India: What can it teach us?

A Course of Lectures Delivered before the University of Cambridge

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Author: Max Müller
Published: 1882
Language: English
Wordcount: 90,428 / 275 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 57
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 1,765
Added to site: 2007.03.19
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Genre: Essays
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ich so many golden streams have issued. In the Sanskrit books and mantras we must look for the treasures that make human souls rich. Perhaps we have been too much disposed to regard that former world as a wonderland, a repertory of folk-lore, or a theatre of gross and revolting superstition. We are now required by candor and justice to revise such notions. These primeval peoples, in their way and in a language akin to ours, adored the Father in heaven, and contemplated the future of the soul with a sure and certain hope.

Nor did they, while observing the myriads of races intervening between man and the monad, regard the world beyond as waste and void. Intelligences of every grade were believed to people the region between mortals and the Infinite. The angels and archangels, and the spirits of the just made perfect--devas and pitris they called them--ministered about the throne of the Supreme Being, and abode in the various spheres of universal space. Much of the difference between our

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