Synthesis of Yoga in The Veda

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    Veda and Yogic Knowledge

    There seem to be three main grounds on which we are led to conclude that the Veda contains a huge mine of wisdom and even a mature system of yogic knowledge.5 First of all, the Veda reveals its full consistent meaning only when its language is interpreted through certain key words, which are ambiguous, and while they mean something very ordinary, in one sense, they mean something very extra-ordinary in another sense. To take only one example, the word go means a cow, in one sense, but it also means light in another sense. Now it is found that if the word go is interpreted to mean cow in the Veda, it serves well up to a certain point, but the interpretation breaks down at some most crucial points, and thus on that line of interpretation, the Vedic Samhitas might seem to be incoherent, bizarre or meaningless. But, if this word is understood in the sense of spiritual light, it fits in fully and consistently in all the varied contexts. This is only one illustration but it has been possible to show, as has been shown by Sri Aurobindo in his book ' The Secret of the Veda’, that the Veda has a secret Wisdom, and that this secret pertains to the realm of deeper truths of existence. Secondly, the Upanishads, which are universally acknowledged to be records of deep knowledge, declare the Veda as the highest authority for their own sublime utterances. They quote the Vedic verses as supporting citations. Thirdly, the Veda has been regarded as the highest source of knowledge throughout the long history of the Vedic tradition, and it continues to be

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