It is known that pitrs and devas assist brahmanas in their performance and dissemination of dharma, which includes interpretation of the vedas with the correct meaning.

It's also known that rakshasas and asuras have a malevolent influence in the spread of adharma on Earth through humans. For example, in the mahabharata war, Bhishma was possessed by a daitya (asura) to do adharmic acts.

My question is, are non-Hindus secretly assisted by asuras and rakshasas in their translations of the vedas to distort its meaning?

I have good reason to suspect that it is the case, but is there any definite scriptural backing to support this?

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    "are non-Hindus secretly assisted by asuras and rakshasas in their translations of the vedas to distort its meaning?" - who are these non-Hindus? seems off-topic and opinion-based question to me. asking "is there any definite scriptural backing to support this?" doesn't make it on-topic. Commented Mar 20, 2021 at 2:33
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    @Ikshvaku my personal opinion is yes. those westerners who intentionally distort Vedic scriptures are definitely asuric/demonic in nature.
    – RishX
    Commented Mar 20, 2021 at 5:07
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    @Ikshvaku Which translation of the Vedas by a non-Hindu isn't based on Sayana's? Then how Asuras involvement comes in the picture? Basically all of them are simply translating Sayana's commentary.
    – Rickross
    Commented Mar 20, 2021 at 5:37
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    @Rickross Max Mueller based his translation on Sayana, but many Indologists today are coming up with their own translations based on Indo-European studies, according to SK.
    – Ikshvaku
    Commented Mar 20, 2021 at 12:02

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The answer is no, according to Swami Vivekananda:

citing from HSE itself:

Did the great Vedic scholar Sayanacharya reincarnate as Max Muller who propagated Aryan Invasion Theory?

"mone holo ki jaanis, Sayan i nijer bhashya nije uddhar korte Max Muller hoye jonmechhen,aamaar anek din hoitei oi dhaarana." (Swami-Sishya-Samvad, Sarachchandra Chakraborti, Udbodhan, page 56)

Meaning: Do you know what seemed to me? It was Sayana Himself who was born as Max Mueller to revive his commentaries. This is my "Dhaarana"(impression)

Another so-called "mleccha" Arthur Avalon made Tantric doctrines more available to everybody with his translations


Rohan Murty is as Sanatana Dharmi as they come, and he has commissioned "Mleccha" scholar Sheldon Pollock for translating Sanskrit works for the Murty Classical library.


Don't see Asuras or Rakshasas anywhere.

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    I think he just said that because MM heavily used Sayana's commentary.
    – Ikshvaku
    Commented Mar 19, 2021 at 18:41
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    All Rohan Murthy has is his dad's millions to throw at anyone who can dazzle him.
    – RamAbloh
    Commented Mar 20, 2021 at 13:55
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    There are several eminent Indian scholars who have criticized this Murthy Classical Library for its typical western academic biases in translations.
    – RamAbloh
    Commented Mar 20, 2021 at 13:57
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    @ramabloh - it must be my purvajanma punya that you are here to enlighten me.
    – S K
    Commented Mar 20, 2021 at 15:13
  • @RamAbloh While I respect your expertise at subject and you're welcome to critique the work as well, but in no way personal attack is acceptable here on HSE. Please refrain yourself from doing so.
    – TheLittleNaruto
    Commented Mar 21, 2021 at 18:02

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