The Rigveda is acknowledged as the oldest spiritual text in the world, and this is an extremely accurate translation of it. In fact, it accurately reveals the original teaching of heaven for the people of earth, completely unknown today, which attests to how old it is. There are references to the Rigveda in many other old spiritual texts from India, such as the Bhagavad Gita, the Srimad Bhgavatam, and the Upanishads. Yaska wrote the oldest known commentary around 600 BC and he said the Rigveda was obscure and meaningless. He was a Sanskrit scholar, so even by that time; the knowledge advanced in the text had disappeared from the earth. The Rigveda is very old; in fact, it is of the Oral Tradition that has existed since the dawn of creation since the primal wind creates the sounds that create the universe.
The Oral Tradition is an essential aspect of the teaching. Knowing the true path is a good beginning for religious students of any faith, but to bring about enlightenment and freedom from suffering, they must live the moral teaching and master the meditations. Brahma, the Creator of the universe, says that that is the only way to heaven and the maker knows that like none other. The primary element in the universe is the wind, and to create the wind, Brahma creates duality by splitting into male and female, which creates heaven and earth and day and night, yes and no, good and bad, hot and cold, this and that, and so on. Duality creates the wind for movement, and when a cold wind meets a hot on a summer day, the power is evident. This duality forms the universe for people to move about, have relationships, and reproduce. Duality also gives people the ability to think, because without duality there is nothing to compare. Duality is essential for life but causes an illusion of separation to overcome to attain the heavenly state, and that is the critical part of the teaching. Breath is also a duality, but by mastering inhalation and exhalation, the delusion is overcome.
Atman is the Sanskrit name of the life giving aspect of the air we breathe. Atman refers to the principal of life and sensation, the transcendent unitary self, a witness, the breath, soul, or spirit. The breath rules the world and fits the definition of God perfectly, every creature on the earth lives because to breathing and the moment it stops, life and sensation fade away. All creatures are family to live together on the earth, breathe the same air, and the Sacred Teaching of heaven is to be kind and helpful to all creatures that cry and grasp for the breath.
It is said that Shrila Vyasadeva put the Rigveda into writing to preserve it through the Kaliyuga, the Dark Age of humanity that began around 700 BC and ended around 1700, during a time known as the Awakening or the Renaissance. It is an age of darkness because no enlightened being graces the earth during the period. An unfortunate time, but luckily, we have now entered the second age called Dvaparayuga, and it coincides with the Age of Aquarius. The word Aquarius means Water Bearer and with enlightenment, a commitment to serve the knowledge and water to everyone. Dvaparayuga will last a little over two thousand years and people will slowly develop a more peaceful, spiritual way of life. Ignorance will remain a powerful force upon the earth for a long time to come, but to help lead the way out is the world’s oldest scripture. With the mastery of this teaching, a Water Bearer will arise glowing with light to serve all people and creatures of the earth, to illustrate the path to heaven.
The whole of the text is massive and contains over ten thousand mantras, verses, grouped into suktas, hymns, grouped into anuvakas, chapters, grouped into ashtakas, eight sections, grouped into ten mandalas, books. A translation of the Sanskrit word Rig is Sacred Text and Veda is Sacred Knowledge, the knowledge to practice and master to become a saint. The Rigveda is the oldest of the four Vedas; the Sama, Yajur, and Atharvaveda comprise the other three. Many religions hold the Sanskrit mantras in very high regard, as adherents who speak many languages, exclusively recite the mantras in Sanskrit. Devanagari is the name of the written script of the alphabet and the word deva means divine, heavenly, or God, and nagara is a written character.
I have translated mantras and verses from all of the most important ancient spiritual texts, the root texts to all the major religions, and discovered that the Creator is the author of all of them. The true teaching of the texts is different from the religions they are associated with today but identical to the philosophy presented here. The Rigveda, however, is unique among the texts because it is a dialogue between Brahma and a Rishi, a seer, a person with extraordinary abilities. Rishi is also a title like Buddha, King, Messiah, Magi, and so on, and the reason no other text is a dialogue, is because the linage ended before the beginning of the Kaliyuga.
The teaching set forth in the text disappeared as a recognized religion thousands of years ago, and replaced by others with only fragments of path. If all the religions of the earth formed one religion, it would be a little better, but still vital parts of the message would be missing. Meditate on this; the Rigveda is considered the root of Hinduism while the primary focus of the text is the attainment of enlightenment, to become a Buddha, such as Buddhism.
Current day Buddhism traces its lineage to Gautama Buddha, or Shakyamuni Buddha, although the lineage ended with. He was of the lineage of Angiras associated with the Rigveda, and specifically, to the Gotama Rahugana family. I am of the opinion that Sakyamuni was the grandchild of Gotama Rahugana, which means that the last Buddha to grace the earth must have done so 500-1,000 years earlier than believed. Even though the teaching in the Rigveda is the path to enlightenment, to become a Buddha, it is significantly different from the current teaching of the various schools of Buddhism.
