like this. If it is a drug they would have consumed it and the race would have perished. But Vedic civilization is alive today! That is the only civilization alive today from among the ancient civilizations!!

 

Fragrant Flowers!

 

The Soma is a creeping plant, with small white fragrant flowers. It yields a milky juice, which is filtered and mixed with milk. While they press the plants for juice, they recite mantras. They sing the praise of it and pour it in the sacrificial fire. They even named the different vessels and spoons in the Soma sacrifice.

Various accounts are given of the way in which the Soma plant was obtained. Soma plant is brought from the mountains by an eagle, says the scriptures. Some passages say it is with the Gandharvas. Other passages say it is brought from a mountain by sellers. Foreigners bluffed about these things without understanding the hidden meaning.

When Soma was brought to the gods, there was a dispute  as to who should have the first draught. It was decided that a race should be run.; the winner to have first taste. Vayu first reached the goal, Indra came second

 

Soma juice purifies the mind, says a Tamil inscription. Soma Yaga performers were gifted with a white umbrella meaning that person is equal to a king; in those days, only kings and gods can have white umbrella. White umbrella stands for purity, authority and intelligence.

 

Soma also meant Moon. Hindus only connect plants with the moon. Future research will establish this fact and the Hindus would get the credit. So far only sun is linked with the plants because it helps them in photosynthesis.

 

–Subham–

 

Hospitality in Rig Veda and Atharva Veda (Post No.4004)

Written by London Swaminathan
Date: 15 June 2017
Time uploaded in London- 20-49
Post No. 4004
Pictures are taken from various sources such as Face book, Wikipedia and newspapers; thanks.
contact: swami_48@yahoo.com

 

The concept of hospitality is unknown in any ancient civilization except Hindu Civilization. We may have one or two instances in the ancient world, but it was not portrayed a s a virtue there. Rig Veda and Atharva Veda have many hymns on it. Sangam Tamil literature and lature Tirukkural, the Tamil Veda have several verses praising it. Sita and Tamil heroine Kannaki (vide. Tamil epic Silappadikaram) regret that they have lost the opportunity of supporting the guests. Mahabharata and Pancatantra have several stories supporting this virtue.

 

It all started with the Taittiriya Upanishad. The very first day young children as young as seven year old were taught Athithi Devo Bhava (Treat the guests as Gods). Tirukkural has more than ten couplets praising the hospitality. Thiruvalluvar, the author of Tamil Veda Tirukkural, talks about miracles in the fields of the farmers who supports the guests. He says that crops grow on its own without sowing the seeds. He adds that the angels will be waiting in the heaven to welcome such good people. Sangam Tamil book Purananuru says ta the drums started roaring in the heaven as Indra got ready to welcome the Tamil chieftain Ay Andiran; he was a great philanthrophist. The very name Ay Andiran is nothing but the Tamilzed form of AJA INDRA (Indra becomes Andiran, Andrew etc in Taml and English).

The concept of hospitality exploded the theory of Aryan migration and Aryan-Dravidian divisions. 2300 year old Tamil literature and 5000 year old Vedic literature have ample evidence to show that it existed in a vast geographical area – the cultural empire of India, which are divided as 15 countries now. Thousands of customs mentioned in the Vedas are found only in India from Kashmir to Kanyakumari and nowhere else in the world. This shows all these are developed in the course of their living here for thousands of years. This is a severe blow to those who divide the world into Arya and Non Aryans.

 

Another proof for hospitality exists until today in the form of Choutries (Chatrams). From Kashmir to Kanyakumari we see thousands and thousands of FREE BOARDING AND LODGING BUILDINGS. No where in the world we can see such Chatrams (shelters for pilgrims). It is a unique Hindu concept to earn merits/Punya. Thousands of inscriptions from the days of Asoka talk about such free boarding and lodging to all the pilgrims and secular passengers. Several towns and villages in tamil Nadu still have the suffix CHATRAM in their names!

 

No need to sow the Fields!

