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I was trying to learn hymns from this Rig Veda video. But I couldn't find the first few verses.

Where in the book is it?

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    vedas should be learnt from guru in person! – pbvamsi Sep 17 '14 at 14:54
  • @pbvamsi I quite agree. – Keshav Srinivasan Sep 17 '14 at 16:18
  • I'm not able to make out the words of the mantra that goes from the 1:04 mark to the 1:22 mark. Can anyone else make out what it says? – Keshav Srinivasan Sep 17 '14 at 16:19
  • I third @pbvamsi – user1195 Feb 2 '15 at 4:22
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The first mantra in the video is Rig Veda Book 2 Hymn 23 Verse 1; here is the Sanskrit and here is the English:

ghaṇānāṃ tvā ghaṇapatiṃ havāmahe kaviṃ kavīnāmupamaśravastamam |

jyeṣṭharājaṃ brahmaṇāṃ brahmaṇas pata ā naḥ ṣṛṇvannūtibhiḥ sīda sādanam ||

We call thee, Lord and Leader of the heavenly hosts, the wise among the wise, the famousest of all, the King supreme of prayers, O Brahmaṇaspati: hear us with help; sit down in place of sacrifice.

This was traditionally considered a mantra to Brihaspati the guru of the gods; see the Anukramani for Rig Veda Book 2 in my answer here. But because it contains the word "Ganapati", people often consider it to be a prayer to Ganesha.

The second mantra is Rig Veda Book 10 Hymn 112 Verse 9; here is the Sanskrit and here is the English:

ni ṣu sīda ghaṇapate ghaṇeṣu tvāmāhurvipratamaṃkavīnām |

na ṛte tvat kriyate kiṃ canāre mahāmarkaṃmaghavañcitramarca ||

Lord of the hosts, amid our bands be seated: they call thee greatest Sage among the sages. Nothing is done, even far away, without thee: great, wondrous, Maghavan, is the hymn I sing thee.

As you can see in the Anukramani for Book 10, this was traditionally considered a mantra to Indra, but again because it contains the word "Ganapati" people often consider it to be a prayer to Ganesha.

The third mantra is Rig Veda Book 6 Hymn 61 Verse 4; here is the Sanskrit and here is the English:

pra ṇo devī sarasvatī vājebhirvājinīvatī |

dhīnāmavitryavatu ||

May the divine Sarasvatī, rich in her wealth, protect us well, Furthering all our thoughts with might

That is unambiguously a mantra to Saraswati, as you can see in the Anukramani for Rig Veda Book 6.

I can't quite make out the words of the fourth mantra, which goes from the 1:04 mark to the 1:22 mark of the video. (Can anyone else hear it?). But the fifth mantra is Rig Veda Book 1 Hymn 164 Verse 39; here is the Sanskrit and here is the English:

ṛco akṣare parame vyoman yasmin devā adhi viśve niṣeduḥ |

yastan na veda kiṃ ṛcā kariṣyati ya it tad vidusta ime samāsate ||

Upon what syllable of holy praise-song, as twere their highest heaven, the Gods repose them,— Who knows not this, what will he do with praise-song? But they who know it well sit here assembled.

As you can see in the Anukramani for Rig Veda Book 1, this mantra is dedicated to all the gods, but I suspect the reason they included this mantra in the chant was because of the meaning, which may be related to the Pranava.

And after the first five mantras they start going into Rig Veda Book 1 Hymn 1; here is the Sanskrit and here is the English. This hymn is dedicated to Agni the fire god, as you can see in the Anukramani for Rig Veda Book 1.

  • What is bramhanaspati sukta for ganapati stuti or something else because it is prescribed in some books for ganpati pujan?? I don't understand why the rig veda mantra 1 is not ment for ganpati because the properties described are of ganapati , since ganapati is only complete incarnation of bramhan supreme god even krishna acknowledges him as equal to him!! – Yogi Sep 14 '15 at 17:29
  • @Yogi The Brahmanaspati Sukta refers to Rig Veda Book 2 Hymn 23. Like I said, in modern times it is often mistakenly recited as a hymn to Ganesha, because people assume the word "ganapatim" refers to Ganesha, when it actually refers to Brihaspati in this case. – Keshav Srinivasan Sep 14 '15 at 17:34
  • @Yogi Rig Veda Book 2 Hymn 23 is not trying to describe the supreme god. It calls Brihaspati the supreme king of prayers, because he is the greatest composer of prayers. And it calls him ganapati because he is one of the leaders of the group of gods. By reading the rest of the hymn, you can clearly see that it's addressed to Brihaspati; for instance in verse 18 he's called the son of the sage Angiras. And Brihaspati is listed as the Devata for the hymn in the Rig Veda Anukramani, as you can see in my answer here: hinduism.stackexchange.com/a/2430/36 – Keshav Srinivasan Sep 14 '15 at 17:42
  • I am asking a new question regarding this subject, because people should know what they are doing before reciting prayers, as before I read this I use to pray with that mantra as avhanam to Shrimanmahaganpati. – Yogi Sep 14 '15 at 17:52

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