An Indian Civilizational Perspective

In the beginning there was love..

In the beginning Love arose,
which was the primal germ cell of the mind.
The Seers, searching in their hearts with wisdom,
discovered the connection of Being in Nonbeing.

A crosswise line cut Being from Nonbeing.
What was described above it, what below?
Bearers of seed there were and mighty forces
thrust from below and forward move above.

-Rig Veda

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4 Comments
  1. Vish says

    >A crosswise line cut Being from Nonbeing.
    >What was described above it, what below?
    >Bearers of seed there were and mighty forces
    >thrust from below and forward move above.

    This literal translation in English is mind-bending to read and seems to convey no useful meaning.

    It will be better if you post the verse in Devanagari text (those that know Sanskrit may benefit) or the translation in Hindi. You can easily post देवनागरी in your blog. A Hindi translation of the Rig Veda done by Swami Dayanand in the 1850s is available in Delhi; it has both the literal translation of the words and the semantic meaning.

    Also please indicate the section, chapter and verse number so someone can go look it up.

  2. Vish says

    >A crosswise line cut Being from Nonbeing.
    >What was described above it, what below?
    >Bearers of seed there were and mighty forces
    >thrust from below and forward move above.

    This literal translation in English is mind-bending to read and seems to convey no useful meaning.

    It will be better if you post the verse in Devanagari text (those that know Sanskrit may benefit) or the translation in Hindi. You can easily post देवनागरी in your blog. A Hindi translation of the Rig Veda done by Swami Dayanand in the 1850s is available in Delhi; it has both the literal translation of the words and the semantic meaning.

    Also please indicate the section, chapter and verse number so someone can go look it up.

  3. Desh says

    Vishwa, good suggestion! I want to do that. Currently, I put these quotes from scriptures or from Saints as and when I get them from the net. They are useful at times. Sometimes the translation don’t quite cut it.

    One of these days, I plan to go ahead and post my understanding of Bhagwad Gita verse by verse – probably a year from now. Verse in Sanskrit and Hindi meaning and my understanding. The best translation for Gita I have found is from Gita Press, Gorakhpur.

    The two set of books I would want to read in Sanskrit and Hindi are first, Yoga Vasistha (a book translated by Swami Venkatesananda – a luminary himself – which has made the most impact on me and I find it to be THE most profound thing ever written in man-kind!) and second the Vedas (where I would be more interested in Upanishads – for that is, in my view, the basis of Gyan Yoga of Krishna).

    One day I will surely get to these three action plans.

  4. Desh says

    Vishwa, good suggestion! I want to do that. Currently, I put these quotes from scriptures or from Saints as and when I get them from the net. They are useful at times. Sometimes the translation don’t quite cut it.

    One of these days, I plan to go ahead and post my understanding of Bhagwad Gita verse by verse – probably a year from now. Verse in Sanskrit and Hindi meaning and my understanding. The best translation for Gita I have found is from Gita Press, Gorakhpur.

    The two set of books I would want to read in Sanskrit and Hindi are first, Yoga Vasistha (a book translated by Swami Venkatesananda – a luminary himself – which has made the most impact on me and I find it to be THE most profound thing ever written in man-kind!) and second the Vedas (where I would be more interested in Upanishads – for that is, in my view, the basis of Gyan Yoga of Krishna).

    One day I will surely get to these three action plans.

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