Now let us look at two couplets from Tirukkural and two hymns from the Vedas:-

The farm of the man wo feeds his guests and eats what is left, will yield crops even though seeds may not be sown (Kural 85)

Having entertained his guests, the man who awaits new guests will be cordially welcomed by the Devas/angels in the Heaven (Kural 86)

 

Guests in the Atharva Veda (15-11)

Rishi- Atharvan

Let him to whose house the Vratya (Pravrajaka) who possesses

this knowledge (of Divine rule) comes as a guest,

rise up of his own accord to meet him and say, Vratya,

where did you stop overnight? Vratya, here is water.

Let them refresh you, Vratya. Whatever you like, let

that be, Vratya; whatever your wish, let that be Vratya,

as you desire, so let it be.

Another Hymn from AV 15-10

So let the King whose house the Vratya  who possesses this knowledge comes as a guest,

honour him as one superior to himself, so that he does not work against the ruling power or the state

From him verily the spiritual power and the ruling power arose.

(according to Apastamba Srauta Sutra, the term Vraatya is to be used in addressing a guest).

Guests in the Rig Veda (10-117)

The Devas have not given hunger to be our death,

even to the well-fed man death comes in many shapes

The wealth of the liberal never wastes away,

he who gives no protection finds no consoler.(1)

 

He who, possessed of food, hardens his heart against

the weak man, craving nourishment, and suffering,

who comes to him for help, though of old he helped him

surely such a one finds no consoler.(2)

 

He is liberal who gives to one who asks for alms

to the distressed man who seeks food, wandering; success comes to him in the challenge of battle

and for future conflicts he makes a friend for him. (3)

 

He is no friend who does not give to a friend

to a comrade who comes imploring for food;

let him leave such a man – his is not a home—

and rather seek a stranger who brings him comfort. (4)

 

Let the rich man satisfy one who seeks help

and let him look upon a longer pathway;

wealth revolves like the wheels of a chariot,

coming now to one, now to another. (5)

 

–Subham–

Did Hindus sacrifice 184 Human beings in Purusamedha Yajna?(Post No.4001)

Research Article Written by London Swaminathan
Date: 14 June 2017
Time uploaded in London- 19-58
Post No. 4001
Pictures are taken from various sources such as Face book, Wikipedia and newspapers; thanks.
contact: swami_48@yahoo.com

 

 

Foreigners happily described the Asvamedha Yajna where a horse was sacrificed by the Kshatriyas, the ruling caste. 200 more animals are also listed by the Yajur Veda as victims in the same Yajna (Fire Sacrifice); but the surprising thing is many animals are not at all identified! Vedas are very old and no one knows the meaning of several words! Another surprise is that the listed animals were not thrown into fire. they were symbolically tied to the post and then released. This came to my notice from a 2000 year old Tamil poem in Akananuru. In a poem about love a simile is used about the tortoise that came from the fire altar.

 

Even if we believe that a horse was killed in that sacrifice, the number of kings who performed Asva medha are under 20 in 5000 years! Many of them are not historical personages! When we compare this with the number of animals killed every minute now and in the ancient times are huge and incomparable.

 

There is another proof in Yajur Veda where paddy grains were sacrificed instead of meat (Satapata Brahmana 1-2-3-7-9). The disciple asked the Guru for the reason. He told him that with the ghee the particles of paddy looked like meat. This is the second proof. And there is one more proof in the Yajur Veda.

The Purusamedha Yajna (Human Sacrifice) Yajna is explained in Vajasaneyi Samhita of YV chapters 30 to  36. There are 184 different human beings doing various jobs and people suffering from diseases are listed. Even a leper is listed in the list of victims. But in the massive Hindu scriptures, there is not a single example of human sacrifice. One instance of a boy tied to a post rescued by Vishvamitra also said that he was not sacrificed.

 

Foreigners kept quite when it came to Purusamedha. The point proved here is that when the Vedas say “victims at a sacrifice”, what they meant was the sacrifice was done for the benefit of all those kinds in the list. Otherwise why should they list a dwarf, a blind, a leper, a lame etc. In fact, the lists show the composition of the Vedic society and the sacrifice was done for the benefit of 184 different kinds of people. No archaeological or inscriptional evidence came to light so far about actual sacrifice. In fact, the various professions received a recognition through this sacrifice.

