Original Sanskrit Texts on the Origin and Progress of the Religion and Institutions of India: The Vedas: opinions of their authors, and of later Indian writers, in regard to their origin, inspiration, and authority (Google eBook)

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John Muir
Williams and Norgate, 1861 - Brahmanism
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Page 162 - We have drunk the Soma ; we have become immortal : we have entered into light; we have known the gods. What can an enemy now do to us, or what can the malice of any mortal effect...
Page 202 - The object which the Naiyayikas seek by supposing a species is, in fact, gained from the letter itself ; and the object which they aim at by supposing an individuality in letters, is attained from audible noises ; 2 so that the assumption of species is useless.
Page 50 - Sudras, must be competent students of the Veda, since the aspiration after good (ishtam me syad iti) and the deprecation of evil are common to all mankind. But it is not so. For though the expedient exists, and women and Sudras are desirous to know it, they are debarred by another cause from being competent students of the Veda. The scripture (sastra) which...
Page 201 - G's, [ie of G's being numerically different from each other], this letter, though only one, appears, from the distinction existing between the different persons who utter it, to be connected with their respective peculiarities ; and as contrary characters are in this way erroneously ascribed [to the letter G], there is a fallacious appearance of distinctness [between different G's]. But does this ascription of contrary characters which is thus regarded as creating a difference [between G's] result...
Page 13 - The eternal Veda supports all beings : hence I regard it as the principal instrument of well-being to this creature, man. Command of armies, royal authority, the administration of criminal justice, and the sovereignty of all worlds, he alone deserves who knows the Veda. As fire, when it has acquired force, burns up even green trees, so he who knows the Veda consumes the taint of his soul which has been contracted from works. He who comprehends the essential meaning of the Veda, in whatever order...
Page 168 - ... meaning : it is enough that what he hears be intrinsically plausible and seductive, and that there be no special cause to provoke doubt; and if indeed there were, the poet overrules such doubts by the holy and all-sufficient authority of the Muse, whose omniscience is the warrant for his...
Page 45 - Acharyya (who lived at the end of the 8th or beginning of the 9th century, AD See Colebrooke's Misc.
Page 155 - I myself make known this which is agreeable both to gods and men. Him whom I love I make terrible, [I make] him a priest, [I make] him a rishi, [I make] him intelligent.
Page 102 - Vedantic principles], since they rcere omniscient. But as they saw that men, addicted to the pursuit of external objects, could not all at once penetrate into the highest truth, they held out to them a variety of theories, in order that they might not fall into atheism. Misunderstanding the object which the Munis thus had in view, and representing that they even designed to propound doctrines contrary to the Vedas, men have come to regard the specific doctrines of these several schools with preference,...
Page 32 - Brahmanicide within the period of seven nights. Vais'ampayana •was the only person who infringed this agreement, and he in consequence occasioned the death of his sister's child, by touching it with his foot. He then desired all his disciples to perform in his behalf an expiation which should take away his guilt, and forbade any hesitation. Yajnavalkya then said to him, " Reverend sir, what is the necessity for these faint and feeble Brahmans? / will perform the expiation.

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