First line of Yajurveda

i3she tvo3rje tvaa2

Boudhaayana considered the sentence as one mantra. But other shrouta suutrakaras treated the sentence as a combination of two mantrams – Ishe tvaa  and oorje tvaa. Isha means what we require now to better our situation. Uurjas  is our future want.

The first sentence clearly indicates the nature and thought of our mind. All the time we are continuously thinking of immediate need and the next step to be taken there after. Even though we take steps one after the other, Boudhaayana says that the second step is right in the back of mind. Otherwise Veda would not have combined both mantras into one. According to Shrouta suutrakaaras, Veda through its mantras  reveals our inner thinking body and guides us to lead a happy and meaningful life. So the rituals (yajnas) prescribed by them based on these mantras are to be considered as their interpretations. Veda being impersonal (apaurusheya) many different interpretations are possible and exist. One of them, very popular is  philosophic in approach.  Vedic mantras reveal how the human machine functions in all the three worlds of its existence – physical, mental and intellectual. They also guide us to become better and better in our thoughts and actions to reach perfection. The commentary illuminates this aspect of Veda mantras. It is a utilitarian  and pragmatic approach. Most probably that is the purpose Veda appearing on the intellectual horizon.

In Sanskrit language “tvaa”  means you (objective case). Since Veda appeared long before Sanskrit or any other man made language saw the light of the day, it must have its own meaning in the Vedic language. Since Veda is universal in its message and purpose, its language has to be understood by one and all , independent of their language, culture, geography and time.  What is common to all human beings of all times is their capability of expressing their inner thoughts and wishes by speaking out. Next common ability is to understand other person‘s sayings by hearing.  Hence any one can try and understand Vedic mantras by reciting as per the stipulations evident in the text and hearing them by his own ears. This process of understanding is explained in Veda.  Word  tvaa is a combined syllable of two consonants t, v and a vowel a.  t stands for pratishTha, – total personality of an individual,  basis or platform on which he stands. It is the aim of every individual to enhance it to become bigger and look taller all the time in his own and other’s estimate. That is the purpose of existence. That is what we enjoy – always feeling happy at our  success, resulting in  enhanced  pratishTha not only in our eyes but also of others. Isha and UUrja only aim at achieving this perpetual successful state of existence. How to achieve it?  We have to use our potential, the capability we possess at that time – [a]. We have to use our uttering ability – vaak [v]. We use our total personality also in our effort. These are the tools we use in our attempts to succeed. Veda says in this maha mantra that you have to use these same tools to really succeed without any failure. Only the vak has to be Veda vak- veda mantra. Ishetvorjetva means – I will use all my abilities to enhance my living!.

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