Power & Purity / Rig Veda II.35
Equilibrium is the source of all power, creation and manifestation. Rene Guenon: “Far from being the state of non-existence, equilibrium is on the contrary existence considered in and of itself, independent of its secondary, multiple manifestation; moreover, it is certainly not Non-Being, in the metaphysical sense of the word, for existence, even in this primordial and undifferentiated state, is still the point of departure for the multiplicity of numbers.”
Thus it is in the equilibrium that all true power is to be found and this is what our profit-motivated five-sense based science does not, could not comprehend. This avyakta (unmanifest) power, that is the substratum within all, can only be accessed through higher consciousness. The Pythagoreans understood the hubris of science, and “recognized it as a potential means both of man’s liberation and destruction; hence their insistence that only those purified in body and spirit should be trusted with its secrets. …Science may become a hymn to the creator or a Pandora’s box, and should be trusted only to saints.” [Arthur Koestler]
Bhagavad Gita IV.10
Those whose greed, fear, and anger have disappeared, who are absorbed in God-Consciousness, are purified by the austerity of Wisdom-Knowledge, and reach the state of being of the One.
The Indian scholars Swami Satya Prakash Sarawati and Satyakam Vidyalankar have translated the Rig Veda II.35 hymn (sukta in Sanskrit) in an enlightening and scientific manner. Swami Satya Prakash Sarawati is a renowned Vedic scholar who is said to “bear scientific temper to his spiritual writings” - and Satyakam Vidyalankar is a profound scholar who is also a poet of great merit.
The hymn-sukta was composed by the Rishi Gritsamadah Bhârgavah Shaunakah. R.L. Kashyap’s esoteric translation gives the title as ‘The Son of Waters’ — apâm napât in Sanskrit. R.L. Kashyap informs the reader that apâm napât, the son of waters is the deity of the hymn and that it is usually Agni or Savitri. The word apâm napât also occurs in three other suktas without explanation (VII.35.13; VII.47.2; X.92.3). Kashyap also says that the word annam meaning ‘food’ occurs five times in the hymn and in the 11th verse he translates annam as ‘light’:
II.35.11 translated by R.L. Kahsyap: The beautiful and secret name of the Son of waters and that flame-force [anîkam], have increased. The maidens kindle him, the golden hued. Light is his food.
Swami Satya Prakash Sarawati and Satyakam Vidyalankar translate the same verse thus: The hidden face and lovely name of this eternal fluid-dynamic energy grow powerful. Golden-coloured water is the fluid of this fire divine and as such, the youthful waters of the aerial ocean enkindle him well here.
Shyam Ghosh’s translation: That splendour is its most pleasant character (nâma meaning name, mark, symbol), as also the descendents from the Beyond (apâm, the progeny) in whom it is dispersed to make them grow. When integrated (combined) into this (body), it kindles (indhate meaning ignites, kindles) knowledge, and in this way produces that shine of glittering bright (hiranya-varnam) halo (life), which becomes the food (annam) of this body.
Ghosh’s note: Coming from the Beyond, the life energy impregnates matter, enlivens it, and thus becomes its regular nourishment. The glow of life is visible as long as the life-energy remains inside a physical body.
Thus we see how wonderfully diverse and illuminating the various translations are! Each reflects the lens of the translator, their background, education and life pursuits; and each brings another layer of meaning out of the Rishi’s encoded intentions. I find it very interesting that R.L Kashyap is Professor Emeritus of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University who received his Master’s degree from the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore. In sincere respect, I have thought that R.L. Kashyap may have written some software to help him sort out riddle-like mysteries of the word meanings in the Rig Veda’s 10,000 verses.
Shyam Ghosh was a retired Government of India officer. When his publishers Munshiram Manoharlal asked him for more bio-date, the then ninety year old gentleman replied thus: “It is Truth that matters, not the utterer of the Truth. No Truth ever becomes a bit truer even when repeated by the most distinguished person. Hence all genuine aspirants of yoga should be content to remain unknown and unnoticed by others.” I am very grateful to Shyam Ghosh as he gave me my first glimpse into the secret wonders of the Rig Veda.
