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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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. 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.
Soma Pavamana. They made the Sun that he might shine. Pour on us, Soma, with thy stream manconquering might which many crave, Accompanied with hero sons.
With a little imagination you can imagine an HBO series about these people and it would be worth watching.
The underlying philosophy is pagan and heroic and may not strike many of us as particularly deep, though I guess that someone like Christopher Beckwith who writes about central Asian history with great feeling would say this IS a deep philosophy, even an attractive one. And of course these are, after all, hymns that are meant to be recited. Their very sound is supposed to have quasi-magical properties.
Their addressees are higher beings who can bestow favors or withdraw them. This level of usefulness is meaningless to a modern secular person, but even a modern secularized Hindu may feel the recitation creates a psychological connection to his or her people, to their language and sounds, and to their traditions and community values.
All of which is not without consequences. All in all, worth downloading on Kindle for free. It seems to me that Shinto and Japanese cultural traditions may be a good example of what a successful and relatively intact pagan religion of this type might look like today. Modern Hinduism may be too much of a "wounded civilization" to be a good model of what the original Indo-European religion could have evolved into On that path, as it advances, it also ascends; new vistas of power and light open to its aspiration; it wins by a heroic effort its enlarged spiritual possessions.
From the historical point of view the Rig Veda may be regarded as a record of a great advance made by humanity by special means at a certain period of its collective progress.
It is far, therefore, from being an attempt to set down the results of intellectual or imaginative speculation, nor does it consist of the dogmas of a primitive religion. Only, out of the sameness of experience and out of the impersonality of the knowledge received, there arise a fixed body of conceptions constantly repeated and a fixed symbolic language which, perhaps, in that early human speech, was the inevitable form of these conceptions because alone capable by its combined concreteness and power of mystic suggestion of expressing that which for the ordinary mind of the race was inexpressible.
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. 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.