By Glyn Richards
Via a balanced collection of texts with commentaries, this paintings combines an method of the renaissance of Hinduism and the reformation of Indian society.
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He did not shape this universe with His hands. By His will alone did He bring it into existence. He is neither the Kali of Kalighat,1 nor the family Shaligram. Thus was the axe laid at the root of idolatry. In studying the mechanism of creation, we find evidences of the wisdom of the Creator. On looking at the starry sky, we feel that He is infinite. By the help of this slender thread, His attributes became clearer to my mind. I saw that no one could frustrate the will of Him Who is Infinite Wisdom.
15 We are the fulfilment of Moses. He was simply the incarnation of Divine conscience. But there was no science in his teachings, that science which in modern times is so greatly honoured. Let Moses grow into modern science, and you have the New Dispensation, which may be characterized as the union of conscience and science. As for Christ, we are surely among his honoured ambassadors. We are a deduction and corollary from his teachings. 16 Paul was raised by God to break caste, and level the distinctions of race and nationality; and nobly did he fulfil his mission.
The devoted Vaishnava lives in the midst of an overflow of deep sentiments. Personal feelings towards a visible and personal divinity, the warmest sentiments of gratitude, the sweetest feelings of love, filial tenderness and friendly communion, abound in the heart of the Hindu idolator. And this exuberance of devotional sentiments our Puranic ancestors have taught us. 22 The British I cannot but reflect with grateful interest on the day when the British nation first planted their feet on the plains of India, and the successive steps by which the British Empire has been established and consolidated in this country.
A Source-Book of Modern Hinduism by Glyn Richards