The Great Indian Epics: The Stories of the Ramayana and the Mahabharata

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G. Bell and sons, 1894 - 231 páginas
 

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Página 214 - Khan. The consequence was that in three or four months I translated two, out 'of eighteen sections, at the puerile absurdities of which the eighteen thousand creations may well be amazed. Such injunctions as one never heard of. What not to eat, and a prohibition against turnips ! But such is my fate, to be employed in such works. Nevertheless, I console myself with the reflection that what is predestined must come to pass.
Página 191 - If the light of a thousand suns were to burst forth at once in the sky, that would be like the splendour of that mighty One.
Página 104 - If thy son, friend, brother, father, or even the spiritual preceptor, anyone becometh thy foe, thou shouldst, if desirous of prosperity, slay him without scruples. By curses and incantations, by gift of wealth, by poison, or by deception, the foe should be slain. He should never be neglected from disdain. If both the parties be equal and success uncertain, then he that acteth with diligence groweth in prosperity.
Página 226 - On failure of issue by the husband, if he be ' of the servile class, the desired offspring may be ' procreated, either by his brother or some other * sapinda, on the wife, who has been duly au1 thorized : 60. ' Sprinkled with clarified butter, silent, in the * night, let the kinsman thus appointed beget one ' son, but a second by no means, on the widow or * childless wife : 61.
Página 14 - the performance of penances was like making deposits in the bank of heaven. By degrees an enormous credit was accumulated which enabled the depositor to draw to the amount of his savings, without fear of his drafts being refused payment. The power gained in this way by weak mortals was so enormous, that gods as well as men were equally at the mercy of these all but omnipotent ascetics...
Página 119 - Bharata race, having so whirled him in the air full hundred times, Bhima pressed his knee against Jarasandha's backbone and broke his body in twain. And having killed him thus, the mighty Vrikodara uttered a terrible roar. And the roar of the Pandava mingling with that death knell of Jarasandha, while he was being broken on Bhima's knee, caused a loud uproar that struck fear into the heart of every creature.
Página 213 - The earliest direct evidence of the existence of an epic, with the contents of the Mahabharata, comes to us from the rhetor Dion Chrysostom, who flourished in the second half of the first century AD ; and it appears fairly probable that the information in question was then quite new, and was derived from mariners who had penetrated as far as the extreme south of India.
Página 5 - The Aryan offshoots, alike to the east and to the west, asserted their superiority over the earlier peoples whom they found in possession of the soil. The history of ancient Europe is the story of the Aryan settlements around the shores of the Mediterranean ; and that wide term, modern civilization, merely means the civilization of the western branches of the same race. The history of India consists in like manner of the history of the eastern offshoots of the Aryan stock who settled in that land.
Página 15 - One only way I find To slay this fiend of evil mind. He prayed me once his life to guard From demon, God, and heavenly bard, And spirits of the earth and air, And I consenting heard his prayer. But the proud giant in his scorn Recked not of man of woman born. None else may take his life away, But only man the fiend may slay.
Página 130 - ... tirthas on their route, till they found themselves in the Himalayas. Pushing into the sacred solitude of these giant mountains they met with many adventures, in which Bhima's son, Ghatotkacha, was very helpful to them. At last, from a lofty summit, these fortunate travellers got a glimpse of the abode of Kuvera, the god of wealth, "adorned -with golden and crystal palaces, surrounded on all sides by golden walls having the splendour of all gems, furnished with gardens all around, higher than...

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