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VEDIC IMAGE OF THE OCEAN
Here the clear meaning of a term in
the Rig Veda and later times verified by rivers like Sarasvati
mentioned by name as flowing into the sea was altered to make the
Aryan invasion theory fit. Yet if we look at the index to translation of the
Rig Veda by Griffith for example, who held to this idea that samudra
did not really mean the ocean, we find over seventy references to
ocean or sea.(*15) If samudra does not mean ocean why was it still translated as such? It is therefore
without any basis to locate Vedic kings in Central Asia far from any
ocean or from the massive Sarasvati river, which form the background of their land and the
symbolism of their hymns.
Again the absence of archeological data and the non-existence of any
real Sarasvati river was used to justify this change of the meaning
15. R. Griffith, THE
HYMNS OF THE RIG VEDA (Delhi, India: Motilal Banarsidass, 1976).