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Parallelism In Interpreting The VedaoIn a well known Rik1, Rishi, Deerghatamas exhorts that one must needs know the meaning of the Vedic Riks with a view to understanding the nature of the gods who dwell in the highest heaven sitting on the imperishable (seat of) Riks. Since then immense efforts have been made to understand the Veda by ancient and modern scholars .......
The concept of creating and regulating time in vedic ritualTime is an important factor that governs the life of man. Numerous speculations have been put forth by various thinkers about ‘time’. These speculations are based upon numerous philosophical systems. ‘Time’ is interpreted differently by a Physicist as compared to an Archaeologist or even a Philosopher. Thus attempts have been made in each field to interpret and understand this very important factor. They all interpret time according to their Weltanschauung. There also have been numerous theories about the creation of time .....
Management principles in the organisation of sacrificesSacrifice was a complex institution in ancient India going back to remote antiquity which assumed enormous intricacy in the later times, especially in the Brahmanical period. The importance of sacrifice in Indian tradition can be guaged from the fact that it is often regarded as synonymous with religion.1 But what is not well understood is the importance it enjoyed in the Indian psyche, as the model for any group activity involving lot of individuals, or for that matter, as a complex formula involving the inter-relation of various constituent elements. The sacrifice model is reinforced in the famous statement of Kaalidaasa equating Naatya with it. The image is carried further to the field of warfare by Bhattanaaraayana who likens the great Mahaabhaarata war to a sacrifice. The present paper is an attempt to look at the sacrifice as a group activity ....
"Tradition" in Hindu thought"There is no direct word used in Sanskrit to denote the concept of tradition but this concept is implied in various definitions of Dharma. It can be said in general that in the Hindu way of thinking, “tradition” plays an important role and the Sanskrit texts of Dharma have recognised the importance of tradition .........
Towards a synthetic history of indian classical literatureFew countries in the world like India enjoy a cultural activity and a sustained literary activity spread on the subcontinent and continued over nearly three thousand years. Sanskrit has been one of the few languages of the world which is a carrier of this extensive culture. Thus, the variety and the quality of writings in it are really staggering. Prakrit and Pali, with their rich store of literatures, are not far behind. And, any student, knowing these languages but not knowing any of the South Indian languages, cannot hope to judge accurately all aspects of Indian culture, and his understanding of it must remain only partial or one-sided. For, Tamil and Telugu literatures rival Sanskrit literature in scope and quality .........