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Ancient Indian Cosmogony: Essays Selected and Introduced by by Franciscus Bernardus Jacobus Kuiper

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15 Cf. the ritualistic interpretation in Sat. B , 111. nu the connecting link. 21) and thus, "between the parties". l 7 Paper read before the Provinciaal Utrechtsch Genootscnap van Kunsten en Wetenschappen, 31 May 1927, p. 27. g. Mhbh. I. 3. & 8). u's nature is apparently the cleterininant factor which alone corild incline the balance in the combat of the cosmic moieties. Also here, however, the dichotomy continues. The number of five PZndavas, corresponding to the two sons of Vinatii, already points to a further partition within this group.

Pad& "so wollen wir . . dreilnal in den sieben Schritten cles Freundes zusammengehen," Geldner. 5 t r i ? ~saptd. 2 Y R e l z g i m ~des T'eda, p. 229 f . 5. Other facts corroborate the inference that Vis~u'sstrides are not connected with any natural phenomenon. 4) do not suggest that the poet had the trZm1 lok& of the later Veda in mind. " For these reasons one can hardly evade the conclusion that in the Rigveda Visnu has no particular connections with the sun. I t is possible that the sun, when in the zenith, was associated with Visnu just as the rising sun was a manifestation of Mitra and the setting sun one of Varuna (AthS.

6, this passage points to a connection with the solar year of 360 days30 but does by no means imply that this year, set in motion like a revolving wheel (cakr&z nci vrttcim), is directly connected with the sun: in the Briihmanas the year always represents the totality (like Prajiipati), for when time is conceived as a cyclic process, all is contained within the compass of a year. The technical term for setting in motion this cyclic process is cakrcim prd vartayati ever since RS. ~i- &B. 2) is probably the symbol for this progression of the Universe.

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