Faith and Thought Volume 28

Faith and Thought Volume 28

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ...us--a man who was a mixture of St. Paul, and of St. Francis of Assisi. Of course, I do not mean to say that Manikka-Vacagar taught the whole truth, certainly not, but the spirit of the man was such that he renounced everything to follow his convictions. He dated his conversion to his God from a certain hour, and from the fact that from that hour he was a new man. I think I may say that he lived very much the life of St. Paul to the end. A greater man, outside Christianity, than this sage, I believe never existed. He was the great reviver of the Qaiva system, and is called in their writings, the " Hammer " of the Buddhists. He went over to Ceylon, and there saw the king, preached Qaivisrn, was very ill-treated by the Buddhist monks, and then went home. The Buddhist monks said, " This man has come amongst us in this fanatical way, we shall have others coming. We will goto Cithambaram," and so a body of them went over the sea to the great Qaiva shrine, and established themselves there as a colony. The king of Ceylon had a daughter who was dumb, and the king said, u 1 will take my dumb daughter to Manikka-Vacasfar. and, if he can restore her speech I will become a Qaivite, and if he cannot do it I will remain firm in my old faith." I suppose so much is historical. Then came the controversy. I do not mean to say that every word of it is historical; but ifc shows pretty exactly what the feeling-of the south was with regard to Buddhism, and why it had lost its influence over them. In the controversy which was very fierce and prolonged, first of all the Qaivite disputant says to them, u You have no souls, you have no God, you have no real Nirvana. How is that? First of all you say that there are five grades, or sheaths, the secret of all existence. There...show more

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  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 240g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236657284
  • 9781236657282