Post No. 10,470

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Hindu’s fourth Veda Known as Atharvana Veda (AV) has very interesting information about magical and miraculous herbs. One hymn talk about making you invisible; another verse makes you to see the future. How good would it be to see future of yourself, your family members, the government, and your own country? Commenting on this hymn Ralph T H Griffith mentioned that even Milton’s Paradise Lost has some information like this.

Let us look at the hymn in AV, Book 4; Hymn 20 (Sukta 122)

The hymn is a charm addressed to a magical plant, for the acquisition of superhuman powers of sight.

First let me give you the interesting bits, before giving you the full verse:

Mantra  1 in the hymn:

“It” : the magical plant; O Goddess, the divine plant is directly addressed and also spoke of in the third person. The plant is said by Daarila (one of the ancient commentators) to be the Sadam Pushpaa (Semperflorens, Ever blooming), not yet identified. Its virtues resemble those attributed in England to Euphrasy or Eyebright. The plant with which together with Rue, and three drops from the Well of Life, the Archangel Michael ‘purged the visual nerve of Adam’ (Paradise Lost XI. 414), and enabled him to look into the distant future.


This is nothing new to Hindus. We have a whole book called Bhavishya Purana (Bhavisya= Future) giving what is going to happen in future. There is a very clear description of Kaliyuga in Puranas and Vana Parva of Mahabharata (Please see my earlier articles on the same subject).

In Bhagavad Gita, Krishna shows to Arjuna, what will happen in future. Even before Arjuna killed his foes, they were all devoured by TIME. Probably Hindus believed in a Parallel Universe, where everything is acted already and recorded. I wrote about Time Travel by two Tamil Saints Tiru Gnana Sambandar and Sundarar , both of them went back in Time and brought back the dead alive. Thousand years ago they recorded it in verse and said two dead people were grown up according to their age when they came alive. That shows the dead people were living somewhere in some state or level.

And we have one more incident of Live TV broadcasting by Sanjaya in Mahabharata. The Blind King Dhritarashtra wanted to know what happened to his sons in the battlefield of Kuru kshetra. Sanjaya got divine vision to see it LIVE and he told everything in a running commentary.

The Western world knows only one Nostradamus, but Hindus have thousands of Nostradamus. They did not want to interfere in the Cyclical Time, but watched them as if children watch Video games. Very rarely they interfered in the course of TIME and did some miracles. This blog has lot of miracles done by saints regarding FUTURE. Nowadays westerners use this theme in science fiction stories.

What is this herb?

Unfortunately, the hymn did not name the herb. Why? Our seers deliberately hid some information from the public. They knew that even one bad guy can abuse it and destroy humanity. We read about Rasputin like characters throughout history. Even several Hindu saints were jailed for abusing their super human powers. Hindu scriptures say that while you practise certain Yogic things, Goddess will send you temptations in the form of magical powers. Several saints misuse them and never go up in the spiritual ladder and land themselves in prisons.

Even Swami Vivekananda , while replying to a question about PAST, he said everything is recorded in a film roll and placed inside you. If I wanted to see I can unroll it and see, but I am least interested in it. Imagine yourself in his condition and dared to look at your future. What would happen to you mentally if you come to know that you were a worm in the dirtiest place on earth in your past life! So, better not look at past or future but concentrate more on PRESENT is the advice of Hindu saints.


Mantra 2

In the second Mantra of the hymn, the seer wants to see ‘Three Several Heavens’, ‘Three Several Earths’ and these ‘Six regions’ one by one.

The footnote given by Griffith is not satisfactory. Vedic seers use NUMBERS indiscriminately. No. 3 and No.7 occur in thousands of places. Not all mean the same. Even in Harappan civilisation No. 3 and No.7 are seen more in seals showing that it is a Vedic Civilization.

Here Griffith says three heavens are Earth, Sky and Heavens. Again they are divided into three. No.6 mean four directions and Up and Down making it Six.

My Comments

We see the underlying meaning clearly. The seer believes that he can see up to heaven with the help of the herb; he was very clever in saying ‘IT’ without naming the herb.

Suppose we consider it a fiction, then we must at least give the credit of writing the first science fiction story to the seer.


Mantra 3

It is more interesting from another angle; Here comes two similes, one regarding tired bride longing to go to bed in the palanquin (portable bed). ‘Vahyam’ is the Sanskrit word used here. Vah= to carry. Until this day we use Vahanam for vehicles and temple Mounts of Gods/Vahanam. English word ‘VEH’ilcle is derived from  this VAH, so do Tamil Vaahanam (in temples)

Another simile is Eagle , which is Garutman in Sanskrit. Here the interpreters say it is Sun. Veda called Sun as eagle, ship, one wheeled chariot, Eye, speckled cow (with Sunspots), swan etc. Highest number of epithets to Sun is found in the Vedas than any literature in the world.

