Warning: include(domaintitles/domaintitle_cdn.exoticindia.php3): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/exotic/newexotic/header.php3 on line 761

Warning: include(): Failed opening 'domaintitles/domaintitle_cdn.exoticindia.php3' for inclusion (include_path='.:/usr/lib/php:/usr/local/lib/php') in /home/exotic/newexotic/header.php3 on line 761

Subscribe for Newsletters and Discounts
Be the first to receive our thoughtfully written
religious articles and product discounts.
Your interests (Optional)
This will help us make recommendations and send discounts and sale information at times.
By registering, you may receive account related information, our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
.
By subscribing, you will receive our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. All emails will be sent by Exotic India using the email address [email protected].

Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
|6
Sign In  |  Sign up
Your Cart (0)
Best Deals
Share our website with your friends.
Email this page to a friend
Books > Hindu > Vedas > Aranyaka > A Comprehensive History of Vedic Literature: Brahmana and Aranyaka Works (An Old and Rare Book)
Subscribe to our newsletter and discounts
A Comprehensive History of Vedic Literature: Brahmana and Aranyaka Works (An Old and Rare Book)
Pages from the book
A Comprehensive History of Vedic Literature: Brahmana and Aranyaka Works (An Old and Rare Book)
Look Inside the Book
Description
Introduction

The Vedas, meaning the repository of knowledge, form the fundamentals of Vedic religion and Aryan society. The available earliest literature of India has unanimously accepted the four Vedas as revealed to the seers (gte-r) or rishis at the time of the creation of the universe. The great sanctity attached to the Vedas and to the seers enhanced the inter-related importance of both and a rishi signifies a Veda, as well. (See p. 7, Vol. II, Vedic Vangmaya k5 itihfisa). An unbiassed and careful introspection of this vast literature leads no doubt to the important conclusion that the revelation of the hymns to the seers had never been questioned. The eighteenth and nineteenth centuries ushered in an era of criticism adversely affecting the fundamentals and pertinently putting forth the sarcastic proposition that the hymns are the songs of cow-herds. The studies initiated in the field during these centuries by the Western scholars had expressed divergent views on the subject. The earlier group who had reverence for this sacred literature, was closely followed by a motivated section bent upon denouncing fully their predecessors who had to face vehement opposition. Their view point, that Sanskrit was the source of Greek, Latin, Anglo-Saxon, Slavonic, and also of other European languages etc. which helped to bring the truth to the fore, was repeatedly assailed and shelved by the prejudiced writings of the later group of scholars. The scholars from the West had attempted writing history of Vedic literature. In the field were Maxmuller, Macdonell, Weber and Winterntz, etc., who treated the intricate subject according to their own interpretations putting forth the material in a brief, concise and summary form. Their writings do not probe into the details or dilate upon the intricacies. The desideratum was A Comprehensive History of Vedic literature. The earliest Indian pioneer who attempted a subjective analysis and who had the necessary titanic vision was the late Pandit Bhagavad Datta, a close and ardent student of the Vedas, the Brahmanas, the Aranyakas, the Upanishads, the Kalpa Sutras and the vast Vedic as well as classical Sanskrit literature, a very large number of manuscripts of which he had personally collected from remote corners of this vast country and deposited for a critical study in the then Lal Chand Library of D. A. V. College, Lahore, of which he was the Research Superintendent upto 1934 and this collection after the great historical event of the Partition of our Country, is now safely deposited in the Viiveivarananda Vedic Research Institute, Hoshiarpur; while a sizable porion of it remained in the University Library of the Panjab University at Lahore, now in Pakistan. He had written three volumes in Hindi on the Brahmana and Aranyaka Works (1927), the Commentators of the Vedas (1931), and the Recensions of the Vedas (1935). The volume on Brahmana and Aranyaka Works was based on his introduction to the Vedic Koia (1922) by Hans Raj, his devoted Librarian. The treatment of the subject, his approach to the general problem and the details available with him were in simple and forceful language put forth for a careful study by the student as well as the scholar. These three volumes eventually formed the basis for subsequent writings on the subject both by Indian as well as Western scholars, who unequivocally admired his depth, comprehension and clarity of expression on the subject.

 

These three volumes in Hindi, required a careful editing and addition of the latest research material. Their editing was undertaken by the present writer in the year 1973. The three volumes in Hindi on Brahmana and Aranyaka Works (1974), the Commentators of the Vedas (1976) and the Vedas, their Sanahitas and Recensions (1977) have been published. The volumes on the Upanishads and the Kalpa-Sutras are under preparation and are likely to be published, shortly.

