|Number of Pages||300 Pages|
According to Prof.A.L.Bhasham s celebrated The Wonder That was India... The Rigveda is the oldest religious text in the world.It is a collection of hymns for use at the Yajnas,sacrifices,of the Aryans.The Sama Veda is a collection of certain verses of the Rigveda arranged for liturgical purposes.The Yajur Veda contains sacrificial formulae to be pronounced by the priest during the Yajna.The Atharva Veda consits chiefly of magic spells and incantations,but contains a fe wpoems of great merit. The 1028 hymns of the Rig Veda are the work of many poets and may have covered as many as five centuries.Even the earliest of these is the product of along tradition,composed according to a strict metrical scheme and a settled literary convention.A number of these hymns show deep feelings for nature and some are secular.The fire God,Agni,was the intermediary between gods and men,for he consumed the offerings and carried them to gods.The wonderful Hymn of Creation ,the work of a very grat poet.marks the development of a high stage of thinking. The Vedas are part of the living Hindu tradition.Their hymns are recited at ceremonies and in the daily devotions of the religious. Presented in this book is a sampler of the hymns,chiefly from the Rigveda,for a general yet correct understanding of the religion and culture of those earliest times.The translations are by the nost respected authorities on the subject.