Sacrifice= Fire ceremony

All other ancient cultures such as Aztec, Egyptian, Babylonian, Chinese have a clear description of such a sacrifice. Even the tribal Khonds did it like the Mayan and the Aztecs.

 

Some examples of unidentified animals and strange victims are given below: –

 

 

Aja-gara (goat-swallower)

It occurs in the Atharva veda and in the list of animas at the Asvamedha as the name of a boa-constrictor. Elsewhere it is called Vahasa. It denotes a person at the snake feast in the Pancavimsa Brahmana (Please note the confusion -person, snake!)

 

Anu-ksatr

This word occurs in the list of victims at the Purusamedha and means, according to Mahidhara, an attendant on the door-keeper and according to Sayana an attendant on the charioteer (The meticulous details show that he was not sacrificed, his welfare was also taken into account).

Abhi-krosaka

This word designates one of the  victims at the Purusamedha, meaning, PERHAPS, herald. The commentator Mahidhara renders it as reviler.

Abhisektr

The sprinkler who sprinkles water on the king during his consecration is also one of the victims!

Purusa Mrga

This means the man wild beast, occurs as a victim in Asvamedha.It is translated as Ape and Man by others. Confusion!

Purusa Hastin

It means the man with a hand. Victim in the Asvamedha. Translated as Ape ( look at the confusion; previous word also translated Ape. God only knows whether apes existed. If they have existed why there is referece in other Hindu scriptures? ( My guess is it is not ape)

Puskara- saada

It means sitting on the lotus. one of the animal victims in the Asvamedha. It is translated as a Bird, a snake, a bee by different authors! Foreigners fantasies.

All these fellows have interpreted Brotherless girls as Prostitutes!

(I have given just some examples. If you read the interpretation of nearly 300 victims in the Asvamedha and 184 victims in the Purusamedha, you will have a good laugh! Their translations are good comedies in English! Please read all about the 484 victims!

Asvamedha= Horse sacrifice

Purusamedha=Human sacrifice.

 

–subham–

 

 

Buddha and Valluvar on Words and Deeds: Great Men Think Alike-3 (Post No.3997)

Buddha and Valluvar on Words and Deeds: Great Men Think Alike-3 (Post No.3997)

 

Written by London Swaminathan
Date: 13 June 2017
Time uploaded in London- 18-06
Post No. 3997
Pictures are taken from various sources such as Face book, Wikipedia and newspapers; thanks.
contact: swami_48@yahoo.com

 

 

(Though I have posted upto part 7, part 3 is missing in the series. So I am posting it today)

 

Valluvar says in Tirukkural on Words and Deeds

It is harmful even to dream of association with friends, whose words and actions are disgracefully different (Kural 819)

Buddha says in Dhammapada

If a man speaks many holy words but he speaks and does not, this thoughtless man cannot enjoy the life of holiness; he is like a cowherd who counts the cows of his master –(Dhammapada 19)

 

All the Hindu scriptures insist if anyone has Tri Karana Suddhi—purity in three: Thoughts, Words and Deeds – then that person can do miracles. It is very easy to write about it or talk about it but very difficult to follow it.

 

Hindu ascetics became great when they practised what they preached and preached only what they practised.

xxxx

 

Valluvar says in Tirukkural on Giving Advice

To give advice is easy for all; but to act according to one’s advice is indeed difficult (Kural 664)

Buddha says in Dhammapada

Let him first find what is right and then he can teach it to others, avoiding thus useless pain.

If he makes himself as good as he tells others to be, then he is in truth can teach others. Difficult indeed is self-control  –(Dhammapada 158,159)

 

xxxx

Valluvar says in Tirukkural on Adultery and Lying

Valluvar deals with adultery in ten couplets in chapter 15. Buddha also deals with it in various places.

