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From: Sadagopan (sgopan_at_computer.net)
Date: Sat Nov 07 1998 - 14:20:04 PST
Dear Mr. Dean De Lucia : I am glad to respond to your queries . These are deep Vedic Questions .Thanks for asking. V.Sadagopan > >Dear List Members, Oct. 29, 1998 > >May I ask one of the senior members if the visvadevas and the pracetas are >the same entities? I know that the pracetas are mentioned in the Bhagavatam, >but I can't find anything on the others. And could I ask for a line or two >or a paragraph explaining what their importance was? > >And the Vasus; are they the same? 1). VisvEdevA: (2)Pracetas (3) Vasus ************************************** VisvEdevA: are referred to often in the VedAs ( Rg Vedam I.3.7-9),Yajur Vedam XXXVI.17). This word can be translated literally into all DevAs. Veda NaarAyaNan is their emperor ( Deva Raajan ). Vedic words are translated into three levels of significance : literal, philosophical and esoteric. In the phlosophical transaltion , VisvEdevA: are understood as "all nature's bounties". In the esoteric level , VisvEdEvA: represent all mental and supramental faculties . Specific VisvEdevA: are Agni , Vaayu , VaruNA , SuryA , MitrA et al . Those who are not enumerated here add to the list of the assembly of dEvAs saluted by ANDAL as Mupaatthu MukkOti DevAs or 33 Crores of DevAs with individual functions tied across hierarchies and chains of commands . Each of them have been defined as having illuminating wisdom ( sarvE divya guNa yukthA : ) . They are often called to accept the Sacred Somaa Juice consecrated by the Yajnam . One Rg veda manthram in this category appealing to VisvEdEvA:is : visvadEvAsO asridha yEhimAyAsO adhruha :I mEgam jushantha vahnaya : II---Rg Vedam Canto I.3.9 (Meaning ) : May the universal Gods , who are exempt from kashayam (decay) and are omniscient as well as free from malice accept this sacrifice in their role as bearers of riches . 2) PRECHETHAS AND PRECHETASES : PrechEtas has many levels of meanings in the Vedic lore. According to one , this is one name for VaruNan , the Lord of Waters . PrechEtas means discriminating in the context of the discriminating intellect of VaruNan (Please refer to evening SandhyAvandhanam prayers addressed to VarunA : imam mE VaruNa--). PracEtas according to SvAyambhuva Manu , the first law giver is "awareness" and is one of the Lords of progeny ( prajaapathy ). Bhaagavatha PurANam refers to SvAyambhuva Manu (4.1) and the prajApathys 6.5.6). BhAgavatha purANam (9.25) discusses which Gods and VisvEdEvAs to worship for attaining a particular boon . It points to the worship of PracEtas (VaruNan) for attaining treasures . 3) Vasu(s): Vasu in PurANic and Vedic lore has many meanings. According to purANAs,we have 14 manvanthrAs or periods of Time ruled by 14 different Manus or Law givers .There are seven seers with different names in each of the manvanthram, who thru their tapas (penance) and anushtAnams shape the course of the world and its beings . We are now in the seventh manvanthram, Vaivasvatha manvanthram and the law giver is Vaivasvatha Manu. He is assisted by the seven seers : VasishtA , KaasyapA , GouthamA , VisvAmitrA , BhaaradhvAjA and Jaamadagni . In the ninth ManvanthrA to follow , Daksha- SaavarNika Manu would be the law giver and one of the seven Rishis (saptha Rishis) to assist him would have the name of VASU . The literal meaning of the word Vasu is Wealth or objects of pleasure . In Vedic and Upanishadic lore , Vasus refer to the eight spheres of existence : Fire, Earth, Wind , Atmosphere, Sun , Sky, Moon and Stars . This classification is consistent with the meaning of Vasu as "dwelling " or "dweller " .All the eight spheres of existence or dwellings are understood as dwellings for the world. There are individual manifest energies and ruling deities and coresponding ManthrAs in the VedAs for each of these spheres of existence(Vasus). Hope this helps to dwell deeper into these Vedic Concepts , V.Sadagopan P.S : Mr.De Lucia , Are you living in Brazil ?