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Teachings from Rig Veda - A Collection of Teachings and Wisdom of Rig Veda

A Collection of Teachings and Wisdom of Rig Veda.

Meet together, talk together:
May your minds comprehend alike:
Common be your action and achievement:
Common be your thoughts and intentions:
Common be the wishes of your hearts
So may there be union amongst you.

Let your aims be common, and your hearts of one accord, and all of you be of one mind, so you may live well together.

The truth is One; the wise call it by many names.

Kindled in various forms, the perennial flame is One; sprinkling the world with golden beams at dawn; painting the evening clouds with changing colors, the sun is one.

One should perform karma with nonchalance without expecting the benefits because sooner or later one shall definitely get the fruits.

He who gives liberally goes straight to the gods; on the high ridge of heaven he stands exalted.

Look upon all the animate beings as your bosom friends, for in all of them there resides one soul.

Humility and charity are the two main parts of the spiritual edifice.

The restless swan – the human soul – is on the journey infinite to find out the truth.

Give prominence to intellect over emotions.

That man acquires strength of body and soul, and attains to happiness, who is free from suspicion and is filled with faith.

Rig Veda Chapter  X, Verse 129 on Creation

Then there was neither entity nor non-entity; there was no world, no sky, nor anything beyond it. What enveloped all? Where? For whose happiness was it? Was it water, unapproachable and profound?

Then death was not, nor immortality. There was no  means of distinguishing night and day. That One live with self-supporting power, breathing without air. There was nothing different from, or above, it.

In the beginning there was darkness hidden in darkness; all this was indistinguishable chaos. That which, being everywhere, was wrapped in indistinctness, grew into one by the great power of austerity of contemplation.

At first arose Desire, which is the primal germ of mind. Sages searching with their heart’s thought have found the kinship of the existent in the non-existent.

The spreading ray of light, was it across, below, or above? There were impregnating powers, there were mighty forces; the self-supported was below, and the energizer above.

Who knows truly, and who can here declare, whence was born, whence, this varied creation? The gods are subsequent to the creation of this universe; who then knows whence it arose?

From that this creation arose, whether it was made or not – He whose eye controls this world in the highest heaven, He certainly knows or perhaps He does not know.

Rig Veda X, 129

Meaning of Maya in Rig Veda – Upanishad and Gita

The term ‘maya’ is used in the Rig Veda to denote the power that borders on the magical: ‘Indro mayabhih pururupa iyate’; Indra, through the help of maya, assumes different forms.’ (Rig Veda, 6.47.18)

In the Upanishads the word acquires a philosophical significance. The Shvetashvatara Upanishad announces: ‘Know that Prakriti, Nature, is surely maya, and that Maheshwara, the Mighty Lord, is the maker of maya.’

Krishna says in the Gita: ‘This divine maya of mine, consisting of the modes (gunas) is hard to overcome. But those who take refuge in me alone cross beyond it.’

Source Maya: A Bhagavadgita Perspective by Dr D Nirmala Devi published in February 2010 Prabuddha Bharata Magazine