The Vedic Experience. Mantramañjari
The word Veda, which in Sanskrit means “knowledge, wisdom”, is used to designate a unique and inimitable body of religious literature that is among the most ancient of human works. The Vedas, in fact, deal with a collection of texts, complex and extraordinary in their variety, that are transmitters of profound values and doctrinal principles, at least in part, still unexplored. Further, the Vedas concern a undertaking of the highest spiritual value, expressed in many cases with a poetic imagination of rare beauty and evocation. These characteristics without a doubt make the Vedas an undeniably precious gift for all of humanity.
Panikkar’s work (whose original English edition came out in 1977) was introduced not so much as “a book on Hindù testimony to Vedic revelation understood as revelation of the depths that still resound in the heart of modern man, so that he might come to have greater awareness of his heritage” and still further “as an invitation to make one’s own the fundamental Vedic experience.”
With this fluid yet thoughtful translation of the most significant passages from the Sacred Hindù texts – without excluding the Bhagavad-Gîtâ, which according to the great Indian age, Shankarâchârya, represents the quintessence of all the Vedas – Panikkar succeeds at the by no means easy task of illuminating so to speak their extraordinary modernity, offering to the attentive contemporary reader an instrument of meditation, of personal reflection, of prayer, and even of a possible path toward knowledge of the one, universal and eternal Reality.
translation from Italian
“Scrivere, per me, è vita intellettuale
e anche esperienza spirituale…
mi consente di approfondire il mistero della realtà.”