Bīrūnī, Muḥammad ibn Aḥmad, Alberuni's India (v. 2)

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



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stations in question, and other events which are in¬
dicated by those stations."

The Jews hold the same opinion regarding the
comets as we hold regarding the stone of the Ka'ba
(viz. that they all are stones which have fallen down
from heaven). According to the same book of Vara¬
hamihira, comets are such beings as have been on
account of their merits raised to heaven, whose period
of dwelling in heaven has elapsed and who are then
redescending to the earth.

The following two tables embody the Hindu theories
of the comets:—
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