Science should only be trusted to Saints!
As previously stated, Swami Satya Prakash Sarawati is a renowned Vedic scholar who is said to “bear scientific temper to his spiritual writings” - and Satyakam Vidyalankar is a profound scholar who is also a poet of great merit. I fully concur with the genius scholar Arthur Koestler in his assessment that science should be trusted to Saints. I am committed to the idea that the Rishis who composed the Rig Veda were not only Saints and Seers (the word Rishi means Seer, those who ‘see’), but these men and women were also scientists. Not scientists as we have today, who are owned by the corporatocracy, but science in the sense of a sacred science that was practiced by the Pythagoreans.
Arthur Koestler has a good introductory chapter on Pythagoras of 6th century Samos Greece in ‘The Sleepwalkers, A History of Man’s Changing Vision of the Universe.’ Pythagoras lived into his nineties and into that long life-span he packed “all things that are contained in ten, even in twenty, generations of men.” The son of a silversmith and gem engraver, Pythagoras was the founder of a new religious philosophy and Science. He was thought to have travelled extensively in Asia Minor and Egypt as many of the educated citizens of the Greek Islands did. Around 530 B.C. Pythagoras settled in Kroton, which was then the largest Greek town in Southern Italy.
Pythagoras “soon achieved semi-divine status; according to Aristotle, the Krotonians believed him to be a son of the Hyperborean Apollo, and there was a saying that ‘among rational creatures there are gods and men and beings like Pythagoras.’ He worked miracles, conversed with demons from heaven, descended to Hades, and possessed such power over men…” [A. Koestler]
The Pythagoreans were a religious order, an academy of science, and powerful in politics. “They shared all property, led a communal existence, and gave equal status to women. They observed rites and abstinences, gave much time to contemplation and examinations of conscience.” They understood the hubris of science and knew that it could be the “potential means both of man’s liberation and destruction; hence their insistence that only those purified in body and spirit should be trusted with its secrets.” Initiation into all higher mysteries was according to each by the degree of their purification.
All components parts interlock
Arthur Koestler said that the terms ‘philosophy’ and ‘harmony’ are Pythagorean in origin. The essence and power of the Pythagorean vision “lies in its all-embracing unifying character; it unites religion and science, mathematics and music, medicine and cosmology, body, mind, and spirit in an inspired and luminous synthesis. In the Pythagorean philosophy all components parts interlock, it presents a homogenous surface, like a sphere…”
I value this last quote from Koestler comparing Pythagorean philosophy to a sphere for in my own meagre however heart-felt explorations into the Rig Veda, I have compared the old Vedic Sanskrit words to spherical layers of multiple meanings. Therefore increasingly I am not bothered by the diversity of translations — unless they make the Rishi Seers who composed the Rig Veda appear as idolaters who were cow-worshipping tribals, which they most assuredly were not!
Plasma the ‘blood’ of the cosmos
My interest in the theories of the Electric Universe and their concepts of plasma physics led me to see correlations in the Rig Veda. For example I began to feel that the Sanskrit word Soma actually meant plasma and there are other examples I am in the process of deciphering — hopefully. In this working out of comparable meanings I have come to feel that the theories of The Electric Universe are wonderful, but remain limited as they focus on matter and do not embrace the deeper realms ‘beneath the curtain of each atom’ meaning the Wisdom-Knowledge of Purusha and Prakriti.
However, I think you will enjoy the following excerpts from the Swami Satya Prakash Sarawati and Satyakam Vidyalankar translation of Rig Veda II.35 that rings plasma physics, in fact using the words hydrodynamics and even electricity. For brevity’s sake I have not included the entire verse, only the plasma ‘science’ bits and the words within brackets are mine.
