Transformed Hinduism; The Monotheistic Religion of Beauty Volume 1

Transformed Hinduism; The Monotheistic Religion of Beauty Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ...called "Ka"--Who? (i.e. Who is the unknown God), because the interrogative pronoun occurs in the refrain of each verse of the hymn. Let me quote a few verses: ---Giver of vital breath, of power and vigour, He whose behests all the gods acknowledge. By him the heavens are strong, The earth is steadfast, By him lights, realm, and sky vault are supported, By him the regions in mid-air were measured. Never may he harm us, Who is earth's begetter, Nor he whose laws are sure, The Heavens' Creator, He who brought forth The great and lucid waters. What god shall we adore with our oblation? Prajapati (Lord of Life), thou only comprehendest All these created things, and none beside thee. Grant us our hearts' desire when we invoke thee, May we have stores of riches in possession. This hymn is considered a strong argument for those who maintain that the earlier faith of the Hindus was properly a monotheistic one, until in after ages, by their intercourse with the subjected tribes, the Aryans drifted gradually into their polytheism. The Sacred Scriptures SOMA VEDA Tm: second sacred book, called the Soma Veda, is closely connected with the Rig Veda, of which it is practically a. recast. It is metrical throughout, consisting of 1549 stanzas in two collections of verses, only 75 of which have not been traced to the Rig Veda. The chants of which it consists are arranged solely with reference to the Soma (Drink) sacrifice in the ritual, and these chants are chiefly drawn from the 8th and 9th book of the Rig Veda, which has 114 hymns in praise of Soma. Many of the invocations are also addressed to the God Soma, for the drink was itself deified, just as fire was deified. Soma was thus the name of one of the Vedic Gods who was invoked...show more

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  • Paperback | 44 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236898583
  • 9781236898586