By William Ward
William Ward's account of the Hindu groups between whom he served as a Baptist missionary in Serampore in West Bengal was once first released in 1811 and reprinted during this 3rd version in 1817. It was once an exceptionally influential paintings that formed British perspectives of the newly outlined entity of 'Hinduism' within the early 19th century. Ward and his fellow missionaries promoted social reforms and schooling, constructing the Serampore challenge Press in 1800 and Serampore university in 1818. Ward dedicated 20 years to compiling his examine of Hindu literature, historical past, mythology and faith, which was once finally released in 4 volumes. It supplied richly designated details, and was once considered as authoritative for the following fifty years. it's nonetheless an immense resource for researchers in parts together with Indian background, British colonialism, Orientalism and spiritual reports. quantity four contains translations from Hindu sacred texts and philosophical writings, and Ward's personal reflections on schooling.
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Nat. lib. 7. cap. 55. t. i, p. 411. Bruck. Hist. Pliilos. t. i. p. U95, On the HINDOO PHILOSOPHY. x\i 0 " ence on our judgments. When sick, I see nothing in nature " b u t a system of destruction ; but when in health, I behold " only a system of reproduction. " It is in reality both, observed a fourth : when the universe " emerged from chaos, intelligent beings had reason to flatter " themselves that the Supreme Wisdom would deign to unveil " to them the motive of their existence ; but this secret he re" served to himself alone, and, addressing himself to second "causes, pronounced only these,two words: Destroy; repro" duce : p words which have for ever fixed the destiny of the " world.
Kupilu, page 164. V6du-Vyasd, s u 180. Vedti-Vyasu, page ,192. ' Kupilu, page 4. Kupage 122. * Kupilii, page 125. y Page 147. On the HINDOO PHILOSOPHY. xix a mystery, peculiar to divine revelation, should be discovered by them : the only semblance of this doctrine is found in the three created gods, Brumha, Vishnoo and Shivu, and to these three gods are assigned the affairs of the whole universe, as comprised in the work of creation, preservation, and destruction. These form the Supreme Government, and all the other gods are the subordinate officers of government, judges, magistrates, constables, &c.
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A View of the History, Literature, and Religion of the Hindoos, Volume 4: Including a Minute Description of their Manners and Customs, and Translations from their Principal Works by William Ward