Published on November 16, 2018
slide 1: What Is The Atharva Veda Spells For Health Success And Beyond The Vedas have been absolutely fundamental in shaping the religious societal political and even economic philosophies of ancient Hinduism. Within these ancient texts lives the very basis of Hinduism. The Vedas are split into 4 separate sacred texts but are often compiled into a single book the Chathurveda Samhitha. The Rig Veda: The Book of Mantra The Sama Veda: The Book of Song The Yajur Veda: The Book of Ritual The Atharva Veda: The Book of Spell The Vedas are among the oldest and most mysterious texts known to man — with no human author and no timeline of origin. slide 2: Originally they were orally passed down from generation to generation by Aryan nomads considered ―the noble ones‖ in ancient India during the Vedic Period 1500 – 500 B.C.E.. It wasn’t until centuries later long after the Vedic Period that the Vedas were written into physical form creating what we know today as the Vedic Texts. The Vedas are a ―language of the Gods‖ in comprehensible human form. For this there is no human author — rather the information was channeled by the risis the seers the sages from Paramatman: the ―Absolute Atman.‖ For this the risis claim that they saw the Vedas — they did not compose them. As explained by spiritual teacher and master Deborah King author of Mindvalley’s program Be a Modern Master: Unlocking the Spiritual Science of Ancient India: Like the Bible the authorship of these sacred texts is believed to be divinely inspired. The sages who recorded the Vedas had lived the teachings and used the sacred wisdom to awaken their own connections to the Divine the created world and their fellow beings. In this article our concern is with the black sheep of the Vedas the Atharva Veda. Exploring The Atharva Veda slide 3: The Atharvaveda is the youngest of the Veda quartet. For a long time it wasn’t even considered a Veda this is due to the fact that it seems to be embodied by a different kind of spirit. It’s written in a more understandable form and paints a much clearer picture of Vedic history because of this it is the second most important Veda in regard to history and sociology. Mostly however the Atharvaveda is a guide on how to act auspiciously within the Hindu tradition. It is comprised of a series of magical spells charms and incantations — this also differentiates it from the other Vedas which are focused much more upon sacrifice and ritual. These spells promise to ―fulfill all worldly desires of the human mind‖ and assist in everything from attracting lovers to protecting against disease to calling upon the elements for strength. Here are two examples of the different types of hymns contained within the 1st book of Atharvaveda: HYMN V — To the waters for strength and power 1. Ye Waters truly bring us bliss: so help ye us to strength and power That we may look on great delight. 2. Here grant to us a share of dew that most auspicious dew of yours Like mothers in their longing love. 3. For you we fain would go to him to whose abode ye send us forth And Waters give us procreant strength. 4. I pray the Floods to send us balm those who bear rule o’er precious things And have supreme control of men. HYMN III — A charm against constipation and suppression of urine 1. We know the father of the shaft Parjanya strong with hundred powers: By this may I bring health unto thy body: let the channels pour their burthen freely as of old. 2. We know the father of the shaft Mitra the Lord of hundred powers: By this etc. 3. We know the father of the shaft Varuna strong with hundred powers: slide 4: By this etc. 4. We know the father of the shaft the Moon endowed with hundred powers: By this etc. 5. We know the father of the shaft the Sun endowed with hundred powers: By this may I bring health unto thy body: let the channels pour their burthen freely as of old. 6. Whate’er hath gathered as it flowed in bowels bladder or in groins Thus let the conduit free from check pour all its burthen as of old. 7. I lay the passage open as one cleaves the dam that bars the lake: Thus let etc. 8. Now hath the portal been unclosed as of the sea that holds the flood: Thus let etc. 9. Even as the arrow flies away when loosened from the archer’s bow Thus let the burthen be discharged from channels that are checked no more. Organization Of The Atharvaveda There are 731 hymns in the Atharva Veda subdivided into 6000 verses and organized into 3 major divisions. The First Grand Division books 1-7 This division is regarded as the most important part of the entire Atharva Veda and consists mainly of short charms and curses. The Second Grand Division books 8-12 These hymns are longer than the first division and act as a guide on how to auspiciously perform priestly duties. slide 5: The Third Grand Division books 13-18 This division is made of books that are distinguished by ―unity of subject.‖ At a later date two more books were added but they are not a part of these 3 Grand Divisions.