Sanskrit Manuscripts : Āstika-nāstika-mata nī caracā


Sanskrit Manuscripts

<p style='text-align: justify;'> The <i>Āstika-nāstika-mata nī caracā</i> in Gujarati prose belongs to the tradition of texts discussing the points of disagreement between Materialists and others. A set of 64 numbered points of contention is dealt with. The word "Hindu" is used several times. The last folio has only nine lines, and the text ends somewhat abruptly, but the impression is that the discussion could have gone on further. This manuscript may have been written for Major William Miles (1780-1860): the layout and the script are similar to those of <a target='_blank' class='externalLink' href=''>Add. 1266.7</a> and <a target='_blank' class='externalLink' href=''>Add. 1266.9</a> which are explicitly said to have been written for him. In his paper "On the Jainas of Gujerat and Mârwâr", Miles indicates that the 'Jaina priests' are fond of discussions and controversies on religious subjects between them and other faiths, which is precisely the topic of this manuscript. </p>

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