Rig Veda

8 thoughts on “Rig Veda”

  1. It was once thought that Gypsies (Romani) were Egyptians. Scholars noticed the similarity between Sanskrit and Romanes.and concluded we were Indian. Anyway, my father used to tell me “Bible” stories and as I got older and read the Bibles I noticed they were not part of the Judean-Christian-Islamic stories. When I started reading Hindu scriptures, I found the stories. Evidently, my grandma passed these along in her own version of an oral history (since there wasn’t money for books in Moldova in the 1930s). So religion has been an interesting syncretism. Now I’m trying to sort out what is “real” and what isn’t. Just a way to make the day pass sometimes 🙂 Enjoy your studies…


  2. I’ve sought in Buddhism and Christianity for a sense of origin and purpose, but somehow entirely missed being exposed to any of the Hindu texts. No longer! The sheer poetry of the extracts you’ve shared is enough to send me scurrying to Amazon & the ultimate drug of the BUY NOW button.



  3. What a wonderful surprise to find such an eclectic collection in your blog; it will make for hours of interesting reading, I’m sure. Thank you for starting to follow my Scottish Heart blog.

    If you have a chance to visit my other blog, Weaving the Magic Thread, you will find the story of how Hinduism and Yoga wove through my life. Namaste.


  4. Thanks Josephine. If you like the Rig Veda excerpts, check out Doniger’s other selection called Hindu Myths, and Raimundo Panikkar Vedic Experience, or Olivelle’s translation of the Upanishads…. I hope to post bits from all of these at some point. If you like Buddhist & Christian stuff, all of this will speak to you. In a way only Judaism speaks to me more, the two of them with three thousand and more years of unbroken but everchanging tradition. Thanks as always for the good words.


  5. I am, to date, a continual seeker. I love the way each tradition uses the limits of language to poetically transcend the barrier between what we can expresses in mere words and what IS. Nothing is as powerful as a poem-prayer.

    Thank you for the recommendations!


  6. 10:129 is one of my absolute favorites. It’s the openness of it all I find most alluring – the recognition that there is something beyond our dualistic understanding which we can only perhaps touch through paradox (and then again, perhaps not).


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