Sri Aurobindo’s study of the Veda examines the philosophic system of the Vedic mystics, the meaning of Vedic terms, and the sense of Vedic symbols and the psychological functions assigned to the Gods. The book also includes translations of selected hymns of the Rig Veda. Sri Aurobindo believed that a study of the Veda based on a modern method of critical research would reveal the esoteric and psychological sense of the Veda that was concealed behind an arcane system of symbols and rituals. He held that the ancient spiritual conceptions expressed in the Veda had perhaps once been a common culture spread over a large part of the earth, with India as a centre.
Contents: The Problem and its Solution: A Retrospect of Vedic Theory; Modern Theories; The Philological Method of the Veda; Agni and the Truth; The Victory of the Fathers; The Conquest over the Dasyus; Selected Hymns; Hymns of the Atris; “The Origins of Aryan Speech”.
Subjects: Indian Tradition and Culture