By Monier Williams

ISBN-10: 0511706898

ISBN-13: 9780511706899

ISBN-10: 1108007953

ISBN-13: 9781108007955

First released in 1875, this e-book displays a turning out to be nineteenth-century British curiosity in South Asian tradition and literature. In it Monier Williams, the Professor of Sanskrit at Oxford, outlines the styles of idea and customs of the Hindu faith. He additionally describes the nature and content material of Sanskrit literature, which had no longer formerly been tried in English. in response to Williams, Sanskrit literature holds the foremost to an entire figuring out of Hinduism. He makes it unequivocally transparent that Britain's colonial carry over India consists of a selected accountability and certainly chance to check the 3 religions confronting Christianity there, particularly Brahmanism, Buddhism and Islam. Monier Williams writes in regards to the Vedas (the sacred texts of Hinduism), the various traditions of philosophy and the 5 faculties of Hindu legislations. He elaborates at the epic poems and the doctrine of incarnation embedded in them, and compares this historical poetry with that of Homer.

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26)—is being brought home to us more forcibly every day. Steam presses, as well as railroads and telegraphs, are doing a great work, and bringing about rapid changes. They are every day imposing upon us new duties and responsibilities in the opening out of hitherto unexplored regions. Surely, then, we are bound to follow the example of the great Apostle of the Gentiles, who, speaking to Gentiles, instead of denouncing them as 'heathen,' appealed to them as ' very God-fearing' (beunbaiixoveaTepovs), and even quoted a passage from one of their own poets in support of a 14.

He did not even rest his own claims on miracles (ayat, kardmat), which he constantly excused himself from working. It is said that some doubters once asked him to give them a sign by turning the hill Safa. into gold, but he declined to do so on the ground that God had revealed to him that if after witnessing the miracle, they remained incredulous, they would all be destroyed. The only sign of hi8 mission to which he pointed was the Kuran itself, declaring himself to be as untaught as a child just born (ummly), or in other words a wholly xlii INTRODUCTION.

The Jainas always call themselves and are considered Hindus (see p. 130, note 1). According to Kajendralala Mitra, the Jaina scriptures are comprised in fifty different works, collectively called the Sutras, and sometimes the Siddhantas, and classed in two different ways: 1st, under the two heads of Kalpa-sutra and Igama, five works coming under the former, and forty-five under the latter head: 2ndly, under eight different heads, viz. 1. eleven Angus; 2. twelve Upan-gas; 3. four Mula-sutra; 4. five Kalpa-sutra; 5.

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