Valluvar insists speaking truth in ten couplets. Buddha also speaks about it in several couplets. Since they are considered part of FIVE GREAT SINS (Panca Maha Patakas), they repeat it as many times as possible. We will look at a few couplets:

The Ideal house-holder is who he will not be attracted by the feminine grace of another’s wife (Kural 147)

 

If a man could conduct himself true to his own self he would be in the heart of all in the world (Kural 294)

In all true scriptures, we have known, nothing is praised so highly as truthfulness (300)

(Eg. Harischandra, Rama, Gandhiji)

In the Hindu Gurukula education system, the first thing the child learns is Satyam Vada (speak the truth); Truth alone triumphs is also in the motto of Government of Tamil Nadu and Government of India. It is from the Mundakopanishad)

 

Buddha says in Dhammapada

He who destroy lives

who utters lies

who takes what is not given to him

who goes to the wife of another

who gets drunk with liquor

–he digs up the root of his life (Dhammapada 246,247).

—Subham–

Who is a Dasyu? Kalidasa and Rig Veda explain! (Post No.3982)

Research article Written by London Swaminathan

 

Date: 8 June 2017

 

Time uploaded in London- 11-00 am

 

Post No. 3982

 

Pictures are taken from various sources such as Face book, Wikipedia and newspapers; thanks.

 

contact: swami_48@yahoo.com

 

 

Dasyu means a thief; but foreign ‘thieves’ who translated the Hindu Vedas wrote that Dasyu mean an aborigine- a deliberate distortion. In every community, there are thieves and we can find them even in all the scriptures. We have poems about robbers and thieves in Sangam Tamil literature. Some words gain wrong meaning in course of time. We have several caste names (Pariahs and Kallars) in Tamil literature which have earned wrong connotation in course of time. But nobody bothered about them.

English newspapers around the world use the Tamil word ‘PARIAH’ everyday with wrong connotation, which originally meant a drummer or an announcer. Countries and leaders are described as International Pariah in English newspapers and TV stations every day. The new meaning the English dictionaries give is AN UNTOUCHABLE!

 

Tamils were the only race in the world who fought among themselves for at least 1500 years according to Tamil literature and Tamil inscriptions. But nobody divided them on racial lines. The Chera, Choza, Pandya kings fought with each other for 1500 years continuously, killed one another, detained their women and made ropes out of their hair to pull their Victorious Chariots. The Tamil poets praised the kings as great heroes. The poets also say that they burnt the palaces of other Tamil kings and razed it to ground and ploughed it with donkeys just to insult the defeated Tamil king. The Sangam Tamil poets sang about rivers of blood as well. Even though the Tamil kings claimed different origins the foreigners never attributed any race into it.

 

But foreigners who wanted to divide the Hindus, deliberately divided the Hindu community into two : Aryan and Dravidian which are not found in Tamil or Sanskrit literature. Though we have the word Aryan in Sangam Tamil literature  and Arya in the Rig Veda, the meaning is ‘cultured’, ‘civilized’ or ‘saints in the Himalayas’. There is no racial division or connotation. But from the days of Max Mullers and Caldwells, they coloured the word with racial paint.

Dasyu in Kalidasa

In the Sakuntala drama, Sarngarava in his anger accused the king Dusyanta as a thief. It is because the king married Sakuntala secretly and abandoned her. When she was sent back to the king, the simile Kalidasa used was that sending the stolen property to a thief himself! The word Kalidasa used is DASYU for thief (Act 5-21)

 

Dasyu in Rigveda

In the Vedic Index, Keith and Macdonell say,

“Dasyu, a word of somewhat of doubtful origin, is in many passages of the Rig Veda, clearly applied to superhuman enemies. On the other hand, there are several passages in which human foes, probably the aborigines, are thus designated.

Dasyus are described as

God Hating (a-devayu) 8-70-11

Not sacrificing (a-yajvan) 4-16-9

Devoid of rites ( a karman); RV 10-22-8

Lawless (a vrata)

Addicted to strange vows (anya vrata) 8-70-11

Reviling the Gods (deva piyuu) AV 12-1-37

It is impossible in all cases to be certain that people are meant.

No clans of dasyus are mentioned;

Indra is Dasyu-hatya (killer of dasyus); but never mentioned as Dasa hatya. This means Indra was against criminals, thieves, robbers etc but not against people.

It is like later inscriptions describing Hindu kings as ‘parantapa’ scorcher of the enemies (Bhagavd Gita)

 

In one passage of the Rig Veda they were described as A-nas(RV 5-29-10); some wrongly translated this as nose less and attributed to Dravidians; Dravidians have big noses! As far as we know only the Japanese have small noses; some foreigners translated it as faceless, broken nose.

