Rated as classics, these two volumes comprehensively survey Indian thought from the Rig Veda to Ramanuja. They authoritatively showcase ancient philosophical texts and relate them to contemporary issues of philosophy and religion. The first volume focuses on the general characteristics of Indian philosophy and discusses the development of philosophical thought during the Vedic and Epic period while the second discusses the six philosophical systems, the gradual decline of the philosophic spirit, the impact of the West, and the future prospects and possibilities. This second edition, with a new Introduction by eminent philosopher J.N. Mohanty, highlights the continuing relevance of the two volumes and the philosophic tradition they represent both to scholars and serious lay readers.