Time, Being, and Soul in the Oldest Sanskrit Sources
Time, Being, and Soul in the Oldest Sanskrit Sources employs philological methods to gain insight into the meanings of the ancient Sanskrit texts. The incredible thinkers of these early texts posed questions on the origin of the universe and ultimately on man’s own mortality. The fate of the vital force, that part of man’s being which is the source of life, must be an aspect of the fate of the universe. Understanding the meaning of the early speculations is a necessary element in understanding the later discussions of the fate of that vital force which westerners have translated as soul.
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Aditi Agni ancient answers asat asit aspects atma atman Avestan basic become belief bhavantu body born Brahma Brahmanas breath Chandogya Upanishad concept copula created creation culture death deity derived devas Dyaus E. O. James early Hindu earth element emergence eternal evam existence fundamental Germanic languages gods Greek H. R. Ellis Davidson Hindu devas Hindu thinkers Hindu thought Hinduism hymn ideas India individual Indo Indo-European root Indra kala kavi later Latin meaning monotheistic Naciketa non-being not-being notion noun occur Old English Old High German Old Norse origin pantheon perfect tense prana present preterit active indicative questions religions Rig Veda root bhu Sanskrit Sanskrit word saumya seers semantic sense somya soul speculations stanzas svetaketo svid tat tvam tatha third person singular tion tradition translation ultimate universe Vedic Vedic texts verb root vital force vowel Yajnavalkya Yama yatha