The Secret of the Veda, Hymns to the Divine Waters

It is difficult to systematically study and appreciate the Rig Veda other than through audio programs, inasmuch as considerable force of the revelation comes through in the poetic force and recitation of these verses, and thus, we have created a series of audio files which include the recitation of the Sanskrit text of the Rig Vedic hymns chosen, and the English translation provided by Sri Aurobindo. All recordings were created in 1973 at Sri Aurobindo Ashram. Commentary and Translation by Sri Aurobindo. Recitation in Sanskrit by Sri Vinayak. English recitation by Santosh Krinsky. Click on the enclosed links to go directly to each of the audio files included here. Page references to the U.S. edition of The Secret of the Veda by Sri Aurobindo, published by Lotus Press are provided for further elucidation and reading on the subject of each hymn.

Sri Aurobindo writes: “My object has been to show in as brief a compass as possible the real functions of the Vedic gods, the sense of the symbols in which their cult is expressed, the nature of the sacrifice and its goal, explaining by actual examples the secret of the Veda. I have purposely selected a few brief and easy hymns, and avoided those which have a more striking depth, subtlety and complexity of thought and image, — alike those which bear the psychological sense plainly and fully on their surface and those which by their very strangeness and profundity reveal their true character of mystic and sacred poems. It is hoped that these examples will be sufficient to show the reader who cares to study them with an open mind the real sense of this, our earliest and greatest poetry. By other translations of a more general character it will be shown that these ideas are not merely the highest thought of a few Rishis, but the pervading sense and teaching of the Rig-veda.”

Sri Aurobindo provides extensive analysis of the images of the Oceans and the Rivers in Chapter X of The Secret of the Veda (pp. 95-103) and then devotes Chapter XI to The Seven Rivers (pp. 104-117). The translations of the hymns presented here come from Chapter XI.

Hymn to the Divine Waters, Mandala VII, Sukta 47 The recordings were made at Sri Aurobindo Ashram in 1973.  Sanskrit recited by Sri Vinayak.  English translation by Sri Aurobindo (Riks 1-4) recited by Santosh Krinsky.  (Secret of the Veda, pp. 104-117)

Hymn to the Divine Waters, Mandala VII, Sukta 49 In The Secret of the Veda, Sri Aurobindo writes: “The Veda speaks constantly of the waters or the rivers, especially of the divine waters … and occasionally of the waters which carry in them the light of the luminous soloar world or the light of the Sun … .  The passage of the waters effected by the gods or by man with the aid of the gods is a constant symbol. … What can these rivers be whose wave is full of Soma-wine, full of the ghrta, full of urj, the energy?  What are these waters that flow to the goal of the god’s movement, that establish for man the supreme good?  Not the rivers of the Punjab; no wildest assumption of barbarous confusion or insane incoherence in the mentality of the Vedic Rishis can induce us to put such a construction upon such expressions.  Obviously these are the waters of the Truth and the Bliss that flow from the supreme ocean.”

The recordings were made at Sri Aurobindo Ashram in 1973.  Sanskrit recited by Sri Vinayak.  English translation by Sri Aurobindo (Riks 1-4) recited by Santosh Krinsky.  (Secret of the Veda, pp. 104-117)

Sri Aurobindo, The Secret of the Veda, U.S. edition published by Lotus Press

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