The Veda in the Light of Sri Aurobindo

PART TWO*
Vedic Knowledge and Supermind in The
Light of Sri Aurobindo

Sri Aurobindo made a very important statement in The Foundations of Indian Culture, in which he spoke of the immediate work of India. He said that there were three tasks that India had to accomplish. The first task is to recover the ancient spiritual knowledge in its fullness, in its amplitude. And this means of course, basically, the recovery of the Veda, Upanishads, the Gita, the Puranas and Tantras. This is, one might say, the basic stuff of what can be called the ancient spiritual knowledge of India. I underline the word “knowledge” because, usually, though this knowledge is contained in what are called Scriptures, Scriptures are sometimes regarded as revelations which were made once for all and have to be accepted unquestioningly. Therefore, philosophers do not accept them as bodies of knowledge. The


*A Transcript of a lecture given at Auroville

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