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The Wisdom of Atharva Veda

The Wisdom of Atharva Veda  
hymn to earth, education, skambha, wedding, family concord, body structure, healthy longevity and epigrams

by R. L. Kashyap         
ISBN (Paperback):  8179940489, 9788179940488
Price (Paperback): 100.00 INR
Pages: viii, 80
Language: English
Year of Pub.: 2006
Publication: Motilal Banarsidass

About The Wisdom of Atharva Veda:

Atharva Veda (AV) Samhita is a collection of 5,989 mantras or verses. Most of them are in metres such as Gayatri, Anushtubh etc. AV is divided into 20 Kandas (or books). Each Kanda contains several suktas or hymns, each sukta contains several mantras or verses. There are in total 730 suktas or hymns.

Several introductory books purportedly dealing with Vedic age make several derogatory comments on the Atharva Veda. It is clear that the authors of books have no first hand knowledge on the AV book itself.

The present book has 12 chapters; titles given to them indicate their subject matter. Chapter 3 gives 4 suktas and several mantras dealing with the idea of recognising the bliss in life. Chapter 4 deals with the concord among the members of family and concord among the members of the community. Chapter 5 contains 2 suktas explaining how to live and face the problems in life which may appear very challenging. Chapter 6 contains mantras dealing with several aspects of marriage. They are taken mainly from the 2 marriage suktas (14.1) and (14.2) and others. Chapters 7 and 8 deals with the ideas of nation, the relation of the king, and the council and the concord among strangers and nations. Chapter 9 deals with the important aspect of the nature of gods. Note that these gods are not mere nature powers; they are the powers associated with the governance of universe and governance of individuals. They deal with the forces dealing with all aspects of work such as will-power, clarity of mind, the happiness derived from work, the foundations of the universe etc. 


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