A child I am; taken descent in the line of formidable seers
Whom the Vedas exalt and a miserly Paṇi most fears
Born of the flames, the fiery ones fought for the Gods
Sprung from Sacred Seed, I’ll not let Dharma go to the dogs
The sacrifices have stopped and the Gods are starving
Maru and Devapi look in disdain at the fate we are carving.
I live in the worst of four ages; my residence is Simhapuri Kshetra.
May the Devas make me one among the sages; the name is Āngīrasa Śreṣtha.
I prefer to be a bit cryptic with my writings at times and I write poetry in english, sprinkled with a serving of Devabhasha.
The purpose of this blog is to help spread awareness of certain aspects of Hinduism that we conveniently ignore in our tea-time discussions and the temple visits that have become as inescapable part of our family routine. The Veda is seen as some mysterious, exotic text that seem to be of little concern to the modern Hindus. The fire cult and the emphasis on the power of Mantras to bring about the presence of the deities, are two unique features of Hinduism and both are inherited from its oldest layer-The Vedic Religion.
Also, the Acharyas of the later day philosophical schools such as Nyaya, Samkhya, Yoga, Vedanta, etc have all used verses from the Veda to support their respective positions on metaphysics, ontology and epistemology. Hence, it is important for every Hindu to know enough to appreciate the importance of the Veda. This blog hopes to be a tool to achieve that end.
Most importantly, the question of the Arya? The term has been trapped in a quagmire of doubt, anger, prejudice and pseudo-scientific rhetoric. So what if “Arya” refers to a race? What is so intrinsically bad about that? Bharatavarsha was a point of confluence for different peoples and whether we want to admit it or not, different genetic stocks arrived in India from outside and eventually coalesced as studies show. Human migration is a factual reality. Just because our most distant ancestors came from outside does not mean that Hinduism is foreign to India. While the Vedic Religion shares some common cultural traits, that are identified as “Indo-European”, its complex developments in ritual thought and theology occurred for the most part in Bharatavarsha. Also, the “Hinduism” we know today is not merely an “Indo-European” phenomenon. It includes contributions from the Dravidians and the Austro-Asiatic peoples who have lived in India alongside the Aryans. This pertinent issue of identity and culture would be discussed in further detail in the blog articles.