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India: What Can It Teach Us

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A course of lectures delivered before the University of Cambridge. The author is an assiduous student of philology and regarded it as an important key to history and intellectual progress. The lectures contained in this volume are entitled: What Can India Teach Us; On the Truthful Character of the Hindus; The Human Interest of Sanskrit Literature; Objections; Lessons of th ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published January 1st 2003 by Kessinger Publishing (first published 1882)
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Sakshi Mathur
Apr 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a text book read for some one who is interested to know the historical perspective on India. Especially from someone who dedicated their life to discover the India that was lost Indians among themselves.
At present we are still in the process in rediscovering our roots and some are fighting to keep the essence alive.
Emphasis on the knowledge of Sanskrit has been core throughout Max's lecture. Reading him I feel insecure; as to how much is inaccessible to out generation who in majority
Vipin Goyal
Aug 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is compilation of lectures delivered by Max Muller at Cambridge to british ICS officers posted in India.The true India and perception of its glory needs to be invoked in the youth of India.
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is a series of lectures that were meant for the aspiring ICS officers of 19th century England but even today, it can provide the modern day Indians with a very good idea of what ancient Indian religion was all about. A bit heavy to read at times, but thoroughly relevant.
Jun 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Reading this book was a pure delight! Every word in the book is infused with solemn reverence for Ancient India. It is an eye opener in many ways. It sheds light on our long forgotten Sanskrit literature. More importantly, it demonstrates the history of the Hindu (or rather Vedantic) religion, from its humble beginning to its highest flights.
I would recommend this book to every Indian who cares to understand his country, its culture and its tradition or anyone who is interested in Indian history
Akhil Misra
Nov 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very interesting take on ancient India. Prof.Muller's respect for India and the Hindu civilization is clearly manifested in the lectures. We may have our disagreements with certain theories proposed by the professor but there is no doubt in my mind that this book presented to me a well read and researched version of the ancient Hindu civilization.
Highly recommended.
Debaprabho Bhattacharya
a must read for every Indian. in this time when people across are becoming restless about the deteriorating social in India and when on one end I see more and more people adopting western culture, it is so heartening to see how passionate a non-Indian was about India, it's history and his people. this book has surely given legs to my "stay in India" belief.
Rajesh Pabari
Jun 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read only two chapters so far. And i think every indian as well as the whole world should read this book. And its available for free on gutenberg. I will definitely recommend it to everyone. I want to spread this message to the whole world.
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Friedrich Max Müller, generally known as Max Müller or F. Max Müller, was a German-born philologist and Orientalist, who lived and studied in Britain for most of his life. He was one of the founders of the western academic field of Indian studies and the discipline of comparative religion. Müller wrote both scholarly and popular works on the subject of Indology and the Sacred Books of the East, a ...more
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“If I were asked under what sky the human mind has most fully developed some of its choicest gifts, has most deeply pondered over the greatest problems of life, and has found solutions of some of them which well deserve the attention even of those who have studied Plato and Kant, I should point to India. And if I were to ask myself from what literature we who have been nurtured almost exclusively on the thoughts of Greeks and Romans, and of the Semitic race, the Jewish, may draw the corrective which is most wanted in order to make our inner life more perfect, more comprehensive, more universal, in fact more truly human a life... again I should point to India.” 7 likes
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