Yoga’s battle… continues: Volume 2

Drinking for courage, forging ahead, stealing cattle, and humiliating losers

Patrick McCartney CC-By Attribution 4.0 International @yogascapesinjap DOI 10.17605/OSF.IO/VDQKW

There are 4 poems, below, which demonstrate both the earliest known meanings of “yoga” and “namaste.” Together, they demonstrate some of the moral economy at the centre of “yogic action.” This builds on from the previous Yoga’s Battle rant, which can be accessed, HERE.

Just because namaste is used in some ritual practice of honoring something doesn’t mean people used it as a greeting in the way it is popularly imagined to have been used.

What exactly lies at the essence of the Vedic namaste?

Why is that?

There is really no mention of namaste having anything to do with divine light honoring someone else’s divine light.

#1 III.32 Indra

Viśvāmitra Gāthina 17 verses: triṣṭubh

#2 III.33 Viśvamitra and the Rivers

13 verses: triṣṭubh, except anuṣṭubh 13

The following verse is the first “namas te” in the Vedas.

Here is the entire poem, in context.

#3 VIII.75 Agni Virūpa Āṅgirasa

16 verses: gāyatrī arranged in trc̥ as

namas te || RV_8,075.10

#4 X.166 Against Rivals

R̥ṣabha Vairāja or R̥ṣabha Śākvara
5 verses: anuṣṭubh, except mahāpaṅkti 5

Below are notes to work on.

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