The Symbolism of the Gods and Goddesses of Vedic Culture | The Role of Devatas in Spiritual Growth

Contents Of RigVeda-Part-8

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The ancient gods that find mention in the scriptures of Sanatana Dharma are actually the principles of a higher value system. This value system represents and defines the very light of consciousness. When all these principles get established within the individual, pure consciousness is completely realized. Worship of the Vedic Gods or Devatas means worshipping the very principles that the gods represent. It means enlightening thought, words and actions with these principles. The symbols that represent the ancient gods of Sanatana Dharma are the blue-print of these very principles. They represent enlightenment itself. Acknowledging these symbols is a direct acknowledgement of the principles that these sacred symbols represent. The symbol, the god and the principles that they represent are actually “one”. The use and focus on these symbols means, to draw forth from within, from the depths of our hearts, the hidden divine light. This is exactly the purpose of these divine symbols. For example the Sun is the symbol of the enlightened mind. It represents a mind free of the darkness of unconsciousness and egoism. The Dawn is a symbol of the wisdom of awakening. The forms, the images of the gods are not images but various forms of light which stand for the impeccable laws of Truth.

The ancient men of wisdom of the Dharma, saw the outer light in accordance to the light of intuition within their inner world. They saw the outer luminaries, the stars, the planets as the mere manifestation of inner light that rose from within. They were into the experience of the religion of light, pure wisdom. This was yet, not like  dogmatic religions that were to emerge in later centuries. The religions of today consider the light of God as something cut-off, far away from the reach of humanity. This sort of philosophy was inconceivable in the old days of pure Dharma.

The Vedic Dharma or recitations from the RigVeda talk about the transformation of man by light. The light that is spoken of, was indeed the light of meditation, available in the here and now, pure unadulterated light. The light of meditation is in the heart. The Sun that appeared physical, outside was actually the sun within the heart. By the understanding of the RigVeda, the real Sun is in the heart and the outer Sun that seems to light up the world of continents is a mere reflection of that, which is within each living entity’s heart, the only One. The RigVeda says that the whole of the universe that is outside is just apparent and hence a mere image. The source of that universe is within the heart of the living entity. This is the pure knowledge of the RigVeda.

The work of the ancient seers and sages was to find that Sun, to purify it and to enable it to rise within our hearts and illuminate the dark mess of the mind. This dark mess is the imaginary world of our own psyche, our conditioned thoughts and emotions, our unyielding ego. The real sun, is hidden behind this dark mess. Unless man applies the principles of Truth, the value systems, refined by sadhana or spiritual practice, having a vision of the real “Sun”, the inner sun of the heart is impossible. When a man is able to get a glimpse of the inner Sun, he shall be able to see the entire original universe inside his own heart. This shall be the point of enlightenment for him. If he is successful, he shall realize that the outer is just a projection of the real universe which exists within his heart. Once he has a vision of the inner universe, he shall have escaped from the grasp of the apparent outer universe which unenlightened people call the world. A person who has found the address of the inner universe, shall no longer be bound to the external world of names and forms. He shall then be able to exist in a thought-free domain, undisturbed by the mind. This is the teaching of the RigVeda.

The Solar Dawn religion was actually the universal religion, the religion of the ancient world.  The sunlight of enlightenment, we find in the teachings of Siddhartha, the Buddha, who proclaimed once more the Aryan religion, the religion of noble wisdom and sunlight perception,  in which all is one. It is that Sun we find enshrined in the Upanishads as the Self in the heart of all beings. The ancient teachings speak of themselves as derived from the Sun, as the different rays of radiance emerging from that One Sun. As light is the basic language of life, the solar region is eternal in its symbolism. It reflects the experience of all beings in an intuitive translation. The symbolism of light underlies all art, literature, poetry, symbolism and alchemy. It prevails in the inner psychic realm as it does in the outer realm of nature. Thus Sun also represents a universal language. Here the Sun does not necessarily represent a mere star but the psycho-cosmic principle of light, life and consciousness. What is transmitted in the RigVeda, therefore, is the primeval language of the ancient world and our own cosmic being, which transcends all culturescapes, the unconditioned song of light, and our very inner Sun.