Ramanlal Pathak, Mother India, September, 2002
Through regular and intense Yogic sadhana he turned to the Veda, as the Veda simply brought him a confirmation of what he had received directly. Thus Sri Aurobindo is first a yogi and then a great Vedic scholar.
- Unlike other Vedic scholars, Sri Aurobindo
- Possessed no family background for the Rig-Veda and vedantic study
- He learned the Veda without help of any oral tradition or Vedic teacher, ‘shruti-parampara’
- He had not seen even Sayana before he attained considerable depth and height of his own in the Vedic study
- He had not followed any established branch of the study or theory propounded by any Indian or western scholar
- In the light of his own deep Yogic experiences, intense abstraction, severe meditation, ‘tapas’, and intuition, ‘ritambhara prajna’, he went towards the study of the Veda
- He studied the Veda with the direct and original text of the Veda itself
- Philologically he delved into the old Vedic language in the light of a deep study of the Tamil, Greek, and Latin root-system
- and learned the grammar of the old Sanskrit language from the original root-clans of the words.