I made the following rather interesting discovery when I was looking for something else. While listening to the audio chanting of the Rg Veda Samhita by my Veda Guru’s guru, I heard the words Indrani Rishika, Indra Devata. I was excited and thrilled to know that indrANI, the wife of Indra, was herself, also a rg vedic RSikA. I wanted to know very much what she said. I looked up the Rig Veda Translations by RL Kashyap and was excited not only to read his translation and interpretation but also to see a Rg Vedic Mantra in which the words arya and aarya (Arya) were used in the same line. I had already located the words arya and aryaman in some other mantras and written two posts about them.
- The word arya in the Veda, did not refer to “Indo European – Aryans”
- The word arya in the Rg Veda : RV_04.026.02.1 : Gautamo Vamadeva Rshi
- Aryans in the Vedas and the Bhavishyat Puranam
- Indra : Deva or Rshi?
In the image below take a look at the circled words. The first is aryam (means friendly). The second is dAsam + Aryam (aaryam).
I have not translated this mantra myself., but I have read 2 interpretations given by Prof. Kasyap. And he treats aarya and dAsa as two kinds of people. Of which Arya (aarya) is noble. The entire sUktam is very interesting, but we shall take it up at another point. At this time, we have found our first “aarya” or Arya in the Rg Veda. And it is not in the mantra of a later RSi, but in the conversation between Indra Deva and Indrani, his queen.
Timewise it is in the krutha or early thretha yugas and not later.
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