The Vedas are a peculiar topic of study.
They are one of the most primeval and mysterious texts known to man. They have no celebrated author and no timeline of origin… Yet, they have inspired world religions (namely, Hinduism) and their hymns are regarded as law — shaping societal, political, and economic philosophies.
The Rig Veda: The Book of Mantra
The Sama Veda: The Book of Song
The Yajur Veda: The Book of Ritual
The Atharva Veda: The Book of Spell
The Vedas were originally formed, recited, and passed down from generation to generation by Aryan nomads (considered “the noble ones”) in ancient India. It is most commonly believed that the Vedas were created during the Vedic Period (1,500 – 500 B.C.E.). Although, many scholars and great yogis today hypothesize that the creation of this oral tradition could have started as far back as 12,000 B.C.E.
However, it wasn’t until centuries later (long after the Vedic Period) that the Vedas were written into physical form, creating what we know today as the Vedic Texts.
The oldest and most fundamental of these texts is the Rig Veda.
What Does Rig Veda Talk About?
In Sanskrit, the word Rigveda means “knowledge of the verses (or mantras).”
The Rigveda is by far the most prominent of the Vedas; it was the first Vedic text ever written and is the main source of history on the ancient Hindus.
The text is comprised of 1,028 hymns (sūktas) dedicated to various deities, including the Purusha Sukta and Creation Hymns. These hymns are all organized into 10 different books, which are commonly referred to as “circles” or “mandalas.”
The older books contain hymns that are more devoted to the praise of various gods and goddesses. The younger books are more concerned with philosophical questions, the virtue of dāna (generosity, charity) in society, and other metaphysical issues.
The hymns include praises, blessings, and sacrifices written in enchanting poetry and prose. When these beautiful words are chanted, one is transported to another state of mind.
This light hath come, of all the lights the fairest,
The brilliant brightness hath been born, far-shining,
Urged on to prompt the sun-god’s shining power.
Night and Morning clash not, nor yet do linger.
Who Wrote The Rig Veda?
It’s awe-inspiring, to say the very least. But who wrote such wise and captivating hymns?
Here’s the thing about the Vedas — there is no acclaimed human author. They are simply a “language of the gods” in comprehensible human form.
The Vedas were channeled by risis (the seers, the sages) from the very breath of “Source.” “Source” being the Paramātman: the “Primordial Self” or the “Absolute Atman.” The risis saw and interpreted the Vedas, but they did not compose them.
There are seven risis credited to channeling the Rigveda: Atri, Kanwa, Vashistha, Vishwamitra, Jamadagni, Gotama, and Bharadwaja.
Just as one is transported to another state of mind when reciting the Vedas, it was within that same mind-state they were written — in a state beyond.
The Vedas contain universal truths that can help you understand and experience your connection to the Divine through study and practice. Sacred study reveals the practice, and practice helps you implement the powerful spiritual truths that can transform your life.
— Deborah King, Spiritual teacher and author of Mindvalley’s Be a Moder Master program.
Who Is The Main God In The Rig Veda?
The God that was mentioned in the first line of Rig Veda and whose name is the very first word in Rig Veda is Agni, the fire god, and guardian deity.
The rest of the hymns from Rig Veda are mainly addressed to Agni and Indra, Varuna, Mitra, the Ashvins, the Maruts, and so on.
What Does The Term ASVA Mean In Rigveda?
Ashva (aśva, अश्व) is the Sanskrit word for a horse. This word can be found in the Vedas quite often, especially in the Rigveda.
It is because this Vedic script has many scenes associated with chariots. What’s more, Ashvins are the divine twin gods of medicine and known for their horsemanship.
Like the ancient sages, have you ever experienced mystical encounters with deities? Have you ever been transported to that “state beyond?” Share your experience with us in a comment below.