H. P. Blavatsky writes about the antiquity and origin of “the Vedas” the following: “the Vedas (SKT. “Revelation”) is the sacred Scripture of the Hindus, from the root view, “know”, or “divine knowledge”. They are the most ancient and the most sacred of all Sanskrit works. “The Vedas” at first handed down orally for thousands of years and were then collected on the shores of lake Manasa-Sarovara (the lake. Manasarovar) on the other side of the Himalayas, in Tibet. When did this happen? While their religious teach-tell, for example, Swami Dayananda Saraswati, calculate their antiquity in many dozens of ages, our modern Orientalists will grant them, in their present form, the antiquity of no more than between 1000 and 2000 B. C. yet, in their final form, as they are composed by Veda-Vyasa, the Brahmans themselves unanimously attribute these changes to 3100 before the Christian era, by the time Vyasa himself lived… Their antiquity is sufficiently proved by the fact that they are written in such an ancient form of Sanskrit, so different from the present that there is no other similar work in the literature. Only the most studious of the class of Pandits may read “Vedas” in the original.
“Vedas” were finally processed and compiled fourteen centuries before our era; but their antiquity is irrelevant… When we examine these hymns. they are of profound interest as the history of the human mind, as much belong to a more ancient period than the poems of Homer and Hesiod.” *
The Vedas are of great importance: first, they lead us to the roots of the ancient Aryan religion, and secondly, they give us the keys to understanding India, thirdly, they give us an understanding of the basic ideas of esoteric doctrine and of all Aryan religions. They embody the knowledge of ancient Indians about the gods, human sacrifice, linking the earthly world and the divine. They reflected the notions of man about the world, the cosmos, ritual, social structure, ethical values and morality. Some of the terms used in the Vedas, and later transferred to philosophy and the world view of Brahmanism — the concept of the threefold structure of the world, concept of Maya, Rita, a world of law, governing the Universe, of the concept of victim, the way, etc.