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The Religion of the Veda: The Ancient Religion of India (From Rig-Veda to Upanishads) (Classic Reprint) (Paperback)

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India the Land of Religions-The Veda. Multiplicity of Hindu religions-Brahmanism-Buddhism--Profound hold of religion upon the Hindu mind-Hindu life dominated by religious institutions-The four stages of life-The institution of caste-Caste then and now- Symptoms of revulsion against caste--Other pernicious religious institutions-Continuity of India''s religious history-Date of the conception of rta, or "cosmic order"-Close relationship of the religions of India and Persia-Slight connection between India and Persia in secular history-The Parsis in India- Close relation between Veda and A vesta-The Veda and the Indo-European period-The Veda as a whole-The date of the Veda-Its great uncertainty-Nature of Vedic tradition-The Çrotriyas or "Oral Traditionalists"-Uncertain character of Vedic life and institutions-Origin of the Veda-Contents of Vedic literature as a whole -The four Vedas-The Rig-Veda-The books of the Rig-Veda-Theme and character of the Rig-Veda-A hymn to Goddess Dawn-The Y

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INDIA THE LAND OF RELIGIONS-THE VEDA; Multiplicity of Hindu religions-Brabmanism-Buddhism-Profound hold of religion upon the Hindu mind-Hindu life dominated by religious institutions-The four stages of life-The institution of caste-Caste then and now-Symptoms of revulsion against caste-Other pernicious religious institutions-Continuity of India''s religious history-Date of the conception of rta, or "cosmic order"-Close relationship of the religions of India and Persia- Slight connection between India and Persia in secular history-The Parsis in India-Close relation between Veda and Avesta-The Veda and the Indo-European period-The Veda as a whole-The date of the Veda-Its great uncertainty-Nature of Vcdic tradition-The Çrotriyas, or "Oral Traditionalists"- Uncertain character of Vcdic life and institutions- Origin of the Veda-Contents of Vedic literature as a whole-The four Vedas-The Rig-Veda-The books of the Rig-Veda-T



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