Something surprising...bet you hadn't heard this.



Something surprising...bet you hadn't heard this.

'His Masters Voice' (HMV) had once published a pamphlet giving the history of the gramophone record. The Gramophone was invented by Thomas Alva Edison in the 19th century. Edison, who had invented many other gadgets like electric light & the motion picture camera, had become a legend even in his own time. When he invented the gramophone record, which could record human voice for posterity, he wanted to record the voice of an eminent scholar on his first piece. For that he chose Prof. Max Muller of England (a German by ethnicity), another great personality of the 19th century. He wrote to Max Muller saying, "I want to meet you & record your voice. When should I come?” Max Muller who had great respect for Edison asked him to come on a suitable time when most of the scholars of Europe would be gathering in England. Accordingly, Edison sailed to England & participated in a symposium of scholars. He was introduced to the audience & was cheered by all present. At the request of Edison, Max Muller came on the stage & spoke in front of the instrument. Then Edison went back to his laboratory & by afternoon came back with a disc & played it on the gramophone. The audience was thrilled to hear the voice of Max Muller from the instrument. They were glad that voices of great persons like Max Muller could be stored for the benefit of posterity. After several rounds of applause & congratulations to Thomas Edison, Max Muller came to the stage & addressed the scholars & asked them, "You heard my original voice in the morning. Then you heard the same voice coming out from this instrument in the afternoon. Do you understand what I said in the morning or what you heard in the afternoon?” The audience fell silent because they could not understand the language in which Max Muller had spoken. It was ‘Greek & Latin’ to them as they say. But had it been Greek or Latin, they would have definitely understood because they were from various parts of Europe. It was a language which the European scholars had never heard. Max Muller then explained what he had spoken. He said that the language he spoke was Sanskrit & it was the first shloka of the Rig Veda which says, "Agni Meele Purohitam”. This was the first recorded public version on a gramophone plate.
*अग्निमीळे पुरोहितं यज्ञस्य देवं रत्वीजम।*
*होतारं रत्नधातमम।। - (Rig Veda 1.001.01)
Why did Max Muller choose this? Addressing the audience he said, “Vedas are the oldest text of the human race. And “Agni Meele Purohitam” is the first verse of the Rig Veda. In the most primordial time, when the people did not know how even to cover their bodies & lived by hunting & housed in caves, Indians had attained high civilization & they gave the world universal philosophies in the form of the Vedas”. When “Agni Meele Purohitam” was replayed, the entire audience stood up in silence as a mark of respect.
The verse means :
"Oh Agni, You who gleam in the darkness, to You we come day by day, with devotion & bearing homage. So be of easy access to us, Agni, as a father to his son, abide with us for our well being."

Cheer's to Sanskrit...
:)

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