Woman – Sunrise of enlightenment

Woman-–-Sunrise-of-enlightenment

Vedas consider woman to be source of enlightenment and hope for future. And rightly so! She is not only the first teacher in form of mother, but also patient, emotionally mature and full-brain thinker to nurture the society into constant learning and understanding.

Vedas equate feminine power  with Usha – the dawn or sunrise. There are several mantras in Vedas that sing the glory of Usha. The parallel between dawn and woman are obvious. Just as dawn brings light in our lives and purity in thoughts, woman, in form of mother, brings light in any newborn’s life. In fact there is a mother in every woman showcased by her care, tenderness, affection, patience and selflessness. That is why Vedas regard every woman regardless of age and relation as mother. One who welcomes dawn is guaranteed with long life and prosperity. Similarly a society that respects women is bound to be prosperous and happy. Those who indulge in sleep or nefarious deeds during dawn destroy their own future and happiness. A society that either demeans or materializes women is bound to be afflicted with miseries, grief and failures. The only way to respect woman is as mother – symbol of pure affection, knowledge, guidance, leadership and brilliance.

This mother is praised in Vedas in various forms. Sometimes as Saraswati – source of knowledge, sometimes as Sahasraveerya – epitome of courage and patience and sometimes as Usha – the first rays of hope and enlightenment.

Here are a few chosen Mantras from Rigveda that humbly bow to the motherly Usha:

Rigveda 4.14.3: O glorious woman! You are full of brilliance and you come in form of enlightening dawn to illuminate the society away from ignorance.

Rigveda 7.78.3: We can see brilliant women enlightening the society with their noble qualities right in front of us. They have given birth to the sun of knowledge and fire of noble actions. Due to their glory, darkness of ignorance, sins and negativity is destroyed.

Rigveda 1.124.3: We can see the glorious woman who wears a dress of noble virtues. She is the daughter of brilliance and synonym of mental faculties. She follows perfectly the path of truth and virtues alone. She knows her goal and never breaches her discipline.

Rigveda 1.48.8: The entire world of noble people bows to the glory of the glorious woman so that she enlightens us with knowledge and foresight. She is the leader of society and provides knowledge to everyone. She is symbol of prosperity and daughter of brilliance. May we respect her so that she destroys the tendencies of evil and hatred from the society.

Rigveda 1.92.5: May the entire society respect and praise the glorious woman. She is the epitome of truthfulness, noble virtues, selflessness, enlightenment and worthy actions. She can destroy the strongest obstacles of hatred, violence, evil and ignorance with her shining light.

Rigveda 1.113.5: The glorious woman destroys the greatest of darkness of ignorance, hatred, violence and evil with her radiating brilliance. She is the firm pillar that supports all noble deeds. She is the daughter of light that ignites the sun of goodness and knowledge in the society.

Rigveda 1.113.12: The glorious woman is symbol of prosperity. She has permeated the entire society with her brilliance to inspire us all to reject laziness, get dynamic, conduct noble actions, become philanthropic and provide us with wealth and happiness.

Rigveda 1.123.13: O glorious woman, you firmly hold the ray of truthfulness and virtues. May you bless us all with inspiration of noble thoughts, words and actions. May you remove our ignorance by nurturing us so that we obtain the bliss of material and spiritual wealth.

The message of Vedas is clear and unambiguous – If society needs to be prosperous and happy, one cannot sideline the imminent need to restore women to highest pedestal of respect, make them leaders of our social awakening and surrender to the glory of the motherly force.

May we respect the woman always and may she guide as always towards bliss in form of Usha – the sunrise.

