The Maháwanṣo in Roman Characters: With the Translation Subjoined; and an Introductory Essay on Páli Buddhistical Literature. In Two Volumes. Vol. I. Containing the First Thirty Eight Chapters

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Cotta Church Mission Press, 1837 - Pali literature - 292 pages

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Page xxxvii - say! from whence, from whom you came? O more than human! tell thy race, thy name. Amazing strength, these poisons to sustain! Not mortal thou, nor mortal is thy brain. Or art thou he ? the man to come (foretold By Hermes powerful with the wand of gold), The man from
Page xxxviii - me, cold and impotent? Celestial as thou art, yet stand denied; Or swear that oath by which the gods are tied. Swear, in thy soul no latent frauds remain, Swear by the vow which never can be vain.
Page 229 - controversies, and in the text (of the Pitakattaya), was there in the measure of a verse, or in the letter of a word, the slightest variation. Thereupon the priesthood rejoicing, again and again fervently shouted forth, saying,
Page 59 - having assumed the form of an elk, stationed himself there (in that neighbourhood) grazing. The sovereign descrying him, and saying, “ it is not fair to shoot him standing,” sounded his bowstring : the elk fled to the mountain. The king gave chase to the fleeing animal. On reaching the spot where the priests were, the
Page 51 - return ; viz., a chowrie (the royal fly flapper), a diadem, a sword of state, a royal parasol, (golden) slippers, a head ornament (crown), a golden anointing vase, golden sandal wood, \\ and costly hand towels, which to the last moment they are used (are cleansed by being past through the fire) without being washed ; ointments for the body, obtained from the
Page 24 - Prince, administer this empire for seven days : at the termination of that period I shall put thee to death.” At the end of the seventh day, he inquired of him, “ From what cause hast thou become so emaciated ? “ when he answered, “ From the horror of death.” The monarch thereupon rejoined, “ My child, thou hast ceased to take recreation, saying to thyself,—
Page 56 - These (disciples, following the example) of the all-compassionating vanquisher's resignation (of his supreme beatitude), laying aside the exalted state of happiness attained by them, for the benefit of mankind undertook these missions to various countries. Who is there who would demur (when) the salvation of the world (is at stake)
Page lxxv - blind with indignation, loosened the lock of hair on the top of his head, and thus vowed the destruction of the royal race : “ Until I have exterminated these haughty and ignorant Nandas, who have not known my worth, I will not again tie up these hairs.” Having thus spoken, he withdrew, and indignantly quitted the city,
Page 175 - maintained at eighteen different places (hospitals) provided with suitable diet, and medicines prepared by medical practitioners for the infirm. I have bestowed at four and forty places, rice prepared with sugar and honey ; and at the same number of places, rice prepared with
Page lxxviii - considered also under a purely literary point of view, marks a change in the principles of dramatic composition, as well as in those of social organization. Besides the want of passion and the substitution of intrigue, it will be very evident that there is in it no poetic spirit, no gleam

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