By Surendranath Dasgupta
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C. D. C. Jaina philosophy was probably prior to the Buddha. But except in its earlier days, when it came in conflict with the doctrines of the Buddha, it does not seem to me that the Jaina thought came much in contact with other systems of Hindu thought. Excepting in some forms of Vai@s@nava thought in later times, Jaina thought is seldom alluded to by the Hindu 31 writers or later Buddhists, though some Jains like Haribhadra and Gu@naratna tried to refute the Hindu and Buddhist systems. The non-aggressive nature of their religion and ideal may to a certain extent explain it, but there may be other reasons too which it is difficult for us to guess.
X. 81. ] [Footnote 3: Taitt. Br. II. 8. 9. ] [Footnote 4: Macdonell's _Vedic Mythology_, p. V. II. 15 and IV. x. I. I. 164. X. x. 72; Muir's _Sanskrit Texts_, vol. p. x. 1. Then there was neither being nor not-being. The atmosphere was not, nor sky above it. What covered all? and where? by what protected? Was there the fathomless abyss of waters? 2. Then neither death nor deathless existed; Of day and night there was yet no distinction. Alone that one breathed calmly, self-supported, Other than It was none, nor aught above It.
Thus there came about the necessity of the distribution of the different sacrificial functions among several distinct classes of priests. We may assume that this was a period when the caste system was becoming established, and when the only thing which could engage wise and religious minds was sacrifice and its elaborate rituals. A. Macdonell's _History of Sanskrit Literature_, p. ] 42 [Footnote 2: Weber (_Hist. Ind. , p. p. E. XII. Introd. p. ] 14 system, unparalleled anywhere but among the Gnostics.
A History of Indian Philosophy, Volume I by Surendranath Dasgupta