ORIGIN OF ANIMAL FABLES AND SIGNATURES IN KRITIS/SONGS (Post No.9692)

WRITTEN BY LONDON SWAMINATHAN

Post No. 9692

Date uploaded in London – –5 JUNE   2021           

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I  have been reading the Sanskrit Vedas through English books  for over 50 years. Most of them by foreigners and a few by Marxist professors; very rarely one or two by genuine patriotic Hindus. When I lived in Madurai until 1986, I got very good books from the Victoria Edward Hall Library and Madurai University Library. Since January 1987 , I have been living in London where I have got two excellent libraries – The British Library and the University of London Library. Some local council libraries also had some very good books donated by Hindu scholars. But I have never tried to read the Vedas from A to Z. Now I have started reading the Rig Veda from First Mandala/Book. I started in April 2021 and I will be finishing the first Mandala very soon. Then I would have covered 191 hymns out of 1025 hymns. That means a long way to go.

The reason for writing now is to tell you the wonders I found so far.

Fables

I thought that the earliest fables are from the Upanishads dated around 8th Century BCE. Later we find many fables in Ramayana and Mahabharata. Buddha Jataka stories are polluted with Bodhisatva and moreover the originals are ‘stolen’ from the ancient Hindu folk lore. Abroad,  we hear about Aesop fables rivalling with our Panchatantra and Hitopadesa.

But the origin for these fables, particularly animal fables lie in the oldest book in the world – The Rig Veda. Even before finishing the first book with 191 hymns, I read, quail caught by a wolf, but saved by the miraculous Twins Asvins. In two or three hymns, we see the eagle or falcon bringing the Soma plant. I have already written about the origin of Santa Claus Reindeer cart. It is actually in the Asvin Mantras ! Asvins carts are drawn by deer, swans and other birds etc. we also read about flying horses with a horn in the Rig Veda!

Signatures in songs

I used to wonder why the Tamil Hymn singer Tiru Gnana Sambandr used his name in every decad (Ten Poems) as a signature (Mudra) and why all others such as Purandaradasa, Thiyagaraja, Muthu swami Dikshitar, Bhakta Meera, Kabir and others followed him in placing their name in the last line. Sambandar, the Boy Wonder of Tamil Nadu, lived 1400 years ago. But the origin of such Mudras is in the Rig Veda. Agastya who has over 25 hymns in the First Book (Mandala) alone finish few of his compositions with Manharya, Son of Mana says this . Kutsa Angirasa finish his poems with a phrase or line invoking Aditi, Sindhu, Earth and Heaven.

In Meera Bhai’s compositions we see Meera ke Prabhu Girdhara Nagara, in Kabir poems ‘his name’, in Dikshitar’s ‘Gurukuha’ etc.

So,  all these saints followed the rig Vedic rishis/seers. Even today the composers place a Mudra in the new compositions.

As I have mentioned elsewhere three greatest contributions of Vedic Hindus to the world civilization are 1. Decimal System, 2. Domestication of Cow and announcing it as Mother because the cow’s milk is the closest to Mother’s milk and Domestication of Horses and yoking them with wheeled chariots.

–subham–

tags- signature, Kriti, Mudra, Animal fables, Vedas