Hinduism, Ancient and Modern: As Taught in Original Sources and Illustrated in Practical Life

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Vaishya Hitkari Office, 1905 - 340 pages

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Page 262 - Self-reverence, self-knowledge, self-control, These three alone lead life to sovereign power. Yet not for power (power of herself Would come uncall'd for) but to live by law, Acting the law we live by without fear; And, because right is right, to follow right Were wisdom in the scorn of consequence.
Page 181 - Distinctions of colour are of his ordination. It is he who gives existence. In your temples, to his name the voice is raised in prayer ; in a house of images, where the bell is shaken, still he is the object of adoration. To vilify the religion or customs of other men, is to set at nought the pleasure of the Almighty.
Page 248 - It is this karma which passed from life to life and linked them in the chain of transmigrations; and they held that it is modified in each life, not merely by confluence of parentage, but by its own acts.
Page 183 - You cannot have a good social system when you find yourself low in the scale of political rights nor can you be fit to exercise political rights and privileges unless your social system is based on reason and justice.
Page 271 - Those endowed with Goodness reach the state of gods, those endowed with Activity the state of men, and those endowed with Darkness ever sink to the condition of beasts ; that is the threefold course of transmigrations.
Page 266 - And as a goldsmith, taking a piece of gold, turns it into another, newer and more beautiful shape, so does this Self, after having thrown off this body and dispelled all ignorance, make unto himself another, newer and more beautiful shape...
Page 248 - ... character may be greatly facilitated, or impeded, by conditions, of which self-discipline, or the absence of it, are among the most important, is indubitable; but that the character itself is modified in this way is by no means so certain ; it is not so sure that the transmitted character of an evil liver is worse, or that of a righteous man better, than that which he received. Indian philosophy, however, did not admit of any doubt on this subject ; the belief in the influence of conditions,...
Page xv - Vindhyachalas are girt round my loins. The Coromandel is my left and the Malabar my right leg. I am the whole of India, and its east and west are my arms, and I spread them in a straight line to embrace humanity. I am universal in my love. Ah I such is the posture of my body. It is standing and gazing at infinite space ; but my inner spirit is the soul of all.
Page 229 - And on account of their difference of nature (the ideas of the waking state) are not like those of a dream, 29.
Page 150 - It subordinated the importance of rites and ceremonies, and of pilgrimages and fasts, and of learning and contemplation, to the higher excellence of worship by means of love and faith. It checked the excesses of polytheism. It tended in all these ways to raise the nation generally to a higher level of capacity both of thought and action, and prepared it in a way no other nation in India was prepared, to take the lead in re-establishing a united native power in the place of foreign domination.

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