Bīrūnī, Muḥammad ibn Aḥmad, Alberuni's India (v. 1)

(London :  Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner & Co.,  1910.)



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latter is 100 years, or one nimesha, of Sadasiva; the
life of the latter is 100 years, or one lava of Sakti; the
life of the latter is loo years, or one truti of Siva.

If, now, the life of Brahman is
72,000 kalpas,

the life of Narayana is
155,520,000,000 kal^MS ;

the life of Rudra,

the life of Isvara,

the life of Sadasiva,
173)328,992,714,096,640,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 ;

the life of Sakti,

The latter number represents one truti.

If you compose a day out of it according to the above-
mentioned system, it has 37,264,147,126,589,458,187,
5 50,720,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 kal¬
pas. The latter number is one day of Siva, whom they
describe as the eternal one, who is exemptfrom being pro¬
created and from procreating, free from all qualities and
attributes which may be applied to created things. The
last-mentioned number represents fifty-six orders of
number (i.e. units, tens, hundreds, thousands, &c. &c.);
but if those dreamers had more assiduously studied arith¬
metic, they would not have invented such outrageous
numbers. God takes care that their trees do not grow
into heaven.
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