By Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, Charles A. Moore
Here are the manager riches of greater than 3,000 years of Indian philosophical thought-the historic Vedas, the Upanisads, the epics, the treatises of the heterodox and orthodox platforms, the commentaries of the scholastic interval, and the modern writings. Introductions and interpretive commentaries are provided.
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Flow, Indu, flow for Indra’s sake. 6. S K E P T I C I S M A N D R I D I C U L E O F T H E G O D S The later Vedic Indian experienced not only the wonder which is so characteristic of the mood of philosophy, but also the doubt and skepticism concerning his previously accepted beliefs, the skepticism which so often prepares the way for philosophic thought. The questioning mood asserted itself very often. Skepticism was in the air. 129—wondered about his gods and about the possibility of knowing the ultimate source of all things, but his doubt often took the form of ridicule of accepted beliefs and of his gods.
6. Illustrious far and wide, may Indra prosper us; may Pusan prosper us, the Master of all wealth. May Tarksya2 with uninjured fellies prosper us; Brhaspati vouchsafe to us prosperity. 7. The Maruts, Sons of Prsni, borne by spotted steeds, moving in glory, oft visiting holy rites, Sages whose tongue is Agni, brilliant as the sun,—hither let all the gods for our protection come. 8. Gods, may we with our ears listen to what is good, and with our eyes see what is good, ye Holy Ones. With limbs and bodies firm may we extolling you attain the term of life appointed by the gods.
His beams, his rays, have shone afar Athwart the many homes of men, Flaming aloft like blazing fires. 50 (Macdonell) 4. Swift-moving, visible to all, Maker of light thou art, O Sun, Illuming all the shining space. 5. Thou risest toward the host of gods And toward the race of men: toward all, That they may see the heavenly light. 7. The broad air traversing, the sky, Thou metest, Sun, the days with nights, Seeing all creatures that are born. 8. The seven bay mares that draw thy car, Bring thee to us, far-seeing god, O Surya of the gleaming hair.
A Source Book in Indian Philosophy by Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, Charles A. Moore