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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Personal attributions of the darshanas

With reference to the names attached to the darshanas it should be mentioned that the Vyasa to which Vedanta is attached is merely an expression of the tradition, since it is also one of the seven Chiranjivis, or ‘beings endowed with longevity,’ whose existence has no specific place in any one historical period. There are correspondences here with the Taoist reference to eight ‘immortals’; and likewise, within the Christian tradition, we find Melchizedek, a figure which modern Christians do not seem to know what to do with, but who has great significance for us. He is ‘without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life.’ (Heb. 7:3). Here we will also not a parallel with the Hindu Manu, lawgiver of each cycle, but for the moment we need only note that the name refer primarily to an intellectual function. This being the case, the primacy of Vedanta is again suggested, given its attribution to Vyasa, who is also attributed with organizing and codifying the scriptures.

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