Translation of several principal books, passages and texts of the Veds, and of some controversial works on Brahmunical theology

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Parbury, Allen, & co., 1832 - Religion - 282 pages
 

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Page 260 - 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 137 - European friends, that the superstitious practices which deform the Hindoo religion have nothing to do with the pure spirit of its dictates...
Page 17 - none but the Supreme Being is to be worshipped, ' nothing excepting him should be adored by a wise
Page 253 - 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 163 - Goddesses, and the -modes of their worship; but they reconcile tbose contradictory assertions, by affirming frequently, that the directions to worship any figured beings are only applicable to those, who are incapable of elevating their minds to the idea of an invisible Supreme Being, in order that such persons, by fixing their attention on those invented figures, may be able to restrain themselves from vicious temptations, and that those, that are competent for the worship of the invisible God,...
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, yet repeatedly urge the relinquishment of the rites of idol worship, and the adoption of a purer system of religion, on the express grounds that the observance of idolatrous rites can never be productive of eternal beatitude.
Page 102 - Those observers of religious rites that perform only the worship of the sacred fire, and oblations to sages, to ancestors, to men, and to other creatures, without regarding the worship of celestial gods, shall enter into the dark...
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 26 - Hindoo community (in defiance of their sacred books) devoted to idol worship ; — the source of prejudice and superstition, and of the total destruction of moral principle, as countenancing criminal intercourse, suicide, female murder, and human sacrifice.

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