Books: Pentateuch*

It is one of the oldest books in the world, antedating the New Testament a couple of centuries, quite as old as Aesop's Fables, which it much resembles. Two thousand and more years ago it was written (some say) in the fastnesses of Kashmir, by whom one cannot know, but surely by a great man, for its stories are retold the world over. Never before has it been completely translated from its original Sanskrit into English.

Its title means "The Five Books," the pentateuch. It is the book of niti, which means roughly,...

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