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The Rig Veda: An Anthology of One Hundred and Eight Hymns (Classics) Paperback – 17 Sep 1981

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics (17 Sept. 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140444025
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140444025
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 1.8 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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Wendy Doniger is the Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions at the University of Chicago, and the translator of numerous Sanskrit texts including the Laws of Manu, and Kamasutra. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Paperback.

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An excellent gentle introduction to the RIG VEDA which I found to be well organised and readable. A selection of 108 hymns (from a collection of over 1000) presents a fascinating insight into this very complex and awesome ancient scripture which covers religion, culture and mythology. The hymns are organised under subjects: Creation, Death, Elements of Sacrifice, Horse Sacrifice, Agni, Soma, Indra, Storm Gods, Solar Gods, Sky and Earth, Varuna, Rudra & Visnu, Realia, Women, and Incantations and Spells. Each hymn is accompanied by supporting notes which I found absolutely indispensable to aid understanding. This book adequately served my main purpose which was to have a basic insight into Indo-Aryan culture. In a wider context, this then could help me to understand the evolvement of Hinduism from the fusion of Indo-Aryan and Indus Valley Civilization aspects. Notwithstanding the controversies surrounding the accuracy and interpretation of this scripture, I was none-the-less left bewildered and humbled that ancient Indo-Aryans had the capability and motivation for such complex abstract thought and cultural practices.
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"To this day there is no internally consistent and coherent interpretation of the Vedas."
- quoted from "The Celestial Key to the Vedas" by B.G Sidharth, Indian physicist and director general of B. M. Birla Science Centre. Sidharth has written extensively on physics and his books are available on Amazon. He proposed the "dark energy" model at the seventh Marcel Grossman Conference in Jerusalem in June 1997, and at another conference on quantum physics in Singapore a year later. His research paper titled "The Universe of Fluctuations" was published in International Journal of Modern Physics in 1998.

For years Doniger's was only translation of the Rig Veda easily available to most of us who do not read Sanskrit. Although I remain grateful for any translation, over the years as I came to understand more and more of the metaphysics of Hinduism, it occurred to me that perhaps the translator simply did not quite fully understand the subtle metaphysical depths of the text and that a great deal of the inner meaning must have been lost through a lack of spiritual knowledge.

Because there is no accurate translation, most westerners have been completely bewildered by the Rig Veda - because most translations make the Rig Veda seem like a bunch of meaningless hymns propitiating deities.

I knew this could NOT be true.

For one thing, the Upanishads, the Mahabharata/Bhagavad Gita, and the Puranic texts are all based on the four Vedas. So the question remained how did such sublime enlightening metaphysical systems emerge of out of seemingly meaningless ritualistic hymns?

I decided on my own that the Vedas had to be some kind of encoded text that explained the nature of the universe, both visible and invisible. A recent book entitled, `Vedic Physics' by Dr.
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This was a present for my niece and she was very pleased.
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