chapter  3
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THE LONGHAIRED SAGE OF RV 10, 136: A SHAMAN, A MYSTIC OR A YOGI?

In the previous paper I referred to the ancient seers ( ) as the pathfinders who were reputed to have won immortality and were thus equal to gods. These spiritual giants with profound mystical insights became the founders of Indian spiritual tradition as the originators of the oldest Vedic hymns and were probably also responsible for shaping the moral awareness of the Vedic Āryans and also much of their religious, cultural and social institutions. They were ancient and legendary figures already to the minds of the redactors of the Vedic collections and we cannot say if any hymns can be ascribed directly to their authorship in the form in which they have been preserved in the RV. But much of the contents of the Vedic hymns does go back to very early times even if many or most of them were given their final form by lesser seers of the younger Vedic period.