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II, 7, where That without which none might breathe (pranydt) is Self-less (andtmya), indis criminate (anirukta), placeless (anilayana). “ B y intrinsic power" (svadha): cf. Rg Veda, IV, I 3» 5> “ by what intrinsic-power (svadha) does he move ? " and the answer in 1,14 4 , 2, " When he (as Fire) dwelt diffused in the womb of the Waters (apdmupasthe), thence got he (adhayat) the intrinsic powers (svadhah) whereby he proceeds (iyate) ” : the Waters, nirgunaBrahman, unconscious Godhead, being as explained above, the source of all omnipotence (mahimdnah) and facility (kauialya).
So then there is a higher sacrifice, his who understands, ya evarh veda, the ritual not only in its imitative operation here, as a thing per-formed,72 but in its intrinsiG-form as a thing un-formed, re-turned, there in the uttermost Empyrean, the lotus of the heart. And that applies not only to specific rituals, such as the horse-sacrifice or offering of soma, but to all the functions of life, which if they are undertaken blindly and desirously increase the sum of our mortality, but if undertaken undesirously, and unselfishly but Self-ishly, and with an understanding of their spiritual, transubstantial equivalents, are by no means obstacles, but rather ways of enlightenment.
Augustine, Sermonae, 124, processit. . de utero virginali; Eckhart’s “ in the bare chamber of the virgin heart of their chosen vessel Mary . . out of chaos a shining spiritual soul emerged,” I, 463, 464; and Petrarch, Vergine betta, che di sol vestita, coronata di stelle, al somnto sole piacesti si che’n te sua luce ascose, . to the Supernal Sun thou didst seem so fair, that in thee he hid his Light,” a note worthy parallel to the many Vedic passages in which the Angels are represented as seeking for the hidden Sun or Fire, and finding him reflected or brought to birth in the Waters.
A New Approach to the Vedas: An Essay in Translation and Exegesis by Ananda K. Coomaraswamy