When the Rig Veda described them in one place as ‘Mrdhra vac’, they translated it as ‘stammering, unintelligible speech!’

Actually Sangam Tamil literature describe the Yavanas (Romans, Greeks and Arabs) as people of harsh speech; Tamil literature describe the shepherds as Kallaa Idaiyar ( rude, uneducated, uncultured etc). No one attributed any race or aborigine element into it.

 

Every scripture or every literature has such words to describe the enemies from their own clan or from the opposite sides.

 

In Iran there is a province with the name Dasyu!. What they meant was it was an enemy country. We can call Pakistan and China as Dasyus today. England which fought 1000 year war with France would have called them Dasyu!.

When Cumuri, Sambara and Susna fought Indra they were described as Dasyu, meaning ‘a brutal enemy’.

 

In the Aitareya Brahmana it meant uncivilized people.

In short Dasyu meant hostile, uneducated, uncultured thieves and robbers. These types of people are found in every scripture and  every ancient book. But only in Hindu scriptures they were coloured by foreigners as aborigines or Dravidians. A deliberate distortion with an ulterior motive. Marxists and Dravidian politicians spread the distorted version to laymen for their own political gains.

It is Hindus’ primary duty to translate the Vedas  properly and rewrite Indian History.

–subham–

WHAT IS IN THE ATHARVA VEDA?- Part 2 (Post No.3977)

Compiled by London Swaminathan

 

Date: 6 June 2017

 

Time uploaded in London- 20-31

 

Post No. 3977

 

Pictures are taken from various sources such as Face book, Wikipedia and newspapers; thanks.

 

contact: swami_48@yahoo.com

 

 

In the first part of this article we learnt about the first ten Kandas (cantos) of the Atharvana Veda. Now let us look at the contents of the last ten Kandas i.e 11 to 20.

 

Book 11

 

This book contains 10 hymns, averaging 31 verses. Hymn 3 is all in prose excepts four lines; it is in praise of offering of rice in boiled milk. Hymn 8 treat the origin of several gods and the creation of man. The last two hymns are incantations for the destruction of enemies.

There is a long hymn addressed to Rudra.

A hymn praises the virtues of Brahmacarya (celibacy)

 

Book 12

 

 

This book contains only 5 hymns, averaging 60 verses. The second is a funeral hymn, taken partly from the Rig Veda 10-18. Hymn 4 and 5, partly in prose, show the sin and danger of robbing Brahmin of his cow.

FAMOUS MOTHERLAND HYMN IS IN THE 12TH BOOK.

Book 13

 

 

This book contains 4 hymns, averaging 47 verses. It is almost entirely devoted to the glorification of Rohita, the Red, a form of fire and of the sun, but distinguished both from these deities.

Book 14

 

 

This book contains only 2 hymns, including 139 verses. It treats of nuptial ceremonies and formulas. The greater part of Hymn 1 is taken, with many changes, from Rig Veda 10-85.

 

Book 15

 

 

This book contains 18 hymns, averaging 10 verses; they are all in prose and foreign authors described them as obscure. The aim seems to be the glorification of the Vratyas or wandering nonconformists.

 

Book of Charms and Talismans

 

Book 16

 

This book contains 9 hymns, averaging10 verses. Some f them are entirely in prose, others partly in prose and partly in poetry. The book consists almost entirely of charms and conjurations for various purposes.

Book 17

 

This book contains only one hymn, including 30 verses. It is a prayer to Indra, identified with Vishnu and the Sun, for the love of gods, men and beasts, general protection and prosperity, with all earthly and heavenly blessings.

 

Book 18

 

This book contains 4 hymns, averaging 70 verses. The subjects are funeral rites and sacrificial offerings to the Fathers, the manes or spirits of the dead. The hymns are composed wholly or in part from the verses in the Rig Veda.

The first hymn begins with a dialogue between Yama and Yamil.

