Subscribe for Newsletters and Discounts
Be the first to receive our thoughtfully written
religious articles and product discounts.
Your interests (Optional)
This will help us make recommendations and send discounts and sale information at times.
By registering, you may receive account related information, our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
.
Share
Share our website with your friends.
Email this page to a friend
By subscribing, you will receive our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. All emails will be sent by Exotic India using the email address info@exoticindia.com.

Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
|6
Your Cart (0)
Books > Hindu > Hymns on Creation Heaven & Ancient Fathers (In The Veda and Upanishads)
Displaying 2027 of 7028         Previous  |  NextSubscribe to our newsletter and discounts
Hymns on Creation Heaven & Ancient Fathers (In The Veda and Upanishads)
Pages from the book
Hymns on Creation Heaven & Ancient Fathers (In The Veda and Upanishads)
Look Inside the Book
Description

About the Author

Dr. R. L. Kashyap is Professor Emeritus of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University, Lafayette, Indiana in USA. He had his Master's degree from' Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru and obtained Ph.D. from Harvard University. He is the recipient of many International awards. In 2003 he has received 'Vedanga Vidvan' award instituted by Maharshi Sandipani Vedavidya Pratishthan (Ujjain), an autonomous body of HRD, Govt. of India.

He has authored more than 350 research articles of which 220 are published in scholarly journals and the rest were presented at conferences. He has guided above 50 doctoral students.

He has written extensively on Veda. Some of his widely read books on Veda are: 'Krishna Yajur Veda Taittiriya Samhita' (4 Volumes), 'Rig Veda Samhita' -(12 Volumes), Sarna Veda (2 Volumes), 'Why Read Rig Veda', 'Rudra mantras', 'Essentials of Rig Veda', 'Essentials of Yajur Veda', 'Essentials of Sarna Veda', 'Work, Enjoyment & Progress'.

He is the Founder and the Honorary Director of Sri Aurobindo Kapali Sastry Institute of Vedic Culture, Bengaluru.

Introduction

Part I deals with the Creation of Cosmos and related topics along with several hymns (or sukta-s] from Rig Veda. Some readers may feel daunted by the abstract ideas of Creation. However everyone gets some benefit by reading some passages because in the Veda the topic of cosmic Creation is closely related to the tasks of human creation such as writing, literature, art, music, cooking, singing and others.

The Vedic account of the Creation of cosmos is based on three fundamental assumptions:

[i] The Vedantic conception of Brahman which is timeless and unknowable, but also conceived as the deva, the supreme Godhead

[ii] The energies

[iii] Intense concentration, (tapas or askesis)

According to Rig Veda, in the beginning of Creation, everything was in a state of chaos, without any form or structure. This condition is called as asat. It does not appear appropriate to translate it as non-existence even though it is done extensively in the available books. Asat is better rendered as 'formless'. Sat is usually rendered as existence, or that which has form. Sat and asat should not be regarded as opposites, rather they are complimentary. Atharva Veda AV (17.1.19) states that, 'the sat is established or made (prati$hritam) from the asat '. RV(lO.S.7) states that Agni is both sat and asat. The relation between sat (being) and asat (non-being) is well expressed in the Chinese classic 'Tao Te Ching. A mud pot for cooking is made of mud which is sat. But what is used for cooking is the empty space within. Thus it is this asat (formless space) which makes the outward solid wall (sat) usable.

Thus with a little effort it is not hard to understand the phrase, 'sat has come out of asat'.

The asat is represented as an ocean, full of chaos, the ocean of inconscience (apraketam saliiam). The creation begins with involution. The Supreme power (or Prajapati) descends into this ocean. From there it rises again to reconstitute its vast unity step by step, each entity in it being endowed with consciousness. The Supreme Power or That One brings to birth this cosmos by its own greatness as stated in RV (1 0.129.3) (tan mahina ajayata).

All the energies needed are supplied by one and placed in the ocean. The creation is done via tapas or intense concentration or askesis. The essence of the manifestation is contained in sat yam and rtam as in (10.130.1). Satyam known as Truth indicates all the things, as if static. Rtam indicates the possibilities of movement of each entity; rtam is known as the Truth-in-movement or Truth-in-action. All things indicated by sat yam and rtam are manifested in detail. It is said that rishi-s or energies are charioteers of this movement of creation.

First to be created are the Gods and the worlds. What we think of creation is usually the hills, the rivers, the plants, animals and man. These happen at later stages of creation. According to Veda, Creation never stops. There are several worlds in this cosmos of which only the Earth or biosphere is physical. The other worlds are bhuvah (world of feelings, emotions, goals to achieve), manas (realm of mind) etc.