My Comments

Throughout Vedas we come across Suparna, Syena, Garutman etc which foreigners translate as falcon, eagle, vulture, kite without rhyme or reason. Sun is called Eagle because it looks from top with clear vision.

But I would go further; eagles are praised for bringing miraculous Soma herb from the top of the Himalayan range. We may look at it as a magical bird who can identify miraculous herbs. The Vedic Seers/Rishis might have trained them to identify the magic herbs and bring them. In another verse in Atharva Veda a seer sings about the amazing abilities of birds and animals in identifying the magical herbs (Read my article posted recently)


Mantra 4

God with 1000 eyes; this phrase is repeated several times throughout the Four Vedas. It is applicable to most of the Vedic Gods. The most famous Purushasukta hymn of Rig Veda 10-90 described the Cosmic Person (English word Person is derived from Purusha in Sanskrit) with 1000 eyes (Sahasraaksha); later Puranas attributed it mostly to Indra. One interpretation is Indra is Sky and 1000 eyes are Stars.

The same mantra give two more interesting points:

Arya and Shudra: Let 1000 eyed god place “IT” on my Right Hand and I will see each Shudra and each Arya; Four castes are mentioned in only one place in the oldest book Rig Veda (10-90). Here Arya and Shudra were only mentioned; not all the four castes. We may take it as all human beings.

The other interesting point is Let 1000 eyed God place it on my RIGHT HAND.

This right hand is praised sky high only in Hinduism. All rituals regarding negative things such as death are left handed. Hindus circle the dead body in anti clockwise direction. All good things are done with right hand, right foot, right shoulder etc. Tamils sing “O New Bride! Step with Your right foot into this New House (husband’s house)” . 2000 year old Sangam literature say that tigers would consume its prey only when it falls on its RIGHT side!

Brahmins in their thrice a day ritual called ‘Sandhyavandana’ start with their right side in doing everything. Brahmins use left side for giving oblations to departed souls. The Pradakshina (circumambulation) means going in the right direction (Dakshina = South, Right. Facing East you begin your rituals and then turn right to do a round)

So much information is there in that one word. Throughout the Vedas, we see the significance of Right Side.


Mantra 5, 6, 7, 8

These four mantras deal with demons, ghosts etc. all negative forces. Kimidins, Yatudhanas, Pisachas  and Kasyapas.

My Comments

We don’t have a proper interpretation for Kasyapas. It is the name of a Seer /Rishi. But here it is explained as “semi divine genii connected with or regulating the course of sun”. it is not making any sense. We know the 60,000 thumb sized Valakhilyas travelling in front of Sun (read my article on Valakhilyas and Gulliver Travels Lilliputians)

Another thing mentioned here is the HOUND WITH FOUR EYES. It is already in RV 10-14-11. Yama god of death comes with Two Dogs and their eyes (2+2) make Four. Sarama and Sarameya are taken by the Greeks and changed to Hermes (H=S in Greek). Please read my old article on Hermes= Sarama.

So, we understand the magical herb would help anyone not only to look into future but also to drive away the evil spirits.


Last Mantra (9)

This mantra speaks about the fiends flying in the mid air. Here, Griffith adds, as witches in Europe are popularly believed  to do.

This is very superficial; Hindus have a long list of Ghosts with different capacities and various habitats. Westerners couldn’t even explain the Chost ‘KIMIDIN’

Griffith’s explanation:

Kimiidin- One of a class of malignant spirits. According to Nirukta of Yaska,the word originally means one who goes about crying ‘Kim Idaaniim? Quid nunc? What now?’ or ‘Kim Idam? What is this?’ Literally a quid nunc; a vile an treacherous spy and informer.

Ref.RV VII-104, RV X-87


Here is the Full Hymn -AV; Book 4; Hymn 20

Hymns of the Atharva Veda, by Ralph T.H. Griffith, [1895], at


A charm for the acquisition of superhuman powers of sight

1.It sees in front, it sees behind, it sees afar away, it sees
  The sky, the firmament, and earth: all this, O Goddess, it

2.Through thee, O godlike Plant, may I behold all creatures that
  Three several heavens, three several earths, and these six regions
   one by one.

3.The pupil, verily, art thou of that celestial Engle’s eye.
  On earth hast thou alighted as a weary woman seeks her couch.

4.The God who hath a thousand eyes give me this Plant in my
   right hand!
  I look on every one therewith, each Sūdra and each Āryan man.