References: Commentaries by Swami Dayanand, Vedic Naari by Pt Ramnath Vedalankar, Vedik Shabdarth Vichar by Pt Ramnath Vedalankar, Vedic Kosh by Pt Rajveer Shastri. All these books can be procured from www.vedicbooks.com

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  1. vishal kumar says

    Namaste Agniveer Ji,

    Very educative words taken from Veda regarding woman. Only Veda in the world which gives highest respect to woman. In Veda you will never find even a point of error or which is against woman. Otherwise all the books like Puran, Kuran Humiliate woman. I urge all the Hindu & Muslim to throw the Kuran & Puran which are man made & consider woman half intelligent, a source of sex, a machine of producing children, gives the man right to have many wives at the same time but does not give woman vice-versa.
    Some day before i listened from my friend that Once Swami Dayanand said ” If a book having a error of point than that book should be left. & book can not be divine. And Kuran & Puran are full of errors.
    Only Veda words are applicable in all time, age, period etc. This is biggest proof that only Veda are divine in the world or God Given instruction to man.

    • A Muslim women says

      @ miserable Muslim woman
      “No people who appoint a woman as their leader will ever prosper.” (Reported by al-Bukhaari, 13/53).

      This is the unanimous decision of Islamic Scholars that Women are not worthy of being a leader. Not a single Muslim sect believes that Women can be leader.

      and the testimony of a man has been made equal to that of two women, the reason for which Allaah has explained in the aayah (interpretation of the meaning): “… so that if one of them (two women) errs, the other can remind her…” [al-Baqarah 2:282].

  2. San says

    Excellent article, but why some in Arya Samaj against mother worship then? Is it wrong to do mother worship and is not supported by Vedas? Please give enlightenment? As was reading some previous post that were written on this site.Could you answer Guru Agniveer?

  3. Brahma says

    San

    Dear San,Satyarth Prakash says we should respect and worship mother,t.This does not mean the same kind of worship as done for GOD.It means by respecting and worshiping these people we pay due respect to god also as they are created by GOd and are medium through which we came on this planet.
    If everyone starts creating statue of mothers ans starting offering garland etc then again we will have so many idol worships as of Kali,Durga etc and imagine over span of time each house will have own godess.

    Thanks
    Brahma

    • San says

      But people do worship gurus and create their statues . Is it not better to worship mother who gives life, or like true saints never ask to be worshiped. I remember a guru telling one relative take down the picture of dead mother in puja, What more these gurus living or dead encourage their own photos to be put up. You ask what did they do so noble to deserve this treatment? Then they say if bhagwan comes first touch the feet of guru then god as they have made such an achievement. Of course nothing exist in Hindu dharma such analogies Guru Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva. Mother is the first guru. Such frauds are too many in India. Mother is worthy of worship as per Hindu dharma, let us not forget this. But I don’t know any other guru that is said is worshiped that except father, as most parents would not encourage their worship but such things remain a fact.

      Worship has many form not necessary god, but worthy of praise, not necessary a statue, but respect.Not as god but as parents. From my what I know the first puja goes to mother when the babies is born they cry for mother.

      If I am incorrect please correct me, or your thoughts on this subject?

  4. says

    Nice article as usual. Agniveer, a request:

    Can we get some articles on cosmology, creation, universe? What do the Vedas say about how Universe was formed, our solar system etc.?

  5. Shrikant says

    Namaste All,

    As I went through the article posted on the importance of women for our society and the respect paid
    to her in Vedas I really feel very proud to be the one who belongs to the Vedantis generation, I don`t have much knowledge about the Kuran & Bibble & whether they respect women or not, I am very confident that the culture taught to us by our ancisters is to respect the women. Thats why we have named our nation as Bharath Maata, who has accomodated us and we call Ganga Maata, who is satisfying our thirst, but the present generation is not having this pure vision towards women due to the
    lack of knowledge of the Vedas, this our responsibility to make them reach to every youth…

    Jai Shriramakrishna

  6. NIck says

    Excellent article Agniveer ji. Keep it up

    I’m proud to know that ancient Indians (Hindus) used to respect women more than how we respect now.

    Thanks

    Dhanyavaad

  7. mulji parmar says

    muslim”s sacred holy scripture is kuran, like wise christian”s bible, buddhist: tripitak, and hindu*s :vedas but in practice hindu are following manu smruty, which is discriminating women and so called untouchable.our veda” is based on equality, fretarnity, science, culture, humanity , brotherhood etc, but when we are not folloing veda we divided in caste system and thet is why we become slave of outsider. and we lost our freedom, and our motherland lost freedom.why we not following our secred scripture VEDA. LET US START A MOVEMENT THAT EVERY HINDU MUST FOLLOW VEDA.