The process of cosmic creation has some similarity to human creative tasks. Consider a student who is trying to write an essay. In the beginning, ideas come but they are chaotic. This is the state of asat. Then the student concentrates the stage of tapas. Then some things in his memory come up front and suggest themselves as possibilities. The concentration and the forces or memories in her guide her task. The end product is the essay, sat. The student has not only written an essay, she has developed some aspects of the art of writing or how to guide this task. This is the role of the rishi-s mentioned earlier.

Contents

 

i Note to the readers and Acknowledgements iv
ii Abbreviations Vi
iii Note3 on transliteration Vii
  Part i: creation  
1 Introduction to the ideas of creation 1
2 Overview of the hymns in this part 3
3 Beginnings: rv (10.190) 7
4 Creation web: Questions with answers: Rv (10.130) 8
5 The primary creation hymn: Rv (10.129) (Desire, self law, breathing) 11
6 Hiranyagarbha sukta: Rv (10.121) 18
7 The supreme purusha 23
8 The purusha hymn: Rv (10.90) 25
9 The creator vishwakarma: Rv (10.81) 42
10 The creator vishwakarma: Rv (10.82) 46
11 The birth of gods: Rv (10.72) 49
12 The deity of speech: Rv (10.125) 54
13 Knowledge and conjectures: Rv (10.71) 60
14 Shatapatha brahmana (6.1.1.1-5) 67
15 Taitiriya aranyaka (1.21): Prajapati and tortoise 68
16 Brahadaranyaka upanishad 70
  Part II: Heaven and ancient fathers  
17 Overview of chapters 18-25 73
18 Heaven: rv (9.113) 75
19 Ancient fathers 79
20 Yama and after life 86
21 Samskara-s and beliefs 91
22 Final rites 93
23 Some relevant facts in veda related to after life 98
24 Popular beliefs on after life not found in veda 101
25 Return from the house of yama 102
26 Epilogue 107
27 References 107

Sample Pages









Hymns on Creation Heaven & Ancient Fathers (In The Veda and Upanishads)

Item Code:
NAG256
Cover:
Paperback
Edition:
2011
Publisher:
Shi Aurobindo Kapali Sastry Institute of Vedic Culture
ISBN:
9788179940440
Language:
English
Size:
8.5 inch X 5.5 inch
Pages:
118
Other Details:
Weight of the Book: 142 gms
Price:
$12.00   Shipping Free
Look Inside the Book
Add to Wishlist
Send as e-card
Send as free online greeting card
Hymns on Creation Heaven & Ancient Fathers (In The Veda and Upanishads)

Verify the characters on the left

From:
Edit     
You will be informed as and when your card is viewed. Please note that your card will be active in the system for 30 days.

Viewed 2423 times since 8th Apr, 2016

About the Author

Dr. R. L. Kashyap is Professor Emeritus of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University, Lafayette, Indiana in USA. He had his Master's degree from' Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru and obtained Ph.D. from Harvard University. He is the recipient of many International awards. In 2003 he has received 'Vedanga Vidvan' award instituted by Maharshi Sandipani Vedavidya Pratishthan (Ujjain), an autonomous body of HRD, Govt. of India.

He has authored more than 350 research articles of which 220 are published in scholarly journals and the rest were presented at conferences. He has guided above 50 doctoral students.

He has written extensively on Veda. Some of his widely read books on Veda are: 'Krishna Yajur Veda Taittiriya Samhita' (4 Volumes), 'Rig Veda Samhita' -(12 Volumes), Sarna Veda (2 Volumes), 'Why Read Rig Veda', 'Rudra mantras', 'Essentials of Rig Veda', 'Essentials of Yajur Veda', 'Essentials of Sarna Veda', 'Work, Enjoyment & Progress'.

He is the Founder and the Honorary Director of Sri Aurobindo Kapali Sastry Institute of Vedic Culture, Bengaluru.

Introduction

Part I deals with the Creation of Cosmos and related topics along with several hymns (or sukta-s] from Rig Veda. Some readers may feel daunted by the abstract ideas of Creation. However everyone gets some benefit by reading some passages because in the Veda the topic of cosmic Creation is closely related to the tasks of human creation such as writing, literature, art, music, cooking, singing and others.

