Journal of the American Oriental Society, Volume 5

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American Oriental Society., 1856 - Electronic journals
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Page 281 - Twenty-seven sacred books' have been left, which disseminate intelligence by unfolding the original transforming principles. By the rule for admission, it is the custom to apply the water of baptism, to wash away all superficial show and to cleanse and purify the neophytes. As a seal, they hold the cross, whose influence is reflected in every direction, uniting all without distinction.
Page 285 - Religion, he distributed his riches in deeds of benevolence ; every year he assembled those in the sacred office from four churches, and respectfully engaged them for fifty days in purification and preparation ; the naked came and were clothed ; the sick were attended to and restored ; the dead were buried in repose ; even among the most pure and selfdenying of the Buddhists, such excellence was never heard of ; the white-clad members of the Illustrious Congregation, now considering these men, have...
Page 218 - Hernisz. — A GUIDE TO CONVERSATION IN THE ENGLISH AND CHINESE LANGUAGES, for the use of Americans and Chinese in California and elsewhere. By STANISLAS HERNISZ. Square 8vo. pp. 274, sewed.
Page 280 - TABLET EULOGIZING THE PROPAGATION OF THE ILLUSTRIOUS RELIGION IN CHINA, WITH A PREFACE; COMPOSED BY KINGTSING, A PRIEST OF THE SYRIAN CHURCH. Behold the unchangeably true and invisible, who existed through all eternity without origin...
Page 150 - When the antecedents are of different persons, the first person is preferred to the second, and the second to the third ; as, "John, and thou, and I, are attached to our country.
Page 282 - ... when the frame-work is forgot ; it is beneficial to all creatures, it is advantageous to mankind. Let it be published throughout the empire, and let the proper authority build a Syrian church in the capital in the E-ning Way, which shall be governed by twenty-one priests.
Page 281 - ... sects followed each other in continuous track, inventing every species of doctrinal complexity ; while some pointed to material objects as the source of their faith, others reduced all to vacancy, even to the annihilation of the two primeval principles, some sought to call down blessings by prayers and supplications, while others by an assumption of excellence held themselves up as superior to their fellows ; their intellects and thoughts continually wavering, their minds and affections incessantly...
Page 285 - Suh-tsung made him (E-sze) his attendant on his travels ; although he was a private chamberlain, he assumed no distinction on the march ; he was as claws and teeth to the duke, and in rousing the military he was as ears and eyes ; he distributed the wealth conferred upon him, not accumulating treasure for his private use ; he made offerings of the jewelry which had been given by...
Page 284 - Nothing is beyond the range of the right principle, and what is permissible may be identified ; nothing is beyond the power of the holy man, and that which is practicable may be related. The accomplished and enlightened Emperor Suhtsung rebuilt the Illustrious churches in Ling-wu and four other places ; great benefits were conferred, and felicity began to increase ; great munificence was displayed, and the imperial State became established.
Page 280 - ... he created the universe, being more excellent than all holy intelligences, inasmuch as he is the source of all that is honorable. This is our eternal true lord God, triune and mysterious in substance. He appointed the cross as the means for determining the four cardinal points, he moved the original spirit, and produced the two principles of nature . the sombre void was changed, and heaven and earth were opened out ; the sun and moon revolved, and day and night commenced ; having perfected all...

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