This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

NOTICE:
This Dark Age is now available in paperback on Amazon. The print version is MUCH cleaner than this online version, which is largely unedited and has fallen by the wayside as the project has grown. If you’ve appreciated my writing, please consider leaving a review on the relevant paperback volumes. The print edition also includes new sections (Military History, War Psychology, Dogmatic Theology).

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Brahmana and mantra

All that is contained in the Vedic texts is either brahmana or mantra. The latter contains ritual formula; the former contains precepts, but not precepts only, as the Upanishads themselves, which are part of this category and are purely doctrinal. The Upanishads aside, however, Mimansa is concerned with the class of brahmanas that is practical in nature and lays out the manner of performance and conditions proper to the accomplishment of rites. Since Mimansa also explains the mantras, it is here that we find the theory of the perpetuity of sound, with all that this implies.

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