Posted: Oct 06, 2011 2:03 pm
by Nebogipfel
Well, in my copy of Cosmos, the complete quote runs thus:

The Hindu religion is the only one of the world's great faiths dedicated to the idea that the Cosmos itself undergoes and immense, indeed, an infinite, number of deaths and rebirths. It is the only religion in which the time scales correspond, no doubt by accident, to those of modern scientific cosmology. Its cycles run from our ordinary day and night to a day and night of Brahma, 8.64 billion years long, longer than the age of the Earth or the Sun and about half the time since the Big Bang. And there are much longer time scales still.

(emphasis mine)
p258, 1981 hardback edition (unfortunately I can't find the ISBN number). In any case, it's in the chapter Edge of Forever.

As far as I can recall, the "no doubt" phrase is also what he says in the TV episode. But it's clear from the context of the rest of the chapter Sagan is not endorsing Hinduism as actually true

I'm sure jay100's omission of this phrase was accidental. Probably a copy-and-paste error.

(edited for typos)