AUROBINDO’S QUOTATIONS ON THE VEDAS AND THE UPANISHADS (Post No.8000)

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Post No.8000

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Following are quotations culled out from his various articles and published in Sri Aurobindo’s Vedic Glossary, Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry, 1962

1.The Veda is anterior to intellectual age and the method of the Veda is not therefore intellectual.

2.Rishi is not an author but a Seer.

3.Veda does not expound any dogma or religion it is a record of spiritual experiences couched in symbolic language. This is borne by the fact that the language remains same throughout the Veda.

4.The personality of the poet differs in different riks but the Rishis did not aim at poetic expression. For them expression was the means not the aim.

5.What do the riks represent?

The Vedic hymns may indicate the close of a great period of intuitive knowledge; or they may be a selection from some previous collection.

6.The Rig Veda is one in all its parts . Veda cannot be interpreted by separate passages or hymns. If it is to have any coherent

or consistent meaning, we must interpret it as a whole.

7.Why the symbolic meaning of the Veda was lost ?

Firstly, because the initial intensity of the search for the truth was gone; a period of relaxation may have intervened.

Secondly, because the Vedic Rishis were deliberately ambiguous. It was therefore difficult to rediscover their meaning.

The Brahmanas try to preserve the external ritualism of the Veda, while the Upanishads try to restate the internal meaning.

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AUROBINDO’S QUOTES ON UPANISHADS

1.The Upanishads indicate a revival and not a revolt. Upanishads use the Veda as a help in their spiritual experience and they did not care for the words or the verbal sense of the Veda.

2.The Upanishads taught the uselessness of mere ritual and also the emptiness of mere forms; thus the influence of the Veda was undermined.

3.The Upanishads expressed their thoughts in quite a different language and style. They founded the Vedanta philosophy.

4.At last the Upanishads became the fountainhead of knowledge and the Veda came to be regarded as the book of ritual.

5.The rise of Buddhism in India gave the final blow to ritualism. The Veda then remained with the scholar and such suffered most by losing completely the whole of its central meaning.

The Veda in-fact was never meant for the mere scholar.

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Xxxx Subham xxxxx

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