A Handbook Of Sansk?it Literature; With Appendices Descriptive Of The Mythology, Castes, And…

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byGeorge Small

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1866. Excerpt: ... 3. The six Angas,1 viz., the Sikshd, on pronunciation; the Kalpa, on ceremonies; the Vydkarana, on grammar; the Chhandas, on prosody and verse; the Jyotisha, on astronomy; and the Nirukta, an explanation of difficult words, etc., in the Vedas. 4. The four Upangas, viz., the Purdnas, or poetical histories; the Nydya, on ethics; the Mimdnsa, on divine wisdom and religious ceremonies; and the Dharma Sdstra, or the civil and canon laws. § 2. Origin and Antiquity of the Vedas. The difficulties attending the first attempts to obtain from the Brahmans a knowledge of their Sastras, were very great. This is accounted for from the fact that the Sastras denounce the heaviest penalties on a Brahman who shall teach the knowledge of the sacred books to infidels or persons of low caste. This reserve, however, has at length been so overcome by the perseverance, influence, and gold of Europeans (pioneered by such men as Sir William Jones, Mr. Colebrooke, etc.), that the Brahmans will now, without the slightest hesitation, sell or translate the most sacred of their books, or communicate all they enow of their contents. The difficulty now lies more in the scarcity and obscurity of these works than in the scrupulosity of the Brahmans, their guardians. Though probably no person living has ever seen the whole Veda, yet distinct portions of each of the four parts--the Rig, the Yajur, the Sdma, and the Atharva--have long been in the hands of learned Europeans, by whom they have been identified, and their contents examined 1 That is, "limbs" or "parts." and translated. The Rig, the Yajur, and the Sdma are considered to be the principal portions of the Veda, but the Atharmna is generally admitted as a fourth part. And divers mythological poems, entitled Itihdsas and Purdnas, ...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1866. Excerpt: ... 3. The six Angas,1 viz., the Sikshd, on pronunciation; the Kalpa, on ceremonies; the Vydkarana, on grammar; the Chhandas, on p...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:60 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.12 inPublished:January 19, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217158668

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