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Som in Vedas

On Soma: What it is and what it does
Monier Williams (in his great Sanskrit English Dictionary) interprets SOMA only at physical level as a -juice, extract,(esp.)the juice of Soma plant, (also) the Soma plant itself,(said to be a climbing plant) the stalks, an अंशु anshu of which is pressed between stones by the priests, then sprinkled with water , and purified in a strainer to get Soma. Anshu अंशु however is translated by MW as a filament(especially of Soma plant);thread; end of a thread, a minute particle; a point, end;..
....... There is an obvious incongruity in this interpretation of Soma. It will be physically a difficult / impractical task to press the thread, end of thread, a minute particle, a point of Soma plant. The entire concept of an already minute particle, to be pressed between stones, sprinkled with water and purified in a strainer is more in the realm of an imagined process and not physically feasible .
Thus in popular perception SOMA is a kind of herbal preparation, which is consumed for exhilarating/ stimulating benefits. But Soma is a lot more than a mere stimulating herbal concoction. The entire 9th chapter (Mandal) on Pavmani Soma of Rig Veda appears to have escaped notice of MW in giving this highly limiting interpretation of Soma. Pavmani Soma signifies a non physical entity that provides the stimulant for physical action for welfare and benefit of entire creation.
Vedic Soma
सोमेनादित्या बलिन: सोमेना पृथिवी मही !
अथो नक्षत्राणामेषामुपस्थे सोम आहित: !! ऋग्वेद 10/85/2
Solar radiations, the greatness of earth and all the planets in the sky that support life, derive their abilities from the SOMA that is established in them.

सोमं मन्यते पपिवान्यत्संपिंषंत्योषधिम् !
सोमं यं ब्रह्माणो विदुर्न तस्याश्नाति कश्चन !! ऋग्वेद 10/85/3
Yask translates this mantra by saying-" Some chemists crush soma and then drink it , and think that they have drunk soma. This is not correct, because that is not true soma."
The Soma that Learned, Scientists, Intellectuals, know of is not an edible product.
आच्छद्विधानैर्गुपितो बार्हते सोम रक्षित: !
ग्राव्णामिच्छृएवन्तिष्ठसि नते अश्नाति पार्थिव: !! ऋग्वेद 10/85/4
It is covers and protects by well regulated non material laws governing the material world .
Soma can not be physically consumed by a living being.

Soma in Vedic tradition thus represents essentially a non physical mind stimulant, and drive. The motivating force for intellect and also the store of scientific knowledge from researches that are source of capability as an enabler of actions for the welfare of the society.

Language of Vedas is often highly poetical, and does not lend to literal translations. Most of the time there is reference to soma as a medicinal creeper, to be crushed under stones and then the juices strained through sieves woven from grey woolen threads. The person who finally finds this preparation of 'SOMA' gets drunk on it.
In analytical research a learned competent person follows the creeper of knowledge that has grown out of seeds planted by a problem. Experts engage in efforts to find solution /explanation to that problem. Researchers pursue the minute threads and filaments from the creeper of the existing body of researches & human knowledge, from studies and observations in nature. The topics of research problem can be in any field connected with welfare /progress of the society in social, medicinal, physical sciences. The efforts and knowledge pooled by the earlier researchers, is likened to the medicinal creeper that has grown to solve/cure the problem. The learned experts take cognizance of the accumulated knowledge of research efforts made thus far. Further research work proceeds by following the leads of the shoots and particles of the creeper of existing research work. This is like breaking one's head on stone of ignorance and crushing the minute particles अंशु of this medicinal creeper to find the 'juices'. New scientists sift and screen the data of earlier researches. This is likened to a sieve woven out of the grey hair of experience and used for straining the juices of the inference arrived at so far. The scientist who strains these 'Juices' and assimilates them in his intellect is obviously exhilarated at his findings, and is said to be intoxicated with his knowledge find.
Thus term Soma will mainly represent a knowledge, talent, capacity , quality and may also be considered to include any medicinal stimulants by uneducated people, the herbs that provide strength and stimulate motivations which make possible innumerable constructive, beneficial tasks & actions, for welfare of the world.