 

Book 19

 

This book contains 72 hymns, averaging 8 verses

Some of them are considered later additions to the original collection. They are not easily understood. The hymns are chiefly prayers and charms for protection and prosperity.

hymn 6, on the mystical sacrifice of Purusha, is taken from Rig Veda 10-90. Hymn 13 is a prayer for victory in battle, is taken from the RV 10-103.

Some hymns are non metrical; Hymn 211 gives in a single line the names of the chief Vedic metres.

Hymn 23, all in prose except one verse, is an address of homage to various portions of the Atharva Veda, classed according to the number of verses.

NAKSHTRAS HYMN IS INCLUDED.

Book 20

This book contains 143 hymns of various lengths. Except for the Kuntapa section (127-136), the hymns are addressed almost exclusively to Indra and generally taken from the Rig Veda.

Kuntapa is said to be the name of 20 organs or glands supposed to be situated in the belly. The section is a strange collection of incantations riddles etc, without any religious character.  With some of them, the gods bewildered the Asuras by their, and so defeated them.

 

–Subham–

WHAT IS IN THE ATHARVA VEDA?- Part 1 (Post No.3973)

Compiled by London Swaminathan

 

Date: 5 June 2017

 

Time uploaded in London- 8-36

 

Post No. 3973

 

Pictures are taken from various sources such as Face book, Wikipedia and newspapers; thanks.

 

contact: swami_48@yahoo.com

 

 

Hindu Vedas are four in number: Rig Veda, Yajur Veda, Sama Veda and Atharva(na) Veda.

One sixth of the Atharva Veda is in prose. One sixth of the hymns are from the Rig Veda.

Atharvan was a seer of remote antiquity. He was credited with the discovery of Fire (Agni). Rig Veda says that Atharvan was the first priest ‘who rubbed Agni (fire) forth’ and who ‘first made the paths by sacrifices’.

 

The collected hymns are also called Atharvangiras or Bhrigvangiras. The meaning is it is a collection of the songs by Atharvan and Angirases and the Songs of Bhrigus and Angirases. From this we know that Angirases and Bhrigus were the families who revealed these hymns.

The Vedic prayers show that Vedic society was a highly developed society with great principles like Peace, Motherland, Mother tongue, Hospitality and general welfare. They pray for unity, general welfare, health, wealth and victory.

 

Since Veda Vyasa was the one who classified four Vedas, we know that it existed at that time 3102 BCE, the beginning of Kaliyuga. But T H Griffith who translated into English says it was a later addition to the vedic collection. Snce Sama Veda and Yajur Veda repeats what is in the Rig Veda, he believed that there are only two ‘original’ Vedas: Rig and Atharvana.

Prof. Whitney also said that it was later than Rig Veda. Prof. Weber and Prof.Max Muller also agree that it was later than the Rig Veda.

 

When Manu and others referred to Trayi Vedas (three Vedas), foreigners were misled and they believed it was not part of the original collection. But the fact of the matter is it is mostly about secular things such as warding off diseases, magical beliefs, using charms, talismans and describing earth, nature etc.

Hindus gave equal respect to Atharvana Veda on par with other three Vedas:

It is called the Brahmin Veda or the Veda of the Brahmin.

In the Gopata Brahmana we have a quote:

“Let a man elect a Hotri who knows the Rich (Rik,Rig), a Adhvarya who knows Yajush, an Udgatri, who knows the Saman and a Brahmin who knows the Atharvangiras.

BRAHMINS’ WEAPON!

 

Manu also says

“Let him use without hesitation the sacred texts revealed by Atharvan and by Angiras; speech indeed, is the weapon of the Brahmin, with it he may slay his enemies”- Manu 11-33

Epics and Puranas always speak of fourfold Vedas.

 

The Athrva Veda Samhita (Collection of Hymns) is divided into 20 Kandas (books or sections). It contains 6000 veses in 760 hymns.

Mystery: Many of the plants mentioned in the Vedas, are not identified. Though we can read about the miraculous properties of those plants, they are not available today, because we don’t know what they are!

BOOK 1

This book contains 35 hymns each averaging four verses. The first hymn is a prayer addressed to Vachaspati (Lord of Speech). Vashospati (Lord of Treasure) is also mentioned in the same hymn. Following prayers are available in this book:

Prayers for increasing one’s learning

Prayers for obtaining victory

Prayers for recovery from illness

Prayer for obtaining blessing from water

Prayer for spreading righteousness

Prayer for the granting of wishes

Prayer for pardoning sins

Prayer for destroying enemies.

