The Religions of India

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Houghton, Mifflin, 1882 - Всего страниц: 309
 

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Стр. 118 - finished model of calm and sweet majesty, of infinite tenderness for all that breathes and compassion for all that suffers, of perfect moral freedom and exemption from every prejudice.
Стр. 103 - Catalogue of Buddhist Sanskrit Manuscripts in the Possession of the Royal Asiatic Society (Hodgson Collection).
Стр. 157 - Tiruvalluvar,1 that admirable collection of stanzas in the Tamil language, which is instinct with the purest and most elevated religious emotion...
Стр. 214 - Paramahamsas, Avadhutas, and others, who, in spite of English interdicts, expose themselves to the inclemency of the weather in a state of absolute nudity. In all this there is no doubt much sincere fanaticism, but there also enters into it a good deal of hypocrisy and charlatanry. Very frequently mendicity is the only motive for these pretended mortifications ; and it is not so much to merit heaven as to extort alms, by exciting terror or disgust, that the Bahikathas tear their bodies rather with...
Стр. 203 - cultus of the left hand,' the observances of which have always been kept more or less secret. Incantations, imprecations, magic and common sorcery play a prominent part in this last, and many of these strange ceremonies have no other object than the acquisition of the different siddhis or supernatural powers. These are practices of very ancient date in India, since they are deeply rooted in the...
Стр. 109 - The two characteristics which strike us at once in primitive Buddhism, and which certainly belong to the teaching of the Master, are the absence of every theological element and a conspicuous aversion to pure speculation.
Стр. 17 - He inflicts terrible punishments and avenging maladies on the hardened criminal;6 but his justice discriminates between a fault and a sin, and he is merciful to the man that repents. It is also to him that the cry of anguish from remorse ascends, and it is before him that the sinner comes to discharge himself of the burden of his guilt by...
Стр. xiii - Rig-Veda have I been able to discover that quality of primitive natural simplicity which so many are fain to see in it. The poetry it contains appears to me, on the contrary, to be of a singularly refined character and artificially elaborated, full of allusions and reticences, of pretensions to mysticism and theosophic insight; and the manner of its expression is such as reminds one more frequently of the phraseology in use among certain small groups of initiated than the poetic language of a large...
Стр. 33 - ... and confidence as a friend, a brother, a father. . . . How could it be permitted to men to be bad when the gods are good, to be unjust while they are just, to be deceitful when they never deceive ? It is certainly a remarkable feature of the hymns that they acknowledge no wicked divinities, and no mean and harmful practices. . . . We must acknowledge then that the hymns give evidence of an exalted and comprehensive morality, and that in striving to be ' without reproach before Aditi and the Adityas...
Стр. 77 - Ignorant of its true nature, the soul attaches itself to objects unworthy of it. Every act which it performs to gratify this attachment entangles it deeper in the perishable world ; and as it is itself imperishable, it is condemned to a perpetual series of changes. Once dragged into the samsdra, into the vortex of life, it passes from one existence into another, without respite and without rest.

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