"The Rig Veda is not only one of the oldest sacred scriptures of the world, but also of the most misunderstood. Past scholarship has dismissed the hymns of the Rig Veda as being expressions of a primitive animistic mentality that only rarely rose to true spiritual and philosophical heights. David Frawley's book demonstrates that this judgmental view is ill-founded. His fine renderings of select Vedic hymns bear witness to the fact that their composers were sages and seers--powerful poets who knew the art of symoblic and metaphoric communication. The Vedic hymns give us a unique glimpse not into a primitive mentality but a mentality and culture that revolved aournd the highest spirtiual values and visions. This is an important and riveting book, ushering in a new and sounder tradition of Vedic interpretation and scholarship."