Rig Veda Sun Tribute

You shine, all living things emerge. You disappear, they go to rest. Recognizing our innocence, O golden-haired Sun, arise; let each day be better than the last. Rig Veda X, 37, 9

Bless us by your gaze, your brightness and shining. Bless us in cold and in heat. O Sun, grant us blessings at home and, when we are traveling, bestow upon us your wonderful treasure. Rig Veda X, 37, 10

Protect both our species, two-legged and four-legged. Both food and water for their needs supply. May they with us increase in stature and strength. Save us from hurt all our days, O Powers!  Rig Veda X, 37, 11

Whatever grave offense we have committed against you, by our tongue, O God, or by carelessness of mind, lay the burden of this sin on the one who plans evil, on him, O Vasus, who wishes us ill. Rig Veda X, 37, 12

His shining beams now introduce the God who knows all living things, that all may see the Sun.  Rig Veda I, 50, 1

Vedic Books

Today’s Ponder

A father knows about the birth and life of his son, because he witnesses it. But the birth and childhood of his father are beyond the ken of the son, because they occurred before he was born. Likewise, the devatās (celestial gods) and the ṛiṣhis (sages) cannot comprehend the real nature of the origin of God, who existed before they were even born.

And so, the Rig Veda states:   “Who in the world can know clearly? Who can proclaim from where this universe was born? Who can state where this creation has come from? The devatās came after creation. Therefore, who knows from where the universe arose?”

Again, the Īśhopaniṣhad states:  (Īśhopaniṣhad 4)[v2]

“God cannot be known by the celestial devatās, as he existed before them.” Yet, such inaccessible knowledge will now be given by Shree Krishna to nurture the devotion of his dear friend.

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Inspiration, Comfort or Both

“In whatever way people surrender unto me, I reciprocate with them accordingly.”   “Everyone follows my path, knowingly or unknowingly, O son of Pritha.”  (Bagavad Gita Ch 4:11)

We seek and find God in various ways, and however we reach, s/he will grasp   IH

The Shiva Egg

You may have heard the expression “I know just enough to be dangerous”.  It is usually said by someone who has an interest in a certain subject and feels pretty impressed with themselves at the amount of their newly acquired knowledge. Yet occasionally, something will humble them and show them how much they don’t know.  Continue reading “The Shiva Egg”

What’s God’s Name?

A popular misconception about Hindus is that we have “millions of gods”. Yet we have at our core one God the absolute, formless, only Reality – the Supreme Universal Soul, who is called Brahman.  Recently I had a visit from two very nice ladies of a religious order whose mission is to gain converts via door to door proselytizing . They introduced themselves, and one of them gave me a small publication (which she referred to as a magazine).  To be polite, I accepted it and after a cursory browse put it where I put other such materials.

Continue reading “What’s God’s Name?”