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Free PDF, epub, Kindle ebook. By Ralph T. H. Griffith. The Rigveda is an ancient Indian sacred collection of Vedic Sanskrit hymns. It is counted among the four. Free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by Project Gutenberg. Rig Veda Americanus by Daniel G. Brinton. No cover available. Rig Veda or 'Rigveda' means praise/verse of knowledge. It is counted among the four canonical sacred texts of Hinduism known as the Vedas. The others are.

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Did you know that unlike searching on DuckDuckGo, when you search on Google, they keep your search history forever? That means they. Rg Veda all 10 mandalas, all in original sanskrit (devanagari) text. Click on different pdf file to view & download files. the four vedas, hindu scriptures and philosophy. Topics rig-veda, yajur -veda, sama-veda, atharva-veda. Collectionopensource. Language.

A Retrospect of Vedic Theory Veda, then, is the creation of an age anterior to our intellectual philosophies. In that original epoch thought proceeded by other methods than those of our logical reasoning and speech accepted modes of expression which in our modern habits would be inadmissible. Their aim was illumination, not logical conviction, their ideal the inspired seer, not the accurate reasoner. Indian tradition has faithfully preserved this account of the origin of the Vedas. In the Vedic idea of the revelation there is no suggestion of the miraculous or the supernatural. The Rishi who employed these faculties, had acquired them by a progressive self-culture. Knowledge itself was a travelling and a reaching, or a finding and a winning; the revelation came only at the end, the light was the prize of a final victory.

We have, at any rate, the same notions repeated from hymn to hymn with the same constant terms and figures and frequently in the same phrases with an entire indifference to any search for poetical originality or any demand for novelty of thought and freshness of language. No pursuit of aesthetic grace, richness or beauty induces these mystic poets to vary the consecrated form which had become for them a sort of divine algebra transmitting the eternal formulae of the Knowledge to the continuous succession of the initiates.

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The hymns possess indeed a finished metrical form, a constant subtlety and skill in their technique, great variations of style and poetical personality; they are not the work of rude, barbarous and primitive craftsmen, but the living breath of a supreme and conscious Art forming its creations in the puissant but well-governed movement of a self-observing inspiration.

Still, all these high gifts have deliberately been exercised within one unvarying framework and always with the same materials. For the art of expression was to the Rishis only a means, not an aim; their principal preoccupation was strenuously practical, almost utilitarian, in the highest sense of utility. The hymn was to the Rishi who composed it a means of spiritual progress for himself and for others.

The invariable fixity of Vedic thought when taken in conjunction with its depth, richness and subtlety, gives rise to some interesting speculations. The hymns of the ten books as long in total as the poems of Homer tell of a people who worship many Gods, with a few being mentioned very frequently, including Agni, Indra, Varuna and Soma. They also had priests who wanted the warriors to be generous with gifts including mead.

Dice, Etc. As of a costly horse grown old and feeble, I find not any profit of the gamester. When the brown dice, thrown on the board, have rattled, like a fond girl I seek the place of meeting. Still do the dice extend his eager longing, staking his gains against his adversary.

Cast on the board, like lumps of magic charcoal, though cold themselves they burn the heart to ashes. In constant fear, in debt, and seeking riches, he goes by night unto the home of others. He yokes the brown steeds in the early morning, and when the fire is cold sinks down an outcast. No wealth am I withholding. Enjoy the gain, and deem that wealth sufficient. There are thy cattle there thy wife, O gambler. So this good Savitar himself hath told me.

Assail us not with your terrific fierceness. Appeased be your malignity and anger, and let the brown dice snare some other captive.

So naturally, there are hymns to weapons, including this one which not only mentions bows and arrows, but also the coiled arm-guard that would protect an archer from the friction of the bowstring: From Book 6 HYMN LXXV.

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Weapons of War He lays his blows upon their backs, he deals his blows upon their thighs. Thou, Whip, who urgest horses, drive sagacious horses in the fray. Go to the foemen, strike them home, and let not one be left alive.

The identity of Soma remains disputed to this day, but it was clearly the juice of a plant and was much admired for its ability to give vigor in battle and clarity in thought.

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