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Daily वे॑द Quote #7 द॑स्यवेवृ॑क 10/17/2022 (Mon) 04:57:24 ID:edf45f No. 2015
न॑ शे॑षो अग्ने • अन्य॑जातमस्ति। अ॑चेतानस्य • मा॑ पथो॑ वि॑ दुक्षः। नहि॑ ग्र॑भाय • अ॑रणः सुशे॑वः। अन्यो॑दर्यो • म॑नसा म॑न्तवा॑ उ॥ —ऋग्वेद॑ 7.4.7cd, 7.4.8ab . (This is the metrically restored version. The सं॑हिता has three deficient syllables with अस्त्य॑चेतानस्य, ग्र॑भाया॑रणः, and सुशे॑वोऽन्यो॑दर्यो.) . Translation: "O अग्नि॑, he is not offspring who is born from another. Do not draw out the paths of fools. The dear stranger (born) from another womb is not to be considered for adoption." . Word-by-word: न॑ "not", शे॑षस् "offspring', अग्ने < अग्नि॑, अन्य॑ "other", जातम् < जात॑, "born", अस्ति < अस् "be", अ॑चेतानस्य < अ॑चेतान "fool", मा॑ "don't", पथो॑ < पथि॑ "path", वि॑ दुक्षस् < वि॑ दुह् "draw out", नहि॑ "not", ग्र॑भाय < ग्र॑भ "adoption", अ॑रणस् < अ॑रण "stranger", सुशे॑वस् < सुशे॑व "dear", अन्य॑ "other", उदर्यस् < उदर्य᳚ "womb", म॑नसा < म॑नस् "mind", म॑न्तवै॑ < मन् "think", उ "indeed". . Meter: त्रिष्टु॑भ् . Context: Adoption was generally looked down upon in आ॑र्य society, which greatly valued (genetic) lineage. Patrilineal descent is the fundamentally what makes an आ॑र्य who he is; biology is paramount, and one's kin is one's blood, regardless of where one was raised. (Where adoption occurred in Vedic society it was almost always within the family, e.g. of a nephew by an uncle, and certainly always within the व॑र्ण.) . More broadly than adoption for child-rearing, these verses should also be seen in the context of the adoption of a foreigner (अ॑रण) into the tribe being forbidden, no matter how dear (सुशे॑व) a friend he may be. . Why I like these verses: They contain a clear moral statement of the ancient आ॑र्यs' view on lineage and ethnicity (a view common in most pre-modern cultures including Islam), in contrast to recent interpretations of a pan-racial and lineage-agnostic Vedic society.
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