In what ways was Ashoka the great inspired by Buddhism and the Arthashastra?


By Sunil Kumar Ashoka formed a strong empire and like other kings and emperors of the time intrinsically believed in the intrinsic powers of royalty. His religious world-view was tempered by Buddhism to the extent that he is supposed to …

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What is the history of the Upanishads?


By Sunil Kumar According to traditional Indian religious understanding, the Upanishads are part of the knowledge portion, or Jnana Kanda of the Vedas. They are eternal, and came out of the mouth of Hiranyagarbha, or Brahman. So no date can …

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