The Vedic account of the Creation of cosmos is based on three fundamental assumptions:

[i] The Vedantic conception of Brahman which is timeless and unknowable, but also conceived as the deva, the supreme Godhead

[ii] The energies

[iii] Intense concentration, (tapas or askesis)

According to Rig Veda, in the beginning of Creation, everything was in a state of chaos, without any form or structure. This condition is called as asat. It does not appear appropriate to translate it as non-existence even though it is done extensively in the available books. Asat is better rendered as 'formless'. Sat is usually rendered as existence, or that which has form. Sat and asat should not be regarded as opposites, rather they are complimentary. Atharva Veda AV (17.1.19) states that, 'the sat is established or made (prati$hritam) from the asat '. RV(lO.S.7) states that Agni is both sat and asat. The relation between sat (being) and asat (non-being) is well expressed in the Chinese classic 'Tao Te Ching. A mud pot for cooking is made of mud which is sat. But what is used for cooking is the empty space within. Thus it is this asat (formless space) which makes the outward solid wall (sat) usable.

Thus with a little effort it is not hard to understand the phrase, 'sat has come out of asat'.

The asat is represented as an ocean, full of chaos, the ocean of inconscience (apraketam saliiam). The creation begins with involution. The Supreme power (or Prajapati) descends into this ocean. From there it rises again to reconstitute its vast unity step by step, each entity in it being endowed with consciousness. The Supreme Power or That One brings to birth this cosmos by its own greatness as stated in RV (1 0.129.3) (tan mahina ajayata).

All the energies needed are supplied by one and placed in the ocean. The creation is done via tapas or intense concentration or askesis. The essence of the manifestation is contained in sat yam and rtam as in (10.130.1). Satyam known as Truth indicates all the things, as if static. Rtam indicates the possibilities of movement of each entity; rtam is known as the Truth-in-movement or Truth-in-action. All things indicated by sat yam and rtam are manifested in detail. It is said that rishi-s or energies are charioteers of this movement of creation.

First to be created are the Gods and the worlds. What we think of creation is usually the hills, the rivers, the plants, animals and man. These happen at later stages of creation. According to Veda, Creation never stops. There are several worlds in this cosmos of which only the Earth or biosphere is physical. The other worlds are bhuvah (world of feelings, emotions, goals to achieve), manas (realm of mind) etc.

The process of cosmic creation has some similarity to human creative tasks. Consider a student who is trying to write an essay. In the beginning, ideas come but they are chaotic. This is the state of asat. Then the student concentrates the stage of tapas. Then some things in his memory come up front and suggest themselves as possibilities. The concentration and the forces or memories in her guide her task. The end product is the essay, sat. The student has not only written an essay, she has developed some aspects of the art of writing or how to guide this task. This is the role of the rishi-s mentioned earlier.

Contents

 

i Note to the readers and Acknowledgements iv
ii Abbreviations Vi
iii Note3 on transliteration Vii
  Part i: creation  
1 Introduction to the ideas of creation 1
2 Overview of the hymns in this part 3
3 Beginnings: rv (10.190) 7
4 Creation web: Questions with answers: Rv (10.130) 8
5 The primary creation hymn: Rv (10.129) (Desire, self law, breathing) 11
6 Hiranyagarbha sukta: Rv (10.121) 18
7 The supreme purusha 23
8 The purusha hymn: Rv (10.90) 25
9 The creator vishwakarma: Rv (10.81) 42
10 The creator vishwakarma: Rv (10.82) 46
11 The birth of gods: Rv (10.72) 49
12 The deity of speech: Rv (10.125) 54
13 Knowledge and conjectures: Rv (10.71) 60
14 Shatapatha brahmana (6.1.1.1-5) 67
15 Taitiriya aranyaka (1.21): Prajapati and tortoise 68
16 Brahadaranyaka upanishad 70
  Part II: Heaven and ancient fathers  
17 Overview of chapters 18-25 73
18 Heaven: rv (9.113) 75
19 Ancient fathers 79
20 Yama and after life 86
21 Samskara-s and beliefs 91
22 Final rites 93
23 Some relevant facts in veda related to after life 98
24 Popular beliefs on after life not found in veda 101
25 Return from the house of yama 102
26 Epilogue 107
27 References 107

