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Here are the chief riches of more than 3,000 years of Indian philosophical thought-the ancient Vedas, the Upanisads, the epics, the treatises of the heterodox and orthodox systems, the commentaries of the scholastic period, and the contemporary writings. Introductions and interpretive commentaries are provided.
Paperback, 720 pages
Published April 21st 1967 by Princeton University Press (first published 1957)
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Corinne
A gem of Indian Philosophy.

My favorite was the Epic Period. Really well-written and well-commented.

I think Radhakrishnan was once the President of India. Almost unbelievable that a politician can have such philosophical depth. Shows how much India values wisdom of a man.
Mitch Allen
Mar 30, 2013 Mitch Allen rated it liked it
First read this book for a university class 30 years ago and hung in to it all these years. Dug it out recently and took it along on a trip to India, re-reading it as we toured Hindu temples in Tamil Nadu, Varanasi, and a Buddhist site in Sarnath. A solid introduction to basic eastern theology, breadth rather than depth. While a couple of texts are presented completely—Bhagavad Gita and Patanjali's Yoga Sutras—most of the book are excerpts from major texts.
Thomas
Some of the translations are a little archaic but as a collection it is about as complete as you'll find. It's also a good source for infrequently referenced but important schools of thought -- try finding Carvaka or Vaisheshika at Barnes and Noble... A solid collection, but you'll want to find more contemporary translations with notes on the Sanskrit for major works like the Bhagavad Gita and Upanishads.
Corey
Acclaimed translations of many essential texts including the Bhagavad Gita and the Upanisads along with commentary and historical context. Excellent.
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A comprehensive textbook on Indian Philosophy by the man whose Birthday is celebrated as Teacher's Day in India
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A very useful resource if you are beginning to study classical Indian philosophy. It covers most of the main schools and for each section there is a concise, but useful introduction to the source material and the main themes these explore.

Deeper study probably requires more extensive examination of whole primary texts, but this offers the student a good starting point.
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An amazing book.... must for those who are interested in knowing Indian things... since the books contains more than philosophy....
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Very comprehensive collection of ancient Scripture from South Asia
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Bharat Ratna Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was an Indian philosopher and statesman. He was the first Vice-President of India (1952–1962) and subsequently the second President of India (1962–1967).

One of India's most influential scholars of comparative religion and philosophy, Radhakrishnan is thought of as having built a bridge between the East and the West by showing that the philosophical systems of
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