Rg Veda: Rta of the Asuras
Many significant words in the Rg Veda, completely misunderstood by modern Indic scholars, are finally comprehenible in the Cyclic Catastrophism scenario. Two of the most important, asura and rta, were discussed in my previous post, but unfairly ‘buried’ at the end, so they are here given top billing.
Asura versus Sura
A great mystery has existed to this day due to the Rg Veda’s description of two classes of deities, the suras (gods, literally glowing) and the asuras, originally translated ‘demons’, the opposite of gods, based on the Sanskrit convention of negation of a word by a preceding ‘a’. This is no longer considered the correct interpretation. Indic scholars currently believe it to be a combination of the root ‘asu‘ (breath) and ‘ra‘ (possessing). However, the actual physical meaning of this word, as is true with many Sanskrit words, is incorrectly interpreted as ‘powerful’. Fortunately, Cyclic Catastrophism makes sense of many such words, all of which are related to planetary encounters still unknown to the world at large. Before the planets approached the earth early in the Vedic Period (3687 -687 BC), they appeared much as the planets do today. Although they are only seen by reflected light, we say they ‘glow’. This was also the common term, sura (glowing) designating astronomical bodies during the Vedic Period, which became synonymous with ‘god’, hence the glory of god in modern terms. However, when Venus and Mars approached close to the Earth, they could be seen at night to be surrounded with gaseous atmospheres. As a result, they were described as ‘breath-possessing’, i.e. asu–ra. Because proto-Venus was, and still is, hot, it was surrounded by a brilliant gaseous robe, which could be seen at night. This was the origin of the closely associated deities Mitra–Varuna. Mitra meaning ‘solid’, while Varuna had a magnificent robe, confirmed by statements in Hindu texts that Mitra ruled the day, i.e. could be seen in the heavens along with the Sun because it actually glowed, and Varuna ruled the night, at which times his glorious robe could also be seen.
Mars, the Vedic Indra)when it was first ejected by proto-Venus from its ancient orbit, was a living planet, It was called a sura because it glowed by reflected sunlight but when it got really close, orbiting the Earth at 44,400 km, its atmosphere could also be seen, thus the Vedas quote Indra as saying “I too am an asura“. (A passage with which Indic scholars have great difficulty.) Cyclic Catastrophism teaches that Mars’ atmosphere, oceans, biosphere (as Soma) and many valuable mineral deposits were blasted to the Earth during the Vedic period, so it is no longer an asura.
Rta = Tidal Force
The reason asuras (proto-Venus) were considered ‘powerful’ was that its mass, therefore its tidal effect on the Earth, was greater than Mars’. It was even credited with “releasing the waters” before Indra, so there was considerable rivalry between the two planets expressed in the Rg Veda. Venus’ rta was experienced repeatedly, at the end of each Kalpa (Day of Brahma), when its tidal force triggered the release of Mars from its geostationary orbit. Varuna (also called Agni when it flared up) staked his claim to sovereignty on rta (law) which, through lack of understanding, devolved in the Hindu Period to dharma, then karma. Indra, (sort of admitting he had less mass) proudly states that he depended only on naked force, his assaults of deluges, thunderbolts and falls of innumerable hot meteorites to the Earth, stating:: “It is I whom heroes (narah), rivaling each other in riding their goodly horses, invoke when they are surrounded in battle. I, Indra, the widely generous, stir up the battle. I, Indra, raise up the dust. I whose might is overwhelming. All this have I done; no power of the gods can restrain me, for I am invincible. Once the Soma and the hymns have made me drunk, then are both immeasurable worlds struck with terror.”