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The earliest of the four Hindu religious scriptures known as the Vedas, and the first extensive composition to survive in any Indo-European language, the Rig Veda (c. 1200-900 BC) is a collection of over 1,000 individual Sanskrit hymns. A work of intricate beauty, it provides a unique insight into early Indian mythology, religion and culture. This selection of 108 of the hymns, chosen for their eloquence and wisdom, focuses on the enduring themes of creation, sacrifice, death, women, the sacred plant soma and the gods. Inspirational and profound, it provides a fascinating introduction to one of the founding texts of Hindu scripture - an awesome and venerable ancient work of Vedic ritual, prayer, philosophy, legend and faith.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Wendy Doniger
Publisher: Penguin UK
Release: 2005-03-31
File: 352 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780141923987

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Author: Ralph T. H. Griffith, Translator
Publisher: Library of Alexandria
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ISBN-13: 9781465579492

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The Vedas are ancient books of hymns. There are four—the Rig Veda, Sama Veda, Yajur Veda and Atharva Veda—and they are the primary texts of Hinduism. They had an enormous influence also on Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism. According to Hindus, the text of the Vedas is as old as the universe itself. Scholars have determined that the Rig Veda, the oldest of the four, was composed sometime between 1700 and 1100 B.C.E., codified about 600 B.C.E., and was finally committed to writing around 300 B.C.E. The Rig Veda, composed of ten books, or Mandalas, each of which is a collection of hymns (s?ktas), is one of these “great books,” but most people—even the well-educated—have never read it. It is very long and the previous translations are unsatisfactory. This book is an attempt to offer a succinct, accurate and readable translation.

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Genre: Religion
Author: David R. Slavitt
Publisher: Anaphora Literary Press
Release: 2015-10-14
File: Pages
ISBN-13: 9781681142166

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This book reconstructs the original and origins of the Rig Veda, (between 5.000 to 2.500 B.C, ) the first Indo-European written document ever to show the origin of cultures and the power of music in the recitation and construction of the original hymns. Here we find the original geometries, original forms, original sacrifice of any form to claim supremacy over the others and the continued movement of human life. This book brings together early humans with modern neurobiological discoveries and shows the origins of multiple centers of knowing (the gods), the movement of the singer and the song in a world that avoids idolatry of substances by insisting in the constant movement of singer, song, and music. If you thought you knew all there is to know about the language you use, read this book and find out the idolatry of its imagery and the possible sacrifice needed for a happy, communal and divine life.

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Genre: Philosophy
Author: Antonio T. De Nicolás
Publisher: iUniverse
Release: 2003
File: 324 Pages
ISBN-13: 0595269257

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Genre: Hinduism
Author: A. C. Clayton
Publisher:
Release: 1863
File: 292 Pages
ISBN-13: HARVARD:32044024238628

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The book attempts to clarify the historical aspects of the Rig Veda through examination of its kings,rishies and peoples.It makes many new points of literary interpretation not only of the Rig Veda but also of the other Vedas ,Brahamanas , Puranas ,Mahabharta and Ramayana .

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Genre: India
Author: David Frawley
Publisher:
Release: 2001
File: 364 Pages
ISBN-13: UOM:39015051699653

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 34. Chapters: Vritra, Rigveda, Mandala 10, Sarama, Hiranyagarbha, Rathakara, The Rigveda: A Historical Analysis, Mandala 8, Purusha sukta, Mandala 7, Rigvedic rivers, Battle of the Ten Kings, Mandala 9, Mandala 6, Mandala 5, Nasadiya Sukta, Mandala 3, Mandala 2, Mandala 4, B haddevat, Rigvedic deities, Sayana, Anukrama, Nadistuti sukta, Ap, Manyu sukta, Apris, Dakshina, Vishpala, Rtu, Rigvedic dialogue hymns, Sudas, Jataveda, Devi sukta, Gritsamada, Khilani, Kakshivat, Bhava, Vasukra. Excerpt: The Rigveda (Sanskrit: , a compound of "praise, verse" and "knowledge") is an ancient Indian sacred collection of Vedic Sanskrit hymns. It is counted among the four canonical sacred texts ( ruti) of Hinduism known as the Vedas. Some of its verses are still recited as Hindu prayers, at religious functions and other occasions, putting these among the world's oldest religious texts in continued use. The Rigveda contains several mythological and poetical accounts of the origin of the world, hymns praising the gods, and ancient prayers for life, prosperity, etc. It is one of the oldest extant texts in any Indo-European language. Philological and linguistic evidence indicate that the Rigveda was composed in the north-western region of the Indian subcontinent, roughly between 1700-1100 BC (the early Vedic period). The surviving form of the Rigveda is based on an early Iron Age (c. 10th c. BC) collection that established the core 'family books' (mandalas 2-7, ordered by author, deity and meter ) and a later redaction, co-eval with the redaction of the other Vedas, dating several centuries after the hymns were composed. This redaction also included some additions (contradicting the strict ordering scheme) and orthoepic changes to the Vedic Sanskrit such as the regularization of sandhi (termed orthoepische Diaskeuase by Oldenberg, 1888). As with t...

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Author: Source Wikipedia
Publisher: Books LLC, Wiki Series
Release: 2010-09
File: 36 Pages
ISBN-13: 1156586542

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"The Rig Veda is not only one of the oldest sacred scriptures of the world, but also one of the most misunderstood. Past scholarship has dismissed the hymns of the Rig Veda as being expressions of a primitive animistic mentality that only rarely rose to true spiritual and philosophical heights. David Frawley's book demonstrates that this judgmental view is ill-founded. His fine renderings of select Vedic hymns bear witness to the fact that their composers were sages and seers--powerful poets who knew the art of symbolic and metaphoric communication. The Vedic hymns give us a unique glimpse not into a primitive mentality but a mentality and culture that revolved around the highest spiritual values and visions. This is an important and riveting book, ushering in a new and sounder tradition of Vedic interpretation and scholarship." Georg Feuerstein

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Genre: Philosophy
Author: David Frawley
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass
Release: 2019-01-01
File: 275 Pages
ISBN-13: 9788120811607

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Apart for its mythological and philosophical significance Vedas have high literary values which demand in depth studies. Being the oldest among all, Veda, as literature, attained great aesthetic height and this critical analysis of the poems/ hymns/ suktas of the first four books of Rig Veda by Shri. Mukhopadhyay, a triple M.A. , M.Phil and Ph.D with various literary accomplishments, certainly is first ever work in the study of literature on Vedas as a book of Literature. The study is a difficult one as the exact date of composition is unknown. The very fact that it is handed down from generation to generation by verbal transmission, sruti , only. The beautiful part that it is still sung which perhaps acts as the most reliable tests whereby we could landed upon the hypothesis that the Vedas are worthwhile for study as literature

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Genre: Philosophy
Author: Dr. Rameshchandra Mukhopadhyaya
Publisher: Anjali Publishers
Release: 2014-07-13
File: 112 Pages
ISBN-13: 9789381745144

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Release: 1977
File: Pages
ISBN-13: UOM:39015048907524

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