The Secret of the Veda

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The Secret of the Veda
with Selected Hymns


PART ONE: THE SECRET OF THE VEDA

I: The Problem and Its Solution 3
II: A Retrospect of Vedic Theory 10
III: Modern Theories 24
IV: The Foundations of the Psychological Theory 34
V: The Philological Method of the Veda 48
VI: Agni and the Truth 58 Paper icon.png
VII: Varuna-Mitra and the Truth 70
VIII: The Ashwins – Indra – the Vishwadevas 80
IX: Saraswati and Her Consorts 91 Paper icon.png
X: The Image of the Oceans and the Rivers 100 Paper icon.png
XI: The Seven Rivers 109
XII: The Herds of the Dawn 123
XIII: Dawn and the Truth 131 Paper icon.png
XIV: The Cow and the Angiras Legend 138
XV: The Lost Sun and the Lost Cows 149
XVI: The Angiras Rishis 159
XVII: The Seven-Headed Thought, Swar and the Dashagwas 173
XVIII: The Human Fathers 187
XIX: The Victory of the Fathers 199
XX: The Hound of Heaven 211
XXI: The Sons of Darkness 223
XXII: The Conquest over the Dasyus 232
XXIII: Summary of Conclusions 241 Paper icon.png

PART TWO: SELECTED HYMNS

I: The Colloquy of Indra and Agastya (I.170) 253
II: Indra, Giver of Light (I.4) 257
III: Indra and the Thought-Forces (I.171) 266
IV: Agni, the Illumined Will (I.77) 276
V: Surya Savitri, Creator and Increaser (V.81) 285
VI: The Divine Dawn (III.61) 293
VII: To Bhaga Savitri, the Enjoyer (V.82) 299
VIII: Vayu, the Master of the Life Energies (IV.48) 306
IX: Brihaspati, Power of the Soul (IV.50) 315
X: The Ashwins, Lords of Bliss (IV.45) 326
XI: The Ribhus, Artisans of Immortality (I.20) 336 Paper icon.png
XII: Vishnu, the All-Pervading Godhead (I.154) 343 Paper icon.png
XIII: Soma, Lord of Delight and Immortality (IX.83) 351

PART THREE: HYMNS OF THE ATRIS

Foreword 363
The Doctrine of the Mystics 370

Hymns to Agni

Agni, the Divine Will-Force 387
Hymns to Agni (V.1 – 28) 393
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Hymns to the Lords of Light

The Guardians of the Light 473
Hymns to Mitra-Varuna (V.62 – 72) 518
Hymn to Varuna (V.85) 544
Hymns to the Dawn (V.79, 80) 549
A Hymn to Savitri (V.81) 555

PART FOUR: OTHER HYMNS

A Vedic Hymn (VII.60) 559
A Hymn of the Thought-Gods (based on V.52 – 61) 562
The God of the Mystic Wine (IX.75, 42) 565
The Vedic Fire (I.94, 97) 568
A Vedic Hymn to the Fire (I.59) 574
Parashara's Hymns to the Lord of the Flame (I.65 – 73) 576

APPENDIX

Interpretation of the Veda 593


Notes are paraphrased from the “Publisher's Note” and “Note on the Texts”.