[Intro Quotes for Volume 6.5]
‘If when though art doing great actions and moving giant results, thou canst perceive that THOU art doing nothing, then know that God has removed His seal from thy eyelids.
‘If when though sittest alone, still and voiceless on a mountain-top, thou canst perceive the revolutions though art conducting, then hast the divine vision and art freed from appearances.’
‘Thoughts and Aphorisms’
‘… The Puranas have been much discredited and depreciated in recent times, since the coming in of modern ideas coloured by Western rationalism and the turning of the intelligence under new impulses back towards the earlier fundamental ideas of the ancient culture. Much however of this depreciation is due to an entire misunderstanding of the purpose, method and sense of the mediaeval religious writings. It is only in an understanding of the turn of the Indian religious imagination and of the place of these writings in the evolution of the culture that we can seize their sense…
‘…In their avowed intention they are popular summaries of the cosmogony, symbolic myth and image, tradition, cult, social rule of the Indian people continued, as the name Purana signifies, from ancient times. There is no essential change, but only a change of forms. The psychic symbols or true images of truth belonging to the Vedic age disappear or are relegated to a subordinate plan with a changed and diminished sense: others take their place more visibly large in aim, cosmic, comprehensive, not starting with conceptions drawn from the physical universe, but supplied entirely from the psychic universe within us…’.
‘Foundations of Indian Culture’