[Advaita-l] A question on RV...

anselmo hernandez elmo_terbutilo at yahoo.com.mx
Mon Jul 11 13:51:52 CDT 2011

Thanks a lot for your help dear S.S. Nori ¡
I just have acquired two materials that you recomended me:
the Vedic Reader and the Vedi Grammar of MacDonell,
so, now I'll go into them...

--- El vie 8-jul-11, Siva Senani Nori <sivasenani at yahoo.com> escribió:

De: Siva Senani Nori <sivasenani at yahoo.com>
Asunto: Re: [Advaita-l] A question on RV...
A: "A discussion group for Advaita Vedanta" <advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org>
Fecha: viernes, 8 de julio de 2011, 19:27

Dear Mr. Hernandez
Salutations to you.
There are well known methods to study both vedanta and the Rig Veda independently. You will find enough about how to go about studying Vedanta adequately on this list (there were many such in the past as well - just search the archives); so I will write a few lines with respect to studying the Rig Veda. 
To get familiar with Rig Veda, I guess the basic study of a few suktas - say 50, chosen from various maNDalas - at word by word level is a good method. This teaches how the Vedic language uses roots, prepositions, case-endings, words etc. in a much richer way than what we see in classical Sanskrit and the stylistic elements of the Vedic, especially the method of narration, the recurrent themes (say, Indra killing Vritraasura and releasing the waters; causing the cows stolen by Panis to be returned etc.) and the way intuition takes precedence over proof.
Most of the hymns in the first nine maNDalas come under what we call arthavAda (eulogy); the philosophical hymns are mostly found towards the end of the tenth maNDala. If one directly tackles them, it might be easy to read far less into them than one who is familiar with the Vedic language and style does.
You have a wealth of resources to undertake this study. Max Muller edited the bhaashya by SaayaNaachaarya, the standard reference work. His second edition sponsored by the Maharaja of Vizianagaram is the better one. He has also written a a History of Ancient Indian Literature. Then A. A. McDonell has written a grammar of the Vedic language; his anthology called "A Vedic Reader" and selections titled "Hymns from Rig Veda" by McDonell and Peterson provide you with enough material.
Good luck to you.
N. Siva Senani

From: anselmo hernandez <elmo_terbutilo at yahoo.com.mx>
>To: advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org
>Sent: Friday, July 8, 2011 9:57 PM
>Subject: [Advaita-l] A question on RV...
>Dear All:
>Please receive a cordial salute to all of you,
>My name is Anselmo and I'm a very basic sanskrit student, 
>but I would like to study from here untill the future if there is the possibility of doing a scholar research about the roots of Vedanta in the Rig Veda, not just in a serious occidental way but conjoining the traditional tools that you have at home.
>But the problem for me is that I'm very far from the traditional teachers and this is just the only medium I have to star the path...
>From where I would better start it?
>What should I read?
>What are the basic tenets?
>What do you consider good occidental academic material ?
>Before hand, thanks to all of you?
>Anselmo H.Q. 
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