Śakuntalá, Or, Śakuntalá Recognized by the Ring: A Sanskrit Drama in Seven Acts

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Stephen Austin, 1853 - 316 pages
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Page 59 - ... definition of his attributes, he is to excite mirth by being ridiculous in person, age, and attire.
Page 151 - Rheede has exhibited in a coarse delineation of its leaves only — its flowers, in their perfect state, are among the loveliest objects in the vegetable world ; and appear, through a lens, like minute rubies and emeralds in constant motion from the least breath of air. It is the sweetest and most nutritious pasture for cattle ; and its usefulness added to its beauty induced the Hindus, in their earliest ages, to believe that it was the mansion of a benevolent nymph.
Page 279 - They are a dwarfish kind of monster, with the body of a man and the head of a horse, and are otherwise called Kinnara.
Page vii - Indeed, no composition of Kalidasa displays more the richness and fertility of his poetical genius, the exuberance of his imagination, the warmth and play of his fancy, his profound knowledge of the human heart, his delicate appreciation of its most refined and tender emotions, his familiarity with the workings and counter-workings of its conflicting feelings, — in short, more entitles him to rank as
Page 12 - Dushyanta might hare been represented on the stage, the horses -would be left to the imagination, and the speed of the chariot would only be indicated by the gesticulations of the charioteer.
Page 36 - This (which we have brought with us for watering our plants) will serve as water for the feet.' Water for the feet was one of the first things invariably presented to a guest in all Eastern countries. Should a guest arrive, a seat is to be offered to him, and his feet are to be washed and food is to be given him (Vishnu-pp 305. Cf. also Luke vii. 44). Idam, ie vrikshartfiam awltam, udakam, Schol. * Sunrita gir, ' kind yet sincere language,' ' complimentary and friendly words without flattery
Page 179 - ... which are supposed to hover round and protect households [Manu, iii., 80], or to whom some particular part of the house is sacred. This offering was made by throwing up into the air [Manu, iii., 90] in some part of the house generally at the door [Manu, iii., 88] the remains of the morning and evening meal of rice or grain; uttering at the same time a mantra, or prayer to some of the inferior deities, according to the place in which it was made [Manu, iii, 87...
Page 59 - His attempts at wit, which are rarely very successful, and his allusions to the pleasures of the table, of which he is a confessed votary, are absurdly contrasted with the sententious solemnity of the despairing hero, crossed in the prosecution of his love-suit.
Page 114 - Satdnka-lekhd is properly a digit of the moon,' or the moon in its most beautiful form when quite young. A complete revolution of the moon, with respect to the stars, being made in twenty-seven days, odd hours; the Hindus divide the heavens into twenty-seven constellations [asterisms] or lunar stations, one of which receives the moon for one day in each of his monthly journeys. As the Moon [Chandra] is considered to be a masculine deity, the Hindus fable these twenty-seven constellations as his wives...
Page 18 - West of India, on the coast of Guzerat, near the temple of Somanath. It is also called Prabhasa. The fable is that Soma, or the Moon, was here cured of the consumption brought upon him by the imprecation of Daksha, his father-in-law [Mahabfeaiata, vol.

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