How Soma- Physical knowledge- is created / found in
Rig Veda 10.11.4
अध त्यं द्रप्सं विभवं विचक्षणं विरा भरिदिषित: श्येनो अध्वरे !
यदी विशो वृणिते दस्ममार्या अग्निं होतारमध धीरजायत !!
ऋग्वेद 10/11.4
द्रप्सं (साधरण दही की लस्सी) a very ordinarily met fluid like butter milk , विभवं when looked in to by concentrating on its important aspects विचक्षणं brings to light विराभरदिषित: as if the researcher pulls out of fire, श्येनो as a hawk-eyed observer taking in his notice from very high position a total perception, अध्वरे the hard intelligent worker.
यदी विशो if ordinary common persons वृणते adopt such strategies of scientific enquiry, दस्मे they आर्या become virtuous, अग्निं होतरमध by performing Yajna to get fired in to action, धी: thus Soma true knowledge in intellect, जायत is born
(Newton discovered the force of gravity by deep perception and observation of a very common every day event of an apple falling from a tree. This is the phenomenon Veda is saying in above Mantra.)

What Soma Does?

What Soma Does and what is the effect of Soma on a person who has got “Drunk” on Soma is beautifully described in the thirteen mantras that constitute Rig Veda 10.119, and may indeed look extremely futuristic, even in context of present day modern world.
This Sukta says all that humanity can achieve on strength of research and knowledge- when 'drunk' with Soma,

1.
इति वा इति मे मनो गामश्वं सनुयामिति ! कुवितसोमस्यापामिति !! ऋग्वेद 10/119/1
When drunk on Soma (knowledge), one is impelled in to action to provide for community the services to look after the welfare of all the living beings particularly cows and horses (as symbols of food and energy).
2. प्र वाताइव दोधत उन्मा पीता अयंसत ! कुवितसोमस्यापामिति !! ऋग्वेद 10/119 /2
When drunk on Soma (knowledge) one is bubbling with enthusiasm for self motivated positive action
3. उन्मा पीता अयंसत रथमश्वाइवाशव: ! कुवितसोमस्यापामिति !!
ऋग्वेद 10/119/3
When drunk with Soma (knowledge) one is highly motivated as if he is always riding on high horses
4. उप मा मातरिस्थित वाश्रा पुत्रमिव प्रियम् ! कुवितसोमस्यापामिति !!
ऋग्वेद 10/119 /4
When drunk with Soma (knowledge) one has his wits always around him, like a mother cow bellowing close to her calf
5. अहं तष्टेव वन्धुरं पर्यचामि हृदा मातिम ! कुवितसोमस्यापामिति !!
ऋग्वेद 10/119/5
With dedication it brings glory to his seat of action
6. नहि मे अक्षिपच्चना अच्छांत्सु: पञ्च कृष्टय: ! कुवितसोमस्यापामिति !! ऋग्वेद 10/119/6
Nothing in all the community, escapes his keen perception
7. नहि मे रोदसी उभे अन्यं पक्षं चन प्रति ! कुवितसोमस्यापामिति !!
ऋग्वेद 10/119 /7
Has good measure of the realities on ground and in space
8.अभि द्यां भहिना भुवमभी3मां पृथिवीं महीम् ! कुवितसोमस्यापामिति !! ऋग्वेद 10/119 /8
His influence Excels in all area of his action on the vast earth and space
9. हन्ताहं पृथिवीमिमां नि दधानीहा वेह वा ! कुवितसोमस्यापामिति !! ऋग्वेद 10/119/9
Scales up theater of man's action from earth to outer space (makes outer space his habitat)
10. ओषमित्पृथिवीमहं जङ्घननीह वेह वा ! कुवितसोमस्यापामिति !! ऋग्वेद 10/119/10
learns to control and transfer heat, light and energy from one place to another as per needs.
11- दिवि मे अन्य: पक्षो3धो अन्यमचीकृषम ! कुवितसोमस्यापामिति !! ऋग्वेद 10/119 /11
Has one foot on earth and the other in Space
12.अहमस्मि महामहोअभिनभ्यमुदीषित: ! कुवितसोमस्यापामिति !! ऋग्वेद 10/119/12
Has in his command sources of energy comparable to Sun in the sky.
13. गृहो याम्यरङ्कृतो देवेभ्यो हव्यवाहन: ! कुवितसोमस्यापामिति !! ऋग्वेद 10/119 /13
Such a resourceful person by fully imbibing SOMA, is decorated and empowered to deliver like Indra.
SOMA thus emerges as R& D Knowledge that motivates human mind in positive constructive welfare of humanty and ecosystem.

