[A Note on “Divine Revelation”]
Theosophist, December, 1879
Article Selection from “The Veda, The Origin and History of Religion,” by Rao Bahadur Shankar Pandurang Pandit | Note by H.P.B.
The other attributes of the Deity, viz. Wisdom, Infinity, Mercy, Immutability, Immortality, Justice, Universal care, the quality of being the shelter of the helpless, the poor, the oppressed—these and all others which go to form the God of all nations not only find a prominent place in the Veda, but we have therein a reliable history as to how man—the Aryan man at least—originally came to conceive of them, how he developed them and how he matured them to a point beyond which no religion or philosophy has progressed to the present day—and all this, be it remembered, unaided, unassisted, uninspired by direct divine revelation—at least so far as the Vedic poets and authors themselves are concerned.1
1. Swâmi Dayânund Saraswati—the newest Reformer—likewise rejects direct divine revelation as an impossibility but claims inspiration for his primitive four Rishis. (Ed. [H.P.B.])