Sri Aurobindo began his study of the Veda in Pondicherry; between 1912 and 1914 he took extensive notes and wrote a number of incomplete works on the Veda and on philology. In August 1914 he began to publish his essays on the Veda under the title The Secret of the Veda. Although these essays were newly written for the Arya, they made use of ideas and interpretations first introduced in his earlier manuscript writings, which were left unrevised and often incomplete.
The essays in this book are Sri Aurobindo’s initial exploratory writings on Vedic interpretation that he had left unpublished. Many ideas and examples that occur in The Secret of the Veda are found in these earlier pieces, along with other material. They are reprinted here from Part One of Vedic and Philological Studies, volume 14 of the Complete Works of Sri Aurobindo.