India and Its Inhabitants

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J.A. Brainerd, 1852 - India - 304 pages
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Page 207 - Brahmans, through fear of him, forsook • the reading of the Vedas. The rivers changed their courses. Fire lost its energy. The terrified stars retired from his sight. He assumed the forms of the clouds, and gave rain whenever he pleased ; the earth, through fear, gave an abundant increase ; and the trees yielded flowers and fruits out of season. The gods at length applied to Shiva. One said, He has dethroned me ; another", He has taken my kingdom ; and thus all the gods related their misfortunes....
Page 145 - Thou art not known where Pleasure is adored, That reeling goddess with the zoneless waist And wandering eyes, still leaning on the arm Of Novelty, her fickle, frail support; For thou art meek and constant, hating change, And finding in the calm of truth-tried love Joys that her stormy raptures never yield.
Page 195 - We all feel pity sometimes, but the goor of the Tuponee changes our nature. It would change the nature of a horse. Let any man once taste of that goor, and he will be a Thug though he know all the trades and have all the wealth in the world.
Page 129 - When he calls, she must leave every thing else, and attend upon him alone. A woman has no other god on earth than her husband. The most excellent of all good works she can perform is, to gratify him with the strictest obedience. This should be her only devotion. Though he be aged, infirm, dissipated, a drunkard, or a debauchee, she must still regard him as her god.
Page 138 - ... and dies in singularity ; but marriage, like the useful bee, builds a house and gathers sweetness from every flower, and labours and unites into societies and republics, and sends out colonies, and feeds the world with delicacies, and obeys their king, and keeps order, and exercises many virtues, and promotes the interest of mankind, and is that state of good things to which God hath designed the present constitution of the world.
Page 154 - ... us, who is permitted to abuse us and our children, because we are no longer regarded. Can human nature endure such tyranny ? What kindness can we show to our female children equal to that of relieving them from such oppression, more bitter a thousand times than death ? I say again, would to God my mother had put me under ground the moment I was born.
Page 269 - The worlds, alike with me, are terrified to behold thy wondrous form gigantic; with many mouths and eyes; with many arms, and legs, and breasts; with many bellies and with rows of dreadful teeth!
Page 198 - Sahib. — Just the same ; we sleep and eat just the same, unless we are afraid of being discovered. ' Q. — And when you see or hear a bad omen, you think it is the order of the deity not to kill the travellers you have with you, or are in pursuit of? ' Sahib. — Yes ; it is the order not to kill them, and we dare not disobey.
Page 198 - When you have a poor traveller with you, or a party of travellers who appear to have little property about them, and you hear or see a very good omen, do you not let them go, in the hope that the return of the omen will guide you to better prey ? Dorgha, (Mussulman.) Let them go?
Page 269 - Drona the son of Soot, and even the fronts of our army, seem to be precipitating themselves hastily into thy mouths, discovering such frightful rows of teeth ! whilst some appear to stick between thy teeth with their bodies sorely mangled.

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