Aditya Hrdayam Again – Part 2

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Background

Vedas, in my view and study are a more in-depth literature that unites science, history and our day-to-day life. In the way modern science has developed, people often think and feel that there is a conflict between pursuit of knowledge that our intellect aspires for and peace that our consciousness aspires for.

That is because, over a period, organized ‘religion’ has laid claim to responding to our consciousness and had founded several principles of life that we adhere to. Scientific pursuit of knowledge grew as a ‘rebellion’ against organized religion in many domains, with its open thoughts.

Vedas, interestingly, present a different picture. They present pursuit of knowledge as an offshoot of that consciousness. They say it is due to the ‘will’ of that consciousness that evolution happens. In vedic sense, organized religion is nothing but organized pursuit of knowledge and hence nothing but science.

How does a consciousness behind the evolution matter..? Actually it doesn’t in many practical ways. But in two ways it does.

First, we understand that there is a consciousness in every matter and being that plays a role. The forces that form particle and energy (Rudras) have a consciousness element in them, which is reactive. The thermodynamic principles that drive evolution (Adityas) have a consciousness element in them. The biological principles (Vasus) have a consciousness element in them.

Second, life as an offshoot of the evolution has got control (albeit in limited but increasing ways) over the evolution. In fact this principle is one of the eight Vasus as well as one of the eight fundamental biological themes of modern science. Hence the evolution that happens due to the control that life-forms exercise needs to be sustainable. If the evolution is not sustainable, it is perished and a new path started. All along the Universe, this is the way.

Devas and Asuras of Universe

In the Universe of our Vedas and Puranas, Devas are matter and Asuras are anti-matter.

At the start of Universe according to science, matter and anti-matter should have been in equal numbers, but matter seems to have subdued anti-matter and established its supremacy.

According to Puranas, at the start of the Universe, Devas and Asuras were equal in numbers. They fought a war amongst them and Devas won the war by acquiring the immortal nectar.

Read here a comparison of Samudra Manthan in Puranas and Matter-Antimatter war in Science
http://vedabhasya.blogspot.in/2012/08/eleven-names-of-rudra-neela-khanta.html#!/2012/08/eleven-names-of-rudra-neela-khanta.html

Aditya Hrdayam – Stanza 1 and 2

Rashmi mantam samudyantam devaasura namaskritam
Poojayasva vivasvantam bhaaskaram bhuvaneshvara

Rashmi mantham – The cord/rope that stirs around everything
Samudyantam – offered or presented itself, started to march, lifted up, raised
Devaasura – forces of devas (explicit) and asuras (hidden)
Namaskritam – submitted

The cord/rope/bond that stirs around everything lifted up/raised; the forces of devas and asuras submitted.
Pujay –a-Sva – The Revered Nirguna,
Asva – ‘Not-self’ or having no property, the Nirguna
Vivas – puts on, dons, dwell, abode
Vivasvat – abode of gases and hence called seat of fire
Vivasvantam – the place of dwelling of gases
Bhaskaram – Maker of the appearance (bhAs – make evident, cause to appear, kara – makes, does) one who makes it evident or one who makes things to appear
Bhuvana – The worlds
Easwaram – Enabler (interpreted as Lord, Master)
The Revered ‘self-less’ or Nirguna, is the seat of fire (original abode of all gases), one who makes things to appear, the lord of the worlds

Sarva devaatmako hyesha tejasvee rashmi bhaavanah
Esha devaasura ganaan lokaan paati gabhastibhih

Sarva deva atmako- In all the ‘soul/essence’ of all devas (In the ‘soul/essence of’ all the matter of the Universe)
hyesha (heSa) – roars mightily, strong, quick, vigor, fire, power
tejasvee – the glower, the glowing, dignified
rashmi – cord/rope/bond, girdle, belt that woves around and holds
bhaavanah – the consciousness/mind/thought

In all the ‘soul/essence’ of matter (the visible ones we see in the universe), glows that cord/rope/bond as consciousness. The rope/cord that stirs everything glows in the essence of all the matter as consciousness.

eSa – all these
Devasura ganaan –sets of Devas and Asuras
Ganaan – sets
Lokaan – the worlds
pATin – cleave, give rise, emitted, throw, split, get torn
gabhastibhi – with fork, with arms, with rays, with division

These sets of devas (matter) and asuras (anti-matter) give rise the worlds with their division.

Summary

The cord/rope/bond that stirs around everything lifted up/raised; the forces of devas and asuras submitted to that cord/rope. That Revered ‘self-less’ or Nirguna, is the seat of fire (original abode of all gases), one who makes things to appear, the lord of the worlds.
The rope/cord that stirs everything glows in the essence of all the matter as consciousness. 
These sets of devas (matter) and asuras (anti-matter) cleave/rise the worlds with their division.

Thus sage agastya talks about a bond that stirs up everything in this Universe, that manifests/glows as consciousness in all the visible matter of the Universe. That bond/consciounsess is revered; having no property; Seat of all the fires/gases of Universe; one that makes everything appear; That bond/consciousness is the lord of the Universe. 

The devas and asuras submit to that consciousness (get that consciousness). As a result, they get divided and the worlds are formed with devas. Hence we are able to see the glowing of the consciousness in all the devas.
Science also says at the beginning of the Universe, Mesonic cloud decays into matter and anti-matter. According to science, though matter and anti-matter were equal at the origin, due to various reasons, matter establishes its supremacy and the Universe becomes made of matter primarily.

Thus sage agastya talks about a bond that stirs up everything in this Universe, that manifests as consciousness in all the matter. That bond/consciounsess is revered; having no property; Seat of all the fires/gases of Universe; one that makes everything appear; That bond/consciousness is the lord of the Universe.

This process is what is described in Samudra Manthan story of our Puranas.
Read here a comparison of Samudra Manthan in Puranas and Matter-Antimatter war in Science
To be continued
-TBT

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