Original Sanskrit Texts on the Origin and History of the People of India: Comparison of the Vedic with the later representations of the principal Indian deities. 2d ed., rev. 1873

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John Muir
Trübner, 1873 - Brahmanism
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Page 5 - From what this creation arose, and whether [any one] made it or not, he who in the highest heaven is its ruler, he verily knows, or [even] he does not know.
Page 64 - The Lord is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the Lord hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.
Page 113 - When these individual gods are invoked,' I said (p. 532), 'they are not conceived as limited by the power of others, as superior or inferior in rank. Each god is to the mind of the suppliant as good as all the gods. He is felt at the time as a real divinity, as supreme and absolute, in spite of the necessary limitations which, to our mind, a plurality of gods must entail on every single god.
Page 4 - Death was not then, nor immortality ; there was no distinction of day or night. That One breathed calmly, self-supported ; there was nothing different from, or above, it. In the beginning darkness existed, enveloped in darkness.
Page 4 - Desire first arose in It, which was the primal germ of mind ; [and which] sages, searching with their intellect, have discovered in their heart to be the bond which connects entity with non-entity.
Page 13 - Upon this marvellous mutual generation Yaska in the Nirukta remarks, " How can this be possible ? They may have had the same origin ; or, according to the nature of the gods, they may have been born from each other, and have derived their substance from each other.
Page 114 - It would be easy to find, in the numerous hymns of the Veda, passages in which almost every single god is represented as supreme and absolute.
Page 360 - 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 280 - S'iva who exists in the form of Vishnu, and Vishnu who exists in the form of Siva.
Page 399 - ... entirely new divinity from the mountains of the north has been supposed, who was grafted in upon the ancient religion by being identified with Rudra ; or again a blending of some of Agni's attributes with those of Rudra to originate a new development : perhaps neither of these may be necessary...

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