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A New Approach to the Vedas: An Essay in Translation and by Ananda K. Coomaraswamy

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However, it is not so much intended here to stress this argument, as to point out that there is little or nothing in the metaphysics of the Upanisads that necessarily implies a “ progress ” with respect to the older Vedic books. The “ three Vedas ” are primarily concerned with “ Works " (karnta, yajna) and with " Genesis ” (bhava-vfita, Brhad Devata, II, 120*3 ; perhaps also jata vidya, Rg Veda. X, 71, ir, and Nirukta, I, 8) : exegetical matter, such as appears abundantly in the Atharva Veda, Brahmanas, Upanisads, and nirukta generally, is included amongst the Vedic liturgies only as it were by accident and incidentally.

There perfect, ripe, and whole is each desire; in it alone is $very part, there where it ever was, for it is not in space nor hath it poles,” Dante, Paradiso, X X II, 64-67. There the will, being well-nigh naughted, is well-nigh free ; for as Boethius expresses it, “ the nearer a thing is to the First Mind, the less it is involved in the chain of fate ” ; that is, the nearer any consciousness may be to the centre of the gyroscope of causal becoming, samsara, bhava-cakra,90 the less is consciousness detarmined or constrained by external necessity, the more autonomous.

Dante, Paradiso, III, 85-86. “ His, verily, is that (true) aspect of his which is beyond desires, free from ill, without fear. As a man locked in the embrace of a darling bride, knows naught of a within nor a without, so the Person, embraced by Wisdom, by the Self, knows naught of a within nor a without . . his desire is satisfied, him-Self is his Will (kama), without Will (akama), without care. . There the father becomes not a father; a mother not a mother; the angels not the angels; the Vedas not Veda; a thief not a thief .

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