  8. Jayendra Sharma says

    Atharvana Veda Book 6 Hymn 11
    1Asvattha on the Sami-tree. There a male birth is certified.
    There is the finding of a son: this bring we to the women-folk.
    2The father sows the genial seed, the woman tends and fosters it.
    This is the finding of a son: thus hath Prajāpati declared.
    3Prajāpati, Anumati, Sinivāli have ordered it.
    Elsewhere may he effect the birth of maids, but here prepare a boy.

    http://www.aryabharati.org/atharva/atharvaveda.asp?ln=en&bk=06&pt=a&pg=011

    Please give me the correct meaning of the sanskrit verse.

    some people are saying that it indicates the aversion to the birth of Girl Child.

    • says

      Namaste Jayendra

      Visit http://agniveer.com/3309/women-in-hinduism/ and read it carefully especially following

      ————-The word ‘Putra’ in Vedas is generic and does not necessarily mean a son but implies a child. This is same as ‘mankind’ does not mean only men but all human beings. In most mantras of Vedas though, word ‘Praja’ is used which again means children. As mentioned previously, there are mantras which desire specifically a daughter. For example, Rigveda 10.159.3, 8.31.8, 9.67.10, Yajurveda 22.22, Rigveda 4.32.23 and Atharvaveda 10.3.20. Thus all these claims of Vedas being male-centric is childish at the best.—————–

      • Ankur says

        here it is , i think Mr Colonel is deleting it.. (you too can post the same there) and all here should do the same….. so that such people know that the position of vedas is defended. :)
        The first statement of the unscrupulous and Misleading article is a rip off from “Manu Smiriti” which is a largely interpolated scripture, and this articles heavily relies on the selective quoting from the same.
        It is generally said that the state of development of a society can be judged from the status a woman occupies in it
        Quote
        Manu Smirit :3.56. The society that provides respect and dignity to women flourishes with nobility and prosperity. And a society that does not put women on such a high pedestal has to face miseries and failures regardless of howsomuch noble deeds they perform otherwise.

        Now coming to the highlighted ‘Vedas’ in the topic the author does not give a single reference from the Veda(rik,atharva,yajur,Sama) itself (Manu Smirit is not NOT veda). and by saying that “But Manusmriti, the Veda of the Brahmanical revival,” there is no doubt left that the author has NO CLUE of the subject that he/she is commenting on, and its just sad and deplorable.

        The Social ills prevalent in the Indian society due to hundreds of year of slavery under foreign rule DO NOT IN ANY WAY implicate the Veda, they are to be tread as social ills Only and dealt with and have been by people like “Swami DayaNand Sarwswati” the torch bearer of the veda in the modern times , in fact he condemned all these ills on the basis of the veda itself.(learn some History)

        So at the end of it , this is just a ill researched and “hop on the Veda bashing, without proof” bandwagon kind of article and am sorry for that.. May be such ill read and ill educated people don’t realize that they are not in British era, when only they can spread literature in English, as they is no one to defend the position of the Veda , As Max Muller concocted stories about Veda and spread in the world portraying the indigenous Indians as savages and at the same time claiming that they are Aryans who wrote the Vedas but Indians who practice Vedas were savages.
        Showing Vedas in bad light does not by default give +points to a different faith.
        you are invited for a text debate Agniveer dot com.

      • Ankur says

        @Dogra.. updated on the respone there

        The first statement of the unscrupulous and Misleading article is a rip off from “Manu Smiriti” which is a largely interpolated scripture, and this articles heavily relies on the selective quoting from the same.
        It is generally said that the state of development of a society can be judged from the status a woman occupies in it
        Quote
        Manu Smirit :3.56. The society that provides respect and dignity to women flourishes with nobility and prosperity. And a society that does not put women on such a high pedestal has to face miseries and failures regardless of howsomuch noble deeds they perform otherwise.

