The Secret of the Veda

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Thus there emerged in my mind, revealing itself as it were out of the ancient verses, a Veda which was throughout the Scripture of a great and antique religion already equipped with a profound psychological discipline, - a Scripture not confused in thought or primitive in its substance, not a medley of heterogeneous or barbarous elements, but one, complete and self-conscious in its purpose and in its purport, veiled indeed by the cover, sometimes thick, sometimes transparent, of another and material sense, but never losing sight even for a single moment of its high spiritual aim and tendency.

Contents

Part One: The Secret of the Veda
I The Problem and Its Solution 3
II A Retrospect of Vedic Theroy 10
III Modern Theories 24
IV The Foundations of the Psychological Theory 34
V The Philological Method of the Veda 48
VI Agni and the Truth 58
VII Varuna - Mitra and the Truth 70
VIII The Ashwins - Indra - he Vishwadevas 80
IX Saraswati and Her Consorts 91
X The Images of the Oceans and the Rivers 100
XI The Seven Rivers 109
XII The Herds of the Dawn 123
XIII Dawn and the Truth 131
XIV The Cow and the Angiras Legend 138
XV The Lost Sun and the Lost Cows 149
XVI The Angiras Rishis 159
XVII The Seven-Headed Thought, Swar and the Dashagwas 173
XVIII The Human Fathers 187
XIX The Victory of the Fathers 199
XX The Hound of Heaven 211
XXI The Sons of Darkness 223
XXII The Conquest over the Dasyus 232
XXIII Summary of Conclustsions 241
Part Two: Selected Hymns
I The Colloquuy of Indra and Agastya
II Indra, Giver of Light 257
III Indra and the Thought-Forces 266
IV Agni, the Illumined Will 276
V Surya Savitri, Creator and Increaser 285
VI The Divine Dawn 293
VII To Bhaga Savitri, the Enjoyer 299
VIII Vayu, the Master of the Life Energies 306
IX Brihaspati, Power of the Soul 315
X The Ashwins, Lords of Bliss 326
XI The Ribhus, Artisans of Immortality 336
XII Vishnu, the All-Pervading Godhead 343
XIII Soma, Lord of Delight and Immortality 351
Part Three: Hymns of the Atris
Foreword 363
The Doctrine of the Mystics 370
Hymns to Agni
Agni , the Divine Will-Force 387
Hymns to Agni 393
Hymns to the Lords of Light
The Guardians of the Light 473
Hymns to Mitra-Varuna 518
Hymns to Varuna 544
Hymns to the Dawn 549
A Hymns to Savitri 555
Part Four: Other Hymns
A Vedic Hymns 559
A Hymns of the Thought-Gods 562
The God of the Mystic Wine 565
The Vedic Fire 568
A Vedic Hymn to the Fire 574
Parashara's Hymns to the Lord of the Flame 576
Appendix
Interpretation of the Veda 593

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