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 By William Robertson ... ...

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A. Strahan, and T. Cadell; and E. Balfour at Edinburgh, 1791 - 364 pages

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Page 312 - Brahmins have obtained over the minds of the people, is supported by the command of the immense revenues, with which the liberality of princes, and the zeal of pilgrims and devotees, have enriched their pagodas. The dominion of religion extends to a thousand particulars, which, in other countries, are governed by the civil laws, or by taste, custom, and fashion. Their dress, their food, the common intercourses of life, their marriages, and professions are all under the jurisdiction of religion.
Page 283 - It is composed of seven square enclosures, one within the other, the walls of which are twenty-five feet high, and four thick. These enclosures are three hundred and fifty feet distant from one another, and each has four large gates, with a high tower ; which are placed one in the middle of each side of the enclosure, and opposite to the four cardinal points. The outward wall is near four miles in circumference...
Page 328 - Thou art the wise instructor of the whole, worthy to be adored. There is none like unto thee ; where, then, in the three worlds, is there one above thee ? Wherefore I bow down ; and, with my body prostrate upon the ground, crave thy mercy, Lord ! worthy to be adored ; for thou shouldest bear with me, even as a father with his son, a friend with his. friend, a lover with his beloved.
Page 350 - ... 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. To vilify the religion or customs of other men, is to set at naught the pleasure of the Almighty.
Page 300 - 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 300 - 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.
Page 350 - May it please your majesty, your royal ancestor Mahomed Jelaul ul Deen Akbar, whose throne is now in heaven, conducted the affairs of this empire in equity and firm security for the space of fifty-two years, preserving every tribe of men in ease and happiness, whether they were followers of Jesus, or of Moses, of David, or...
Page 289 - I want not dominion ; I want not pleasure; for what is dominion, and the enjoyments of life, or even life itself, when those, for whom dominion, pleasure, and enjoyment were to be coveted, have abandoned life and fortune, and stand here in the field ready for the battle?
Page 173 - VIII. IT is to the discovery of the passage to India by the Cape of Good Hope, and to the vigour and success with which the Portuguese prosecuted their conquests and established their dominion there, that Europe has been indebted for its preservation from the most illiberal and humiliating servitude that ever oppressed polished nations.
Page 350 - 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.

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