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SPIRITUAL PATHS AND DISCOVERY OF
Writing on the Vedas
Then in summer of 1978 my Vedic work, which would dominate the rest of
my life, first emerged. I was inspired by some inner energy to write a set of poems about
the ancient dawns and the ancient suns that directed me back to the Vedas. I decided to
study the Vedas in depth in the original Sanskrit. wanted to directly confirm if Sri
Aurobindos view was correct that the Vedas did have a deeper spiritual and Vedantic
I had studied a Sanskrit through the years and already had Sanskrit
texts of the Vedas and Upanishads to start with.
remember my early encounters with Vedic texts. Sometimes they seemed primitive or even
violent in their language. I thought that either the Vedic rishis were not true sages
or that something was fundamentally in wrong in how we have interpreted their teachings.
Rather than simply dismissing the Vedas as primitive I decided to question the
I found that most people were looking at the Vedas through
the eyes of Western intellectual thought or, at best, with a Vedantic or Buddhist logic. I
realized that the Vedas were not written according to either of these views and required a
very different approach. It is not enough merely to translate the Vedas; one has to
recreate the background the Vedas came from, in which context they were fresh and alive.
The Vedas presumed a certain state of mind on the part of those who studied them.