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see Sanskrit literatureSanskrit literature,
literary works written in Sanskrit constituting the main body of the classical literature of India. Introduction

The literature is divided into two main periods—the Vedic (c.1500–c.200 B.C.
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an ancient Indian treatise dealing with such subjects as philosophy, morals, politics, law, or grammar and presented in the form of a collection of didactic aphorisms. Sutras appeared in the middle of the first millennium B.C. Philosophical sutras are thought to have appeared, in the form in which they have come down to us, in the fifth century A.D.; the dharmasutras—anthologies which set out the law—date from the first to third centuries A.D. The famous monument of Indian literature, the Arthashastra, is also written in the form of sutras.

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The two nuns, full of joy, then praised the Buddha for giving them peace of mind and promised to go everywhere to proclaim the Lotus Sutra, even to other lands in other regions.
Conze, for instance, held that by the repetition of self-contradiction the Diamond Sutra is attempting to express the thought that "each one of the chief Buddhist concepts is equivalent to its contradictory opposite." That thought is in turn the logical (as opposed to the ontological or psychological) expression of the sutra's understanding of the fundamental Mahayana notion of "emptiness." The point Conze was making is that Since non-contradiction is one of the fundamental laws of logic, the repetition of self-contradiction in regard to central concepts of Buddhism indicates that the sutra's teaching on emptiness "appeals directly to a spiritual intuition which has left the conventions of logic far behind" (Conze 1960, 19).
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378-379) when applied to 2 by 2 systems of linear equations is quite similar to the solution process obtained using the Paravartya Yojayet Sutra (Babajee, 2012) which translates roughly as "transpose and apply" (Williams & Gaskell, 2010).