A Source-Book of Modern Hinduism by Glyn Richards

By Glyn Richards

Via a balanced number of texts with commentaries, this paintings combines an method of the renaissance of Hinduism and the reformation of Indian society.

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Their power was felt by all. The Vaidiks believed that if these were not propitiated all creation would be destroyed by excess or want of rain, by the fierce heat of the sun, or the tempestuous whirlwind. In their propitiation lay the well-being of the universe; in their wrath its destruction. Hence Agni, Vayu, Indra, and Surya are worshipped as gods in the Vedas. Kali, Durga, Rama, Krishna, are all modern divinities of the Tantras and Puranas. Agni, Vayu, Indra, and Surya, these are the ancient Vedic gods, and the pomp and circumstance of sacrifice concern them alone.

In common with all other nations and cominunities, we shall embrace the theistic worship, creed, and gospel of the future church—we shall acknowledge and adore the Holy One, accept the love and service of God and man as our creed, and put our firm faith in God’s almighty grace as the only means of our redemption. 11 The New Dispensation What I accept as the New Dispensation in India neither shuts out God’s light from the rest of the world, nor does it run counter to any of those marvellous dispensations of His mercy which were made in ancient times.

Tatwabodhini Sabha: an association founded 1 October 1839 by Devendran ath Tagore to gain knowledge of God. DEVENDRANĀTH TAGORE 29 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 Autobiography, 66, 76–8. Durga Puja: the principal religious festival in Bengal. Ashwin: September–October. Rammoni Thakur: father of Dwārkanāth Tagore. Autobiography, 55–6. Karmakanda: ceremonial rights and observances. The Autobiography, 135–7. The Puranas are Scriptures later than the Vedas. They are a storehouse of mythological and historical legends, and also the popular shashtras or sacred books in everyday use.

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