A Dialogue of the Knowledge of the Supreme Lord, in Which Are Compared the Claims of Christianity and Hinduism, and Various Questions of Indian Reli

A Dialogue of the Knowledge of the Supreme Lord, in Which Are Compared the Claims of Christianity and Hinduism, and Various Questions of Indian Reli

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1856 edition. Excerpt: ...the Veda was meant, I presume, as an allegory, though hard to explain; but many of your countrymen take such things in the grossness of the letter. So the traditions of Vedic Deities which I mentioned as carried westward in early times, were twisted in Bactria into stories of earthly kings, and your Yama, the god of death, appears in Firdusi as king Jemshid, and the serpent AM, once the dark cloud, as the tyrant Zohak. Thus in India, too, the old physical parable was sometimes exalted into a more metaphysical conception, and sometimes literalised into a marvellous story. "On the whole, I think we are justified in saying that no clear signs of incarnation (or of the avatars) had appeared in the genuine Vedic hymns. This idea came in rather with the Epic poems. When the great exploits of Rama and Crishna were to be accounted for, it was natural to suppose that some Divine force dwelt in them. Upon the question whether such force was truly Divine, or was magnified by imagination, will depend the farther question, whether such avatars are only a deification of what was properly human, or whether there was a real indwelling of Deity. With such questions is connected too your theory which identifies the human soul and the Divine Spirit, or blends God and mankind into one. Our own faith, and I think also any true humility, would forbid accepting all Lassen, /. A. p. 517. Weber, Vorlet. p. 36. THREE STAGES OF HINDUISM. 295 that you have said on that subject; but 1 would willingly explain it as obscurely meaning the great nearness of the Father of our spirits to all those who approach him in prayer, together with the true feeling, that every human excellence comes in a way of the Spirit of God. But however your incarnations are to be...
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  • Paperback | 206 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 376g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236551729
  • 9781236551726