Discourses Delivered Before the Asiatic Society: And Miscellaneous Papers, on the Religion, Poetry, Literature, Etc., of the Nations of India

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C. S. Arnold, 1824

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Page 35 - ... so strong indeed, that no philologer could examine them all three, without believing them to have sprung from some common source, which, perhaps, no longer exists: there is a similar reason, though not quite so forcible, for supposing that both the Gothick and the Celtick, though blended with a very different idiom, had the same origin with the Sanscrit; and the old Persian might be added to the same family, if this were the place for discussing any question concerning the antiquities of Persia.
Page 56 - The fundamental tenet of the Vedanti school, to which, in a more modern age, the incomparable Sancara was a firm and illustrious adherent, consisted not in denying the existence of matter; that is of solidity, impenetrability, and extended figure; (to deny which would be lunacy) but in correcting the popular notion of it, and in contending that it has no essence independent of mental perception : that existence and perceptibility are convertible terms...
Page 34 - The Sanskrit language, whatever be its antiquity, is of a wonderful structure; more perfect than the Greek, more copious than the Latin, and more exquisitely refined than either, yet bearing to both of them a stronger affinity, both in the roots of verbs and in the forms of grammar, than could possibly have been produced by accident; so strong indeed, that no philologer could examine them all three, without believing them to have sprung from some common source, which, perhaps, no longer exists...
Page 85 - A fortunate discovery, for which I was first indebted to Mir Muhammed Husain, one of the most intelligent Muselma&s in India, has at once dissipated the cloud, and cast a gleam of light on the primeval history of Iran and of the human race, of which I had long despaired ; and which could hardly have dawned from any other quarter.
Page 41 - In the first of the sacred law tracts (as is observed by a person to whom Oriental literature, in all its branches, has been greatly indebted), which the Hindoos suppose to have been revealed by Menu, some millions of years ago, there is a curious passage on the legal interest of money, and the limited rate of it in different cases, with an exception in regard to adventures at sea ; an exception which the sense of mankind approves, and which commerce absolutely requires, though it was 'not before...
Page 27 - Tancut, where letters have been used and arts immemorially cultivated; nor is it unreasonable to believe, that some of them found their way from the eastern isles into Mexico and Peru, where traces were discovered of rude literature and Mythology analogous to those of Egypt and India...
Page 97 - * Supreme God made the world by his power, and " continually governed it by his providence ; a pious '* fear, love, and adoration of him ; a due reverence " for parents and aged persons ; a fraternal affection " for the whole human species, and a compassionate " tenderness even for the brute creation.
Page 107 - His essence, and though divided for a time from its heavenly source, will be finally reunited with it; that the highest possible happiness will arise from its reunion, and that the chief good of mankind in this transitory world consists in as perfect an union with the Eternal Spirit as the incumbrances of a mortal frame will allow...
Page 41 - I ne-» ver coiúd learn by what right, nor conceive with what feelings, a naturalist can occasion the misery of an innocent bird, and leave its young, perhaps, to perish in a cold nest, because it has gay plumage, and has never been accurately delineated, or deprive even a butterfly of its natural enjoyments, because it has the misfortune to be rare or beautiful...

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