Miscellaneous Essays: Miscellaneous essays, by H. T. Colebrooke. A new edition, with notes, by E. B. Cowell

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Page 100 - The real doctrine of the whole Indian [111] scripture is the unity of the deity, in whom the universe is comprehended : and the seeming polytheism which it exhibits, offers the elements, and the stars, and planets, as gods.
Page 135 - Accompanying her husband, she shall reside so long in " Swarga as are the thirty-five millions of hairs on the human " body. " As the snake-catcher forcibly drags the serpent from his " earth, so, bearing her husband [from hell], with him she ."shall enjoy heavenly bliss. " Dying with her husband, she sanctifies her maternal and '• paternal ancestors ; and the ancestry of him to whom she
Page 29 - Brahma, holy and wise. For Rudra I bend the bow, to slay the demon, foe of Brahma; for the people I make war [on their foes]; and I pervade heaven and earth. I bore the father on the head of this [universal mind], and...
Page 460 - While life remains, let a man live happily, let him feed on ghee, even though he runs in debt, When once the body becomes ashes, how can it ever return again...
Page 394 - GOD is the omniscient and omnipotent cause of the existence, continuance, and dissolution of the universe. Creation is an act of his will. He is both eflicient and material cause of the world : creator and nature, framer and frame, doer and deed. At the consummation of all things, all are resolved into him: as the spider spins his...
Page 425 - The term which the Bauddhas, as well as Jainas, more particularly affect, and which, however, is also used by the rest, is nirvana, profound calm. In its ordinary acceptation, as an adjective, it signifies extinct, as a fire which is gone out ; set, as a luminary which has gone down ; defunct, as a saint who has passed away ; its etymology is from vd, to blow as wind, with the preposition nir used in a negative sense : it means calm and unruffled.
Page 30 - Then was there no entity nor nonentity ; no world, nor sky, nor aught above it ; nothing anywhere in the happiness of any one, involving or involved ; nor water, deep or dangerous. Death was not ; nor then was immortality : nor distinction of day or night. But THAT breathed without afflation, single with (Swadha) her who is sustained within him.
Page 16 - Brdhmanas; and some received into their canon of scripture, portions which do not appear to have been acknowledged by others. Yet the chief difference seems always to have been the use of particular rituals taught in aphorisms (sutras) adopted by each school; and these do not constitute a portion of the Veda, but, like grammar and astronomy, are placed among its appendages.
Page 145 - On that effulgent power, which is BRAHME himself, and is called the light of the radiant sun, do I meditate, governed by the mysterious light which resides within me for the purpose of thought; that very light is the earth, the...
Page 462 - Sanscrit and Arabic, which few Europeans will ever learn, because neither of them leads to any advantage in worldly pursuits: and if we give judgment only from the opinions of the native lawyers and scholars, we can never be sure that we have not been deceived by them.

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