By William Ward
William Ward's account of the Hindu groups between whom he served as a Baptist missionary in Serampore in West Bengal used to be first released in 1811 and reprinted during this 3rd variation in 1817. It used to be a really influential paintings that formed British perspectives of the newly outlined entity of 'Hinduism' within the early 19th century. Ward and his fellow missionaries promoted social reforms and schooling, developing the Serampore project Press in 1800 and Serampore collage in 1818. Ward dedicated two decades to compiling his examine of Hindu literature, background, mythology and faith, which was once finally released in 4 volumes. It supplied richly distinct details, and was once considered as authoritative for the subsequent fifty years. it's nonetheless a tremendous resource for researchers in parts together with Indian heritage, British colonialism, Orientalism and non secular stories. quantity four contains translations from Hindu sacred texts and philosophical writings, and Ward's personal reflections on schooling.
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Matter," according to Plato, ' is an. * Page 3. Cudworth. * Page 144. d Page 52. « Page 44. ' Page 47. « Page 24. * Page 378. b Enfield. f Page 7. On the HINDOO PHILOSOPHY. '"— Yet there were some philosophers, whose conceptions of God as the creator were more correct: Putunjulee says, ' The universe arose from the will or the command of God, who infused into the system a power of perpetual progression ;'° and Jatookiirnu, another sage, delivers a similar opinion : ' Creation arose out of the will of God, who created a power to produce and direct the universe >p Yet here the Christian reader will perceive an essential error in the idea that the power to create was something derived from the deity.
D 2 xxxvi INTRODUCTORY REMARKS mind by actions] is to be attributed to illusion. ' ' The five sources of misery, that is, ignorance, Selfishness, passion, hatred, and fear, which spring from the actions of former births, at the moment of a person's birth become assistants to actions : the existence of pride, passion, or envy, infallibly secures a birth connected with earthly attachment. ' The Pythagoreans taught, that ' after the rational mind is freed from the chains of the body, it assumes an ethereal vehicle, and passes into the regions of the dead, where it remains till it is sent back to this world, to be the inhabitant of some other body, brutal or human.
Our senses, our passions, and reason, lead us astray ; sciences, or rather idle opinions, force us from the 1 Plat, in Phsedon. t. i. p. 69. lib. 2. cap. 48. Lib. de Mund. ap. Aiistot. cap. 6. t. i: p. 611. Lncian. de Dea Syr. cap. 16. t. iii. p. 463. a Apul. de Mund. &c. * Plat, de Leg. lib. 1. ii. p. 644. Plat, in Phileb. t. ii. p. 50. On the HINDOO PHILOSOPHY. ' ' repose of ignorance to abandon us to all the torment of uncer" tainty; and the pleasures of the mind have contrasts a thou" sand times more painful than those of the senses.
A View of the History, Literature, and Religion of the Hindoos, Volume 4: Including a Minute Description of their Manners and Customs, and Translations from their Principal Works by William Ward