What Is Life? Is Death Real?

Who truly knows, who can honestly say where.
This universe came from
And where it will vanish to at the End?
Those godlike wise men who claim they know were born long
After the birth of Creation.
Who then could know where our universe really came from?
And whoever knows or does not know where Creation came from,
Only one gazing at its vastness from the very roof of the final Heaven
“Only such a one could possibly know,
But does even He know? “

~ Rig Veda – 129.6. 7

Fire.


Fire translated as Agni is a very important part of the Vedic Hindu life.
Agni Suktam is the first hymn in the oldest of the Vedas, the Rig Veda and is addressed to Agni, the fire-god, who is considered a cosmic power, who protects and guides human beings towards perfection.

1 I glorify Agni, the chosen Priest, God, the divine, minister of sacrifice,
offerer and possessor of wealth.

2 Agni is Worthy to be praised by living as by ancient seers.May Agni brings the Gods here.

3 Man obtains ever increasing wealth,through Agni, also fame and progeny.

4 Oh Agni, the perfect sacrifice which you surround,that certainly reaches to the Gods.

5 May Agni, possessor of immense wisdom Priest, he who is true, most gloriously divine,The God, come here with the Gods.

6 Whatever blessing, oh Agni, you will grant to your worshipper,
That, Aṅgiras, is indeed your essence.{In the Rigveda, Agni is sometimes referred to as Angiras or as a descendant of Angiras (RV 1.1).}

7 Oh Agni, dispeller of the night, we come near to you day by day with prayer,thought
Bringing thee reverence, we come,

8 Oh Agni,Ruler of sacrifices, guard of Law eternal, radiant One,
Increasing in thine own abode we approach near you.

9 Oh Agni please be accessible to us,just as a father to his son:
Agni, be with us for our well being.

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