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Rgveda for the Layman: A Critical Survey of One Hundred Hymns of the Rgveda, With Samhita-Patha, Pada-Patha and Word-Meaning and English Translation 2002nd Edition

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Text: English (translation)

About the Author

Shyam Ghosh (1904-2000) was a Vedic research scholar. He had studied other Hindu scriptures as well, some of which he had translated and published, including an exhaustive commentary on Patanjali's Yogasutra.
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  • Hardcover: 877 pages
  • Publisher: Munshirm Manoharlal Pub Pvt Ltd; 2002 edition (September 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8121510430
  • ISBN-13: 978-8121510431
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,841,341 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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RGVEDA for the Layman
Translated with Commentary by Shyam Ghosh

This fresh translation of the RIG Veda was published in 2002. The translator sadly died in the year 2000 or I would have sent him my personal THANK YOU and touched his feet (a sweet Hindu custom of respect).

For years now, there has been only one translation of the Rig Veda available to most of us who do not read Sanskrit. Although I remain grateful for any translation, over the years as I came to understand more and more of the metaphysics of Hinduism, it occurred to me that perhaps the translator simply did not quite fully understand the subtle metaphysical depths of the text and that a great deal of the inner meaning must have been lost through a lack of spiritual knowledge.

For many years now most westerners have been completely bewildered by the Rig Veda - because most translations make the Rig Veda seem like a bunch of meaningless hymns propitiating deities.

I knew this could NOT be true.

For one thing, the Upanishads and the Puranic texts are all based on the Vedas (there are four Vedas; the fifth being the Mahabharata). So the question remained how did such sublime enlightening metaphysical systems emerge of out of seemingly meaningless ritualistic hymns?

I decided on my own that the Vedas had to be some kind of encoded text that explained the nature of the universe, both visible and invisible. But I still had no evidence beyond my intuition. A recent book entitled, `Vedic Physics' by Dr. Raja Ram Mohan Roy, shed some light on the inscrutable Vedas by posing analogies to the principles of quantum physics.
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This is an awesome piece of work. I haven't finished reading it yet. These 763 pages cover ONLY chosen 100 hymes out of 1028! It has Sanskrit printing as well as sanskrit-in-english-alphabets along with meaning in English. It is not just a translation, it has about 60pages long introduction to warm you up with the concepts, myths and history in a nutshell.

I'm so glad to read the oldest script in the human history, estimating to be over 10000 (ten thousand) years old. I know, a million thanks to late Sham Ghosh is too less.
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At first I was a little put of by the translation , make sure to read the introduction . It is a must read .
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Excellent condition!
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I bought this because I was intrigued to learn more about one of the oldest Indian texts. I have read the Bhagavat Gita and parts of the Srimad Bhagavatam and thought it may similar in nature. I did not like the interpretations and the message itself was not easy to interpret or practice in the course of one's life. If you are looking to read up on Vedic philosphy I would redirect you to one of the aforementioned books. Just my opinion:)
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