The Mystics, Ascetics, and Saints of India: A Study of Sadhuism, with an Account of the Yogis, Sanyasis, Bairagis, and Other Strange Hindu Sectarians

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T. Fisher Unwin, 1903 - Asceticism - 304 pages

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Page 106 - It was when I came upon the mute witness of these self-made records, and perceived in them one phase of a pervading unity that bears within it all things — the mote that quivers in ripples of light, the...
Page 111 - I AM the God of the sensuous fire That moulds all Nature in forms divine ; The symbols of death and of man's desire, The springs of change in the world, are mine ; The organs of birth and the circlet of bones, And the light loves carved on the temple stones.
Page 107 - As the sun, the eye of the whole world, is not contaminated by the external impurities seen by the eyes, thus the one Self within all things is never contaminated by the misery of the world, being himself without.
Page 107 - There is one eternal thinker, thinking non-eternal thoughts, who, though one, fulfils the desires of many. The wise who perceive him within their Self, to them belongs eternal peace, not to others.
Page 99 - They imagine the expiation of their own sins, and sometimes those of others, consists in the most rigorous penances and mortifications. Some of them enter into a solemn vow to continue for life in one...
Page 113 - Are the soul, life, and body merely shadows ? — The soul is of the same nature as God, and one of the many properties of universal life ; like the sea, and a drop of water ; when the latter joins the former, it also is sea.
Page 100 - ... the most tender part of his body, and thereto to suspend a heavy chain, many yards long, to drag on the ground. I saw this extraordinary saint, in the seventh year of his penance, when he had just put in the seventh ring ; and the wound was then so tender and painful, that he was obliged to carry the chain upon his shoulder, until the orifice became more callous.
Page 249 - Hindus, are scattered over the whole country : they vary in structure and extent, according to the property of which the proprietors are possessed ; but they generally comprehend a set of huts or chambers "for the Mahant,* or Superior, and his permanent pupils ; a temple, sacred to the deity whom they worship, or the...
Page 19 - Hindu theory 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 manner by weak mortals was so enormous, that gods as well as men were equally at the mercy of these all but omnipotent ascetics...
Page 24 - A holy sage, a pious and learned person, endowed with more or less of a divine nature, or having attained to it by rigid abstraction and mortification.

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