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The Golden Book of the Holy Vedas

Mahendra Kulasrestha (Editor) A.A. Macdonell (Translator) H. Oldenberg (Translator) F. Max Muller (Translator)
Synopsis According to Prof. A.L. Basham's celebrated The Wonder That Was India- The Regveda is the oldest religious text in the world. It is a collection of hymns for use at the Yajnas, sacrifices, of the Aryans. The Sama Veda is a collection of certain verses of the Rigveda arranged for liturgical purposes. The Yajur Veda contains sacrificial formulae to be pronounced by the priest during the Yajna. The Atharva Veda consists chiefly of magic spells and incantations, but contains a few poems of great merit. The 1028 hymns of the Rig Veda are the work of many as five centuries. Even the earliest of these is the product of a long tradition, composed according to a strict metrical scheme and a settled literary convention. A number of these hymns show deep feelings for nature and some are very secular. The first god, Agni, was the intermediary between gods and men, for he consumed the offerings and carried them to the gods. The wonderful 'Hymn of Creation', the work of a very great poet, marks the development of a high stage of thinking. The Vedas are part of the living Hindu tradition. Their hymns are recited at ceremonies and in the daily devotions of the religious. Presented in this book is a sampler of the hymns, chiefly from the Rig Veda, for a general yet correct understanding of the religion and culture of those earliest times. The translations are by the most respected anthorities on the subject.
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About the author

Mahendra Kulasrestha

Mahendra Kulasrestha, has been the first Editor of the well-known Orient Paperbacks, and has been associated with the Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan, Mumbai; V. Vedic Research Inst., Hoshiarpur, Pb.; Vision Books; Hind Pocket Books; Rajpal and Sons; Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust; HUDCO; DDA; SEWA Delhi, etc. He has edited the much useful Public Concerns Series, and been Consultant Editor of International Books Update. His works include: Japan An Enigma, An anthology of Japanese Literature (Hindi), Tagore Centenary Volume, The Genius of Tagore, Aspects of Indian Culture, world Poetry Number of a Hindu Literary magazine, An Anthology of Hindi Literary magazine, An Anthology of Hindu Short Stories in English, Existence and Other Poems (English translation of Amrita Pritam’s poems), A study of Western philosophers in Hindi, etc.

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Title The Golden Book of the Holy Vedas
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2007
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Vijay Goel
Language: English
isbn 8189297007
length 237p., Figures; 25cm.