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Mahābhārata. Book twelve, Peace. Volume three, "The book of liberation"

Author: Alexander Wynne
Publisher: New York : New York University Press : JJC Foundation, 2009.
Series: Clay Sanskrit library.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Poetry : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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The Book of Liberation is perhaps the most enigmatic philosophical text from ancient India. Presented as the teachings of Bhishma as he lies dying on the battlefield, after the epic war between the Pándavas and Káuravas, it was composed by unknown authors in the last centuries BCE, during the early period of world-renunciation, when peripatetic sages meditated under trees and practiced austerities in forest  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Translations
Electronic books
Translations into English
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Alexander Wynne
ISBN: 9780814794548 0814794548
OCLC Number: 1019873184
Language Note: In English and Sanskrit, (romanized) on facing pages, includes translation from Sanskrit.
Description: 1 online resource.
Series Title: Clay Sanskrit library.
Other Titles: Mahābhārata.
Peace
Book of liberation
Responsibility: translated by Alexander Wynne.

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The Book of Liberation is perhaps the most enigmatic philosophical text from ancient India. Presented as the teachings of Bhishma as he lies dying on the battlefield, after the epic war between the Pándavas and Káuravas, it was composed by unknown authors in the last centuries BCE, during the early period of world-renunciation, when peripatetic sages meditated under trees and practiced austerities in forest groves, and wandering sophists debated in the towns and cities. There has been no time like it before or since: such freedom of thought and expression is unparalleled in the history of the world. The freedom enjoyed by these ancient thinkers was not an end in itself. Above all this animated work is the record of philosophers seeking liberation (moksha) from a world they believed unsatisfactory. The speculation herein is but a means to an end, for its authors believed they could attain freedom from the world by knowing philosophical truths.

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