Author: Monier Williams
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8171676081
When the Britishers came to India, apart from economic and administrative interest, there was felt an increasing interest in Indian culture and literature which led to a demand for such as is presented here, Indian Wisdom.
Is it possible to obtain from any one book a good general idea of the character and contents of Sanskrit literature and philosophy? It is to address this need that Monier Williams undertook the daunting task of collecting in one volume the essentials of Indian philosophy. India Wisdom covers extensive ground from expositions on the Vedas, the Upanishads, Buddhism and Jainism to the other major systems of Indian philosophy: The Nyaya, Sankhya and the Mimamsa systems. The Smriti and Shruti sutras, the Law book of Manu, the epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata, with a special focus on the Gita, the Puranas, Tantras, Niti Shastras, fables of the Panchatantra and the Hitodpesha are all covered extensively and intensively.
The grand sweep of the book therefore makes it possible for any student, lay or serious, of Indian philosophy and religion, to find almost its entire range in this one volume.
The Hymns of the Veda
The Brahmanas and Upanishads
The Systems of Philosophy
The Purva-mimansa and Vedantra
Irregular Systems and Eclectic School
The Eclectic School Represented by the Bhagavad-gita
Smriti - The Vedangas
I. The Vedangas
II. The Smarta Sutra of Traditional Rules
III. The Dharma-sastras or Law-books-Manu
The Dharma-Shastras or Law-books - Manu
The Law-Manu continued
Achara, 'rules of conduct'
Duties of Women and Wives
Vyavahara, 'rules of government and judicature'
Prayas-chitta, 'penance and expiation'
karma-phala, 'recompenses of acts'
The Code of Yajnavalkya
The eighteen principal Codes posterior to Manu and Yajnavalkya
The Five Schools of Hindu Law
IV. The Itihasas or Epic Poems - The Ramayana
The Itihasas or Epic Poems - The Mahabharata
The Indian Epics compared with each other and with the Homeric Poems
The Artificial Poems. Dramas. Puranas. Tantras. Niti-shastras
The Artificial Poems
V. The Puranas
VI. The Niti-sastras
The Two-headed Weaver