Religion and Psychoactive Sacraments:
An Entheogen Chrestomathy
Thomas B. Roberts, Ph.D. and Paula Jo Hruby, Ed.D.
Author Index | Title Index
On the Veda.
Aurobindo, Sri. (1964).
Pondicherry, India: Sri Aurobindo Ashram.
Description: Hardcover, vi + 594 pages.
Contents: Publisher's note, 48 chapters divided into 4 parts: 1. The
Secret of the Veda, 2. Selected Hymns, 3. Hymns of the Atris, 4. Other
Hymns, Appendix: The Origins of Aryan Speech.
Note: Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education Collection Vol. 5.
Excerpt(s): It is a marked, an essential feature of the Vedic hymns that,
although the Vedic cult was not monotheistic in the modern sense of the
word, yet they continually recognize, sometimes quite openly and simply,
sometimes in a complex and difficult fashion, always as an underlying
thought, that the many godheads whom they invoke are really one
Godhead, --- One with many names, revealed in many aspects,
approaching man in the mask of many divine personalities (page 267).
Soma is the Lord of the wine of delight, the wine of immortality.
Like Agni he is found in the plants, the growths and brings out of it a
divine creation. For him the mind and heart, enlightened, have been
formed into a purifying instrument; freed from all narrowness and duality
the consciousness in it has been extended widely to receive the full flow
of the sense-life and mind-life and turn it into pure delight of the true
existence, the divine, the immortal Ananda (pages 267-269).
But it is not every human system that can hold, sustain and enjoy
the potent and often violent ecstasy of the divine delight...He who is raw
and his body not heated does not taste or enjoy that...Only those who
have been baked in the fire bear and entirely enjoy that. The wine of the
divine Life poured into the system is a strong, overflooding and violent
ecstasy; it cannot be held in the system unprepared for it by strong
endurance of the utmost fires of life and suffering and experience (page
Soma is the Gandharva, the Lord of the hosts of delight and
guards the true seat of the Deva, the level or plane of the Ananda...He is
the Supreme, standing out from all other beings and over them, other
than they and wonderful...And as the supreme and transcendent,
present in those worlds the births of the gods...The birth of the gods is
a common phrase in the Veda by which is meant the manifestation of the
divine principles in the cosmos and especially the formation of the
godhead in its manifold forms in the human being (page 372).
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