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As remarked by Jung, Psychological Types, p. It is very evident that for an understanding of the Vedas, a knowledge of Sanskrit, however profound, is insufficient. Indians themselves do not rely upon their knowledge of Sanskrit here, but insist upon the absolute necessity of study at the feet of a guru.

That is not possible in the same sense for European students. Yet Europe also possesses a tradition founded in first principles. That mentality which in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries brought into being an intellectual Christianity owing as much to Maimonides, Aristotle, and the Arabs as to the Bible itself, would not have found the Vedas 'difficult'. For example, those who understood that 'Paternity and filiation To those who even to-day have some idea of what is meant by a 'reconciliation of opposites', or have partly understood the relation between' man's conscious consciousness and the unconscious sources of his powers, the significance of the Waters as an 'inexhaustible well' of the possibilities of existence might be apparent.

When Blake speaks of a 'Marriage of Heaven and Hell' , or Swinburne writes, 'I bid you but be' , there is included more of the Vedas than can be found in many learned disquistitions on their 'philosophy'. What right have Sanskritists to confine their labours to the solution of linguistic problems: is it fear that precludes their wrestling with the ideology of the texts they undertake? Our scholarship is too little humane. What I have called here a 'new approach to the Vedas' is nothing more than an essay in the exposition of Vedic ideas by means of a translation and a commentary in which the resources of other forms of the universal tradition are taken for granted.

Max Muller, in , held that the Veda would continue to occupy scholars 'for centuries to. Meanwhile there are others beside professional scholars, for whom the Vedas are significant. In any case, no great extension of our present measure of understanding can be expected from philological research alone, however valuable such methods of research may have been in the past: and what is true for Sumero-Babylonian religion is no less true for the Vedas, viz. As regards the translation: every English word employed has been used advisedly with respect to its technical significance.

For example, 'nature' is here always the correlative of 'essence' ,and denoted that whereby the world is as it is; never as in modern colloquial usage to denote the world, ensnaturata. Similarly, existence is distinguished from being, creation from emanation, local movement from the principle of motion, the incalculable from the infinite, and so forth.

All that is absolutely necessary if the sense of the Vedic texts is to be conveyed. In addition, the few English words added to complete the sense of the translation are italicized: and when several English words are employed to render one Sanskrit term, the English words are generally connected by hyphens, e.

As regards the commentary: here I have simply used the resources of Vedic and Christian scriptures side by side. An extended use of Sumerian, Taoist, Sufi, and Gnostic sources would have been at once possible and illuminating, but would have stretched the discussion beyond reasonable limits. As for the Vedic and Christian sources, each illuminates the other. If they are not yours as much as mine, they are nothing, or next to nothing.

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Share our website with your friends. Pages from the book. I think it is a fair position. What you have written is a bit too academic for me. I can make head and tail of it if I go through it completely, but I will leave it for later if you come up with something new. Like x 1. Chakra Well-Known Member. Like x 3. Yes, atma soul was one of their nine substances. Yes, there were later Vaisesikas, but the philosophy changed.

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Thanks I appreacte your past and future contributions. Aupmanyav if I remember and understand correctly you view everything as illusion, correct? Do you think the contradicts materialism?

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Perception of the Vedas by Ananda K. Perception of the Vedas by Ananda K. The collection of Ananda Coomaraswamy essays taken from severalvolumes presents a full interlinking of not only Vedic texts andtheir exegetical texts in the Indian tradition itself but also ofthe related metaphysical texts in other traditons.

The essays aresimilar in character and although written on random topics bearupon unity of thought and reflect single minded contemp The collection of Ananda Coomaraswamy essays taken from severalvolumes presents a full interlinking of not only Vedic texts andtheir exegetical texts in the Indian tradition itself but also ofthe related metaphysical texts in other traditons. The essays aresimilar in character and although written on random topics bearupon unity of thought and reflect single minded contemplation ofhim.

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