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 Maharishi Sandipani Vedavidya Pratishthan (Ujjain an Autonomous body of HRD Govt. of India.
He has authored more than 350 research article 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 Vedda. Some of his widely read books on veda are: Rig Veda Samhita'- (12 Volumes), 'Yajur Veda (4 Volume), Sama Veda (2 Volume), Atharva Veda (6 Voluem), 'Why Read Rig Veda', 'Rudra Veda', etc. He is the Honorary Director of Sri Aurobindo Kapali Sastry Institute of Vedic Culture, Bengaluru.
The aim and objection of Indian culture was to evolve a perfect man a total man and a whole man. That is what they cell holism what we speak of as integralism today. They had that conception each person was expected to cultivate a fourfold personality. The Vedic seers gave expected to this idea in a very symbolic way. In some of the hymns called the Hymns of the Rbhu. S the divine artisans of immortality it is described how Vishwakarma gave one bowl to man but as he developed his consciousness as he surrendered himself to the gods and prayed to them to remark him in there image. These divine artisans the Rbhu’s worked upon him and produced four bowls from the original one. This is the integral fulfilment which was the aim of the Indian culture. M P Pandir.
This book contains all the one hundred mantras in the Rig Veda dedicated to the dedicated to the dedicatied Rbhu’s
Before beginning to read the translation of these Rig Veda Mantra’s We should clearly understand what is meant by mantra’s we should clearly understand what is meant by mantra’s there is an abundance of devotional hymns in Sanskrit addressed to various deities there is a world of different these hymns and Veda mantra’s Similarly wide is the distance between the Vedic deities and the gods in Purana and the epics even though they may have the same name.
A poem of high caliber has three basic components namely the rhythmic sound movement the interwoven verbal from and thought substance and the soul’s vision of the Supreme and the all encompassing Truth when the intensities of all the three components are at the highest level then that poem or verse is a mantra. Every verse of Rig Veda is a Mantra.
The essential Power of the mantra is to make us see the world or thought beyond our senses. This contact with the supraphysical world endows the person who sees with a certain power the intensity of which depends on the person. The recite of mantra experiences The rasa (essence) which was enjoyed by the poet seer (Kavi).
The mantra cannot only create new subjective state in ourselves alter our psychical being reveal knowledge and faculties we did not possess before can not only produce similar result in other minds than that of the user but can produce vibration in the mental and vital atmosphere which result in actions and even in the production of material forms on the physical plane (Sri Aurobindo)
The Rig Veda Mentions in Several place about the secret teaching (Ninya vachamsi RV 4.3.16) What is this secret The secretis the application of the powe of mantraand the godsin the inner life of man and consequently. in the outer life of man and community man lives in the physical cosmos subject to much suffering. To rise beyond this death and decay. He has to turn to light, battle and conquer the power of darkness. This he does by communion with the gods or divine powers and their aid the way to call down this aid was the secret of the Vedic mystics. There is a building of the powers of the godheads within man and divinization of his nature. Each god such as Agni or Indra represent a specific psychological power Agni is the power of divine will Indra is the lord of divine mind Soma is the lord of bliss or Ananda However all these gods cannot be arranged in a linear vertical scale calling one highest and other lower gods. RV (2.1.1 ) State that Agni in every other god such as Indra Some RV (9.96.5) or Sama Veda (527) State that Surya Agni Indra are all born of Soma. All the gods together constitute the web of Truth (Rtasya Tantu). We should focus on these powers being born within us. They act harmoniously helping the human devotee at every step.
In the Vedic age there was no artificial barrier between the so called worldly life and spiritual life’ The importance of the work done with the release of sweat has been praised in many R.V mantras. Development of the qualities of compassion sharing careful listening doing all work consciously having a smiling and helpful countenance were some important aspect of the spiritual practice in the Vedic Times.
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