Translation of Several Principal Books, Passages and Texts of the Veds, and of Some Controversial Works on Brahmunical Theology

Parbury, Allen, & Company, 1832 - 282 pages

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Page 246 - emaciate her body, by living voluntarily on pure flowers, roots, and fruit; but let her not, when her lord is deceased, even pronounce the name of another man. Let her continue, till death, forgiving all injuries, performing harsh duties, avoiding every sensual pleasure, and cheerfully practising the incomparable rules of virtue, which have been followed by such women as were devoted to one only husband.
Page 118 - let us adore the supremacy of that Divine Sun (opposed to the visible luminary), the godhead who illuminates all, who recreates all, from whom all proceed, to whom all must return, whom we invoke to direct our understandings aright in our progress towards his holy seat.
Page 6 - By taking the path, which conscience and sincerity direct, I, born a Brahman, have exposed myself to the complainings and reproaches even of some of my relations, whose prejudices are strong, and whose temporal advantage depends upon the present system. But these, however accumulated, I can tranquilly bear ; trusting that a day will arrive, when my humble endeavours will be viewed with justice — perhaps acknowledged with gratitude. At any rate, whatever men may say, I cannot be deprived of this...
Page 17 - none but the Supreme Being is to be worshipped, ' nothing excepting him should be adored by a wise
Page 239 - Brahmins are there who marry ten or fifteen wives for the sake of money, that never see the greater number of them after the day of marriage, and visit others only three or four times in the course of their life.
Page 164 - It is found in the Vedas, that none but the Supreme Being is to be worshipped, nothing excepting Him should be adored by a wise man.
Page 99 - I cannot help thinking, are capable of better things, whose susceptibility, patience, and mildness of character render them worthy of a better destiny. Under these impressions, therefore, I have been impelled to lay before them genuine translations of parts of their scripture, which inculcates not only the enlightened worship of one God, but the purest principles of morality...
Page 45 - ... or description, was very frequently employed, to represent the attributes of the Creator, which were sometimes designated as independent existences ; and that, however suitable this method might be to the refined understandings of men of learning, it had the most mischievous effect, when literature and philosophy decayed, producing all those absurdities and idolatrous notions, which have checked. or rather destroyed, every mark of reason, and darkened every beam of understanding.
Page 25 - It will also appear evident, that the Vedas, although they tolerate idolatry as the last provision for those who are totally incapable of raising their minds to the contemplation of the invisible God of Nature...
Page 104 - ... gods through the practice of the former. I2th. Those observers of religious rites who worship Prakriti* alone, shall enter into the dark region : and those practisers of religious ceremonies that are devoted to worship solely the prior operating sensitive particle, allegorically called Brahma, shall enter into a region much more dark than the former.

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