Human Ecology in the...
Human Ecology in the Vedasby: Marta Vannucci
This book analyses Vedic writings to highlight the ancient rsis perceptions of the Universe, Nature, and cause-effect relationships. It discusses selected Rgvedic hymns and explores important aspects of Indra and Varuna.
Year Of Publication: 1999
Pages : xiv, 344
Bibliographic Details : Glossary; Bibliography; Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 23 cm.
Directing his view towards the whole universe holistically, amazingly, the Rigvedic man as this study shows was awakened to the cosmic Law and Order (Rita); he saw how nothing: nature, environment, or the universe itself, was ever static; and how the orderly Energy was at the root of all changes and movements. Instinctively, he not only bowed down to the Order that reigns supreme, but also tried to attune himself, his behaviour, and his everyday activity to the eternal laws of the universe. Which, says the author, he recognized as his dharma. A sequel to her earlier, well-received title: Ecological Readings in the Veda, Dr. Marta Vannuccis this book sets out fresh, insightful analyses of the Vedic writings to highlight the ancient rishis perceptions of the Universe, Nature, and cause-effect relationships; and how, millennia ago, these sages came to revere, even adore, Nature in its different manifestations and, wittingly or unwittingly, evolve an environmentally friendly culture. In support of her findings, the author also analyses a few selected hymns from the Rigveda, using a biological key to decode these songs. Additionally, she also explores some important aspects of two Vedic gods: Indra and Varuna, who respectively represent the material and immaterial reality. Highly relevant appendices apart, the book includes a comprehensive glossary of Sanskrit/non-English words and numerous bibliographic references.
1. The Problem and the Hypotheses
2. The Quest for Sources
3. The Concept of God
4. Ecological Aspects
Traditional Way of Life
Communication of Knowledge
Participation of Man in Nature
Fire and Heat
Food and Medicines
Ecology and Biological Cycles
Water, Fire and Life
Air and Akasha
5. Lord Agni and Fire
6. Lord Savitri, Life and Hope
7. Conclusion : Contemporary and Vedic Expression of Ecology
1. Manduka, the Frogs Riv, VII; 103 Rshi Vasishtha Metres: Trishtup; Anushtup
Frogs Elsewhere in the Vedas
The Atiratra Sacrifice
Frogs in the Avesta
Frogs in other Cultures
2. The Wedding of Surya Riv. X; 85 : Rishi Manyu. Metres: Anushtup; Trishtup; Jagati; Urobrihati
3. Aranyani, The Lady of the Forest Riv. X; 146 : Rishi Devamuni. Metre; Anushtup
Forest, Trees, Plants Elsewhere in the Vedas
4. Indra and Varuna, Material and Immaterial Reality
The Rigvedic Figures Indra and Varuna
Appendix I: The Carpenter and Pythagoras Theorem
Appendix II: On the Identity of the Soma Plant