The god Agni was important in the context of the Vedas because Agni was the ancient god of fire. Agni the chief best ower of blessing was called upon to take the ancient Hindus sacrifice to the gods and make the gods present at sacrifice. Vedas scriptures were used for sacrifice during ancient times and the most important aspect of the sacrifice was fire. Ancient Hindus were fascinated by fire and much focused on gods for power. They used the combinations of holy words and sacrifice to obtain maximum power. Ancient Hindus believed sacred power was in sacrificial power.
2. The difference between the Vedas and the Upanishads with reference to the question, How do we tap into the sacred power of the universe Is that in the ancient Vedas scriptures the focus was on the ancient gods. The ancient Hindus believed that by offering praise and petitioning to the gods thru sacrifice they would achieve sacred power in the universe. In contrast to the Vedas as the scripture evolved to the Upanishads, meaning to sit near by insistently. These ancient scriptures focused on inner self or power inside with dialog shared between ancient sages and kings or father and son sharing wisdom with on another. The Upanishads primarily focus was on the universe searching for the ground center to get to the core of ones self.
The ancient Hindus came to realize that maybe the power did not lay with the gods but in ones inner self. By peeling, the layers of the universe you will end up at the core of the universe and the core of oneself. 3. What is meant by the Brahman and the Atmen is that Brahman is the god head and the Atmen is the infinite center of every life or the hidden self. In Hindus ancient Vedas, scriptures the Brahman were the priestly class.
Specialists were needed to handle the holy power of words and power with sacrifice. In return, the Brahman was created to manage holy power of words and actions in sacrifice. As the scripture evolved to Upanishads were, the focus was not on gods and sacrifice but to the power of inner self. Brahman was focused to ones inner self to reach the center of the universe which was Atmen the heart and soul of the universe. Which in return was one the Brahman-Atmen was one.
In the Upanishads scripture whether you started at finding the core of the universe or the core of ones, self you will end up at the same point. 4. Arjuna s problem in the Bhagavad-Gita is that he does not know if he wants to go on and continue to fight or face to kill his relative. He is faced with futility of war and the present conflict of doing ones duty in the war and liberation from the world. In return, Arjuna had to find a balance of duty and liberation. 5.
Krishna s and ancient god come down into to battle with Arjuna as his charioteer and responses to Arjuna a problem in the Bhagavad-Gita. Krishna gives three responses to Arjuna s problem he states There isn t any killing going on, If you do your duty in the right spirit you will be liberated and Be devoted to me and everything will be fine. 6. Hinduism is called he religion of 330 million gods, but there are only a Few hundred actual named gods in Hinduism.
This saying comes from the concept of the context of the Vedas. The Vedas had many level and different gods in its scriptures that evolved into many gods.