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Sacred Books of the East: Comprising the Vedic Hymns, Zend-Avesta, Dhammapada, Upanishads, the Koran and the Life of Buddha (Classic Reprint)

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ISBN: 9781245606219
Publisher: Forgotten Books
Publication Date: 2011-09-15
Number of pages: 488
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Vedic Hymns are among the most interesting portions of Hindoo literature. In form and spirit they resemble both the poems of the Hebrew psalter and the lyrics of Pindar. They deal with the most elemental religious conceptions and are full of the imagery of nature. It would be absurd to deny to very many of them the possession of the truest poetic inspiration. The scenery of the Himalayas, ice and snow, storm and tempest, lend their majesty to the strains of the Vedic poet. He describes the storm sweeping over the white-crested mountains till the earth, like a hoary king, trembles with fear. The Maruts, or storm-gods, are terrible, glorious, musical, riding on strong-hoofed, neverwearying steeds. There is something Homeric, Pindaric in these epithets. Yet Soma andR udra are addressed, though they wield sharp weapons; and sharp bolts, i.e., those of the lightning, are spoken of as kind friends. Deliver us, says the poet, from the snare of Varuna, and guard us, as kindhearted gods. One of the most remarkable of these hymns is that addressed to the Unknown God. The poet says: In the beginning there arose the Golden Child. As soon as he was born he alone was the lord of all that is. He established the earth and this heaven. The hymn consists of ten stanzas, in which theD eity is celebrated as the maker of the snowy mountains, the sea and the distant river, who made fast the awful heaven, He who alone is God above all gods, before whom heaven and earth stand trembling in their mind.
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