||[Nov. 28th, 2010|09:17 pm]
Can anyone recommend a good academic work that outlines the content and history of Vedic literature?|
I've found Richard King's Indian Philosophy An Introduction to Hindu and Buddhist Thought quite refreshing because it treats the material as realistic and a worthy companion to western thought.
Something like this but outlining Vedic literature specifically would be desirable.
This is good (I have a copy); am sure you can find a cheaper copy somewhere.
A Reader in the Sanskrit Puranas [Paperback]
Cornelia Dimmitt (Author)
"Cultural Heritage of India", published by the Ramakrishna Mission (actually Advait Ashrama I guess)
It's the best, but.... it is at least seven huge volumes :(
Actually there's a very small book that will serve your purpose, but I'm forgetting the name. Will retrieve it and let you know.
Hello, Sir! Sorry for the delay in getting back with the name of the book I referred to before. That book is "The Call of the Vedas"
by Abinash Chandra Bose. I actually don't have a copy that book with me right now, but I have two other books with me on the same subject:
1) Spiritual Heritage of India by Swami Prabhavananda, published by the Ramakrishna Math. It's a 360-page book with sections on the Vedas and the Upanishads, the auxiliary scriptures, Buddhism and Jainism, the Vedanta, and the other five systems of thought.
2) Vedic Religion and Philosophy, also by Swami Prabhavananda and published by the Ramakrishna Math - a smaller, 150-page book.
Hope you find this to be of help. Please let me know if there is any further assistance I can provide.
Thank you sir for your recommendations!