The Religious History of India; For Educated Hindus

The Religious History of India; For Educated Hindus

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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. 1900 edition. Excerpt: ... most beautiful compositions that have appeared at any period or in any country." " The character of Rama is nobly pourtrayed. He cherishes no sense of wrong;" he held that " truth should be esteemed the most sacred of all things." Rama may be regarded as a model of respect for duty, real or supposed. The chief blot upon his character is his cruel and unjust treatment of Siva. Lakshman is a type of brotherly afiection; Sita of female virtues. Sita is the finest creation of Hindu Poetry., The Ramayana disproved as a Sacred Book.--lt is claimed that Brahma made the promise that " the poem should not contain an untrut." On the contrary, from beginning to end, it abounds with monstrous fables. The Ramayana is exactlylike the fairy tales of Europe for the amusement of children. One of them is called Jack the Giantkiller. He is described as killing giants, just as Rama is said to have killed Rakshasas; as Rama owed his success to wonderful weapons, so with Jack. The frightful Rakshasas, with whom Rama is described as having such terrible battles, had no existence. There never was a Rakshasa with three heads like Trisiras or with ten heads like Ravana which grew as fast as they were cut off. The battles were only imaginary. Rama was the Indian Jack the Giant-killer. Only children in intellect can swallow such wonderful stories. Among all enlightened nations of the world, only one God is now acknowledged. The polytheism of the Ramayana shows that it is not inspired by Him. The Uttara-Kanda concludes with the following promise: "Reading even a single verse of this poem, one who hath no son cbtaineth him; one having no riches gets them; and people are freed from all sins, By reading even one sloka, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 80 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 159g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236826124
  • 9781236826121