There is repeatedly in the Veda this impression of the path, the soul’s march on the route of Truth. On that route, as it progresses, it also rises; new sights of energy and light accessible to its aspiration; it gains a victory by noble actions, its enlarged spiritual possessions.
From the ancient point of view, the Rig Veda may be assumed as a record of the incredible growth made by humanity by different means at a specific period of its combined development.
In its esoteric, as well as its exoteric importance, it is the Book of Works, of the internal and the external sacrifice; it is the soul’s hymn of war and fame as it discovers and rises to planes of belief and knowledge unavailable to the natural or animal man, man’s gratitude of the divine Light, Power and Grace at work in the mortal. It is distant, therefore, from being an endeavor to set down the outcomes of educated or creative assumption, nor does it comprise of the principles of primitive faith.
Only, out of the similarity of knowledge and out of the impersonality of the knowledge obtained, there emerge a fixed body of understandings often recited and a limited symbolic language which, possibly, in that early human speech, was the impending form of these beliefs because alone capable by its mixed concreteness and power of mystic recommendation of conveying that which for the common mind of the race was ineffable.
We have, at any rate, the same ideas recited from hymn to hymn with the exact constant terms and symbols and often in the same phrases with an entire indifference to any search for poetical identity or any need for the originality of idea and freshness of language.