treatise on high energy physics that requires a knowledge of elementary physics to
approach, the Vedas were designed for people who already had a sense of the Vedic language
and its implications. Without recreating that Vedic background merely to translate the
Vedas only invites misinterpretation.
I decided to try to
recreate that background. The result was that I discovered deeper meaning to teachings
that appeared as little more than primitive rituals to others. Because of my background in poetic symbolism the Vedas made perfect
sense to me. The Sun, day, dawn, fire, and ocean were archetypes of inner processes. So
were such animal images as the bull, cow, horse or falcon. I didnt view Vedic
images according to the standard of Vedantic or Buddhist logic, looking for some subtle
abstract dialectic, from which angle they would appear crude.
I saw them as analogical keys to the workings of the
universe. I began creating a system to unlock the greater meaning of the Vedic language. I
developed a strategy. I decided that the best way to proceed was to trace the Vedic vision
back from the Upanishads, which were still relatively transparent in meaning, to the Vedas
to use the Upanishads as a door back in time.