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Author: Suniti Kumar Chatterji
Editor: Suniti Kumar Chatterji
Publisher: Ramakrishna Mission
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8185843023
Part of a 6-volume series, this first volume describes the geographical, ethnic, and linguistic background of Indian culture, and the prehistoric Indus valley civilization which flourished over 4,000 years ago.
This is the first historic work of the combined intelligence of all India giving a complete and connected story of her culture and civilization. It is a monument of Indian co-operative research in history, philosophy, religion, fine arts, exact science, economics, politics, literature, and sociology.
India's Cultural heritage is one of the most ancient, extensive, and varied among all those which make up the cultural heritage of mankind. Throughout the ages many races and people contributed to India's culture. Some came into contact with her only temporarily; others settled permanently within her borders. The keynote of the distinctive culture thus evolve was synthesis on the basis of eternal values.
Delving Deeply into the past, the present volume describes the geographical, ethnic, and linguistic background of Indian culture, and the prehistoric Indus valley civilization which flourished over 4,000 years ago. It then survey the Vedic civilization which laid the grand spiritual foundation of India's culture and philosophical thought. It shows how the subsequent Jaina and Buddhist movement took the accumulated spiritual wealth and spread it among the people, Buddhism even spreading it abroad.
Thus this volume clearly shows that in these early phases of India's history two ideals took shape which were to be the foundation of the whole structure of were to be the foundation of the whole structure of Indian culture: the spiritual nature of man, and the acceptance of all cultures as valid expression of eternal values.
This is the first and at present the only systematic, and so far as it goes, authoritative encyclopedia of Indian culture. The printing and the get-up are simply superb.
—The Philosophical Quarterly, India
One of the most notable enterprises of its kind yet attempted in any Asiatic country reached fruition in India recently with the publication of three volumes in which a survey is made of the whole field of India religion, history, and culture.
—The Straits Times, Singapore, S.S.
The Cultural Heritage of India is a monumental compendium of the treasures of Indian thought of centuries.
The volumes are a contribution of these volumes will prove to be of great serving not only to India, but also to the rest of the world, where ignorance of India and Indian culture has been a very great obstacle to the due appreciation of the part played by India and Indian in the civilization and progress of the world.
—General J.B.M. Hertzog, sometime Prime Minister
of the Union of South Africa
A work that is encyclopedic in scope. . . The vigor with which India is asserting her individuality and cultural importance points towards a renaissance that will enrich not only India, but the rest of the world as well.
—The New York Times, New York
We get from the encyclopedic book the impression of a people who at their best display the most exquisite refinement of feeling, the subtlest grace, the nicest delicacy . . . And it may happen that it will be to India, as well as to Palestine, that we shall have to look for the spirit which will unite men in building a Kingdom of God upon earth.
—The Times Literary Supplement, London
The Spirit of India: Rabindranath Tagore
Introduction to the first Edition: Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan
I. Suniti Kumar Chatterji
II. A.D. Pusalker
III. Nalinaksha Dutt
THE BACKGROUND OF INDIAN CULTURE
1. The Geographical background of Indian Culture
2. Race and Race Movements in India
3. Regional Structure of India an Relation to Language and History
4. Linguistic Survey of India: Languages and Scripts
5. Contributions from different Language-Culture Groups
6. The Stone Age of India
I. Nirmal Kumar Bose
II. Dharani Sen
7. Indus Valley Civilization
8. The Origin of the Indo-Aryan
9. Cultural Interrelation between India and the outside world before Asoka
10. The Religio-Philosophic Culture of India
11. The Vedas and their Religious Teachings
12. Vedic Culture
13. Vedic Society
14. Vedic Rituals
15. The Vedangas
16. Yaska and Panini
17. Vedic Exegesis
18. The Dawn of Indian Philosophy
19. A Bird’s-Eye of the Upanisads
20. Mystical Approach in the Upanisads
21. Upanisadic Meditation
JAINISM AND BUDDHISM
22. Sramana or Non-Brahmanical Sects
23. Jainism: Its History, Principles, and Precepts
24. Jainism: Its Philosophy and Ethics
25. Some Fundamental Principles of Jainism
26. Some Aspects of Early Buddhism
27. Schools and Sects of Buddhism
28. Emergence of Mahayana Buddhism
29. Mahayanic Pantheon
32. Buddhism in Relation to Vedanta
33. Buddhism in Indian Life and Thought