Metrical Translations from Sanskrit Writers; With an Introduction, Prose Versions, and Parallel Passages from Classical Authors

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1879. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... APPENDIX. I. Atharva Veda x. 8, 44. "Knowing that Soul, who is wise or, calm, undecaying, young, free from desire, immortal, self-existent, satisfied with the essence of good, or blessedness, and in no respect imperfect, a man docs not dread death." As the soul (atman) is masculine in Sanskrit, I have ventured to put the relative pronoun following the word in that gender. I am indebted to Professor Adolf Kiigi, of Zurich, for recalling my attention to this verse, which I had quoted in my Original Sanskrit Texts, iv., p. 20. II. Svetdfvatara Upanishad iii. 19. "Without hands or feet, He grasps, and moves; without eyes He sees, without ears He hears. He knows whatever is knowable, but no one knows Him. Men call Him the great, primeval Purusha (Man or Spirit)." I subjoin a portion of the context of this passage beginning at iii. 7: "Knowing that lord, the Brahma which is beyond that, the supreme, the vast, hidden in the bodies of all creatures, the one enveloper of the universe, men become immortal. 8. (= Vajasaneyi 3amhitaxxxi. 18). Iknow thatgrand Purusha (male or spirit), of sunlike lustre, beyond the darkness. It is by knowing him that a man overpasses death; there is no other road to go. 9. This whole universe is filled by this Purusha, to whom there is nothing superior, from whom there is nothing different, than whom there is nothing either minuter or vaster, who stands alone, fixed like a tree in the sky. 10. That which is above this world is formless, and free from suffering; they who know it become immortal; others encounter pain.... 12. Purusha is the great lord; he is the mover of existence; he rules over this purest state (of blessedness 1), he is light, he is undecaying.... 19. Without hands and feet, he grasps, he moves, without eyes he sees, and hear...