AIT/OIT…new GC blog…2018…Alain Daniélou – Wikipedia

We are going through older posts from GC_old on the AIT/OIT: we become very critical of OIT at some point…we are now at the start of 2009 (there are over three thousand oldposts…The OIT was ‘right’, the tradition is old, but it was not in sanskrit. We have the direct parallel of Mycaenean/homeric greece, a dead ringer for the problem…
The old Gurdjieff Con had material on Danielou, strange combination of brilliant and crackpot, who probably solved the AIT/OIT confusion in favor of AIT: we will look for our posts on this, but he figured out that the ‘tradition’ was probably Dravidian/(proto-)Tamil(?!) (Tamil is as far, or more, from its source as Hindi is from Vedic) in origin (and what before that?) and many materials were translated into Sanskrit and are still extant, but rarely read and whose source is forgotten…amazing…I can’t remember which of Danielou’s books this was in: must search my library, I have the book…It is important to consider to what degree the older traditions were oral…Clearly writing is much later.
update: The book is probably While The Gods Play, am still looking for my copy. I had a long essay on this book in the old GC (ca 2017), but it appears not to have survived.
Be wary of the material on cycles of indian history, danielou on the kali yuga is nonsense, discrediting the his greater insights about the antiquity of the indian legacy: i think them incorrect. But his work on the issue of the source of the indic tradution is important indeed. The tradition probably goes back to the neolithic, but at least way before the much later sanskrit. It is obvious now why the vedas and the upanishads don’t jell…
https://books.google.com/books?id=6pRe5Ta1W1YC

Source: Alain Daniélou – Wikipedia