Sri Aurobindo Thoughts on Veda the foundation of the Sanatan Dharma



I seek a light that shall be new, yet old, the oldest indeed of all lights.

I seek an authority that accepting, illuminating and reconciling all human truth, shall yet reject and get rid of by explaining it all mere human error.

I seek a text and a Shastra that is not subject to interpolation, modification and replacement, that moth and white ant cannot destroy, that the earth cannot bury nor Time mutilate.

I seek an asceticism that shall give me purity and deliverance from self and from ignorance without stultifying God and His universe.

I seek a skepticism that shall question everything but shall have the patience to deny nothing that may possibly be true.

I seek a rationalism not proceeding on the untenable supposition that all the centuries of man's history except the nineteenth were centuries of folly and superstition, but bent on discovering truth instead of limiting inquiry by a new dogmatism, obscurantism and furious intolerance which it chooses to call common sense and enlightenment.

I seek a materialism that shall recognize matter and use it without being its slave.

I seek an occultism that shall bring out all its processes and proofs into the light of day, without mystery, without jugglery, without the old stupid call to humanity, ‘Be blind, O man, and see!’

In short, I seek not science, not religion, not Theosophy, but Veda the truth about Brahman, not only about His essentiality, but about His manifestation, not a lamp on the way to the forest, but a light and a guide to joy and action in the world, the truth which is beyond opinion, the knowledge which all thought strives after – yasmin vijnate sarvam vijnatam.

I believe that Veda to be the foundation of the Sanatan Dharma; I believe it to be the concealed divinity within Hinduism, but a veil has to be drawn aside, a curtain has to be lifted. I believe it to be knowable and discoverable. I believe the future of India and the world to depend on its discovery and on its application, not to the renunciation of life, but to life in the world and among men.

Sri Aurobindo

(Source – the article titled ‘Hinduism and the Mission of India’ by Sri Aurobindo)