Life and Vision of the Vedic Seer
by Satya Prakash Singh
ISBN(Hardbound): 8187471697, 9788187471691
Price(Hardbound): 550.00 INR
Year of Pub.: 2013
About Kavsa Ailusa:
This book in the series of Life and Vision of Vedic Seers in an attempt to reconstruct the life and ideology of a Rgvedic seera Kavasa Ailusa noted for contributing four hymns to the Samhita particularly the famous Gambler's Hymn which is unique in its content inasmuch as instead of devoting itself to anyone of the deities it has been addressed to Die as its deity and devoted to Aksa an insignificant wild seed used in playing an ancient game which happened to be decisive even to kingships. Ironically, the seer happens to play the role of a dramatic persona in this hymn involving himslef practically as a gambler, playing the game, suffering the consequences up to the extreme consisting in even losing his wife to the fellow gamblers, getting indebted to neighbors, hiding himself from them, being disowned by his father, mother, and brothers and relatives and then tending to impart the lesson of abstaining from this game to people at large.
The irony of his lesson, however, lies in the fact that sage Krishna Dvaipayana Vyasa who is responsible for turning the stray Vedic Mantras into Samhitas as well as creation of the Mahabharata, the greatest epic poem of the world, happens to have adopted the same model in the creation of its hero after the same seer in Yughisthira, the king of kings of his time and suffering almost the same consequences inspite of all his honesty and piousness of character and has become archetypal throughout the millennia. This book has, thus, become important on account of showing for the first time the archetypal character of the theme of the Mahabharata tracing itself back to this hymn of the Rgveda which otherwise has been treated as a matter of ridicule on Vedic series and what they have contributed to the literary world.
The book is valuable asset for scholars, students, researchers of Philosophy, Yoga, Vedic Studies and Indology.