Rig Veda II.35
1. May the hydrodynamic power lying latent in the flowing [plasma] stream, be wealth-giver [produce energy]…May this impetuous electric power so utilized…
2. The hydrodynamic power, the noble Nature’s force, has generated good many things existing by its supreme might.
3. Some waters [of plasma] collect together, others join them. As rivers they flow together [expanding in energy] to a common reservoir. The pure waters have gathered round the hydrodynamic power, pure and shining.
4. The…hydrodynamically produced fire…May all this bring abundance to us.
5. This power is formed as if in waters, but is utilized far and wide.
6. In him (the hydrodynamic power) lies the source of the mechanical horse-power [propulsion for everything including aerial ships], and also other advantages [has multiple uses]. May you defend the pious patrons [the purified Saint of science] against malice and oppression [this science is used for defence]. Neither the enemies not the untruthful villains [those who have not purified their consciousness and being] would be blessed by this energy [produced by plasma technologies], whether abiding in the immature [imperfect] or mature waters [formulated levels of plasma].
7. He, the hydrodynamic power personified, abides in his own dwelling; he is the cow [the rays of the ‘herds’ of stars, plasma in its electromagnetic ray form flowing in space], which can be easily milked [accessed and used to generate unlimited energy]…
8. All other creatures and the creepers with their offspring are indeed born forth as the branches of this hydrodynamic energy [it is the various rays in the electromagnetic spectrum which reach us here on earth that nourish everything]…
9. The hydrodynamic energy, arrayed in lightning [and other forms such as coronal mass ejections, auroras, sprites, etc.], ascends in the midst of curled clouds.
10. The hydrodynamic energy in the form of fire and lightening has golden form [hiranya-rupah] and golden appearance…
11. The hidden face and lovely name of this eternal fluid-dynamic energy grow powerful. Golden-coloured water [hiranyavarnam] is the food of this fire divine and as such, the youthful waters of the aerial ocean enkindle [indhate] him well here.
12. Let us wait upon this nearest friend with many sacrifices, a prayer and offerings…
13. He is his own revealer and sows the seed of plasma in the vast expanse of the universe [here the suggestion is made that this apâm napât, ‘Son of Waters’ is the source creator generator of plasma!] He indeed draws life-giving element from them and they lick him [R.L. Kasyap translates ‘they lick’ as even more intriguing ‘rub bright and pure’]. That fluid-dynamic energy with unfaded effulgence, here unites as it were with other manifested forms of divine powers (energies).
14. The great waters [forms of plasma in space] bearing rich nourishment to feed their offspring flow and surround him who in his supreme position is resplendent with the rays that never perish [perhaps suggesting the energies that are the substratum of plasma].
The final verse 15 is directed to Agni, praising the fire with words of purification, as Kashyap translates it.
Thus in respectful gratitude, I have shared the translation of the Indian scholars Swami Satya Prakash Sarawati and Satyakam Vidyalankar, along with what I ‘see’ when I approach the Rig Veda. As I have said, I believe that the old Vedic Sanskrit words are comparable to spherical layers of meaning and therefore intended to have multiple meanings — scientific, the more spiritual and esoteric, and many others.
The Rishis were Seers who ‘saw’ what is eternally held in avyakta, the unmanifest, and in Prakriti’s undifferentiated subtle state — and brought that Wisdom-Knowledge into human understanding on this our planet Earth plane realm. The Rishis were brilliant and purified beings, far more advanced than the Pythagoreans. The Seers who composed the Rig Veda were qualified to understand advanced sciences, such as plasma physics, that allowed our off-world progenitors to traverse that vast distances of space simply by collapsing space-time, and arrive here to terraform and colonize our planet as they have done with thousands more.
It is likely that the Arctic region was tropical at the time of their arrival and thus B.G. Tilak’s study of the Rig Veda is of great value to those who seek the truth of our human origins. The secrets of the great ones, the Rishis, Seers of a more sacred science, remain hidden for us to discover in the Rig Veda.
V. Susan Ferguson
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