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JABALI, JAVALI. [Source: Dowson's Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology] A Brahman who was priest of King Dasaratha, and held skeptical philosophical opinions. He is represented in the Ramayana as enforcing his views upon Rama, who decidedly repudiated them. Thereupon he asserted that his atheistical arguments had been used only for a purpose, and that he was really imbued with sentiments of piety and religion. He is said to have been a logician, so probably he belonged to the Nyaya school.

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