The Rishis of the Angiras family became Buddhas, and because they shined with light, they were called Shining Ones. Hiranyastupa Angiras, Savya Angiras, and Kutsa Angiras are three Rishis associated with the first mandala utilizing the name. The Angiras family is associated with the first mandala and other families are associated with the other mandalas, but a translation of the word Angiras is Rishi. I should also mention that the Sanskrit word hiranya means gold, and a stupa is a Buddhist structure containing relics, and because of that, to view the Rigveda as the root text of Hinduism is a cause to wonder.
Current literature says Sakyamuni is a descendant of King Shuddhodana, the leader of the Shakya clan. Interestingly, the name King is a title for one purified by the knowledge. The word shudda in Sanskrit means purified, complete, faultless, and the word udana refers to the five vital airs within a person, or emitting a breath upwards. King is another name of a Buddha and the names Gautama or Gotama refer to a Rishi.
Sakyamuni had two birth names of Angirasa and Siddhatha, and after enlightenment, many titles, Buddha, Angirasa Kumara, Awakened One, and so on. The word Siddha in Sanskrit means one who is accomplished, perfected, or in other words, a Buddha. Before becoming a Buddha, Siddhatha married Yashodhara and she gave birth to a single child named Rahu, likely in honor of Siddhatha’s earthly grandfather, Gotama Rahugana. Unfortunately, Rahu died before becoming a Buddha so Sakyamuni was the last Buddha to grace the earth.
The Rigveda is connected with the Indus Valley Civilization of Northwestern India, Eastern Pakistan and Northeastern Afghanistan. People have inhabited the area for a long time since rock shelters have been dated to 100,000 years, but about 8,000 years ago, a civilization began which flourished on a massive scale a few thousand years later. Today, archeologists have discovered over 2,500 towns buried under sand in an area encompassing 300,000 square miles. Some believe the area contained over 5,000 urban sites, and some, like Harappa or Mohenjo-Daro, were among the largest cities in the ancient world. Mohenjo-Daro is believed to have had a population of thirty thousand people, and the whole of the Indus Valley Civilization over five million. The Sarasvati River nourished the area with a vast system of tributaries. Its source was in the Himalayan Mountains, and the belief is, that around 1900 BC a series of devastating earthquakes occurred and the river all but dried up. Parts of the Sarasvati still exist as the Ghaggar-Hakra River but the area that once flourished with life is now the Great Indian Desert.
Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro were well-designed towns. The brick houses were one or two stories, with running water and bathrooms. Sewage drained into a sewer system under the streets, and interestingly, a better system than is currently in use in many parts of the world today. The largest structure in Mohenjo-Daro is a public bath and since there are no fortifications for safety, one assumes its inhabitants felt safe. The people have been described as being utilitarian, conservative, and peaceful, just how followers of the Rigveda would act. Interestingly, one of the earliest Buddhist Stupas survives in Mohenjo-Daro.
When the Sarasvati River dried up the culture moved east to Uttar Pradesh, then later to the fertile valleys of the Ganges River. Some of the Rishis liked to the state of Bihar in Northern India, and that is where the last Buddha appeared. Bodh Gaya in Bihar is known as the birthplace of Buddhism, when in fact, it was the end. When Buddha ascended to heaven, the path to overcome suffering vanished from the earth until today.
Since that time, life upon the earth has been difficult. The Kaliyuga was hard and dangerous and the cruelest of human behavior reached a pinnacle during the time. Human sacrifice was the religious norm for the misguided, but for those who are interested, the Kaliyuga is over and the Sacred Knowledge of kindness towards others has reappeared. It gives a wealth of practical guidance to live happy and healthy upon the earth, and spark the desire to abandon the world (our prison) and attain the enlightened state for people, to encourage living happy, peaceful, and thoughtful of everyone, no matter the age, gender, sexual preference, whatever. It is not easy to live according to the teaching, but being kind and helpful to others makes sense since we are all family, and how else to live together in harmony.
Like many languages around the world, the Sanskrit alphabet begins with the letter A. The sound is like the ‘a’ in father or the ‘u’ in up, and it is an expression of surprise, delight, satisfaction, pain, and so on. The sound of ‘a’ is a natural expression of the body as well as a Holy Expression, and because it is holy, it herein appears as AH. When you pronounce ‘a’ or AH you might notice a little puff of air at the end. It is called visarga, and is the final vowel sound of the Sanskrit alphabet and written as an h with a dot underneath. Some scholars say it is pronounced, and some say it is not.