 

The long cherished desire of the scholars, especially from foreign countries to have a simple, clear, analytical and comprehensive understanding of the subject matter, had led the present writer to bring forth, 'A Comprehensive History of Vedic Literature' in English in five volumes. The material critically put forth, herein, basically shatters the persistent views impregnated into and expressed by the Western and most of the Indian scholars. The fundamental difference between the Western thought and that expressed in these volumes centres round : A. Were the hymns of the Vedas revealed ? B. Interpretation of the hymns. C. Do the Vedas have history ? D. Are the brfihmanas also the Vedas ? E. Is animal sacrifice in yajfias prescribed in the Vedas ? A. Throughout the vast Sanskrit literature, it is maintained that speech (MT or logos) neither has a beginning nor an end. It is akshara (zrexr). It is eternal and is grasped at the beginning of each creation. This speech is known as div or daivi. It differs from the speech used by human beings. In the Kithaka and Mai. trayard Sarithitas, the Nirukta, the Satapatha Brahmana and throughout the Vedic literature, this distinction in speech is clearly discernible. The hymns were revealed in the daivi speech. At the time of creation the great Seers were receptive to the chhAndast prakriya or metrical movements through the highly energised particles of electricity in the heaven, the middle region and on the earth and could, therefore, transmit the hymns so available to them. To add, each human brain, also, has electricity.

 

The hymns, epissitaa verbis, have been handed over to posterity undisturbed during the past thousands of years. The arrangement of padas has neither been changed nor replaced by synonyms. Their sanctity has never been disturbed. For example, in the very first hymn of the 13.igveda. the pada, agnimile is nowhere found to be substituted by vanhimile, a synonym for agni. Kumarila Bhatta, writes to suggest that even if an attempt is made to compose hymns their metrical formation would betray the fact and any such interpolation could be easily detected. The formation of hymns is not regulated by rules of grammar applicable to the spoken language of the people. This had baffled the Western scholars who formed incoherent opinions and a glaring example of such an expression is by Macdonell, who writes : 'Since metrical considerations largely interfere with the ordinary position of words in the Satithitas, the normal order is best represented by the prose of the Bahmanas, and as it there appears is, moreover, doubtless the original one." (pp. 283.284) Had these scholars correctly grasped the difference between a hymn and its explanation in a brahmana, preposterous theories and inconsistent dicta could well have been eliminated. Brahmanas being an explanation of hymns were in the spoken language of the people even though their authors could possibly have been the same rishis, who were also the seers of the hymns. The hymns are not abnormal, as Macdonell had thought and expressed. B. Interpretation of the hymns had been confined only to their ritualistic significance by the writers of the mediaeval periods, whose works were easily accessible to the Western scholars.

 

**Contents and Sample Pages**

 
















A Comprehensive History of Vedic Literature: Brahmana and Aranyaka Works (An Old and Rare Book)

Item Code:
NAU326
Cover:
HARDCOVER
Edition:
1977
Publisher:
ISBN:
T
Language:
English
Size:
10.00 X 7.50 inch
Pages:
366
Other Details:
Weight of the Book: 0.88 Kg
Price:
$40.00   Shipping Free
Look Inside the Book
Add to Wishlist
Send as e-card
Send as free online greeting card
A Comprehensive History of Vedic Literature: Brahmana and Aranyaka Works (An Old and Rare Book)

Verify the characters on the left

From:
Edit     
You will be informed as and when your card is viewed. Please note that your card will be active in the system for 30 days.