5.Make manifest the forms of things; hide not their essences from
  And, thou who hast a thousand eyes, look the Kimidins in the

6.Make me see Yātudhānas, make thou Yātudhānis visible.
  Make me see all Pisāchas With this prayer, O Plant, I hold thee

7.Thou art the sight of Kasyapa and of the hound who hath four
  Make the Pisācha manifest as Sūrya when he rides at noon.

8.Kimidin, Yātudhāna from their hiding-places have I dragged.
  I look on every one with this, Sūdra and Aryan man alike.

9.Make that Pisācha visible, the fiend who flies in middle air,
  The fiend who glides across the sky, and him who deems the
   earth his help.


tags–  Future, Seeing , Magic Herb, Atharvana Veda, Four Eyes, Dog, 1000 Eyes

How the jackal fooled a Ghost; Two more Tamil Folk Tales (Post No.7715)


Post No.7715

Date uploaded in London – 19 March 2020   

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A jackal which had been beaten by the rain and wind, and three days without getting any prey came out with great hunger to seek for food. Under a banyan tree in the road there was a pair of sandals left behind by a firewood cutter, wetted and well soaked by the rain. The jackal seeing the sandals and wishing to eat, thinking that the owner of the sandals was nearby said,

“Sir, can I eat one of the sandals? If you give me one sandal, I will give you one gold coin which I got it from a merchan”t. An invisible ghost inhabiting the tree said,

“Well , I will give you one sandal. I agree with your proposal”.

Immediately on hearing that, the jackal ate one sandal. As he was coming away after eating the first sandal , it did not see any one there. It said to itself, if I remain here any longer I must give the money. So let me run as fast as I can. So running very swiftly for a great distance, it sat under a tree and took rest. Suddenly a voice came from somewhere.

“Hey, where’s the gold coin?”

The jackal got scared and ran faster. It got hurt while running. The thorns, stones and tree stumps gave him bloody injuries. The wounded jackal hid himself in a thicket of bush. The importunate creditor came there also. The invisible ghost asked, “Hey, where’s the gold coin?”

Now the jackal wanted to use its usual cunningness. It got bold and asked, “What gold coin you are talking about? Which jackal did promise you a gold coin, for what?

Did it have injured legs and bloody wounds?”

The invisible ghost said,

“The gold coin you promised me to give for the sandal.”

The jackal said,

“Oh you are talking about someone else.

Did that jackal was blind and lame?”

“No it was not”, said the ghost.

“Then go away, it was not I”.

The ghost being surprised at its craftiness vanished away.


Haste makes Waste

A man reared a dog. It was clever in hunting and other sports. When someone needed the dog for hunting that person hired the dog. The person used to place some deposit money with the dog owner as security in addition to the hiring charge.

While things were in this state one night a thief came to the house of the man who hired the dog. The thief came down the chimney and took out bags full of money and jewels. The dog which was there at the time jumped on him and bit him to death. Then it woke his master by barking. When he came out and saw what the dog had done he felt very happy. He was much pleased and the very next morning, tying round the dog’s neck a ‘thanks message’ and sent the dog back to it’s owner. Dogs always find their home easily. And in the note he wrote that he did not even need the security deposit back, because the dog did a great job. When he said ‘Go to your Master’, it reached master’s house expecting a pat and hug from it’s master.

But the master came to hasty conclusion. ‘Oh, oh! It is coming back tricking my friend and breaking my bargain’. He took a strong pole and gave a blow on its head saying ‘go back to friend’s house’. The poor dog died on the spot. When he untied the chain from the dog, he saw the thanking note. He felt very sad for killing the dog.

There is a similar story in the Sanskrit

Panchatantra fables and Tamil epic Silappadikaram about a mongoose. While a house woman went out to fetch water from the village tank a snake came near her child. Her pet mongoose used to guard the house. Seeing the snake, the mongoose fought with it and killed it. It was waiting at the entrance of the house to welcome the house woman. When she came back with a pot full of water and saw the blood-stained mouth of the mongoose, she thought it killed her baby. She threw the water pot on its head and it died on the spot.


Never jump to conclusions. Be considerate. Don’t take any hasty action.

tags Mongoose, snake, jackal,sandal, ghost, dog

Xxx Subham xxxx


Written by London Swaminathan 


Date: 16 JANUARY 2018


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Post No. 4624

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The same object appears in three different forms as it is viewed. The female body appears corpse to Yogins (saints), a charming figure to the love-stricken and just flesh to dogs- says Chanakya in his Niti sastra.


eka eva padaarthastu tridhaa bhavati diikshitah

kunapaha kaaminii maamsam yoogibhih kaamibhihsvabhih

–chanakya niti, chapter 14, sloka 16



My comments

Chankaya has explained it beautifully well; let us explore it further.


