A question What are the 21 meters known to Rig Vedic seers? (actually a Rigveda mantra quoted) triggered me to search for the list of 21 Chhandas. So, I have searched for Chhandasutras of Pingalacharya which is the oldest scripture on Chhanda, one of the six Vedangas. Original Sanskrit text is easily available on Vedic reserve of Maharshi University site, I ...
Do Vedas/Smritis sanction genocide of non-believers (buddhists etc)?
No, but they sanction the deportation of non-believers, including Buddhists:
Manusmriti 9.225 - Gamblers, dancers, cruel men, men belonging to heretical sects [pāṣaṇḍas], men addicted to evil deeds, dealers in wine,—these the King shall instantly banish from his town.
The word used for ...
Talking about Samhitas of Vedas, Narada is a seer of 33 mantras of 13th Suktas of 8th Mandala of Rigveda but there is no mention of Narada in the text of Rigveda.
Narada is mentioned in Atharva Veda Samhita
तं वृक्षा अप सेधन्ति छायां नो मोप गा इति ।
यो ब्राह्मणस्य सद्धनमभि नारद मन्यते ॥९॥
Taṃ vṛkṣā apa sedhanti chāyāṃ no mopa gā iti ।
ChhAndogya upanishad, the entire chapter 7 has instruction on brahman given to sage Narada by Sanatkumara.
It starts as below -
॥ सप्तमोऽध्यायः ॥
अधीहि भगव इति होपससाद सनत्कुमारं नारदस्तं होवाच यद्वेत्थ तेन मोपसीद ततस्त ऊर्ध्वं वक्ष्यामीति स होवाच ॥ ७.१.१ ॥
Is there any scriptural ( Vedic or Puranic ) reference for all matter coming from Akasha and Prana?
Yes, the Taittiriya Upanishad says all elements come from ether:
tasmAdvA etasmAdAtmana AkAshassambhUtah | AkAshAdvAyUh | VAyuragnih | AgnerApah | adbhyah prithvi | prithivyA oshadhayah | oshadhIbhyo'nnam | annAt purushah
From that Brahman sprang ...
There are 49 Marutas in number.
One evening, Diti, the mother of the Daityas was absorbed in thought. She was thinking about the many times her sons had been slaughtered by Indra and the devas. This made her really angry.
When her husband, Kashyapa, returned from his daily rituals, she asked him, “How come Indra and the devas always emerge victorious ...
Funeral ceremonies and oblations have been mentioned in the dharmashastras which are derived from Vedas. Specifically For the day count reference specifically Vishnu Smriti Ch 19 and Ch 22.
First comes day 4.
On the fourth day they must collect the bones that have been left.
And they must throw them into water from the Ganges.
There is a ...
There are two traditions, one is called Amāvasyāṃta (अमावस्यांत) and second is Pūrṇimāṃta (पूर्णिमांत). Amāvasyāṃta stands for month ends on Amāvasyā (i.e at no moon) whereas Pūrṇimāṃta stands for month ends on Pūrṇimā (i.e at full moon).
Amāvasyāṃta is followed in some states e.g Gujarat, Maharashtra, Tamilnadu etc. and Pūrṇimāṃta is followed in some ...
Was Vedas or Vedic religion teaching somewhat of life after death or resurrection, either alone or beside reincarnation?
Vedic religion is the same as Hinduism. Hinduism is literally the religion based on the Vedas. Hence, there is no difference between the "Vedic religion" and Hinduism, although some practices have changed overtime.
But to answer your ...
Manusmriti 10.95 says
जीवेदेतेन राजन्यः सर्वेणाप्यनयं गतः ।
न त्वेव ज्यायंसीं वृत्तिमभिमन्येत कर्हि चित् ॥ ९५ ॥
jīvedetena rājanyaḥ sarveṇāpyanayaṃ gataḥ |
na tveva jyāyaṃsīṃ vṛttimabhimanyeta karhi cit || 95 ||
The Kṣatriya, fallen in adverse circumstances, shall >subsist by means of all this; but he shall never think of >arrogating to ...
We should also read the next verse (1:1:6) in continuation for understanding Mundak Upanishad 1.1.5
Please read the following:
We cannot go to the Veda directly and understand anything out of it
unless we are proficient in these six auxiliary shastras, or
scriptures, called śikṣā kalpo vyākaraṇaṁ niruktaṁ chando jyotiṣam.
All these, says the great ...
Even in Somayajña like Agniṣṭoma the method used to kill the animal is strangulation.
As Julius Eggeling notes in the Introduction to his translation of Śatapatha Brāhmaṇa, kāṇḍas 3 and 4 deal with Somayajña:
The contents of the third and fourth books of the Śatapatha-brāhmaṇa form an important chapter of its dogmatic explanation of the sacrificial ...
Rig veda I.110 says about Ṛbhus
When, seeking your enjoyment onward from afar, ye, certain of my kinsmen, wandered on your way, Sons of Sudhanvan, after your long
journeying, ye came unto the home of liberal Savitar.
Savitar therefore gave you immortality, because ye came proclaiming him whom naught can hide; And this the drinking-chalice of
Rigveda 2:3-4"Hero of Heroes, Agni! Thou art Indra, thou art Viṣṇu of the Mighty Stride, adorable:Thou, Brahmaṇaspati, the Brahman finding wealth: thou, O Sustainer, with thy wisdom tendest us. Agni, thou art King Varuṇa whose laws stand fast; as Mitra, Wonder-Worker, thou must be implored."
Here you can see that Agni in rigveda is used for Vishnu Agni ...
The word asura is an epithet in Rig Veda, used to indicate the Almighty.
Varuna is another epithet used to indicate Brahman or Almighty. AGNI or VARUNA or INDRA or VISHNU were mentioned, alternatively, in many places in Rig Veda to indicate the Almighty.
Rig Veda II.1, for example, makes it clear that AGNI or VISHNU or INDRA or VARUNA, etc, are the ...
Spiritual Guru is who, who can remove the illusion of material senses. The spiritual guru is a guide in the spiritual journey.
The guru is selected amongst, the best of "shrotriya-Brahmanistha", in jnana marg. The Shvetastar-upnishad concludes that "jnanis", the spiritual knowledge seekers should worship Brahman as good as Guru, " yatha devo tatha gurou.."....