A classical dictionary of India illustrative of the mythology, philosophy, literature [&c.] of the Hindus. [With]

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1873
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Page 53 - Hindoos of every class, one subject of diversion is to send people on errands and expeditions that are to end in disappointment, and raise a laugh at the expense of the person sent.
Page 60 - Vedanta (qv), they assert that he has a body formed of the five elements of matter, and a mind endowed with the three gunas or qualities : he is of ineffable purity and irresistible power, eternal, and free from the defects of human nature, but in other respects does not differ from man.
Page 81 - ... in medicine, as in astronomy, and metaphysics, the Hindus once kept pace with the most enlightened nations of the world ; and that they attained as thorough a proficiency in medicine and surgery, as any people, whose acquisitions are recorded, and as indeed was practicable, before anatomy was made known to us, by the discoveries of modern inquirers.
Page 6 - Various allusions to this attribute occur in poetry. When Indra visits Sita to encourage her, he assumes at her request the marks of divinity — he treads the air, and suspends the motion of the eyelids (Rdmayana).
Page 93 - Shakespeare's days; and although they propose to excite all the emotions of the human breast, terror and pity included, they never effect this object by leaving a painful impression upon the mind of the spectator. The Hindus in fact...
Page 70 - On each side of the elephant's temples there is an aperture about the size of a pins head whence the juice exudes. In the Megha-duta we read — " Where the wild elephant delights to shed The juice exuding fragrant from his head.
Page 150 - She is on this day to be worshipped with offering of flowers, of incense, or of lights, with platters of sugar and ginger, or milk or salt, with scarlet or saffron-tinted strings and golden bracelets.
Page 141 - ... the hair cut off the head, frequently vowed from infancy, and given up by some beautiful virgin in compliance with her parent's oath. A man who is lame presents a silver leg ; if blind, a gold or silver eye.
Page 84 - Sandracottus of the Greeks, and the drama therefore, both as a picture of manners, and as a historical record, possesses no ordinary claims upon our attention. The object of the play is to reconcile Rakshasa, the hostile minister of Nanda, the late king of Palibothra, to the individuals by whom, or on whose behalf, his sovereign was murdered, viz., the Brahman Chdnakya, and the prince Chandragupta.
Page 156 - Vita is not very easily understood. " It is necessary that he should be accomplished in the lighter arts, particularly poetry, music, and singing, and he appears indiscriminately as the companion of a man or woman, although in the latter case the female is the courtesan : he is generally represented on familiar and easy, and yet dependent terms with his associate, and evinces something of the character of the parasite of the Greek comedy, but that he is never rendered contemptible.

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