GREATNESS OF WATER AS MENTIONED IN THE MANTRA PUSHPAM:-

We all know that water is the source of all life. While this is the suggestion of modern science, the vedas have elucidated the importance of water much before the english word “science” was even coined!!

The set of mantras which talk about the greatness of water are taken from the Taithreeya Aranyakam (1.22) of the Yajur Veda. It is one of the most famous of all veda mantras and remains quite popular till date. It is normally sung in a chorus by all the priests together after performing any Pooja (worship) or Yajna.

The crude meaning being implied is that water is the foundation of the entire universe.

Yopam puspam veda
Puspavan prajavan pasuvan bhavati
Chandramava Apam puspam
Puspavan, Prajavan pasuman bhavati
Ya Evam Veda
Yopa mayatanam Veda
Ayatanam bhavati.

He who understands the flowers of water,
He becomes the possessor of flowers, progeny and cattle.
Moon is the flower of the water,
He who knows it to be so,
He becomes the possessor of flowers, progeny and cattle.
He who knows the source of water,
Becomes established in his residence(self).

Agnirva Apamayatanam
Ayatanavan Bhavati
Yo agnerayatanam Veda
Ayatanavan bhavati
Apovagner ayatanam
Ayatanavan bhavati
Ya Evam Veda
Yopa mayatanam Veda
Ayatanavan bhavati.

Fire is the source of water,
He who knows the source of Fire,
Becomes established in his residence(self),
Water is the source of fire,
He who knows it to be so,
Becomes established in his residence(Self).
He who knows the source of water,
Becomes established in his residence(Self).

Vayurva Apamaya tanam
Ayatanavan bhavati.
Yova Yorayatanam Veda
Ayatanavan bhavati|
Apovai va yorayatanam
Ayatanavan bhavati.
Ya Evam veda
Yopamayatanam Veda
Ayatanavan Bhavati.

Air is the source of water,
He who knows the source of Air,
Becomes established in his residence(Self),
Water is the source of air,
He who knows this,
Becomes established in his residence(Self).
He who knows the source of water,
Becomes established in his residence(Self).

“The fact that water resides in air as vapour & air resides in water as bubbles can be understood from the above verse.”

Asowvai tapanna pamayatanam
Ayatanavan bhavati
Yo musya tapata Ayatanan Veda
Ayatanavan bhavati
Apova Amusyatapata Ayatanam
Ayatanavan bhavati
Ya Evam Veda
Yopa mayatanam Veda
Ayatanavan bhavati

Scorching sun is the source of water,
He who knows the source of the Scorching Sun,
Becomes established in his residence(Self),
Water is the source of scorching sun(“gases present in the sun can also be dissolved in water. Hence, it can serve as a source”),
He who knows this,
Becomes established in his residence(Self).
He who knows the source of water,
Becomes established in his residence(Self).

Chandrama Vama pamayatnam
Ayatanavan bhavati.
Yascandra masa Ayatanam Veda
Ayatanavan bhavati
Apovai Candra masa Ayatanam
Ayatanavan bhavati
Ya Evam Veda
Yo pamayatanam veda
Ayatanavan bhavati.

Moon is the source of water,
He who knows the source of Moon,
Becomes established in his residence(Self),
Water is the source of moon,
He who knows this,
Becomes established in his residence(Self).
He who knows the source of water,
Becomes established in his residence(Self).

“The above verses hint to the effect of the gravitational pull of the moon which causes high tides & low tides. They illustrate the relation between water & the moon.”

Nakshtrani va Apamayatanam
Ayatanavan bhavati
Yo Nakshtrana mayatanam Veda
Ayatanavan bhavati
Apovai Nakshtrana mayatanam
Ayatanavan bhavati
Ye evam Veda
Yopamaya tanam Veda
Ayatanavan bhavati.

Stars are the source of water,
He who knows the source of the Stars,
Becomes established in his residence(Self),
Water is the source of stars,
He who knows this,
Becomes established in his residence(Self).
He who knows the source of water,
Becomes established in himself.

Parjanyova apamayatanam
Ayatanavan bhavati
Yah parjanyasya syayatinam Veda
Ayatanavan bhavati
Apovai parjanya Syayatanam
Ayatanavan bhavati
Ye Evam veda
Yopa maya tanam Veda
Ayatanavan bhavati.

Clouds are the source of water,
He who knows the source of the Clouds,
Becomes established in his residence(Self),
Water is the source of clouds,
He who knows this,
Becomes established in his residence(Self).
He who knows the source of water,
Becomes established in his residence(Self).

“Its obvious that these verses talk about the water cycle.”

Samvastaro Va Apamayatanam
Ayatavan bhavati
Yassavatsa rasyaya tanam Veda
Ayatavan bhavati.
Apovai samvasara ayatanam
Ayatanavan bhavati
Ya Evam veda
Yopsu Navam pratistitam veda
Pratyeva tistati.

Rainy season is the source of water,
He who knows the source of Rainy Season,
Becomes established in his residence(Self),
Water is the source of rainy season,
He who knows this,
Becomes established in his residence(Self).
He who knows that there is a raft is available,
Becomes established in that raft.

If one keenly notices the above paragraph, a deeper meaning can been seen in it. The words “becomes established in that raft” reffering to the raft for crossing samsara give the entire set of verses a deeper spiritual meaning.

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