Pickings from Old Indian Books

Pickings from Old Indian Books

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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. 1872 edition. Excerpt: ...stood so high that he was chosen by the Emperor Mahommed Shah to reform the calendar, &c. J ayasinha undertook the task, and constructed a new set of tables, which in honor of the reigning prince he named Z eci M ahommedshahy. See Hunter, on the Astronomical la/DUMB of Jay/asmha. A. B. vol. 5, 177, the. Doctor Hunter also mentions Don Pedro de' sylw, physician to the Raja, subsequently alluded to by Col. Polier. generally prevailed, that many of my European friends were not disposed to admit the authenticity of the manuscripts I had procured. The Raja Ananderam, a learned Brahman of rank, well known to many persons in England at present, was at this time at Lucknow, and bore public testimony to the works being the genuine Vedas; he entreated also the temporary loan of them, and at my request distributed the leaves, which were originally detached from each other, into the volumes in which they now appear: it is not customary with the Hindus to bind their books at any time; and the Raja requested earnestly that I would never suffer these books to be enveloped in leather, or in any cover but of silk or velvet. He had the complaisance to count and number all the pages; and for my instruction, he wrote himself, in Persian characters, the title of each volume, and of each section, and the number of leaves which each of the last severally contained. From the account I have thus given, it will appear that the Brahmans are far from feeling the repugnance they have been said to entertain to any disclosure of their religious notions or of their sacred books; on the contrary, I have always found them ready to impart a knowledge of these matters to any one who expresses a desire to receive it, not for the purpose of turning their...show more

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  • Paperback | 106 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 204g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123686901X
  • 9781236869012