Tuesday, 11 September 2012

vedas, the revelation

Veda is the creation of an age anterior to our intellectual philosophies. in that original epoch thought proceeded by other methods than those of our logical reasoning and speech accepted modes of expressions which in our modern habits would be inadmissible. 

the wisest then dependent on inner experiences and the suggestions of intuitive mind for all knowledge that ranged beyond mankind's ordinary perceptions and daily activities.
their aim was illumination, not logical conviction,
their ideal the inspired seer, not the accurate reasoner. 

the rishi was not the individual composer of the hymn, but the seer, (drasta )  of an eternal truth and an impersonal knowledge. the language of veda itself is sruti, a rhythm not composed by intellect but hear, a divine word that came vibrating out of infinite to the inner audience of the man who have previously made himself fit for impersonal knowledge. 

the word itself, drsti, and sruti, sight and hearing are vedic expressions. these and cognate words signify, in esoteric terminology of hymns, revelatory knowledge and contents of inspiration.

in the vedic era of revelation there is no suggestion of miraculous or the supernatural. the rishi who employed these faculties, had acquired them by a progressive self-culture. knowledge itself was a travelling and a reaching, or a finding and a winning; revelation came only at the end and light was the prize of final victory.

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