Written by London swaminathan
Date: 7 FEBRUARY 2017
Time uploaded in London:- 18-51
Post No. 3615
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I have already explained the significance of Number 7 in my two articles as given in the Vedas, Indus valley Seals and verses of Vaishnavite saints known as Alvars. Please read the details in the following two articles:
1).Mystic No.7 in Music!! posted on 13th April 2014
2).Number Seven: Rig Vedic link to Indus Culture, posted on 21 November 2014
Now let us look at some verses of Kalidasa and Kamban. Kamban wrote the Ramayana in Tamil.
Kalidasa says in the Tenth sarga (Chapter) of Raghuvamsa Kavya; it is in praise of Lord Vishnu:-
सप्तसामोपगीतम् त्वाम् सप्तार्णवजलेशयम्।
सप्तार्चिमुखमाचख्युः सप्तलोकैकसम्श्रयम्॥ १०-२१
saptasāmopagītam tvām saptārṇavajaleśayam।
saptārcimukhamācakhyuḥ saptalokaikasamśrayam || 10-21
They have praised Thee who hast been glorified by seven hymns; a recliner on the waters of seven seas; having seven-flames for thy mouth and as a Being the only support of the seven worlds… [10-21]
The seven hymns: gAyatra, rathantara, vAmadevya, bR^ihatsAma, vairUpa, vairAja, shakvarI.
Seven seas: lavaNa, ikshu, surA, sarpis, dadhi, kshIra, jala – sAgarAH.
Seven tongues of fire: karAli, dhUmini, shveta, lohita, nIla-lohita,
suvarNa, padma-rAga – through which offertories are received in Vedic-rituals.
Seven worlds: bhU, bhuvar, suvar, maharloka, jana, tapo, satya – lokAH.
Valmiki’s Description of Seven Trees Test
Valmiki briefly describes how Rama pierced the Seven Trees:-
“Hearing Sugriva’s gracious speech, Rama, in order to inspire him with confidence, took up his bow and a formidable arrow, and taking him, pierced the Sala trees, filling the firmament with the sound”.
“Loosed by that mighty warrior, the arrow, decorated with gold, passed through the seven Sala trees and entering the mountain, buried itself in the earth. In the twinkling of an eye that shaft with the speed of lightening, having pierced the seven trees with extreme velocity, returned to Rama’s quiver”.
Chapter 12 of Kishkinda Kanda of Valmiki.
(I have already explained in another article that Hindus were the inventors of Boomerang. Krishna’s Sudarsana chakra and Rama’s arrows come back after hitting the target. They were scientifically designed to come back to its original position. They were angled like boomerangs of Australian aborigines.)
Kamba Ramayana in Tamil
Kamban has some beautiful imagination in Kishkinda Kanda. His imagination runs riot:-
“Rama’s arrow pierced the seven trees then went through the seven worlds underneath. Since there was nothing with the suffix number seven under the earth it came back to Rama. If it sees anything with SEVEN, it will definitely pierce them; it would not leave them”
“Seven seas, seven ascetics (Sapta Rsis), seven worlds above the earth, seven mountains, seven horses in the Chariot of Lord Sun, Seven Virgins (sapta mata) – all these were shivering and shaking because they all had seven as a suffix in their names!”
“But yet they calmed themselves saying that Rama is the embodiment of Righteousness; so he wouldn’t harm us.”
—from Kamba Ramayana
Hindus believed that Seven is the most sacred number. So they have classified the seas, mountains, upper worlds, lower worlds, ascetics, virgins, clouds and many more things into groups of seven.
Source: Valmiki Ramayana by Hariprasad Shastri