 

BOOK 2

36 hymns, averaging five verses each in length. The hymns are of Miscellaneous character.

Prayer for Healing

Jangida Mani Charm made up from Jangida plant

Prayers to Supreme Deity, Agni, Indra

 

BOOK 3

It contains 31 hymns averaging six verses each. Hymn 16 is the morning prayer of great rishi (seer) Vasishtha. It is a verse from the Rig Veda with slight variations; the chief petitions are ‘give us wealth’, ‘may we be rich in men and heroes’.

Prayer for defeating enemies

Prayer for a coronation

Parna mani amulet

Prayer for Unity of the Kingdom

 

BOOK 4

In this book we have 40 hymns, averaging seven verses. Hymn 2 is a very interesting prayer to ‘Who’ (Kah in Sanskrit) It also means Brahma, Prajapati. Egyptians also used the  Kah glyph in Brahmi for God. The Christian Cross also might have been derived from it.

The knowledge of the Brahman

Prayer to Kah = Prajapati= Brahma= Kah(who)= Egyptian Letter for God= Christian Cross

Prayer for purging Poison

BOOK 5

This book contains 31 verses averaging 12 verses. There are some interesting verses here: A curious dialogue between Atharva and Varuna about possessing a wonderful cow. Another is about the abduction of a Brahmin’s wife; two hymns are on the wickedness of oppressing Brahmins. Two hymns are addressed to War Drums to secure success in battle.

Prayer for Victory

The herb Kushta, a medicinal herb

The herb Shilachi/Laksha, a medicinal herb

 

BOOK 6

It is a book about charms with prayers. 142 hymns are in the book with an average length of 3 verses.

Prayer to Savita, Indra.

Prayer for destroying enemies

Prayer for Protection

Prayer for sacrifice

PRAYER FOR PEACE

Prayer for PURGING Snake poison

The Revati herb, a medicinal herb

On wearing Bangles

 

BOOK 7

Book of charms; 118 hymns are in the book.

The Atman

THE MOTHERLAND

Prayer to Sarasvati

THE DEMOCRATIC ASSEMBLY (the Sabha)

THE MOTHER TONGUE

Prayer for a Long Life

Prayer for Marital harmony

A Wife’s Prayer about husband

Prayer to Sarasvati

 

BOOK 8

Though this book contains only 10 hymns, hey average 26 verses each. Health and charms are the subjects. The hymns are about using charms for the restoration of health.

Charm for the recovery of a man who is dying

Prayer to Goddess Virat/Viraj

Prayers for warding off Demons

Exorcism (to drive away the Ghosts)

GUESTS ARE GODS

BOOK 9

This book contains ten hymns on of which is entirely in prose. The longest verse is “ a glorification of the hospitable reception of guests regarded as identical with the sacrifice offered to the Gods. The most famous hymn of Dirgatamas in the Rig Veda 1-164 is repeated here in hymns 9 and 10. It has got enigmatical question. The verse is very famous because it says God is one; they call him with different names.

Famous Honey-lash of the Asvins

Consecration of new houses

Glorification of Cows and Bulls

Proper Reception of the Guests

 

BOOK 10

This book contains 10 hymns averaging 35 verses. One is a glorification of the Supreme deity, under the name of Skambha, considered the Pillar or Support of all existence. Another is in praise of sacred cow.

Famous Kena (from what) hymn

Prayers for fighting demons

Prayers for purging Poison

Prayers to Cows

Sukta describing Brahman

The Support of the Universe (SKAMBA)-AV 10-7

 

(In the second part of this article we will look at a summary of ten more books)

 

to be continued……………….

Q and A on Kali Yuga and Nava Graha Homa (Post No.3968)

Written by London Swaminathan

 

Date: 3 June 2017

 

Time uploaded in London- 21-55

 

Post No. 3968

 

Pictures are taken from various sources such as Face book, Wikipedia and newspapers; thanks.

