Wisdom of the Ancient Seers: Mantras of the Rig Veda | Author: David Frawley | Foreword by Subhash Kak | List Price: $14.95 | Pages: 280 | Type: Paper Back | ISBN: 0910261369 | First published in India in 1986 as Hymns from the Golden Age | American Edition: 1993, assumed by Lotus Press 2001, Editions: USA, India (Motilal Banarsidass)
WISDOM OF THE ANCIENT SEERS consists of translations and yogic interpretations of about eighty hymns of the Rig Veda to Indra, Agni, Soma, Surya and other Vedic godheads. “This is an important and riveting book, ushering in a new and sounder tradition of Vedic interpretation and scholarship.” – Georg Feuerstein.
The translations reflect both a poetic and a spiritual inspiration, going to the heart of the Vedic vision of cosmic unity and abundance such as inspired the ancient rishis. If you want to get an authentic view of the Vedic hymns by a view from inside the tradition, by one of the West’s most respected Vedacharyas, this is the book to get.
One of David Frawley’s oldest books, going back to his Vedic translations done twenty five years ago, showing the Vedic basis of his thought and philosophy. The book provides a good alternative to academic approaches to the Vedic hymns that seldom go beyond the surface meaning of words. It provides a key to Vedic symbolism and the yogic implications of the Vedic deities, reflecting the views of a Vedic practitioner and the deeper tradition. It is based on material published by the Sri Aurobindo ashram in the period 1980-1984 and also reflects the influence of Kapali Shastri, M.P. Pandit, Ganapati Muni and Brahmarshi Daivarata Vaishvamitra.
Required reading for our Vedic teacher training programs.