About the book
This book provides a complete view of the world's most ancient scripture, the Rgveda. Here each Vedic word, which at first sight appears cryptic and mysterious has been explained in lucid terms after analyzing it down to its root and sound, so that the real intention of the rsi who compiled the hymn is made clear.
Those readers who are interested in the real ethos of our First Book of Knowledge, on which is based our Hindu dharma and culture, will find this sample survey of One Hundred hymns most engrossing and helpful in understanding the whole ethos of the Vedas.
About the Author
Shyam Ghosh (1904-2000) was a Vedic research scholar. He had studied other Hindu scriptures as well, some of which he had translated and published, including an exhaustive commentary on Patanjali's Yogasutra.
Having boycotted his school at the call of Mahatma Gandhi in 1920, Shyam Ghosh joined Freedom Movement and participated in meetings and rallies organised by Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru and other leaders. Later, after a few years of self-education, he worked his way to the editorial staff of three national daily newspapers before being selected as the editor of the AIR journals-The Indian Listener, Awaz and Sarang (now defunct).
After a few years he was shifted to the Publications Division of the same Ministry as Deputy Director, and then on to the Finance Ministry, where he worked as Financial Advisor to the Director-General of Supply and Disposal.
He had always been averse to personal publicity. "An author should be judged by his work, and not by his personal qualifications," was his firm view. Some of his other works are, The Original Yoga (1980, 1999) and Hindu Concept of Life and Death (1989, 2002).