Original Sanskrit Texts on the Origin and History of the People of India: Contributions to a knowledge of the cosmogony, mythology, religious ideas, life and manners, of the Indians in the Vedic age. 1872

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John Muir
Trübner, 1872 - Brahmanism

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Page 62 - All the rivers run into the sea ; yet the sea is not full ; unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again.
Page 337 - When once the river had acquired a divine character, it was quite natural that she should, be regarded as the patroness of the ceremonies which were celebrated on the margin of her holy waters, and that her direction and blessing should be invoked as essential to their proper performance and success. The connection into which she was thus brought with sacred rites may have led to the further step of imagining her to have an influence on the composition of the hymns which formed so important a part...
Page 37 - Aditi, an ancient god or goddess, is in reality the earliest name invented to express the Infinite ; not the Infinite as the result of a long process of abstract reasoning, but the visible Infinite, visible by the naked eye, the endless expanse beyond the earth, beyond the clouds, beyond the sky.
Page 354 - Then there was neither Aught nor Nought, nor air nor sky beyond, What covered all ? Where rested all ? In watery gulf profound ? Nor death was then, nor deathlessness, nor change of night and day, That One breathed calmly, self-sustained; nought else beyond it lay. Gloom hid in gloom existed first — one, eluding view, That One, a void in chaos wrapt, by inward fervour grew.
Page 451 - First of all, the religion of the Veda knows of no idols. The worship of idols in India is a secondary formation, a later degradation of the more primitive worship of ideal gods.
Page 56 - Aditi, eternity, or the eternal, is the element which sustains them, and is sustained by them. The eternal and inviolable element in which the Adityas dwell, and which forms their essence, is the celestial light. The Adityas, the gods of this light, do not therefore by any means coincide with any of the forms in which light is manifested in the universe. They are neither sun, nor moon, nor stars, nor dawn, but the eternal sustainers of this luminous life, which exists, as it were, behind all these...
Page 355 - 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 64 - The mighty Lord on high, our deeds, as if at hand, espies : The gods know all men do, though men would fain their deeds disguise. Whoever stands, whoever moves, or steals from place to place, Or hides him in his secret cell, — the gods his movements trace. Wherever two together plot, and deem they are alone, King Varuna is there, a third, and all their schemes are known.
Page 260 - 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 406 - We behold him existing in many forms. He is all these worlds in the future. They call him Time in the highest heaven. 4. It is he who drew forth the worlds, and encircled them. Being the father, he became their son. There is no other power superior to him. 5. Time generated the sky and these earths. Set in motion by Time, the past and the future subsist.

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