By Sri Aurobindo

Sri Aurobindo breaks new flooring in reading the traditional Vedas. His deeperinsight into this got here from his personal non secular practices for which he chanced on brilliant allegorical descriptions within the Vedas. The hidden which means of the rig Veda isrevealed with various translations and observation. Many were puzzled bythe reverence accorded to the Vedas after they learn previous commentaries ortranslations. Sri Aurobindo was once capable of discover the secret of the doublemeanings, the internal mental and yogic importance and practices and theconsistent, transparent feel introduced through this mental view of the Vedic hymns.Finally, the real internal which means of the Veda and its relevance to the seekingafter self-realization and enlightenment is printed.

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Tilak, from the Arctic regions; but there is nothing in the Veda, as there is nothing in the present ethnological features2 of the country to prove that this descent took place near to the time of the Vedic hymns or was the slow penetration of a small body of fair-skinned barbarians into a civilised Dravidian peninsula. 1 It is urged that the Dasyus are described as black of skin and noseless in opposition to the fair and high-nosed Aryans. But the former distinction is certainly applied to the Aryan Gods and the Dasa Powers in the sense of light and darkness, and the word ¯ .

To rely entirely on the traditional and often imaginative renderings of the Indian scholars is impossible for any critical mind. Modern philology strives after a more secure and scientific basis, but has not yet found it. In the psychological interpretation of the Veda there are, especially, two difficulties which can only be met by a satisfactory philological justification. This interpretation necessitates the acceptance of several new senses for a fair number of fixed ¯ avas, technical terms of the Veda, — terms, for example like uti, vayas.

If the Vedic Indians do not get the benefit 26 The Secret of the Veda of this revised knowledge, it is due to the survival of the theory with which European erudition started, that they belonged to the so-called Aryan race and were on the same level of culture with the early Aryan Greeks, Celts, Germans as they are represented to us in the Homeric poems, the old Norse Sagas and the Roman accounts of the ancient Gaul and Teuton. Hence has arisen the theory that these Aryan races were northern barbarians who broke in from their colder climes on the old and rich civilisations of Mediterranean Europe and Dravidian India.

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