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AN AMERICAN DISCOVERS THE VEDAS
Later I found
many of the same ideas and inspirations of my studies in the works of Ganapati Muni, who
was perhaps the chief disciple of Ramana Maharshi. But the basic core of my Vedic views
has not changed. In India I experienced the Vedic vision not only in the people but in the
temples and the landscape of both the North and South of the country. I also learned
traditional Vedic chanting which opened up another level of the teaching for me. I came
into contact with a number of great teachers both known and unknown in the West.
What was it that I discovered in the Vedas ? What made the
Vedas more important to me than other spiritual or intellectual teachings ? It was
not just philosophy or poetry of an exalted nature. Nor was it the later portion of the
Vedas alone, the Upanishads that drew my interest but also the most ancient Rig Veda
itself and its wealth of mantras and symbols.