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Via a balanced choice of texts with commentaries, this paintings combines an method of the renaissance of Hinduism and the reformation of Indian society.

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10 Influence of Rāmmohan Roy and Views of Idolatry I was the eldest son of my father. On any ceremonial occasion it was I who had to go from house to house inviting people. ’ Upon this he said, ‘Brother, why come to me? ’ Now after all this lapse of time I understood the purport and meaning of those words. Since then I inwardly resolved that as Rammohan Roy did not take part in any imageworship or idolatry, so would I not join in them either. I would not worship any image, I would not bow down before any image, I would not accept an invitation to any idolatrous worship.

Yes, and his disciples were Asiatics, and all the agencies primarily employed for the propagation of the gospel were Asiatic. In fact, Christianity was founded and developed by Asiatics, and in Asia. When I reflect on this, my love for Jesus becomes a hundredfold intensified; I feel him nearer my heart, and deeper in my national sympathies. … In Christ we see not only the exaltedness of humanity, but also the grandeur of which Asiatic nature is susceptible. To us Asiatics, therefore Christ is doubly interesting, and his religion is entitled to our peculiar regard as an altogether Oriental affair.

What is your faith? —Vedic. We believe that the Vedas alone are the supreme authority in the ascertainment of true religion—the true conduct of life. What is enjoined by the Vedas we hold to be right; whilst whatever is condemned by them we believe to be wrong. Therefore we say that our religion is Vedic. 3 I hold that the four Vedas—the repository of Knowledge and Religious Truths—are the Word of God. They comprise what is known as the Sanhita—Mantra portion only. They are absolutely free from error, and are an authority unto themselves.

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