The words arya and aryaman (not aaryaa and aaryamaan), have been used in the rig veda. The word arya in the Rg Veda : RV_04.026.02.1 : Gautamo Vamadeva Rshi
However the tribe of Indo Europeans now known as “Aryans” were not Vedic and they were not even present in India at the time of the Vedas (Tretha Yuga).
To illustrate this point I use a word called dora in telugu. There is no connection in meaning between dora and arya. The connection in meaning is between ayya (sir) and arya (kind).
- The original meaning of the word dora in telugu literature was master. The original meaning of the word arya in Rg Veda was kind and of aryaman was friend.
- The word dora changed in telugu to mean “white man” at the time of the british rule. The word Arya (aarya) started to mean the the tribe of Indo Europeans 1000 years after the Mahabharata war, in 2000 BCE, in Kaliyuga.
- Word meanings change.
- The presence of the word dora in telugu literature does not reflect the presence of “british” in ancient times… Similarly … the presence of the word “arya” in the vedas does not reflect the presence of the “aryans” in vedic times.
There is a word “dora” in telugu which at one time meant master.
When white men (british and other europeans) ruled India.. they were called doralu or masters. ( As you can guess.. I hate this )
Then dora started to mean foreigner – “thella dora” was a white foreigner, “nalla dora” was a black foreigner and dorasani was the foreigner’s woman.
Just because the word dora existed in telugu from times immemorial in our literature etc… does not mean that the British ruled India from then. It does not mean that telugu literature is the work of white men.
Now using the analogy :
The Indo European tribes who came in 2000 BCE were nice people, kind and friendly so they were called arya or aryaman.. and over time the word became Aryan. These are the Aryans that the Bhavishya Puranam talks about.
Of course, from/by Kalidasa’s time the connotation was one of “nobility” and not friendliness. arya became/had become aarya.
- Dark, handsome heroes of Uttar Pradesh – Sri Rama and Sri Krishna
- Anarya! Dushyantha, Sri Rama, Sri Krishna.
More thoughts :
The imperialist British and other Europeans of the 17th century could not conceive/stomach the fact that the Aryans of 2000 BCE could have been “friendly people”. They cast them in the image of violent and greedy imperialists like themselves. Also the British rulers could not imagine that Indians were smart enough to do maths, astronomy or create Vedas.. even though many British scholars argued in favour of Indians. The British rulers prpoagated the idea that the Indians with more “Aryan features” or more “caucasian features” were the cultured people and that Indians with more “African features” were a defeated populace and identified them with enemies that Indra destroyed. It salvaged their white egos, but was based on very sketchy and heavily bisased inital evidence.
This reversal resulted in the “more caucasian” blend of Indians claiming Sri Rama “as their ancestor only” and the “more african” blend of Indians disowning him inspite of the fact that Sri Rama was descended from a dravidian king. Given the very slight variation in Indian features this is really more regionalism than anything else. They ignored the “more chinese” blend of Indians in their divide and rule games..
As per the Bhavishya Puranam, Gautama Buddha was an “Aryan”. It matches the “peaceful” and “friend” definition.
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