If a young and beautiful lady sits with her brother, he gets some affectionate thoughts. Oh, how lucky I am to get such a lovely girl as my sister; she should be married in a good family and live happily.


If a youth sits with her or nearby her in the bus, he gets amorous feelings; Oh, how much happy I would be if I get this girl as my wife.


If a very little baby sits next to her, it even hugs that girl as if it hugs its own mother; it gets the feeling of bond between a mother and a baby- the supreme form of love; each expecting nothing from the other except love and protection.


Now where is pleasure coming from? is it from the beautiful skin of that youthful young girl? or is it from the mind of the person sitting next to that beautiful girl?


Saints say that the flesh of a person or the skin of a person is not the source of permanent pleasure. If it is the source of permanent pleasure it should do that with the brother, youth, child, saint and others for ever. It is not permanent. So the saints say, “ when I can show you that which gives you permanent pleasure, bliss, Ananda to everyone, why do you still go to other sources?”


Chanakya said it in two lines; saints give long lectures to illustrate this point.


Saints give another example as well; a dog chews the bone of another animal and the sharp ends of the bone pricks dog’s mouth and makes the blood to ooze out; the dog finds it very tasty and thinks that the blood comes from the bone and bites it more vigorously. Is it a wise dog or a foolish one?


But saints never advise all to become saints in the first place. They say, Go and Enjoy temporary pleasure in the family life, but remember and realise that it is not permanent!



True Story: Everything happens for good


Article No. 2068

Written by London swaminathan

Date : 13  August  2015

Time uploaded in London :–  20-04

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A poor devotee of God was a householder, had his hut near a forest. In his house, besides his wife, there was a bull which was used as a beast of burden. It was the soul means of livelihood for the couple, for on its back articles were carried out for sale by its master. There was also in the house a dog which was useful for keeping guard and protecting them in the woodland. The devotee had in addition a parrot of which he and his wife were very fond, as they had no children. The parrot when the night passed and the day dawned, used to wake up the couple by calling out, “Awake, and pray to God!”

One day, it so chanced, a lion from the forest came and killed the bull belonging to the poor householder. The dog, being afraid of the lion, ran inside the house and hid himself. The householder got up in the morning and when he saw the dead body of the bull, he exclaimed, “It is well done, God does everything for the best. This has happened by his will. Therefore it cannot be but for our good.”


Hearing these words, his wife was greatly displeased, but she did not say anything. Misfortunes, however, never come single. Later on, that day, the parrot somehow came out of its cage and was killed by the dog. When the master of the house heard of the incident, he repeated, “God does everything for the best. This has happened by his will. Therefore it cannot be but for our good.”

On hearing these words, this time his wife became desperate and beat her own head. She became so distressed over these remarks that she did not even try to express her feelings to her husband. A short time afterwards, somebody told them that their dog was rolling in agony in the street. It died soon after.  The master of the hose again said, “God does everything for the best. This has happened by his will. Therefore it cannot be but for our good.”

Seething with anger, his wife now was unable to control herself and told him, “What do you mean by repeating such senseless words? Without any means of livelihood, now remain in the house and starve. Take to your bed and sleep till morning. The bull that gave us food, and the parrot that was waking us up in the morning have both gone. The faithful dog also died.  This night someone will send us also to the cremation ground.  Then you will realise the God’s goodness”

lio buffalo 3

“What has happened cannot be changed,” said the man, who was perfectly calm and cheerful. He took everything as god’s grace. He was quite unperturbed by his wife’s ironical outburst. But his wife was feeling very miserable. She was worried as to how they would eke out their livelihood.

The day passed and the night came. Both slept. When they woke up in the morning and went out, they saw in the whole town dead bodies scattered lying everywhere. In the night, a gang of dacoits had entered the town and had left not a single person alive.  They had looted every house and taken vessels from the homes. A house near the jungle, without a dog, is generally taken to be unoccupied. So, thinking, that the cottage of this couple was vacant and deserted, the dacoits did not enter it. Thus the God had really saved them in his mysterious way.

parrot 4

The man said to his wife now, “if our dog was there with us, the dacoits would have entered the house and surely killed us also. Even if the bull had been seen by them, they would not have spared us. The parrot too would have been a source of danger to us. If it had shouted before dawn to wake us up, the dacoits would have heard it and got scent of us. God, who in all kindness, had arranged the death of all these three beforehand in order to save us. It is on account of this that we are alive today. Do you now doubt that all that happens is for good?”