Rig Veda Samhita Mandala – 3

160.00

Pages : xvi + 220

Cover : Paperback

ISBN : 81-7994-059-4

This book has the translation of all the 617 mantra-s in the 62 Sukta-s of the Third Mandala of Rig Veda along with the text and some explanation.All the mantra-s of this mandala are associated with the Rishi Vishvamira or his father Gathi Kaushika or the sons of Vishvamitra. Most persons who have some knowledge of the epic Ramayana or the Puranas are aware of the confrontation between Vishvamitra before he became a rishi and Rishi Vasishtha. There is no mention of this fight either in this Mandala seven due to the Rishi Vasishtha. We have to understand this fight in a symbolic way.

As in our earlier SAKSHI publication, the focus is on the wisdom in the Veda conveyed by the spiritual/psychological meanings of the mantra-s. The primary aim of our book is to make the translation understandable to lovers of Veda in all walks of life, not limited to academics or the experts in English language.

We request and urge our readers to read the first 2 essays in the Part II of the book, Appendices, whose titles are listed here:The Basic ideas in 1. 1. Rig Veda

2. Insight into the journey of inner yajna (working of Agni and Indra)

The reading will greatly help the reader in understanding the contents of Mandala 3.

Note that our compact book, ‘Essentials of Rig Veda’ gives an excellent overview of several aspects of Veda including mantra, metre, rishis, power of deities and some of the interesting topics in it.


Table of Contents

(i) Titles of the 62 Suktas / vi

(ii) The Suktas for the various deities / vii

(iii) Note to the Readers / vii

(iv) Rishi Vishvamira / viii

(v) Special features of the Mandala Three / xii

(vi) Symbolism of the Gods / xiii

(vii) Some common words / xiv

(viii) Acknowledgement / xvi

I. Text, Translation and Notes on the 617 mantras (62 Suktas)

Anuvaka  Suktas   Number of Mantras      Page

1               1 – 12            140                            1

2               13 – 29          118                          45

3              30 – 38          128                         76

4              39 – 53           123                        114

5              54 – 62           108                       151

II. Appendices

  1. The Basic ideas in Rig Veda / 186
  2. Insight into the journey of inner yajna / 189
  3. Explanation of the Vishvamitra – Vasishtha confrontation / 192
  4. Variants of Gayatri mantra / 193
  5. The greatness of Surya – Savitri as given in (5.81.1) / 195
  6. Meditation using the Gayatri mantra:  (Hints of Brh U. (5.14) / 197
  7. Gayatri mantra and Rejuvenation: Brh. U.(6.3.6) / 198
  8. Gayatri Mantra for Bhaga Savitri: (5.82.1) / 200
  9. Spiritual Meanings of Some Words / 202
  10. Highlights of this translation / 204
  11. References / 207
  12. Note on transliteration / 208
  13. Subject Index / 210
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