A Source Book in Indian Philosophy by Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, Charles A. Moore

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 structures, the commentaries of the scholastic interval, and the modern writings. Introductions and interpretive commentaries are provided.

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He who is not to be kept back like the roar of the Maruts,2 like an army that is sent forward, like the thunderbolt of heaven— Agni eats with his sharp jaws, he chews, he throws down the forests as a warrior throws down his foes. 6. Would Agni eagerly come to our hymn? Would He the Vasu together with the Vasus fulfil our desire? Will He, the driver, stir our prayers that they may be successful? (Thus thinking) I praise Him whose face is bright, with this my prayer. 7. He who has kindled him strives towards Agni as towards M itra (or, towards a friend)— (to Agni) whose face shines with ghee, the charioteer of Rta.

4. Him the all-wealthy, whom the Bhrgus have set to work on the navel of the earth, with the whole power of the world—stir up that Agni by thy prayers in his own house— (him) who alone rules over gods like Varuna. 5. He who is not to be kept back like the roar of the Maruts,2 like an army that is sent forward, like the thunderbolt of heaven— Agni eats with his sharp jaws, he chews, he throws down the forests as a warrior throws down his foes. 6. Would Agni eagerly come to our hymn? Would He the Vasu together with the Vasus fulfil our desire?

The translator’s name will accompany the number of the hymn in the selections. 1. H Y M N S T O G O D S —P O L Y T H E I S M Three strata of development are found in the thought of the hymns of the jRg Veda, naturalistic polytheism, monotheism, and monism. Na­ turalism and anthropomorphism, as indicated in these hymns, seem to constitute the first stage or stages of Vedic thought. The hymns quoted in this section represent this first phase of the doctrine of the Rg Veda. A striking aspect of the hymns is their polytheistic character.

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