|Cinnamon & Spice
|The Divine Mother
|The Human Soul
|Roses & Violets
|The New Creation
The spiritual significance of the Sanskrit terms is explained in the text which follows:
The Mother's Fragrances Symbolize the Spiritual Journey of the Human Soul
The Rig Veda, meaning Knowledge, is the oldest known spiritual text. In ancient India it was revered as a sacred book of wisdom, the words of rishis, seers and sages who veiled their spiritual and occult knowledge in the form of sacrificial hymns to heavenly deities. Only the initiates knew the esoteric and true significance of these hymns as a seeking after Truth, Light, and Immortality.
The symbolism of the Veda depends upon the image of the life of humanity as a sacrifice, a battle, a journey inward and upward for a Divine Realization. The gods are the forces of Light and Truth (powers and personalities of the Divine Consciousness), which aid each person in their ascent. These godheads are worshipped as aspects of the Supreme and their aid invoked along the way, but the goal is to rise beyond them all and achieve union, YOGA, with the Transcendent Divine and have the powers of the Divine Consciousness descend into oneself for self-perfection, SIDDHI.
The hymns center around the image of the sacrificial fire, the god AGNI, symbol of the soul's aspiration to reach divinity. The sacrifice, YAJNA, is each individual's consecration of all they are to the Divine. The seeker invokes Agni to grant the vitality, PRANA, faith, SHRADDHA, courage, SAHASAM, sincerity, ARJAVA, and meditative concentration, DHYANA, necessary for the journey and realisation.
The journey involves a purification of one's being, symbolised by the strainer, PAVITRA, through which all thoughts, feelings and impulses are offered to the Divine to be purified and uplifted. The seeker attains to an inner state of harmony, SATTWA, and calm equanimity, SAMATA. Through adoration and devotion, BHAKTI, the human soul offers itself in surrender to the Divine Mother, ADITI, and feels the touch of the Divine Consciousness coming as peace, SHANTI, light, JYOTI, spiritual silence, MAUNA, and happiness, SUKHAM. Having passed through the strainer, one's offering becomes the wine of immortality, AMRITA, symbol of Divine Bliss. The world around reveals the splendourous beauty, LAVANYA, of the Universal Divine, and the seeker finds the beneficient influence and touch of the Divine, RASI, coming in all aspects of life.
The liberated human soul, symbolised by the swan, HANSA, ascends the path of the Truth and arrives at the goal of the journey, the world of light, SWAR, in which one becomes conscious of the Transcendent Divine in its triune aspect of Existence-Consciousness- Bliss, SACHCHIDANANDA.
A Perfect Path Of The Truth Has Come Into Being For Our Journey To The Other Shore Beyond The Darkness. -- Rig Veda