An Historical Disquisition Concerning the Knowledge which the Ancients Had of India; and the Progress of Trade with that Country Prior to the Discovery of the Passage to it by the Cape of Good Hope: With an Appendix, Containing Observations on the Civil Policy, the Laws and Judicial Proceedings, the Arts, the Sciences, and Religious Institutions, of the Indians

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J. Bioren & T.L. Plowman, 1812 - 384 pages

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Page 189 - From that time, like everything else which falls into the hands of the Mussulman, it has been going to ruin, and the discovery of the passage to India by the Cape of Good Hope gave the deathblow to its commercial greatness.
Page 233 - Having beheld, O Kreeshna! my " kindred thus waiting anxious for the fight, my " members fail me, my countenance withereth, " the hair standeth an end upon my body, and " all my frame trembleth with horror; even " Gandeev, my bow escapeth from my hand, and " my skin is parched and dried...
Page 375 - Instruction, in a series of connected fables, interspersed with moral, prudential and political maxims.
Page 374 - Greek ; and those not in technical and metaphorical terms, which the mutation of refined arts and improved manners might have occasionally introduced, but in the ground-work of language, in monosyllables, in the names of numbers, and the appellations of such things as would be first discriminated on the immediate dawn of civilization.
Page 246 - Wise men who have abandoned all thought of the fruit which is produced from their actions, are freed from the chains of birth, and go to the regions of eternal happiness...
Page 246 - Let the motive be in the deed, and not in the event. Be not one whose motive for action is the hope of reward. Let not thy life be spent in inaction. Depend upon application, perform thy duty, abandon all thought of the consequence, and make the event equal, whether it terminate in good or in evil ; for such an equality is called Yog [ie attention to what is spiritual}.
Page 237 - attended with prosperity ! May propitious breezes " sprinkle, for her delight, the odoriferous dust of " rich blossoms ! May pools of clear water, green " with the leaves of the lotos, refresh her as she " walks ; and may shady branches be her defence " from the scorching sun-beams...
Page 369 - Distinctions of colour are of his ordination. It is he who gives existence. In your temples, to his name the voice is raised in prayer ; in a house of images, where the bell is shaken, still he is the object of adoration.
Page 201 - ... institutions of its country impose, but to acquiesce in them. From his entrance into life an Indian knows the station allotted to him, and the functions to which he is destined by his birth. The objects which relate to these, are the first that present, themselves to his view.
Page 266 - Fasts, mortifications, and penances, all rigid, and many of them excruciating to an extreme degree, were the means employed to appease the wrath of their gods, and the Mexicans never approached their altars without sprinkling them with blood drawn from their own bodies.

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