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Symbolism of ‘Agnimile’ in the opening line of Rig Veda

The Rig Veda opens with Agnimile, which means ‘I praise Agni (Lord of Fire),’ who is seated before my eyes. Agni, or fire, symbolizes the light of spiritual knowledge leading one to Truth.

Agni is nothing other than the innermost light that shines in all animate and inanimate as the Self, as inner consciousness.

Rig is derived from the root ‘Rc’ meaning ‘to praise.’ The Rig Veda is made up of hymns in praise of the Divine. The great sages of yore are said to have perceived the eternal truth, and bequeathed to posterity their apprehensions of the numinous. These sagely revelations came to be known as Vedas, of which there are four: Rig, Yajus, Sama and Atharva.
Source - My Mother, My Master By Swami Pranavamritananda Puri

Panchakanyas – Five Illustrious Women in Hindu Tradition

Panchakanyas are five ideal or illustrious women in Hindu tradition. As per classical shloka, Ahalya, Draupadi, Sita, Tara and Mandodari are the five ideal women. It is said that worshipping and chanting their names helps in overcoming all afflictions.
Ahalya, Draupadi, Sita, Tara and Mandodari are known as Panchakanyas because of their righteous conduct even in the most trying circumstances.

All that rises shall set one day – Sant Kabir

Gone is your youth, old age has come Yet you continue doing evil deed. End of your days is not far off Seek God’s shelter take heed.
All that rises shall set one day All that blooms decay What one builds shall crumble down Whoever born shall die.
Do not judge a man by his clothes Measure his knowledge The real worth of the gold you On the touch stone along gauge.
Lord Rama dwells in the heart of man Him he never explores Forgetting the God in the heart’s temple The stone idol he implores.
The lustful, the greedy, the angry man Can tone for salvation But for the liquor addicted one
There is no way to atone.
Sant Kabir