In Hindu mythology, the sun is represented as moving in the heaven in a car, or rath. And so his car, or rath, is represented on earth, and made to conform to his motions in the heavens. At the same time that the sun moves in the heavens towards the solstice, stops there for a short time, and then recedes, his car on earth is in the same way made to move to a certain place, kept there for eight days, and then taken back in the same direction from which it was originally moved. It is true, Jagannath now rides the car, not the sun. But, like Madana and the Virgin, he has probably been made to give place to a more popular deity than himself.

We must look for amelioration in the improvement of the people in the arts of peace, and in the gradual introduction of a purer system of morals and religion. The policy of the Mahometan conquerors of India had been held out for our imitation. But was the conduct of Mussulmans to be the guide of Christians? The religion of Mahomet was one of conquest; the religion of Christ was one of persuasion. The former triumphed by power; the latter triumphed in spite of power. We must be content to pursue a slow and silent and forbearing course before we could hope for the extinction of that ignorance of which superstition was the invariable concomitant.—After a short reply, the motion was agreed to.

Hymn to Durga   HAIL Mighty Goddess! Universal Soul! ⁠Power or Love, Fate or Illusion sweet! Whate’er thy name, O mother, whose control ⁠All nature quickens—humbly thee I greet! Hail! ten-armed Goddess of the lion-throne, Whose power Time and Space and Being own! The seed of things was in thy mighty womb, Their source prolific, and their final doom! From […]

A Hindu does not worship the “idol” or the material body made of clay or gold or other substance, as a mere glance at the mantras and prayers will show. They worship the eternal spirit of the deity or certain attributes of the same, in a suggestive form, which is used for the convenience of contemplation as a mere symbol or emblem. It is the incantation of the mantras peculiar to a particular deity that causes the manifestation or presence of the deity or according to some, the gratification of the deity.

राष्ट्रकामाय होतव्या राष्ट्रं वै राष्ट्रभृतो राष्ट्रेणैवास्मै राष्ट्रम् अव रुन्द्धे राष्ट्रम् एव भवति ।
आत्मने होतव्या राष्ट्रं वै राष्ट्रभृतो राष्ट्रम् प्रजा राष्ट्रम् पशवो राष्ट्रं यच् छ्रेष्ठो भवति राष्ट्रेणैव राष्ट्रम् अव रुन्द्धे वसिष्ठः समानानाम् भवति ग्रामकामाय होतव्या राष्ट्रं वै राष्ट्रभृतो राष्ट्रम् सजाता राष्ट्रेणैवास्मै राष्ट्रम् सजातान् अव रुन्द्धे ग्रामी एव भवति

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