Story Of Writing

A cave painting, STORY OF WRITING
A cave painting showing a Bison

STORY OF WRITING

The man began to express himself in signs, sounds, and words many thousands of years before writing could be developed. Ages ago when man lived in caves, he drew pictures of animals on the walls. The idea of using a picture to represent a sound instead of a thing might have at first occurred to some talented man. And then gradually samples of alphabets were worked out from these pictures. This was a significant achievement and a landmark.

The ancient Egyptians, Babylonians, Indians, and Chinese had all separately come to know the use of alphabets. In those days every letter had to be chiseled or engraved on stone, wood, clay, wax, or skins. Books were written on papyrus, parchment rolls, or palm leaves with quills or brushes. The Vedas and the Upanishads are a few of the oldest manuscripts that exist even today as part of our oriental heritage.

LIFE OF THE MIND IN INDIA, INDIAN PHILOSOPHY

Atharva Veda Page, Written on Papyrus, STORY OF WRITING
Atharva Veda Page, Written on Papyrus

The ancient philosophers of India emphasized on the life of the mind and produced such wonderful scriptures as the Vedas and the Upanishads. These scriptures are full of precious lessons both practical and theoretical for the guidance of man.

The message of the Upanishads has been to develop within us a rational attitude of the mind strengthened by a spirit of inquiry into the mysteries of the universe. Contrary to general belief, these sacred books do not want us to perform rituals and ceremonials without understanding their meaning and symbolism. They are not ‘Shastras’ in the sense of codes of conduct and forms-at once rigid and eternal.

Bhagwat Geeta is one of the highest philosophies. Though it has been related to Hinduism, in my view it is for a better life and thinking. The message is just not confined to a particular religion. It is a philosophy for a better mind and better life.

Epics Of India, Vedas, Upanishads, Ramayana and Mahabharat

STORY OF WRITING, The knowledge of Bhagwad Gita | Recited by Krishna to Arjun
The knowledge of Bhagwad Gita | Recited by Krishna to Arjun

The Aryan immigrants in India wrote some of the most famous books in the world-the Vedas, the Upanishads, and the two epics, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata

The Ramayana, the older book, is the story of Rama, the ideal son, ideal king, and ideal warrior who fought and won over the demon Ravana. The Ramayana is said to be composed by Valmiki, the first poet of India.

The Mahabharata tells how the holy war was fought in Kurukshetra under the guidance of Krishna-the super-man to drive away the evils. The famous Bhagwad Gita is embodied in the Mahabharata.

Culture, traditions and the morals recorded are fundamentally religious even in the two epics. The next two thousand years of India’s social history are steeped in this religion of the Vedas, the Upanishads, and the epics. These are to the Indians the supreme art and the most profound philosophy at the same time. India’s art and literature have been drawing inspiration from these sources throughout her many epochs of civilization.

TWO EPICS OF GREECE

Homer, the great writer of Greece. Story of writing
Homer by British Museum, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Homer, the legendary poet of Greece, lived about 850 years before the birth of Christ. He composed two renowned epics -the Iliad and the Odyssey. He describes in Iliad how beautiful Helen was carried across the sea by the Trojans and how the Greek king assisted by Odysseus captured the city of Troy to rescue Helen.

Image of a Trojan Horse
Image of a Trojan Horse

You can also watch the Hollywood Movie named TROY. Read about it on Wikipedia Link.

Odyssey, a saga of a restless soul, adventurous and untiring, can be interpreted as the symbol of the ever-active human spirit.

In Homer, Greek art and culture are expressed in all their depth and vision. The two epics have left an indelible mark on western literary thoughts.

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History of Mankind – Preface

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