Viewed 147 times since 8th Nov, 2019
Introduction

The Vedas, meaning the repository of knowledge, form the fundamentals of Vedic religion and Aryan society. The available earliest literature of India has unanimously accepted the four Vedas as revealed to the seers (gte-r) or rishis at the time of the creation of the universe. The great sanctity attached to the Vedas and to the seers enhanced the inter-related importance of both and a rishi signifies a Veda, as well. (See p. 7, Vol. II, Vedic Vangmaya k5 itihfisa). An unbiassed and careful introspection of this vast literature leads no doubt to the important conclusion that the revelation of the hymns to the seers had never been questioned. The eighteenth and nineteenth centuries ushered in an era of criticism adversely affecting the fundamentals and pertinently putting forth the sarcastic proposition that the hymns are the songs of cow-herds. The studies initiated in the field during these centuries by the Western scholars had expressed divergent views on the subject. The earlier group who had reverence for this sacred literature, was closely followed by a motivated section bent upon denouncing fully their predecessors who had to face vehement opposition. Their view point, that Sanskrit was the source of Greek, Latin, Anglo-Saxon, Slavonic, and also of other European languages etc. which helped to bring the truth to the fore, was repeatedly assailed and shelved by the prejudiced writings of the later group of scholars. The scholars from the West had attempted writing history of Vedic literature. In the field were Maxmuller, Macdonell, Weber and Winterntz, etc., who treated the intricate subject according to their own interpretations putting forth the material in a brief, concise and summary form. Their writings do not probe into the details or dilate upon the intricacies. The desideratum was A Comprehensive History of Vedic literature. The earliest Indian pioneer who attempted a subjective analysis and who had the necessary titanic vision was the late Pandit Bhagavad Datta, a close and ardent student of the Vedas, the Brahmanas, the Aranyakas, the Upanishads, the Kalpa Sutras and the vast Vedic as well as classical Sanskrit literature, a very large number of manuscripts of which he had personally collected from remote corners of this vast country and deposited for a critical study in the then Lal Chand Library of D. A. V. College, Lahore, of which he was the Research Superintendent upto 1934 and this collection after the great historical event of the Partition of our Country, is now safely deposited in the Viiveivarananda Vedic Research Institute, Hoshiarpur; while a sizable porion of it remained in the University Library of the Panjab University at Lahore, now in Pakistan. He had written three volumes in Hindi on the Brahmana and Aranyaka Works (1927), the Commentators of the Vedas (1931), and the Recensions of the Vedas (1935). The volume on Brahmana and Aranyaka Works was based on his introduction to the Vedic Koia (1922) by Hans Raj, his devoted Librarian. The treatment of the subject, his approach to the general problem and the details available with him were in simple and forceful language put forth for a careful study by the student as well as the scholar. These three volumes eventually formed the basis for subsequent writings on the subject both by Indian as well as Western scholars, who unequivocally admired his depth, comprehension and clarity of expression on the subject.

 

These three volumes in Hindi, required a careful editing and addition of the latest research material. Their editing was undertaken by the present writer in the year 1973. The three volumes in Hindi on Brahmana and Aranyaka Works (1974), the Commentators of the Vedas (1976) and the Vedas, their Sanahitas and Recensions (1977) have been published. The volumes on the Upanishads and the Kalpa-Sutras are under preparation and are likely to be published, shortly.

 

The long cherished desire of the scholars, especially from foreign countries to have a simple, clear, analytical and comprehensive understanding of the subject matter, had led the present writer to bring forth, 'A Comprehensive History of Vedic Literature' in English in five volumes. The material critically put forth, herein, basically shatters the persistent views impregnated into and expressed by the Western and most of the Indian scholars. The fundamental difference between the Western thought and that expressed in these volumes centres round : A. Were the hymns of the Vedas revealed ? B. Interpretation of the hymns. C. Do the Vedas have history ? D. Are the brfihmanas also the Vedas ? E. Is animal sacrifice in yajfias prescribed in the Vedas ? A. Throughout the vast Sanskrit literature, it is maintained that speech (MT or logos) neither has a beginning nor an end. It is akshara (zrexr). It is eternal and is grasped at the beginning of each creation. This speech is known as div or daivi. It differs from the speech used by human beings. In the Kithaka and Mai. trayard Sarithitas, the Nirukta, the Satapatha Brahmana and throughout the Vedic literature, this distinction in speech is clearly discernible. The hymns were revealed in the daivi speech. At the time of creation the great Seers were receptive to the chhAndast prakriya or metrical movements through the highly energised particles of electricity in the heaven, the middle region and on the earth and could, therefore, transmit the hymns so available to them. To add, each human brain, also, has electricity.

