PMCCPMCCPMCC

Search tips
Search criteria 

Advanced

 
Logo of ancscilifeHomeCurrent issueInstructionsSubmit article
 
Anc Sci Life. 1982 Oct-Dec; 2(2): 93–97.
PMCID: PMC3336717

EVOLUTION OF EPHEDRA AS THE SOMA OF RIGVEDA

Abstract

In Rigveda Soma is an evergreen plant, with thousand stalks yellow hued bestowing auspicious energy. Resembling yellow fibres of hemp ephedra was rained in Chlnoso Ho-Ma, Yellow-hemp. It was Sanskritized as Soma. Being an energizer-cum-euphoriant its juice was consumed thrice daily. Finally it became a drug of longevity, rejuvenation and resurrection even god Soma. As drug it was substituted by Rasayana promisiig rejuvenation but also salvation. Soma with Water and Fire constitutes the proto-cosmology of Rigveda.


Articles from Ancient Science of Life are provided here courtesy of Medknow Publications