Excerpt from Popular Evidences of Christianity
I AM accustomed every morning, soon after sun rise, to walk and meditate by the side of the river Hooghly. At this hour the banks are crowded with Hindoos bathing themselves, and performing other ceremonies of their devotions. And with them are generally Brahmins seated on the bank under the trees, reading their religious books, and repeating their prayers. These are Gooroos, or religious teachers. And it is pleasing to observe the respect with which they are treated, especially by children and young per sons, who are seen continually kneeling downto them, and offering them little presents. It is a sign that, with all the errors of the Hindoo religion, the spirit of faith and childlike obedience is not lost among them 3 and where this is still alive, who shall despair of bringing men to the knowledge of the truth?
Among them I observed one morning a Brahmin younger than the rest, whose pure and noble cast of countenance, marked also by deep thoughtfulness and melancholy, and a singular earnestness and abstracted ness of devotion, affected me with more than ordinary interest. Every morning, at the same hour, I found him in the same spot; and, as my eyes were naturally drawn to him, he at length observed me in return.
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