Br̥hadāranyaka-Upaniṣad

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Motilal Banarsidass Publ., 1988 - Religion - 59 pages
An attempt has been made in this book to reconstruct idealist humanist philosophy on the basis of Eastern and Western metaphysics and the natural sciences. It supports the basic principle of ethical absolutism as opposed to relativism. It analysis the fundamental principles of humanist political thought with reference to sovereignty, obligation and rights.It is hoped that policy-makers and planers in the developing countries will find here an integral world-view and exposition of concrete technics to meet the challanges of the hour.
 

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Page xxvii - ... Sacrifice, — -how this head of the Sacrifice is put on again, how this Sacrifice becomes complete. 19. He then was spoken to by Indra saying, 'If thou teachest this (sacrificial mystery) to any one else, I shall cut off thy head.
Page xxvi - So be it,' they said. 9. Having gone nigh unto him, they gnawed his bowstring. When it was cut, the ends of the bow, springing asunder, cut off Vishmi's head.
Page xxv - Vishwu was unable to control that (love of) glory of his ; and so even now not every one can control that (love of) glory of his. 7. Taking his bow, together with three arrows, he stepped forth. He stood, resting his head on the end of the bow. Not daring to attack him, the gods sat themselves down all around him. 8. Then the ants said — these ants (vamri), doubtless, were that (kind called) 'upadika1...
Page xxvii - When thou wilt have received us as thy pupils, we shall cut off thy head and put it aside elsewhere; then we shall fetch the head of a horse, and put it on thee: therewith thou wilt teach us; and when thou wilt have taught us, then Indra will cut off that head of thine; and we shall fetch thine own head, and put it on thee again.
Page xxviii - So be it,' he replied. 24. He then received them (as his pupils) ; and when he had received them, they cut off his head, and put it aside elsewhere ; and having fetched the head of a horse, they put it on him : therewith he taught them ; and when he had taught them, Indra cut off that head of his ; and having fetched his own head, they put it on him again.
Page xxv - Kurukshetra is the gods' place of divine worship : hence wherever in Kurukshetra one settles there one thinks, ' This is a place for divine worship ; ' for it was the gods' place of divine worship. 3. They entered upon the session2 thinking, ' May we attain excellence ! may we become glorious ! may we become eaters of food !' And in like manner do these (men) now enter upon the sacrificial session thinking, ' May we attain excellence ! may we become glorious ! may we become eaters of food ! ' 4....
Page xxvi - What would ye give to him who should gnaw the bowstring ? ' — ' We would give him the (constant) enjoyment of food, and he would find water even in the desert : so we would give him every enjoyment of food.
Page xxvii - Vish«u, the (Soma-) sacrifice, they then divided amongst themselves into three parts : the Vasus (received) the morning-pressing, the Rudras the midday-pressing, and the Adityas the third pressing. 1 6. Agni (received) the morning-pressing, Indra 1 That is, emperor, or lord paramount, as the Pravargya...
Page xxv - Vishnu is the most excellent of the gods.' 6. Now he who is this Vishnu is the sacrifice; and he who is this sacrifice is yonder Aditya (the sun). But, indeed, Vishnu was unable to control that (love of) glory of his; and so even now not every one can control that (love of) glory of his. 7. Taking his bow, together with three arrows, he stepped forth. He stood, resting his head on the end of the bow.
Page xxvi - He applied himself to him limb after limb, and encompassed him 1174 , and, in encompassing him, he became (possessed of) that glory of his. And, verily, he who knows this becomes (possessed of) that glory which Indra is (possessed of). 13. And Makha (sacrifice), indeed, is the same as Vishnu: hence Indra became Makhavat (possessed of makha), since Makhavat is he who is mystically called Maghavat 1175 , for the gods love the mystic.

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