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Secret of the Veda

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Sri Aurobindo breaks new ground in interpreting the ancient Vedas. His deeper insight into this came from his own spiritual practices for which he found vivid allegorical descriptions in the Vedas. Sri Aurobindo was able to uncover the mystery of the double meanings, the inner psychological and yogic significance and practices and the consistent, clear sense brought by thi ...more
Paperback, New U.S. Edition, 651 pages
Published January 1st 1995 by Lotus Press (first published January 1st 1971)
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Riku Sayuj

The Open Secret

At first glance, the title of the book might give the impression that it is an esoteric defense of some Vedic ‘secret’. It is true that some spiritual teachers like to emphasize the esotericity of works to claim the easy defense - “you are not spiritual enough to understand such works” - to western scholars.

Contrary to this, Aurobindo approaches the text like any genuinely curious scholar and puts together a coherent interpretation of the hymns, seen more from the Upanishadic tra
Ravi Warrier
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Vedas, until I read this book, were mysterious, superficial and materialistic to the point of being nonsensical. The verses didn't make scientific or even rational sense.

However, having read the book, I now understand the mystical nature of the knowledge that ancient Indian seers wanted to hand down to generations. I see why so many things in Hinduism are so twisted, so ritualistic and incorrect. The hidden meaning of the words and passages become clear upon reading the book and every chapt
Edward Butler
Dec 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Aurobindo's writings on the Vedas are an absolutely invaluable resource. He combines scholarship with practical insight and effectively restores the Vedas to their rightful place as the foundation of all later Indian philosophy. If you're reading the Vedas without having at least exposed yourself to Aurobindo's interpretive approach, chances are that you are missing much of what is going on there.
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Since the inception of the study of the Vedas, through both Indian and European scholarship, the age and subsequent obscurity of the Rig Veda has caused considerable confusion in attempts to interpret its meaning and this has commonly resulted in either naturalistic/ritualistic interpretations or historical ones. Whilst not denying that these interpretations may possess some exoteric validity, in Secret of the Veda, Sri Aurobindo aims to demonstrate the esoteric psychological/spiritual inner lay ...more
Chandan Priyadarshi
Apr 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Sri Aurobindo has revealed the truth in this book that how The Vedic scriptures were miss-interpreted and what should be the real meanings of Vedic Hymns.
Revanth Ukkalam
Nov 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
The greater genius than the Rishi is Sri Aurobindo who is the writer par excellence. He - in this book - is able to creatively imagine the Vedas in a new light, a shade contrary to that of indologists, orientalists, and traditional historians. With the conception of consistent and profound symbols in the Vedas he is able to send quivers through the reader's body.
Toon Pepermans
I think Karen Thomson's take on the Rigveda (, as 'a still undeciphered text' where a lot of mistranslations have occurred, is the way to go.
An example from Aurobindo is I.92.4 "where we have without any possibility of mistake the cow as the symbol of light" (p.125-6), a rather baffling image. But Thomson (at makes plausible that instead of 'cow' one should translate 'morning ray'.
Also, Aurobindo's approach of reading the Upanishads in
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Sri Aurobindo (Bengali: শরী অরবিনদ Sri Ôrobindo) was an Indian nationalist and freedom fighter, major Indian English poet, philosopher, and yogi. He joined the movement for India's freedom from British rule and for a duration (1905–10), became one of its most important leaders, before turning to developing his own vision and philosophy of human progress and spiritual evolution.

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