Bibliotheca Indica

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Page 32 - ... besides the compilations of the three great (Ecumenical convocations of the Buddhists, and that in his opinion, the Nepal Scriptures comprise a fourth digest, which he ' regards as the crude composition of writers to whom. the Sanskrit was no longer familiar, and who endeavoured to write in a learned language they ill understood, with the freedom which is imparted by the habitual use of a popular but imperfectly determined dialect.
Page 7 - ... theories are indulged in and practices enjoined which are at once the most revolting and horrible that human depravity could think of, and compared to which the worst specimens of Holiwell Street literature of the last century would appear absolutely pure.
Page 33 - ... a jargon may have been produced in places where the Sanskrit was not studied systematically, and in the midst of populations which had never spoken it, or had known only the dialects derived more or less remotely from the primitive source. I incline then to the belief that this part of the great Sutras must have been written out of India, or, to express myself more precisely, in countries situated on the western side of the Indus, or in...
Page 7 - A shroud of mystery alone serves to prevent their true characters being seen, but divested of it works of the description would deserve to be burnt by the common hangman. Looking at them philosophically the great wonder is that even a system of religion so pure and so lofty in its aspirations as Buddhism could be made to ally itself with such pestilent dogmas and practices.
Page 19 - poetical,' and the language of the Vedas is called Chhandas (metrical), whence by a well-known euphonic law, we have the Zend of the old Persians. M. Burnouf, the first European scholar who noticed these poetical effusions, describes their language " to be a barbarous Sanskrit in which the forms of ages, of Sanskrit, Pali, and Prakrit, appear to be confounded.
Page 30 - ... is extremely common, and, as will be seen from the equivalents following each word, these forms are very variously interpreted by the commentator, and supposed to stand for verbs in the present, past, and future tense, and in the imperative mood, and for participles active and passive, as well as for nouns. The penultimate syllable of verbs is very often...
Page 8 - Buddha is to be1 reflected upon. The third and the fourth describe various kinds of diagrams and mystical figures necessary to be drawn when engaged in the worship of Buddha. In the fifth are detailed the characteristics and qualifications necessary for a neophyte to undertake certain forms of secret worship, and among the practices enjoined which promote the attainment of perfection, debauchery of the most bestial character, not even excepting mothers, sisters and daughters, is reckoned as most...
Page 32 - Nepalese collection; it is indispensably necessary, in order to understand the question in all its bearings, to consult for an instant the Singalese collection and the traditions of the Buddhists of the South. What we thence learn is, that the sacred texts are there written in Pali; that is to say, in a dialect derived immediately from the learned idiom of the Brahmans, and which differs very little from the dialect which is found on the most ancient Buddhist monuments in India. Is it in this dialect...
Page 638 - The word Bhagavat is the denomination of that primeval Eternal God. The word Bhagavat is a convenient form to be used in the adoration of that Supreme Being, to whom no term is applicable, and therefore, Bhagavat expresses that Supreme which is individual, almighty, and the cause of causes of all things.
Page 14 - AD We may, therefore, safely suppose that the original work was in circulation in India for some time previous to this date. It must be borne in mind, however, that several translations of the "Legend of Buddha" are quoted under the name Fo-pen-hing.

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