        Now coming to the highlighted ‘Vedas’ in the topic the author does not give a single reference from the Veda(rik,atharva,yajur,Sama) itself (Manu Smirit is not NOT veda). and by saying that “But Manusmriti, the Veda of the Brahmanical revival,” there is no doubt left that the author has NO CLUE of the subject that he/she is commenting on, and its just sad and deplorable.

        The Social ills prevalent in the Indian society due to hundreds of year of slavery under foreign rule DO NOT IN ANY WAY implicate the Veda, they are to be tread as social ills Only and dealt with and have been by people like “Swami DayaNand Sarwswati” the torch bearer of the veda in the modern times , in fact he condemned all these ills on the basis of the veda itself.(learn some History)

        So at the end of it , this is just a ill researched and “hop on the Veda bashing, without proof” bandwagon kind of article and am sorry for that.. May be such ill read and ill educated people don’t realize that they are not in British era, when only they can spread literature in English, as they is no one to defend the position of the Veda , As Max Muller concocted stories about Veda and spread in the world portraying the indigenous Indians as savages and at the same time claiming that they are Aryans who wrote the Vedas but Indians who practice Vedas were savages.
        Showing Vedas in bad light does not by default give Brownie points for sikhism
        you are invited for a text debate Agniveer dot com.

        From the Stupid and misleading book the references from the veda are,they should be enough to prove the authenticity of this great master piece of a book that you recommend so highly ,
        सुनोता सोमपवने सोमिन्द्रय वज्रिणे । युवा जेतेशानः स पुरुष्टुतः (Atharva Ved 6.2.3)
        Meaning: for attaining the lord one should be able to preserve the Soma (by yogic reversal of carnal desire), that lord alone is one who will take one away from bad and lead to good and destroy our enemies (wrong desires), he alone is पुरुष्टुतः (worthy of worship)

        In the book further there references of Cannibalism and cited “Yajur Veda XXX” and what the hell is that… and where the hell is that..???
        And now if its yajurveda 30.4 it is below
        विभक्तारं हवामहे वसोशिच्त्रस्य राधसः । सवितारं न्रिच्क्षसम (yajurved 30.4)
        Meaning : if wealth is accumulated at one place evils rises from there so intelligent people don’t let the wealth amass at one place and encourage equi distribution of wealth.

        इमा नारी अविधवा सुपत्नी राञ्जनेन सर्पिषा सं विशन्तु । अन्श्रवो अनामिवः सुरत्ना आ रोहन्तु जयानो योनिमग्रे (Rik 10.18.7)
        Meaning : let the women be the ones who are healthy (with consumption of ghee) and do not have tears in their eyes (are happy) and contribute fully to a home, as they step in the house and are of foremost (अग्रे ) importance.
        Note: this stupid author has exchanged the word अग्रे with अग्ने ie. agre with agne i.e formost with fire.

        So now My Dear Colonel, it’s said stop jumping on the bandwagon of the Christian Evangelists and learn your roots. And now i am sure this sita Agarwal is some imaginary person .

      • dogra says

        Ankur, good reply to Colonel diatribe of poo poo.

        Think we need some sanskit and then english translations as Griffith has translations sometimes creates conmfusion as when we quote reference numbers the other people say that is not griffith translation e.g.
        http://www.hindudharmaforums.com/showthread.php?t=10705&page=8

        please see discussion between myself and philosopher.

        Can you confirm that these verses are correctly numbered:

        Yajur Veda 20.9 : “There are equal rights for men and women to get appointed as ruler.”
        Yajur Veda 16.44 : “There should be a women army. Let the women be encouraged to participate in war.”
        Yajur Veda 10.26 : “In this mantra it is enforced that the wife of ruler should give education of politics to the others. Likewise the king do justice for the people, the queen should also justify her role.”
        [49]
        Rig Veda 10–191–3 : O women! These mantras are given to you equally (as to men). May your thoughts, too, be harmonious. May your assemblies be open to all without discrimination. Your mind and consciousness should be harmonious. I (the rishi) give you these mantras equally as to men and give you all and equal powers to absorb (the full powers) of these mantras

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