Vedic Poet Medhathithi’s Quotations


Post No:- 1056; Dated 21st May, 2014.

Rig Veda, the oldest religious scripture in the world, is full of mysteries. Even the foreign “scholars” who tried to translate the hymns very often added in the foot note, “the meaning is not clear”, “the meaning is obscure” etc. Some deliberately misinterpreted the hymns to suit their fanciful Aryan-Dravidian Race theories and sex fantasies. One must always read what Indian saints like Shankaracharya, Dayananda Saraswati, Sayana and Bhatta Baskara say about Vedas. We must respect our mother, father, Guru and what they have believed in the past thousands of years. The Vedic sages said they love to speak in mysterious language. Some hymns may be allegorical, some may be symbolic, some may be open statements and others may be in coded language.

The hymns 12 to 23 in the First Mandala are ascribed to sage Medhathithi, Son of Kanva. Following are some of the quotations from his hymns:

1.Fire kindles fire and so does poetry, youth and home life (RV 1-12-6 & 1-14-7)

2.The Valiant perishes not (1-18-4)

3.He is longing to send fortune to those who deserve (1-17-6)

4.The works of Gods are mysterious (1-18-6)

5.Not verily is there a God nor a man to know all your great wisdom and deeds. Supreme is your glory (1-19-2)

6.Noble causes on which wealth may be spent (1-17-6)
7.Fight against sin, ignorance, illness (1-18-2)

8.Ribhus: young and elderly (matured), who have truth in their thoughts and straightforwardness in their actions (1-20-4)

9. Asvins: Beautiful combination of honey and truth (1-22-3)
(This reminds us of Truth and Beauty sung by Keats and Sweetness and Light sung by Mathew Arnold; also Satyam, Sivam, Sundaram by Hindi poet Jai Shankar Prasad, great poet of Bengal Rabindranath Tagore; and in the recent days propagated by Sri Sathya Sai Baba)

Source: Rig Veda- A Scientific and Intellectual Analysis of the Hymns by Dr J.K.Trikha.

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Manu even went to the extent of saying Vedas contain that was needed in the past, and for present and future. We have to wait for a great intellectual –a new Adi Shankara– to tell us what is going to happen in future with the help of the Vedas.