In Defence of the Veda — Appendix
A Truth, which seeks to affirm the spirit of a glorious past into the minds of men and the Nation at large, must first prepare the ground for its action. Especially difficult is its action and formidable the challenge, when it attempts to transform the general resistance of men into a unified action of a higher Spirit. In a Nation besieged by internal strife, external threat and a lack of warrior spirit in its multitude, to pursue the difficult work on the resurgence of its national temper is more easily conceived than realised on the ground.
No Nation can survive on the strength of its moral and ethical standards forever, or by its near perfect democratic institutions, proliferation of industry, skill, scientific invention and reasoning. These are the experiments of the great Mother Nature in her movement towards the highest Spirit, and she is more likely to break them into pieces than retain them forever. It survives on some innate principle of unity and collective consciousness, still imperfectly organised within but nevertheless it retains some sense of unity or semblance of order in its self-organisation.
There were pockets of great civilisations through the aeons of Time, built both upon the strength of a collective national character and of the individuals, the great heroes of history or prehistory, men who led rather by example and who created a more secure foundation for the future men, which they foresaw in their higher or inner vision.
In all civilisations, there were men of exceptional courage and self-sacrifice, who invented the art of war and rightful inheritance by use of force upon their foes, defended their keep against external invaders and sacrificed themselves at the spiritual alter of action for the sake of a higher purpose.
The Vedic age was replete with such high beings of Truth and exceptional valour, men who aspired for the supreme Sun and cleaved a descending path for the immortal or even violent deities to stroll upon the earth.
The true representative of the Vedic tradition was the Kshatriya, not the brahman priest. The Kshatriya carries the burden of the descending path, often a dangerous spiral wrought with pain and suffering. He carries in himself the secret Sruthi, held by his left arm tightly and using the right, he fights the enemies of the divine Fire. The Brahman carries the lore of the sacrifice and enjoys the fruit of the sacrifice. He is the songbird of the Kshatriya.
We may sing of the old Vedic light, praise the valour of the Kshatriya and dance around the immortal fire in joy and memory of our great ancestors, but we will still remain the dwarf men or the impotent multitude with no sense of purpose and higher vision.
We must discover the sense within, build there the foundation of our spiritual being and transform ourselves into the Vedic warriors of old.
Arjuna was the last of the descendants of Kshatriyahood.
We lost, not just our glorious tradition, but also the sense of our manhood.
The Veda teaches us to be men, first and foremost. Through every symbol and ritual, it reaches the divine Kshatriya housed in us in the depth of our being. To him, the Veda reveals its secrets.
It is about finding our evolutionary link in the Vedic tradition, and a key to our own manhood.
Painting by Priti Ghosh