 

The hymns, epissitaa verbis, have been handed over to posterity undisturbed during the past thousands of years. The arrangement of padas has neither been changed nor replaced by synonyms. Their sanctity has never been disturbed. For example, in the very first hymn of the 13.igveda. the pada, agnimile is nowhere found to be substituted by vanhimile, a synonym for agni. Kumarila Bhatta, writes to suggest that even if an attempt is made to compose hymns their metrical formation would betray the fact and any such interpolation could be easily detected. The formation of hymns is not regulated by rules of grammar applicable to the spoken language of the people. This had baffled the Western scholars who formed incoherent opinions and a glaring example of such an expression is by Macdonell, who writes : 'Since metrical considerations largely interfere with the ordinary position of words in the Satithitas, the normal order is best represented by the prose of the Bahmanas, and as it there appears is, moreover, doubtless the original one." (pp. 283.284) Had these scholars correctly grasped the difference between a hymn and its explanation in a brahmana, preposterous theories and inconsistent dicta could well have been eliminated. Brahmanas being an explanation of hymns were in the spoken language of the people even though their authors could possibly have been the same rishis, who were also the seers of the hymns. The hymns are not abnormal, as Macdonell had thought and expressed. B. Interpretation of the hymns had been confined only to their ritualistic significance by the writers of the mediaeval periods, whose works were easily accessible to the Western scholars.

 

**Contents and Sample Pages**

 
















Post a Comment
 
Post Review
Post a Query
For privacy concerns, please view our Privacy Policy
Based on your browsing history
Loading... Please wait

Items Related to A Comprehensive History of Vedic Literature: Brahmana and Aranyaka... (Hindu | Books)

A HISTORY OF VEDIC LITERATURE
by S.N. SHARMA
Paperback (Edition: 2000)
Chowkhamba Sanskrit Series Office
Item Code: IDG534
$14.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
A History of Vedic Literature
by Gaurinath Sastri
Paperback (Edition: 2006)
Sanskrit Pustak Bhandar
Item Code: NAD238
$20.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
A History of Indian Literature – Introduction, Veda, Epics, Puranas and Tantras (Volume I)
Deal 20% Off
Item Code: NAC704
$55.00$44.00
You save: $11.00 (20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Veda-Laksana Vedic Ancillary Literature
Deal 20% Off
Item Code: IDD403
$40.00$32.00
You save: $8.00 (20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Geology in The Ancient Vedic Literature
Item Code: NAK921
$25.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Proper Names of Persons in Vedic Literature
Item Code: NAL892
$20.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Female Deities in Vedic and Epic Literature
by Dr. Vidyadhar Sharma Guleri
Hardcover (Edition: 1990)
Nag Publisher
Item Code: IDE411
$17.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Glimpses Of Vedic Literature
Deal 20% Off
by Kireet Joshi
Hardcover (Edition: 2012)
Standard Publishers
Item Code: NAE235
$35.00$28.00
You save: $7.00 (20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
A Classical Dictionary Of Hindu Mythology and Religion Geography, History and Literature
Deal 30% Off
Item Code: NAB061
$43.00$30.10
You save: $12.90 (30%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
A History of Indian Literature  (Set of 3 Volumes)
Deal 20% Off
Item Code: NAO564
$95.00$76.00
You save: $19.00 (20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Testimonials
Awesome collection! Certainly will recommend this site to friends and relatives. Appreciate quick delivery.
Sunil, UAE
Thank you so much, I'm honoured and grateful to receive such a beautiful piece of art of Lakshmi. Please congratulate the artist for his incredible artwork. Looking forward to receiving her on Haida Gwaii, Canada. I live on an island, surrounded by water, and feel Lakshmi's present all around me.
Kiki, Canada
Nice package, same as in Picture very clean written and understandable, I just want to say Thank you Exotic India Jai Hind.
Jeewan, USA
I received my order today. When I opened the FedEx packet, I did not expect to find such a perfectly wrapped package. The book has arrived in pristine condition and I am very impressed by your excellent customer service. It was my pleasure doing business with you and I look forward to many more transactions with your company. Again, many thanks for your fantastic customer service! Keep up the good work.
Sherry, Canada
I received the package today... Wonderfully wrapped and packaged (beautiful statue)! Please thank all involved for everything they do! I deeply appreciate everyone's efforts!
Frances, USA
I have always been delighted with your excellent service and variety of items.
James, USA
I've been happy with prior purchases from this site!
Priya, USA
Thank you. You are providing an excellent and unique service.
Thiru, UK
Thank You very much for this wonderful opportunity for helping people to acquire the spiritual treasures of Hinduism at such an affordable price.
Ramakrishna, Australia
I really LOVE you! Wonderful selections, prices and service. Thank you!
Tina, USA
Language:
Currency:
All rights reserved. Copyright 2019 © Exotic India