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The bane of Indian higher cultural life is the lack of independent ventures of the mind. For hundreds of years men have not had the courage to do more than write interpretations of other books, which themselves were written thousands of years ago and hence before human knowledge had advanced to the degree it did later. We find in Sanskrit few original works but any number of commentaries.

-- Notebooks Category 15: The Orient > Chapter 2: India > # 177

-- Perspectives > Chapter 15: The Orient > # 16

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