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જર્મન સ્કોલર મેક્સમૂલર અને ગુજરાત

German Scholar Friedrich Max Muller and
Gujarat.

સવાસો વર્ષ વીતી ગયાં હશે ….. 

દક્ષિણ ગુજરાતમાં ભરુચ શહેરની દલાલ હાઈસ્કૂલ.

તેના મુખ્ય  શિક્ષક પાર્વતીશંકર મણિશંકર દવે સંસ્કૃતના વિદ્વાન. પાર્વતીશંકરની પંડિતાઈની ખ્યાતિ ઈંગ્લેંડ અને જર્મની જેવા યુરોપના દેશોમાં પણ પ્રસરેલી હતી.

મહાન જર્મન સ્કોલર મેક્સમૂલર (1823-1900) સંસ્કૃત ભાષાના અઠંગ અભ્યાસી હતા. જર્મનીમાં મેક્સમૂલર દ્વારા આપણા પ્રાચીન વેદ ઋગ્વેદ (Rigveda) ની ઋગ્વેદસંહિતાનું ભાષાંતર પ્રસિદ્ધ થયું.

મેક્સમૂલરે ઋગ્વેદસંહિતાના આ પુસ્તકની કોપી એક માત્ર ગુજરાતીને – પાર્વતીશંકર દવેને મોકલી હતી.

ઈ.સ. 1902માં પાર્વતીશંકરનો સ્વર્ગવાસ થયો. 

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4 thoughts on “જર્મન સ્કોલર મેક્સમૂલર અને ગુજરાત

  1. My dear brother Bharatiya! I always respect the views of an enlightened Indian.
    Like you and me, no Indian may have any regards for those whose thoughts or actions mutilated the soul of our great Nation. But will that prevent an intellectual from acknowledging a work of a scholar, may be a foreigner?

    Probably there is some misunderstanding. My post is focused on a Gujarati (Gujarati Indian) whose name and fame had transcended the national boundaries. My post portrays a two-sentence factual picture of Max Mueller and his work. It does not (even remotely ) appreciate colonization or westernization, nor does it support the intentions of the scholar.

    You may please read all my posts on my Blogs and Websites and you will be convinced that I am as much an Indian as you are. Let us ignore trivial differences of views, if any and overlook any view, thought or even impulse which may vitiate our minds and weaken the bonds that unite us as Indians. Come on, Brother! Join hands! Now I treat this discussion as closed. … Harish Dave Ahmedabad

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  2. Max Mueller was no friend of India or Hinduism, and his purpose in translating the Vedas was to understand them well in order to demonstrate the inferiority of HInduism. Here’s what he said to his wife in a letter: “The translation of the Veda will hereafter tell to a great extent on the fate of India and on the growth of millions of souls in that country. It is the root of their religion, and to show them what the root is, I feel sure, is the only way of uprooting all that has sprung from it during the last 3000 years.”.

    He was a Christian missionary and had no real respect for Hinduism or Indian culture. Please see the Wikipedia article:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max_M%C3%BCller

    In general, I think that looking for validation of the greatness of Indian culture from the west is the sign of a slavish mindset. Only those whose minds are still colonized would crave for any sign of approval from their former masters. Don’t forget that while Max Mueller was born a German, he was British by karma and worked as a professor at Oxford. Please free your mind, brother!

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