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Wednesday, December 23, 2020

The Dating of the Ancient Hindu Texts

The surprising thing about the massive corpus of ancient Hindu texts consisting of the Vedas, the Upanishads, the Puranas, the Mahabharata, and much else is that they cannot be dated by using the conventional historical methods. Can it be that these texts were intentionally created in a way which ensures that they do not contain any significant historical landmarks through which they can be dated? Even the names of the creators of these texts is unclear. In his 1899 book The six systems of Indian philosophy, Max Muller writes, “Whatever may be the date of the Vedic hymns, whether 1500 B.C.E. or 15,000 B.C.E., they have their own unique place and stand by themselves in the literature of the world. They tell us something of the early growth of the human mind of which we find no trace anywhere else.”

2 comments:

Ajit R. Jadhav said...

Check out blogs/books/tweets by Nilesh Oak + Rupa Bhaty; M. M. Pandit; Jayasree Saranathan; among others.

Best,
--Ajit

Anoop Verma said...

@Ajit, I know about some of these people. I will check the rest. Best,