AUM... Ati uttam dev , ati

AUM... Ati uttam dev , ati uttam!

AUM... Prasn karna bahut

AUM... Prasn karna bahut saral hota hai parantu uttar dena kathin hota hai ye maine jaan liya

Very good explanation . In

Very good explanation . In short it can be as
Sura twamasi shushmini Som a esh ma…yaj7/19
Payo dadhih somrupam…..21/19yaj
Som has got it’s own properties , but anything suitable and healthy can also be as useful as som is . Som has also got the adverse properties if not used properly and is termed as sura .
Anandji has quoted at one place the Vedmantra…Aum kratam smar , klibe smar , krato smar .
This is very important to follow this mantra . The human has been termed as klibe means as immature as wet earth . If the human follows the som properties , he becomes sur or noble[ krato] and if not follows he becomes asur or demon [kratam ] .
Goswamiji termed Ravna as asur and Vibhison as sur, both being from same family but following Wisdom at Diversion and Devotion path respectively . See…
Ravna says….
If therefore
the Lord Himself, the Delighter of the gods and the Reliever of Earth.s burden, has
appeared on earth, I will go and resolutely fight with him and cross the ocean of mundane
existence by falling to His arrows. Adoration is out of question in this (demoniac) body,
which is made up of the principle of ignorance, Tamasa.
Vibhison says….
.My lord, I am Ravna.s brother. Having been born
in the demon race. O Protector of gods, my body has the element of Tamas (inertia and
ignorance) preponderating in it and I have a natural affinity for sins even as an owl is fond
of darkness.
.Having heard with my own ears of Your fair renown I have come to You with the
belief that my lord (You) dissipates the fear of rebirth. Save me, save me, O Hero of
Raghu.s line, reliever of distress, delighter of those who take refuge in you..

EXCELENT & OUTSTANDING

EXCELENT & OUTSTANDING deatailed & Well Researched Article on 'SOMA' by Adarniya Sh Subodh ji. It's a MUST READ for all ARYAS, through out the world for their own Emancipation & the Emancipation of MANKIND.
Sh Gupta ji ,aapkaa bhii bahut dhanyawad, aapne bade acche sandarbh saath mein jod ke MAN ko Prassann kara diya.

Anand

ॐ...aaryavar !

ॐ...aaryavar ! Tathaakathit 'INDOLOGIST' ke buddhi kitni bhrasht hai, kitni sankeern hai ye aadarneey subodh ji ke article ko padhne ke baad pratyek Aarya sochega. Kuch Indologist SOM ko SHARAAB samajhte hain. Main ek din DISCOVERY CHANNEL dekh raha tha. Usme bhaarat ka itihaas bata raha tha. ARYAN INVASION THEORY ka ve paalan karte hue dikhe. EK videshi vidvaan ne to AFGANISTAAN ME SOM NAAMAK EK PEYa PADARTH KO DISCOVER KAR LIYA AUR DAAVA KARNE LAGA KI VO 'WINE' RIGVED ME VARNIT SOM HI HAI ! Aapke article padhne ke bad logon ki SHANKA KA NIVAARAN HO JAATA HAI. Evam INDOLOGIST kitne moorkh hain iska jyaan ho jaata hai.ॐ...