The Light of Veda – A Practical Approach

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Pages : xvi + 70

Size : 1/8 Demy

Cover : Paper Back

This book helps to understand the hidden meaning in the mantras, gives a glimpse of Vedic literature from the point of view of modern man.


TABLE OF CONTENTS

Note to Readers / vi

Extended Summary / x

Abbreviations / xiii

Note on transliteration / xiv

1. Overview of Vedas / 1

1. Grouping of Books / 2

2. Names of the Books / 3

3. Four Mantra-Samhita Books / 5
Rig Veda Samhita / 7
Yajur Veda Samhita / 8
Sama Veda Samhita / 9
Atharva Veda Samhita / 10

4. Legend of Varaha and Brahmana Books / 11

5. Araņyaka Books / 14

6. Upanishads / 14

7. Mimamsaka or Ritualist Interpretation / 16

8. The View of Vedanta / 17

9. View of Sayana / 18

10. Notes / 18

2. Spiritual Interpretation and the Symbolism of Yajna / 19

1. Questions Posed / 19

2. Essence of the Spiritual Interpretation / 20

3. Two-fold Meaning of Mantras / 22

4. Spiritual Interpretation of the Riks: Some Examples / 26

5. The Symbolism of Riks Conveyed by Double Meaning / 28

6. The Outer Ritual Yajna and its Inner or Subtle Counter Part / 29

6.1 The Symbolism of the Priests / 30
Hotr Priest: Summoner/ 30
Adhvaryu Priest: Adhvara Means Journey / 31
Udgata Priest / 31
Brahma Priest / 32

6.2 Symbolism of Offerings / 32

6.3 Results of the Yajna / 34

7. Symbolism of the Worlds / 35

8. The Four Key Ideas in the Secret of the Veda / 37

9. Conclusion / 38

10. Notes / 39

3. Mantra: Its Nature and Meaning / 40

1. Unusual Nature of Rig Vedic Poetry / 41

2. Mantras themselves Reveal the Secret / 42

3. Eternity of the veda and the Role of Rishis / 44

4. Yaska and Bŗhad Devata on the Mantra / 45

5. Use of Veda for Attaining Objects / 46

6. Speciality of the Rig Vedic Poetry / 47

7. Notes / 49

4. The Method of Initiation, Diksha / 51

1. Initiation: A Guarded Secret / 51

2. Agni, Kindled, Grows by Himself / 53

3. Notes / 56

5. Conclusions / 57

1. Veda is a Record of Spiritual Experiences, Not Dialectics / 57

2. Notes / 59

6. Appendices / 60

1. Two fold Meaning of Mantra / 60

2. Human Sacrifice in the Vedic Books? / 66

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