Posted on: 18 April 2016

Digital Rare Book:
The Kusumánjali : or, Hindu proof of the existence of a supreme being
By Udayana Acharya
Edited and translated by Edward Byles Cowell
Printed at The Baptist Mission Press, Calcutta - 1864

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Udayana also known as Udayanācārya (Udyanacharya, or Master Udayana) was a very important Hindu logician of the tenth century who attempted to reconcile the views held by the two major schools of logic (Nyaya and Vaisheshika). This became the root of the Navya-Nyāya school of the thirteenth century, established by Gangesha Upadhyaya ("New Nyāya") school of "right" reasoning, which is still recognized and followed in some regions of India. He lived in Kariyan village in Mithila, near present-day Darbhanga, Bihar state, India.

Udayana wrote a sub-gloss on Vachaspati's work called the Nyaya-vaartika-taatparya-tiikaa-parishuddhi. He wrote several other works such as the Kusumanjali, Atma-tattva-viveka, Kiranaavali and Nyaya-parishishhta (also called Bodha siddhi or Bodha shuddhi).

He it is to whom credit is given by Naiyâyikas for having demolished in final fashion the claims of the Buddhist logicians. All his works, or at least all of which we know, have been preserved, which attests to the respect in which he was held from the beginning.

Two schools of thought for logical proof for the existence of God in Hindu philosophy, the old Nyaya system was concerned with the critical examination of the objects of knowledge by means of logical proof, while the earlier Vaiseshika system dealt with particulars—objects that can be thought of and named. Udayana assumed, with the Vaiseshika, that the world was formed by atoms, from which physical bodies also derived. But he was equally concerned with the mind and its right apprehension of objects in nature. His vigorous thinking was set forth in the Nyāya-Kusumānjali and the Bauddhadhikkāra, the latter an attack on the atheistic thesis of Buddhism. Living in a period of lively controversy with the Buddhists, Udayana defended his belief in a personal God by resorting to the two natures of the world: cause and effect. The presence of the world is an effect that cannot be explained by the activity of atoms alone. A supreme being had to cause the effect and regulate the activity of the atoms; hence, according to Udayana, God exists. In a debate with Buddhists in India he was the final victor. After him no Buddhist philosopher undertook again a debate with Nyāya. Thus the nine-centuries long debate ended.

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Ravindra Nath Kaul Reshma Patel

Read Abhinav and Uttpala and Shambhnatha of 4th century AD, Already said an done.

Exactly the Kashmirians had already done the task through a more elegant construct. Without resorting to the causal argument or the intelligent design thesis which too has holes in it

Intelligent Design, we should not touch it with long pole.

Ha Ha why Rabinder Ji you don't like the thesis that has come from Italy?

Fantastic post!!!

The very need of consciousness for apprehension of particles n their comprehending ability to sequence out for a functionality itself admits the existence of a precursor in primordial state. Even in a cycle every end has to align n orient with its beginning. Such inevitability invites essentially an outsourcing step in every creation. It may be divine or a natural need with a giver. Namaste

Rohit Patnaik. Baader-Meinhof? :D Btw observe the publishing house and translator -an oriental child of William Jones. Don't know what atrocity would be lurking inside this 'rare book'.

One must be alwats grateful for small mercies. ;)


Letracy is a must to appreciate this!!

Sohini Dey

A small seed of belief is nurtured by logical thinking, the best example Medical science, hypothesis are formed by Belief of observation and Logical, Rationale thinking confirms those Beliefs.