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According to this the everlasting round practical of existences is a nuisance, and release from It imperative necessity. would be it an difficult to find else a purely speculative notion which has taken so firm a hold upon practical life. It pervades the Hindu consciousness in a far more real and anywhere f intimate way than eternal future life, its great rival, the belief in an pervades the religious thought Western world. of the From the beginning of India s history religious institutions control the character and the develop ment of its people to an extent unknown elsewhere.
Outcome, very same of Hindu Brahmanical schools where all this folly runs riot, spring up the Upanishads, those early theosophic treatises of India which pave the way for her endur ing philosophies. The Upanishads in reality, though not professedly, sweep aside the ritual like cobwebs, and show the Hindu mind, not yet perfectly trained, but far from choked 1 P- ; and quite capable of carrying C/. Winternitz, Geschichte der Indischen Litteratur, Part First, The 36 on the development of Hindu great results Veda Religion of the religions to the really which they eventually reach.
Total of only four that alive in the their oral authority Dekkhan proved to be ; were and how quite as as the written authority of his manuscripts. weighty These were respectively, Messrs. Bapujl Kegava Bhat bin Dajl Bhat and Ven- living manuscripts Jlvanram kan BhatjT, the ; ; last " the most celebrated Atharva 1 The 22 Vaidika in the Religion of the manner respectively, as Bp, now all We Mr. " sigla, quite in the Veda cites them by of inanimate manuscripts, K, and V. They are, I believe, dead.