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Page 11 - Arians, and these are witnesses not to be shaken by any cross-examination. The terms for God, for house, for father, mother, son, daughter, for dog and cow, for heart and tears, for axe and tree, identical in all the Indo-European idioms, are like the watch-words of an army. We challenge the seeming stranger, and whether he answer with the lips of a Greek, a German, or an Indian, we recognize him as one of ourselves.
Page 11 - In the hymns of the Veda we see man left to himself to solve the riddle of this world. We see him crawling on like a creature of the earth with all the desires and weaknesses of his animal nature. Food, wealth, and power, a large family and a long life, are the theme of his daily prayers.
Page 11 - we see these Aryan tribes migrating across the snow of the Himalaya southward toward the ' Seven Rivers' (the Indus, the five rivers of the Punjab and the Sarasvati), and ever since India has been called their home. That before that time they had been living in more northern regions, within the same precincts with the ancestors of the Greeks, the Italians, Slavonians, Germans and Celts, is a fact as firmly established as that the Normans of William the Conqueror were the northmen of Scandinavia....
Page 11 - But he hegins to lift up his eyes. He stares at the tent of heaven, and asks who supports it ? He opens his ears to the winds, and asks them whence and whither ? He is awakened from darkness and slumber by the light of the sun, and Him whom his eyes cannot behold, and who seems to grant him the daily pittance of his existence, he calls " his life, his hrcath, his brilliant Lord and Protector.
Page 11 - ... of a growing religion. We look in vain for the effect produced on the human mind by the first rising of the idea of God. To the poets of the Veda that idea is an old and familiar idea ; it is understood, never questioned, never denied. We shall never hear what was felt by man when the image of God arose in all its majesty before his eyes, assuming a reality before which all other realities faded away into a mere shadow. No whisper will ever reach us of that sacred colloquy when God for the first...
Page 12 - That first recognition of God, that first perception of the real presence of God — a perception without which no religion, whether natural or revealed, can exist or grow, — belonged to the past when the songs of the Veda were written.
Page 4 - Coll. Dublin, one of the Classical Masters in the High School of Edinburgh.
Page 11 - God ; when man within his own heart heard that still small voice through which the Father of mankind revealed himself to all His children ; to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile ; and when God received the first response from human lips, ' Who art Thou, Lord ?