|Where was he hiding before? What
heat, what light! The first sounds of the Veda emerged in the worship of
"agnimiile purohitam yajnasya devam ritvijam hotaaram ratnaphaatamam."
Look at the fire in whose worship the Vedas begin. When I see its
flames, I am reminded of the excitement and agitation of our human souls. Whether it be the
domestic or the forest fire, its flames are never steady. The man of detachment has no home.
Wherever those flames are found, they set off excitement. They are ever in a state
of agitation. They yearn to rise high. Scientists would say that they flicker because of
ether, or because of the pressure of the wind. But so far as I see in
the fire its eagerness to join the Supreme Being up there, the ocean
of light, Surya-narayana, and hence its restless, perpetual upward movement.
From birth to death without a pause, it leaps and runs.
The sun is the whole of which the flames are parts. The part yearns to
rejoin the whole; it is only with extinction that the excitement ends,
not before. It never considers how far away from the sun it is. All it
knows is how to rise above the earth to its utmost capacity. In this
mere fire, is it not vairagya, freedom from attachment, shining as fire? That is why the first sound
of the Veda is "agnimiile."