POWER OF BRAHMINS IS GREATER THAN POWER OF RULERS: TAMILS AND VYASA (Post No.10,591)

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Post No. 10,591

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POWER OF BRAHMINS IS GREATER THAN THE POWER OF RULERS: SANGAM TAMIL LITERATURE AND MAHABHARATA

The clash between the great two Vedic Rishis Vasishta and Viswamitra is a well known story. It established the supremacy of Brahmins. Both rishis/seers figure in the oldest book in the world- The Rig Veda (RV). People who are pure at heart and selfless are more powerful than the AK 47 wielding Clint Eastwoods!

This message is in both the Mahabharata, the longest epic in the world and Purananuru, the oldest anthology in 2000 year old Sangam Tamil literature.

First let us look at Mahabharata (Adi Parva, the first of the 18 Books in the Mahabharata):_

Once upon a time great king Viswamitra went out on a hunting expedition. When he and his retinue were tired, they visited the great saint Vasistha. His ashramam (House of Saints; hermitage) was in the middle of the forest. He had a beautiful cow named Nandini. It had the power of fulfilling anyone’s wishes like Kamadhenu.

Vasistha received him with great honour. He gave to Viswamitra precious jewels which were obtained from his wonder working cow Nandini. Viswamitra wondered how come this sage in the middle of the forest , could feed all his retinue and give him precious gifts. Vasishta explained that his holy cow can give anything he wished for. Viswamitra asked Vasishta to give him the cow in exchange for hundred million cows or even his kingdom. When Vasishta refused  to comply with his demand Viswamitra  threatened to use force. He dragged the cow and pushed it hither and thither, but she would not move. She became angry and in order to punish Viswamitra and his army, she created Pahlavas , Dravidas, Sakas,Yavanas , Kiratas and other tribes.  The words of the poet Vyasa are

Asrujat pahlavan, puchchath prasravath dravidaan, sakaan yonidevascha  yavanan sakrutah  savaraan bahuun.

Beholding this great miracle, the Bramanical might , Viswamitra  was humbled at the impotence of a Kshatria nature, and exclaimed

Dhig balam kshatriya balam brahma tejo balam, balam

Balabalam vinistritya tapa eva balam balam

Shame on a Kshatriya’s strength.  The strength of a Brahmins lustre is strength indeed. Determining what is strength and what is weakness, we see that, penance is the greatest strength.

This legend is found in Valmiki Ramayana as well .

Later Viswamitra  went for doing Tapas(penance), but failed in first two attempts because of ego and women (Trisanku Episode and Menaka episode). When he won at the third attempt, Vasishta himself called him “Hello Mr Brahmin” (Brahma Rishi). That has become a phrase in Hindusim equal to ‘From the horse’s mouth’ in English.

The power of penance is in Purananuru, oldest portion of 2000 year old Sangam Tamil literature and later moral book Tirukkural of Tiru Valluvar

Here is the verse from Purananuru:-

Vanmiki , similar to Valmiki, the Ramayana author, has penned the verse 358 in Purananuru. Though there are very interesting information in these seven lined verse, I will highlight only one point here. If you weigh the earth and the penance, penance is so big that earth will look like an iota. Earth means earthly life that is family life, but penance is far greater than the family life. Tamil poet Vanmiki use the Sanskrit word Tavam. Tapo in Sanskrit is tamilized Tavam (P=V). here we are concerned only about the greatness of penance. It is a repetition of  what is said in Mahabharat. True Brahmins are doing penance even when they are in family life. So the word Antanar is used for anyone who is inward looking, ie. God searching. Brahmin also meant the same, i.e. Brahmam seeking. So it is an echo of Mahabharata lines. Even a kshatriya like Viswamitra is called Brahmin when he competed his penance successfully.

Tiruvalluvar also elucidated the power of saints. If any one does any harm to a saint the empire will crumble like dust, he says.

“If those of rigorous penance become enraged, even Indra will crash from power and position” – Kural 899

Venthan is the Tamil word used in this couplet. It means King or Indra. Tolkaappiam used the word for Indra.

The next couplet emphasizes this point,

“Though possessed of great support, they who are exposed to the wrath of persons of exceeding penance will perish”- Kural 900.

Brahma tejo balam balam!!

–subham–

Visvamitra and Menaka

tags-  Brahmins, Kshatria, Power, Visvamitra, Vasistha

CURSES 5000 YEARS AGO! STRANGE CURSES IN RIG VEDA- part 1 (Post No.10071)

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Post No. 10,071

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There is a strange hymn in the Rigveda with full of curses. Most of the Hindu inscriptions end with curses. They curse the one who violates the instructions in the inscription or one who damages them. Persian inscriptions also end with similar curses. But the origin of curses lies in the Rigveda the oldest book in the world.

Hindus believe that Veda Vyasa who lived around 3150 BCE divided the Vedas into Four Vedas. So according to Hindus it is at least 5200 years old. The translators of the Vedas in the West never believed in what Hindus believed. They did not practise what Hindus practised. They were only anti Hindu and anti -Indian gang members. Since they translated the Vedas into English , French and German, people thought they were “scholars”. They were hired just to destroy Hinduism. Their appointment letters and the post they held spell it crystal clear.

