Philosophic Studies Volume 7

Philosophic Studies Volume 7

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1917 edition. Excerpt: ...him (the sacrifice)."' Thus the gods and priests are put on a par. The priests had been 'the adjusters and commentators on the sacrifice. They perfected it, until finally came the idea that the formulae of the sacrifice must not be changed in the slightest manner. It became all-perfect, all-wise, and all-powerful. Neither gods nor men could trifle with it. "The sacrifice fled away from the gods. The gods called out after it, 'Listen to to us! come back to us!' It replied, 'So be it!' and returned to the gods; and with what had thus returned to them, the gods worshiped; and by worshipping with it became the gods they now are."4 "The sacrifice came to be; it came to be here; it was propagated; it increased again; it became overlord of the gods; let it assign wealth to us."5 But the chief argument for the supremacy of the sacrifice in this period is the small emphasis that is given the gods, the want of consideration of the habits, lives, and characteristics of the gods. They become figureheads. On the other hand, the sacrifice is the only topic of discussion; to know its details completely and to follow these exactly is the whole duty of the priest. The sacrificial activity has become an abstraction; its content, the gods, has been lost or rendered worthless. The sacrifice is no longer a device for renovating the gods. Already the priests had emphasized knowledge of the Veda, and the brahmacarin's function increased this value. Prior to this time they had had a meager conception of brahman as knowledge, but even this knowledge had been more objective than subjective. Knowledge was erudition; it was a thing taught, a thing taken in, not a thing wrought out of more

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  • Paperback | 30 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 73g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236992466
  • 9781236992468