 

contact: swami_48@yahoo.com

 

 

Sir

 

I came across this article and it says that the kaliyuga will be over by year 2025?

 

how come, if each yuga is 4,300, 3,600,2,400 and 1,200 years each ?

 

so we should have been over with the Kaliyuga

 

or is this the demigod years 360 human years Still it doesn t stand ground

 

thanks

G.D

 

 

Answer:

 

Dear GD,

 

About Yugas there are two different calculations.

One with more zeroes and another with less zeroes.

Whatever it may be, we see for ourselves Kaliyuga now.

 

It will not finish in 2025 unless there is Third World War.

 

I have read an article in Madras Mail in 1970s that Krta Yuga has already begun.

Now it looks ridiculous.

 

We published another book review in Dinamani Kadir (where I worked as Senior Sub Editor for 16 years) that Kalki Avatar would appear in 1985.

Nothing happened. It was written by a Swamiji of a famous Mutt!

 

But let us try to bring Kaliyuga like the great Tamil poet Bharati said.

 

 

Navagraha Homam

 

Navagraha Homa  and Nine types of Wood

 

Question

I have been given a note to buy nine different fuel sticks for the fire sacrifice to propitiate nine planets. I cant identify the nine plants. More over they are not available here. Can you please tell me the nine different woods.

VS

 

Answer

Dear VS’

Nowadays all are available in different parts of the world through courier service. You can google Navagraha Samithu and get the bundle. But please be aware of the import restrictions in your country.

 

Following are the nine types of woodds or fuel sticks in English and Tamil:-

When Hindus do Navagraha Homa ( Fire Sacrifice) to celebrate entering a new house (House warming) or for a long life they sacrifice nine different sticks in the fire. They display nine different grains, pulses and nine differently coloured cloths to propitiate the nine heavenly bodies, roughly translated as Nine Planets.

 

அத்தி- சுக்கிரன் (Ficus Udumbura) = Venus

நாயுருவி- புதன் (Achyranthe aspera) = Mercury

புரசு /பலாச மர – சந்திரன் (Butea monosperma) = Moon

அரச மர – குரு (Ficus Religiosa)= Jupiter

வன்னி மரம்- சனைஸ்வரன் (Prosopis cineraria) = Saturn

அருகம் புல் – ராகு (Cynodon dactylon) = ascending node

தர்ப்பை – கேது (Desmostachya bipinnata) = descending node

கருங்காலி—செவ்வாய் (Diospyros ebenum) = Mars

எருக்கு- சூரியன் (Calotropis gigantean) = Sun

 

In Tamil from my previous post:-

நவக்கிரக ஹோம சமித்து

நவ சமித்துகள், நவ தானியங்கள்

நவக்ரஹ ஹோமத்தில் போடப்படும் நவதானியங்கள், நவ சமித்துகள் ஆகியனவும் தாவரங்களே; இதோ அந்தப் பட்டியல்:

நெல், கோதுமை, துவரை, பாசிப்பயறு, எள், வெள்ளை மொச்சை, கொள்ளு, உளுந்து, கொத்துக் கடலை

நவக்ரஹ ஹோம சமித்துகள்

எருக்கு, புரசு (பலாசம்), அத்தி, அரசு, வன்னி, அருகம் புல், கருங்காலி, நாயுருவி,, தர்ப்பை.

அரச மரம் வேதத்தில் உள்ளது, சிந்து சமவெளியிலும் உள்ளது. அரசு, ஆல், அத்தி ஆகிய மூன்றும் ஒரே குடும்பத்தைச் சேர்ந்தவை. இது மூன்றும் விஷ்ணு சஹஸ்ரநாமத்தில் மூன்று நாமங்களாக வருகின்றன.
வன்னி மரத்தையும் அரச மரத்தையும் கொண்டு தயாரிக்கப்பட்ட அரணிக் கட்டையைக் கொண்டே யாக யக்ஞங்களுக்கான தீ/ அக்னி மூட்டப்படும்.

பலாச மரத்தைக் கொண்டு தயாரிக்கப்படும் கரண்டிகளைக் கொண்டே யாகத்தில் ஹவிஸ், நெய் முதலியவற்றை ஆகுதி செய்வர்.

 

—Subham–