S. V. Subrahmanian
svs_shankara at HOTMAIL.COM
Tue Jun 6 12:38:59 CDT 2000
Looking at the contents below, it is interesting to note that a verse with a
similar refrain is also found in the TaitirEya upnishad:
bhEshAsmAd vata pavate bhEshodeti suryaha
bhEshAsmAd agnisca indrasca mruthyur dhavati panchama iti ||
Can anyone tell as to why the Rishis have chosen these five in both places
to explalin the same theme. Is there anything significant about the choice
of these 5 things (vAyu, surya, agni, indra and mruthyu) ?
> > And In 2.6.3 :
> > Bhayadasyagnistapati bhayatapati suryaha!
> > bhayadindracha vayuscha mrutyurdhavati panchama!!
> > Please explain me BHAYA in this verse.
>Bhaya means fear. Agni causes fire to burn from fear. The Sun shines
>because of fear. Indra causes rain to fall and Vayu wind to blow because
>of fear. Even Mrtyu or Death occurs only because of fear. Fear of
>what? All these mighty Devas have been set to their respective tasks
>by Ishwara. Ish means to rule. As the subjects of an earthly ruler rush
>to do his bidding out of fear of being punished, They do their work out of
>fear of their supreme ruler.
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