WHAT DID INDIA GIVE TO THE WORLD?- HENRY S.MAINE (Post No.4964)

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Date: 30 APRIL 2018

 

Time uploaded in London – 19-05 (British Summer Time)

 

Post No. 4964

 

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“Indian has given to the world comparative philology and comparative mythology; it may yet give us a new not less than valuable than the science of language and folk lore. I hesitate to call it comparative jurisprudence because if it ever exists, its area will be much wider than the field of law.

For Indian not only contains a language (Sanskrit) older than any other descendent of the common mother tongue, and a variety of names of natural objects less perfectly crystallized than elsewhere into fabulous personages, but it includes a whole world of Hindu institutions, Hindu customs, Hindu laws, Hindu ideas, Hindu beliefs, in a far earlier stage of growth and development than any which survive beyond its borders.

There are undoubtedly in it the materials for a new science, possibly including many branches. To create it, indeed to give it more than a beginning, will require may volumes to be written, and many workers to lend their aid:- Rede Lecture 1875

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Role of Brads in preserving history!

No race of men is more proud of ancestry than the chiefs of the ruling dynasties of India. The records of their geneologies are maintained with scrupulous care, more particularly in the states of Rajaputana, by a body of hereditary bards, who are endowed wth lands and pensions for the special purpose.

 

Sangam literature also talks of the Tamil bards who sang the panegyrics of kings and chieftains. Another kind of bards stood in front of the palace and sang the praise of the kings in the very early morning.

The descent of the present rulers of Udaipur, Jaipur, Jodhpur and many others, from the ancient solar dynasties, and, therefore, thorugh Harischandra, is undoubted all over India.

Jarasandha was the founder of  Pandu dynasty in Magada, whose capital was the ancient Rajagriha. He was a contemporary of Yudhisthira of Mahabharata.

Every Brahman family of India claim to be descended from one or other of the Seven Great Rishis or sages who were exalted to the stars of the constellation – Sapta Rishi Mandla, also known as the Ursa Major (the Great Bear).

 

Homer and Indian Poets

Sir Monier Williams said in Indian Wisdom,

“Much of the Homeric poems are still admired, no one in any part of the world, now dreams of placing he slightest faith in their legends, so as to connect them with religious opinions and practices. In India a complete contrast in this respect may be observed. The myths of the Indian Epics are still closely interwoven with present faith”. – (Page 433, Indian Wisdom)

–from The Golden Legend of India, William Henry Robinson,1909

 

–Subham–

 

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