An Epitome of the History of Ceylon, Compiled from Native Annals: And the First Twenty Chapters of the Mahawanso

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Cotta Church Mission Press, 1836 - Pali literature - 247 pages

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Page cxxvi - Retnávalí, 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 of inspiration, scarce even enough to suggest a conceit in the ideas.
Page cxvii - Pataliputra and Palibothra are the same, and in the uniform estimation of the Hindus, the former is the same with Patna. The alterations in the course of the rivers of India, and the small comparative extent to which the city has shrunk in modern times, will sufficiently explain why Patna is not at the confluence of the Ganges and the Sone ; and the only argument, then, against the identity of the position, is the enumeration of the...
Page lviii - ... restored the other two copies also. The assembled priests then read out the three books simultaneously. In those three versions, neither in a signification nor in a single misplacement by transposition, nay even in the thera-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, 'Most assuredly this is Metteya (Buddha) himself,'...
Page lxxxvi - Access we sought, nor was access denied: Radiant she came : the portals open'd wide : The goddess mild invites the guests to stay : They blindly follow where she leads the way. I only wait behind of all the train...
Page cxxiii - Having thus spoken, he withdrew, and indignantly quitted the city ; and the Nandas, whom fortune had deserted, made no attempt to pacify him. Chandragupta being no longer afraid of his own danger, quitted the city and repaired to Chanakya ; and the Brahman Kautilya, possessed of the prince, resorted to crooked expedients for the destruction of the Nandas.
Page lxxxvii - That, all unarm'd, thy vengeance may have vent, And magic bind 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 131 - The thera, taking up that fruit as it fell, gave it to the king to plant it. The monarch planted it in a golden vase, filled with odoriferous soil, which was prepared at the Mahasano.
Page vii - ... the most authentic information that could be obtained . relative to the religion, usages, manners, and feelings of the people who professed the Buddhist religion on the island of Ceylon. The priests, after much consideration amongst themselves, and after frequent consultations with their followers in every part of the island, presented to me the copies which I now possess of the Mahavansi, Rajavali...
Page cxiii - Saudracottus. // t* the ONLY point on which we can rest with any thing like confidence in the history of the Hindus, and is therefore of vital importance in all our attempts to reduce the reigns of their kings to a rational and consistent chronology.
Page lxxxvi - What art thou? 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.

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