In religious history, the spiritual essence often gets cloaked by an impenetrable layer of superstition and mythology. Fantastic tales of miracles abound, elaborate rituals are superstitiously observed to propitiate mysterious circling spirits, and considerable regard is accorded to holy days, holy food, holy places and holy clothes. It requires inner discernment to free the mind from the cultural baggage which has been passed down through the ages. This is a compilation of answers given by Sri Aurobindo and the Mother on some of the issues which tend to burden our thinking.
Sri Aurobindo and his disciples uncovered connections between the Vedas and the later scriptures such as Upanishads, Puranas and the Tantra by tracing the evolution of concepts, use of common verses and the underlying symbolism between these scriptures. This is a synopsis of their discoveries collated from a variety of sources.