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Manas 1 (2014), 1.

Published on 01.09.2014

ISSN: 2367-6256

Müller, Max. India: What can it teach us?. – In: Manas: South Asia: Identity and Cultural Diversity, Vol. 1, 1, 2014.

2014 / Volume 1 / Issue number 1 : South Asia: Identity and Cultural Diversity

India: What can it teach us?

Max Müller

Translation: Tatyana Evtimova


This is, I very much hope, only the start of the first translation in Bulgarian of Max Müller’s famous collection of 7 lectures delivered in Cambridge (1882) in front of the candidates for the Indian Civil Service. Max Müller is till nowadays this very scholar in Indian studies, whose works are cited in order to increase the reliability and values of one’s own Indological investigations. Here is the translation of his Lecture No 1 – What can India teach us? To follow my last statement… I cite: If I were to look over the whole world to find out the country most richly endowed with all the wealth, power, and beauty that nature can bestow – in some parts a very paradise on earth – I should point to India. If I were asked under what sky the human mind has most fully developed some of its choicest gifts, has most deeply pondered on the greatest problems of life, and has found solutions of some of them which well deserve the attention even of those who have studied Plato and Kant – I should point to India. And if I were to ask myself from what literature we, here in Europe, we who have been nurtured almost exclusively on the thoughts of Greeks and Romans, and of one Semitic race, the Jewish, may draw that corrective, which is most wanted in order to make our inner life more perfect, more comprehensive, more universal, in fact more truly human, a life not for this life only, but a transfigured and eternal life – again I should point to India.

Translation into bulgarian and introduction:
Tatyana Evtimova, Sofia Undiversity "St. Kliment Ohridski".

The main text of the article is in Bulgarian