Sample Pages









Post a Comment
 
Post Review
Post a Query
For privacy concerns, please view our Privacy Policy

Related Items

Hymns To The Goddess And Hymn To Kali
by Sir John Woodroffe
Paperback (Edition: 2014)
New Age Books
Item Code: NAB006
$33.50
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Hymns to The Goddess
by Sir John Woodroffe
Paperback (Edition: 2009)
Shivalik Prakashan
Item Code: NAM018
$20.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
The Hymns of Yajurveda (With Sanskrit Text, Roman Transliteration and English Translation)
by Dr. Tulsi Ram
Hardcover (Edition: 2011)
Govindram Hasanand
Item Code: NAC872
$50.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Grandeur of Thiruppugazh (The Hallowed Hymns of Arunagirinatha)
by S. R. S. Ayyar
Paperback (Edition: 1996)
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan
Item Code: IDI837
$16.50
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Pancastavi: The Pentad of Hymns of Kundalini Yoga
by Jankinath Kaul Kamal
Hardcover (Edition: 2001)
Sri Ramakrishna Ashrama
Item Code: IDF850
$27.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Hymns and Prayers To Gods and Goddesses
by Swami Pavitrananda
Paperback (Edition: 2014)
Advaita Ashrama
Item Code: IDD017
$11.50
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Five Hymns to Sri Arunachala
by Sri Ramana Maharshi
Paperback (Edition: 2006)
Sri Ramanasramam
Item Code: IDJ318
$6.50
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Hymns to Kali (Karpuradi-Stotra)
by Sir John Woodroffe
Paperback (Edition: 2009)
Shivalik Prakashan
Item Code: NAM017
$15.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Rosary of Hymns (Selected Poems of Surdas)
by Jaikishandas Sadani
Hardcover (Edition: 2009)
Bharatiya Vidya Mandir
Item Code: NAF847
$25.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Purusa-Sukta: The Most Ancient Vedic Hymn (With the Commentary of Saunaka)
by Gaurapada Dasa
Paperback (Edition: 2015)
Ras Bihari Lal and Sons
Item Code: NAL456
$20.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
The Call of the Vedas (An Anthology of Hymns)
by Abinash Chandra Bose
Paperback (Edition: 1999)
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan
Item Code: NAD118
$12.50
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Hymns for the Drowning Poems for Visnu (Vishnu) by Nammalvar
by A. K. Ramanujan
Paperback (Edition: 1993)
Penguin Books
Item Code: IDJ401
$16.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Srimad Bhagavata: The Holy Book of God (Set of 4 Volumes)
by Swami Tapasyananda
Hardcover (Edition: 2011)
Sri Ramakrishna Math
Item Code: NAF116
$75.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now

Testimonials

Amazing book and service. The shipment to Germany was even faster than I expected (4 days counting the weekend)the packaging was flawless and superb and I received the book in perfect condition. My pleasure to buy in your shop and thank you very much!
Pablo, Germany
I recieved my Mahavir pendant today. It is wonderful. I was recently in Delhi and as it was a spiritual trip visiting Jain temples in Rajasthan, Agra, Rishikesh and Delhi i did not have the opportunity to shop much. The pendant is beautiful and i shall treasure it. I have attached a picture of me in India. Your country and the people will always be in my heart.
Evelyn, Desoto, Texas.
I received my Order this week, It's wonderful. I really thank you very much.
Antonio Freitas, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
I have been ordering from your site for several years and am always pleased with my orders and the time frame is lovely also. Thanks for being such a wonderful company.
Delia, USA
I recviced Book Air Parcel(Nadi-Astrology). I am glad to see this book. Thankx. Muhammad Arshad Nadeem Pakistan.
Muhammad Arshad Nadeem
It is always a great pleasure to return to Exotic India with its exquisit artwork, books and other items. As I said several times before, Exotic India is far more than a highly professional Indian online shop; it is in fact an excellent ambassador to the world for the splendour of Indian wisdom and spirituality. I wish a happy and successful New Year 2017 to Exotic India and its employees! You can be very proud of yourself!
Dr Michael Seeber (psychiatrist and psychotherapist, Essen/Germany)
My last order arrived in a reasonable amount of time, regarding the long way it had to take! I am glad to find this and some other ayurvedic remedy, as well as books and much other things at your online-store and I am looking forward to be your customer again, some time.
Andreas, Germany.
Намаскар! Честно говоря, сомневался. Но сегодня получил свой заказ. Порадовала упаковка, упаковано всё очень тщательно и аккуратно. Большое спасибо, как раз подарок к Новому Году! Namaskar! Frankly, I doubted. But today received my order. We were pleased with the packaging. Everything is packed carefully and accurately. Thank you very much, just a gift for the New Year!
Ruslan, Russia.
Thanks for the great sale!! It really helped me out. I love Exotic India.
Shannon, USA
I have got the 3 parcels with my order today and everything is perfect. Thank you very much for such a good packaging to protect the items and for your service.
Guadalupe, Spain
TRUSTe online privacy certification
Language:
Currency:
All rights reserved. Copyright 2017 © Exotic India