Outlines of Indian Philosophy by M. Hiriyanna

By M. Hiriyanna

The current paintings relies upon the lectures which Prof. Hiriyanna introduced for a few years on the Mysore college. Its premier goal has been to provide a attached and as far as attainable in the limits of a unmarried quantity a entire account of the topic. Indian notion is taken into account intimately in 3 elements facing the Vedic interval, the early post-Vedic interval and the age of the structures.

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Outlines of Indian Philosophy

The current paintings relies upon the lectures which Prof. Hiriyanna introduced for a few years on the Mysore college. Its most suitable goal has been to offer a attached and as far as attainable in the limits of a unmarried quantity a entire account of the topic. Indian inspiration is taken into account intimately in 3 components facing the Vedic interval, the early post-Vedic interval and the age of the structures.

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There fecundating powers were found, and mighty forces strove— A self-supporting mass beneath, and energy above. W ho knows, who ever told, from whence this vast creation rose? No gods had then been born— who then can e'er the tru th disclose ? Whence sprang this world, and whether framed by hand divine or no— Its L ord in heaven alone can tell, if even he can show / In this hym n, which m ay be said to have passed over into world-literature, we h av e the quintessence of monistic thought. 90), as it is the common practice to do, as an illustration of pantheism.

2-3. « I. i. and ii. See Deussen: SysUtn^of the Vedanta, p. 8. th a t as th e Upani^adic doctrine more and more trium phed, an a tte m p t w as m ade to reconcile them . The reconciliation is clearly traceable in the later Upani§ads. The Svcldivaiara Upani$ad for example alludes approvingly to Agni and Soma, th e chief sacrificial deities, and com m ends a retu rn to th e old ritualistic worship . 1 The divergence between the two views as em bodied in the B rahm anas an d the Upani^ads respectively is now explained by some scholars as due to the divergence in ideals between the B rahm ins and th e K sh attriy a s— the priests and princes of ancient India.

153. 3 X. 151. 44 O U TLIN ES O F IN D IA N PH IL O S O PH Y fa ith fu l/ Such an invocation, as Deussen h as observed , 1 would be unintelligible if we did not assume a certain lack of faith as prevalent in the age in which the hym n was composed. ’ It was this tendency th a t in course of time gave rise to the heretical schools (p. 1 6 ) whose im portance in the history of Indian philosophy has already been noticed. V We shall conclude this ch ap ter with a brief description of the general outlook on life and things in the period.

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