By Glyn Richards

ISBN-10: 0203990617

ISBN-13: 9780203990612

ISBN-10: 0700703179

ISBN-13: 9780700703173

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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Tantras represent an esoteric phase of Hinduism, generally later than that of the Puranas. Autobiography, 102–3. Hindu-hitārthi: the well-wisher of Hindus. Autobiography, 100–1. , 290–1. REFERENCE The Autobiography of Maharshi Devendranāth Tagore. Translated from the original Bengali by Satyendranath Tagore and Indira Devi. Introduction by Evelyn Underhill. London: Macmillan, 1914. 3 KESHUB CHUNDER SEN (1838–1884) Initiated into the Brahmo Samāj by Devendranāth Tagore, Sen’s unbounded enthusiasm and vitality proved a mixed blessing to the society which ultimately became fragmented into the Adi Brahmo Samāj led by Tagore, the Brahmo Samāj of India founded by Sen and the Sādāran Brahmo Samāj set up by Sen’s disenchanted followers.

Such opinions are far from being correct; they only indicate the spirit of sectarian antipathy… There is, no doubt, in each of these creeds, much to excite to ridicule, and perhaps indignation in a large amount of superstition, prejudice, and even corruption. But I must emphatically say it is wrong to set down Hinduism or Mohamedanism as nothing but a mass of lies and abominations, and worthy of being trampled under foot. 20 Idols India, you know, has always sought a visible Divinity, and for centuries knelt at the feet of millions of idols of her own creation.

His quest for truth and for the perfect guru who would show him the way to moka took him to holy places of pilgrimage throughout northern India but all to no avail. In 1860 he arrived at Mathura where he studied Sanskrit for three years with the blind guru Virjānanda Sarasvatī and on his departure promised to propagate the books of the rishis and the Vedic religion. From this time on his quest for individual liberation 40 DAYĀNANDA SARASWATĪ was replaced by a concern for the regeneration of Hinduism and the solitary sannyāsī became a public preacher and teacher.

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