This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1903 edition. Excerpt: ...We can say not only what they do, but (which is often of even more importance) what they do not, contain. The Jain records are unfortunately as yet known only in fragments. It is the greatest desideratum for the history of this period that they should be made accessible in full. The philosophical and religious ...
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1903 edition. Excerpt: ...We can say not only what they do, but (which is often of even more importance) what they do not, contain. The Jain records are unfortunately as yet known only in fragments. It is the greatest desideratum for the history of this period that they should be made accessible in full. The philosophical and religious speculations contained in them may not have the originality, or intrinsic value, either of the Vedanta or of Buddhism. But they are none the less historically important because they give evidence of a stage less cultured, more animistic, that is to say, earlier. And incidentally they will undoubtedly be found, as the portions accessible already show, to contain a large number of important references to the ancient geography, the political divisions, the social and economic conditions of India at a period hitherto very imperfectly understood. 1 Jaina Sutras, 2. xxvii. It is difficult to appreciate the objections made to the authenticity and authority of these documents. The arguments advanced in 1884 by Professor Jacobi' seem quite incontrovertible, and indeed they have not been seriously disputed. The books purport to be substantially the ones put together in the fourth century B.C. when Bhadrabahu was head of the community. The Jains themselves, of all divisions or schools, acknowledge that there had been older books (the Purvas, the Former Ones), now lost. Had they been inventing the story this is not the way in which they would have put it. They would have claimed that the existing books were the original literature of their Order. The linguistic and epigraphic evidence so far available confirms in many respects both the general reliability of the traditions current among the Jains, and the accuracy of this particular detail. Of course...
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Fair. T. Fisher Unwin [Published date: 1917]. Hard cover, 332 pp. Fifth Impression, January 1917 (original edition was published in 1903). Fair+/ NO dust jacket. Red cloth covered boards with blind-stamped lettering on front and gold lettering on spine. Bumping to edges and corners. Moderate overal rubbing and fading with light spotting and soiling. Spine is quite rubbed and fading. Spine has a few thin cracks throughout the book but binding is still intact with no pages separated. Pages are browned with light age spotting, but are otherwise unmarked. NOT Ex-library. Includes many great b&w photos and illustrations as well as a pull-out map. A nice reading copy of this classic.
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