The Hymns of the Rigveda (Volume 1)

9781235251801: The Hymns of the Rigveda (Volume 1)

This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1889. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... This is a digital copy of a book that was preserved for generations on library shelves before it was carefully scanned by as part of a project to make the world's books discoverable online. See the back of the book for detailed information. PREFACE. "What can be more tedious than the Veda, and yet what can be more interesting, if once we know that it is the first word spoken by the Aryan man?" "The Veda has a two-fold interest: it belongs to the history of the world and to the history of India As long as man continues to take an interest in the history of his race, and as long as we collect in libraries and musenms the relics of former ages, the first place in that long row of books which contains the records of the Aryan branch of mankind, will belong for ever to the Rig-veda." F. Max Muller. This work is an attempt to bring within easy reach of all readers of English a translation of the Hymns of the Rigveda which, while aiming especially at close fidelity to the letter and the spirit of the original, shall be as readable and intelligible as the nature of the subject and other circumstances permit. Veda, meaning literally knowledge, is the name given to certain ancient works which formed the foundation of the early religious belief of the Hindus. These are the Rigveda, the Samaveda, the Yajurveda, and the Atharvaveda; and of these the Rigveda--so called because its Sanhita or collection of mantras or hymns consists of Richas or verses intended for loud recitation --is the oldest, the most important, and the most generally interesting, some of its hymns being rather IndoEuropean than Hindu, and representing the condition of the Aryans before their final settlement in India. These four Vedas are considered to be of divine origin and to have existed from all eter...

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