AH is the first sound in the universe and everything is derived and sustained by it. Emitted from the center of the universe unbroken, eternal, and comes in the fourth note of the musical scale. The solar winds also produce the sound and inundate the earth. People normally do not hear it, but if you stop and think about it, you might realize that you have heard and made the sound of AH a million times and the experience is likely the same for everyone in the world. All breathing creatures make the sound. The inarticulate syllable of AH accompanies the first breath of life, often quite forcefully. In the very act of creating life, a loving couple might utter the syllable repeatedly. In the act of giving birth, a mother might utter the syllable loudly repeatedly. Take a drink of water on a warm day, miss a nail and hit a finger with a hammer, find a solution to a problem, and the sound of AH just might happen by itself. AH is a universal phenomenon.
The philosophy has many names, such as the way, the Middle Way, the path, the good path to good fortune, the knowledge of happiness, the Philosophical System of AH, and so on. A philosophy is a theory of the principles or laws regulating the universe and knowledge. A system of forming an arrangement of things into a whole and for that, a course of conduct is given. The Sacred Text is a call to become a saint, a wonderworker, a tireless promoter of unity among all people, and to go towards to help the disadvantaged and the disturbed of the world is the religious calling. There are many titles for the spiritually enlightened, but only one way to attain a title, and that, master the philosophy and abandon the ego. The text says it takes virtue and going beyond, and herein is the same teaching all enlightened beings adhered to for that.
The stillness of heaven is everlasting just as the teaching and opposite to the state of movement upon the earth, so the teacher beckons us to stop and abandon the mortal condition and life after life of suffering for a state of peace. We do not have to search far to find suffering in the world. It is everywhere, listen to the news and you will hear about a world in turmoil. Today, people are quick to anger and fight, and carry weapons to kill, with little regard for others. It is sad, but killing is not condemned in the earthy religions enough and in some, it is a practice. Today, you can hear misguided zealots who think killing is justified extolling the greatness of God in the very act of killing. A mixed up world indeed, and when looking for an illustration of hell, look no further, it is here. If a person does not follow the heavenly path, after death, the destination will be here, the hereafter. An endless cycle of living and dying here until one adheres to the resolve to follow the way and abandon the mortal condition. Here on the earth, a precious opportunity exists for cutting the bind for heavenly bliss. The purpose of the teaching is to arise and go beyond, for the wisdom and happiness to serve the lowest.
In this text is the rationale for making a serious life change, and for the most serious change, escape worldly existence by quitting, withdrawing, and mastering the teaching. Without that, there is a one-hundred percent chance of being reborn of a mother, not necessarily in a safe place, and not necessarily human. It depends upon what you do now.
The Sacred Teaching of heaven has disappeared as a recognized religion on the earth, but going towards the homeless and disadvantaged to help is recognized as the way. Such is the teaching, and today, those who engage in selfless giving of others are living examples of the oldest philosophy upon the earth. Volunteering in food shelves, clothing distribution centers, or anywhere that helps people and creatures in need is virtuous and the virtuous receive extra blessing from the highest. If you want to see the teaching of heaven in action, avoid the lavish halls of worship and hit the streets, there you will find an illustration of caring for others in action.
This introduction is meant to give you a foundation to begin your travels on the path to freedom. I have been covered some of the basics, but the mantras will take you beyond. Let me repeat, this is a beginning, there is much to discover, and I have discovered that, through seeking and finding. To come to an understanding of the teaching is very important, and more so, acting upon.
All of the mantras of the Rigveda are composed in meter. There are over thirty different meters and here are the three most common. The first line of the Gayatri meter has sixteen syllables and the second has eight. Both lines of Jagati have twenty-four syllables, and both lines of Trishtubh have twenty-two. Knowing the meter of a mantra is important for chanting, and well as helpful in the preservation of the text. The text was orally transmitted, generation-to-generation for a long time before writing, and there are checks in the text to help a devotee remember. Over time, a syllable in a mantra has disappeared here and there, but the version we have today is amazingly accurate.
The Superintendent of Schools is the Creator of the universe, and the Headmaster of the Rgvedaschool is the Awakened One. Today the Headmaster position is vacant, I am the trustee until one arises from the mortal condition. The Rigveda is the featured text of the school, although it has translated verses and mantras from many ancient religious texts of the world. The teaching spread all over the world at one time and it appears in all the old spiritual texts, if one knows the way to translate. The ancient texts in books today have been translated as a common language, when it is a Sacred Language. Although the teaching is quite different from the popular religions of today like Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and so on, there is a consistent message of non-discrimination, non-violence, and caring for all breathing creatures the cry.
The school uses its own dictionary for translating the mantras, although ninety-nine percent of the words are from the Sanskrit-English Dictionary by Sir Monier Monier-Williams. The dictionary was published in 1899 and H.H. Wilson, who is credited with the first English translation of the Rigveda, was instrumental in its coming to fruition. He had previously published a Sanskrit dictionary, but before his death, turned over all reference material to Monier-Williams. The school uses the dictionary meaning of the Sanskrit word in the translation with very little alteration and this gives the mantras a certain flavor. The sentence structure of the maker is a little different than English speakers are accustomed too, but is similarly understandable.