A History of SANSKRIT LITERATURE

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Page 97 - The sisters'1 pathway is the same, unending; Taught by the Gods, alternately they tread it. Fair-shaped, of different forms and yet one-minded, Night and Morning clash not, nor do they linger. " Bright leader of glad sounds, she shines effulgent ; Widely she has unclosed for us her portals.
Page 150 - Darkness there was at first, by darkness hidden; Without distinctive marks, this all was water. That which, becoming, by the void was covered, That One by force of heat came into being.
Page 24 - History is the one weak spot in Indian literature. It is, in fact, non-existent. The total lack of the historical sense is so characteristic, that the whole course of Sanskrit literature is darkened by the shadow of this defect, suffering as it does from an entire absence of exact chronology.
Page 461 - While life remains, let a man live happily, let him feed on ghee, even though he runs in debt, When once the body becomes ashes, how can it ever return again...
Page 229 - Mathava, the Videgha, then said (to Agni), 'Where am I to abide?' 'To the east of this (river) be thy abode!' said he. Even now this (river) forms the boundary of the Kosalas and Videhas; for these are the Mathavas (or descendants of Mathava).
Page 151 - Who knows for certain ? Who shall here declare it ? Whence was it born, and whence came this creation ? The gods were born after this world's creation: Then who can know from whence it has arisen?
Page 31 - We Europeans, on the other hand, 2500 years later and in a scientific age, still employ an alphabet which is not only inadequate to represent all the sounds of our language but even preserves the random order in which vowels and consonants are jumbled up as they were in the Greek adaptation of the primitive Semitic arrangement 3000 years ago.84 Likewise, Growse refers to the 'Nagari alphabet...
Page 45 - in spirit it is not only entirely different from the Rig-Veda,, but represents a much more primitive stage of thought. While the Rig-Veda deals almost exclusively with the higher gods, as conceived by a comparatively advanced and refined sacerdotal class, the Atharva-Veda is in the main a book of spells and incantations appealing to the demon world, and teems with notions about witchcraft current among the lower grades of the population and derived from immemorial antiquity.

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