Dr. Prafulla Ku. Das Agni is not only the fire of sacrifice, the fire of the journey of life, the elan of evolution, but it is
its leader and priest. Agni leads man in his search for the Truth (satyam). It is he who connects man with the cosmic forces and with all the gods of the three worlds (triloka), of earth 9bhur), mid-world (bhuvar) and heaven (swar). At the head of swar is Indra, the god of Illumined intelligence. It is Indra who shows man the path to the still higher
realms and to the Supreme Reality. He cannot be overpassed, says Indra himself, in a colloquy between him and Agastya, A Rishi, who is impatient to shoot beyond to the Supreme, but finds Indra obstructing his parth. I am your
friend, says Indra to Agastya, I am not obstructing your parth, but I am here on the path to take you to the Supreme. Why do you not invite me to your sacrifice? Indra complains. Agastya understands, he invites Indra and accepts to be led by him. In this short colloquy, We have a very meaningful description of one of the secret experiences
recorded in the Vedas. Varuna represents vastness, infinite wideness, limitlessness. The Truth that the Veda worships is
infinite, it is space less and timeless and yet is all space and time. This truth cannot be possessed without
the widest wideness in our consciousness and in our being. In narrowness and in divisions, truth cannot be caught, and it escapes from all limitations, from all angularities. The seeker of the Vedic knowledge is therefore asked to break all narrowness, all divisions, all oppositions, all conflicts. He has to learn to comprehend and to contain all, all without limits. He has to grow in the wideness of Varuna, worship him and be as wide as he is. Varuna answers the seeker,
helps him and liberates him into the wide spaces of infinite being and prepares him to perceive all the infinities of the Supreme Light. The consciousness of man is broken by the mighty invasion of Varuna and Varuna is fulfilled in man, who ceases to be mere mental and consents to be supramental. The Vedic seers seem to speak of primary faculties of the “Truth Conscious’ soul: They are Sight and Hearing, the direct operations of an inherent knowledge describable as Truth vision and Truth audition. It is these operations which are reflected from far off in our human mentality by the faculties of revelation and inspiration. This truth consciousness is comprehensive, known all, because it is all. It knows all in its universality and also in every detail of particularity. Light is here one with Force, the vibrations of knowledge with the rhythm of the will and both are one, perfectly and without seeking, groping or effort, with the assured result.
It is in this consciousness that contains honey, the nectar of delight. It is this honey (madhu) which is packed in the chariot of the Aswins. The Aswins, the divine twins, are the physicians of the gods who heal by the pourings of this
nectar. It is this honey, soma, that is drunk by the gods and it is this soma drunk by the human seekers that gives to them immortality (amritam). This in brief, is the basic human journey of the Aryan described in the Veda. But there is still a further secret of which the Veda speaks, the secret of a further journey which is described through cryptic and
ambiguous phrases and through somewhat incomprehensible legends. To this secret we shall turn next.
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