The curses poem did not interest them much. We can derive much information from it. It is in the name of seer Maitravaruni Vasistha. We knew one famous Vasistha in Ramayana and he was challenged by Visvamitra on many occasions. Parasurama’s father Jamadaghni also figured in the Vedas. Actually the last phase of the Vedas is Rama period. Afterwards we don’t have any verses in the Rigveda. So what Hindus say about chronology is also confirmed by the Rigveda. Hindus say that Rama lived in Treta Yuga and Krishna lived in the later Dwapara Yuga. After Vyasa and Krishna died Kali yuga began. This shows that the following curses are from the Treta Yuga, at least five thousand years old.

(Yugas are calculated in two ways shorter period Yugas and longer period yugas. This will be discussed in another article)

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Curses of Vasistha (RV 7-104)

1.Indra and Soma, burn and destroy the demon foe. Annihilate the fools, slay them and burn them up. Send downward who adds gloom to gloom. Chase them away. Pierce the voracious ones.

2.Let sin around the wicked boil like as a cauldron set amid the flames of fire. Against the foe of prayer, devourer of raw flesh, the vile fiend fierce of eye, keep your perpetual hate against cruel eyed .

My comments

This is a curse against anti god, anti -prayer gangs. The very interesting point is to throw them into cauldron in the middle of fire. Later day pictures of hell show this. Even 1400 years ago, Saivite saint Appar was thrown into a burning Lime kiln but he was saved by Lord Siva.

Another interesting point is that anti Hindu gangs were cannibals. Like Chinese eat scorpions, lizards, rats and snakes today, like the East Europeans eat horses today, there was a gang of cannibals in Vedic period. Even the Rakshasas of Sri Lanka ate human flesh. Story of Agastya show that Vatapi and Ilvalan ate human flesh. And the same story show that the forest was full of human skeletons of seers.

So the curses were thrown against the barbaric tribes.

Cruel eyed : commentators say spy or gossip mongers.

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RV.7-104-3

Indra and Soma , plunge the wicked in the depth, yes, cast them into darkness that has no support. So that none of them may ever return.

7-104-4

Hurl your deadly crushing bolt down on the wicked fiend from heaven and earth. Burn them to death

7-104-5

Let them sink without a sound.

7-104-6

Indra and Soma, I offer these prayers with wisdom. Accept my prayers; let both of you be united like two horses in the chariot.

Mantra 7

Slay the treacherous fiends; let the wicked have no bliss who evermore assails us with malignity.

Mantra 8

I pursue my way with guileless spirit;  whoever accuses me  with words of falsehood, may the speaker of untruth be crushed like water in the hand.

Mantra 9

Those who harm the righteous must be given to snakes or to Nirruti (Hindu goddess personifying death, decay and destruction)

Mantra 10

May he a thief or a robber, sink to destruction; both himself and offspring.

Mantra 11

May he be swept away himself and children; may all the three earths press him down beneath them.

Mantra 12

A wise man can easily distinguish the true and false.

Soma protects the true and honest

My comments

This is a good quotation. A prudent man can easily find out who is honest. Several Hindu stories in the Vikram and Vetal and Katha sarit sagara stand examples for this.

But Sayana, commentator, gives the story of Kalmashapada here.  I give the story from Who is Who in the Mahabharata by Subash Mazumdar

“ Kalmashpada was a king of Ikshwaku dynasty. He once encountered Shakti, son of sage Vasistha, on a narrow forest path. The question of relative priority as to who should pass first and who should give way, led to heated argument until the king losing his temper started mercilessly whipping \shakti in a demonic raage. Thereupon Shakti collecting his spiritual strength, cursed the king would become a Rakshasa hungering for human flesh wandering the forest for 12 years.

At this juncture Visvamitra who had earlier been bested by Vaishtha and therefore wanted to please Shakti, arranged for a Rakshasa called Kinkara to enter the body of Kalmashapada. Later this curse upon the king was redoubled in force by the pronouncement of a brahmana who was erroneously served human by orders of the king.(It is in Adi Parva of Mahabharata).

The king in his rakshasa form initiated his consumption of human flesh by killing and devouring Shakti himself. Later he also killed Vaishtha’ss other sons.

Once Kalmasha pada , while in Rakshasa form, saw a brahmin couple enjoying conjugal pressure. He killed and ate the Brahmana. Thereupon the brahmana cursed that the king would also die if he ever attempted to enjoy conjugal bliss with his queen.

Years later when he wanted to kill and eat Adashyanti, widow of Shakti, Vasishta sprinkled holy water on him and the curse having ended the king expressed his lifelong indebtedness to Vasishta .

The king wanted a son through his wife Madayanti . but because of Brahmana’s curse, he asked Vasishta to produce a son in his queen. Thus was born prinv Even

e Ashmaka. ( This story is in Mahabharata)

Now we have another confirmation of flesh eating tribes in the olden days.

There are 25 mantras . I have covered only 12 out of 25.

To be continued ……………………………….

Tags- curses, Rigveda, RV.7-104, Vasistha, Kalmashapada