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now on what may be beneficial to me. O fire, remem“ ber what religious rites I have hitherto performed.”

18th. “ O illuminating fire,” continues he, "observing all our religious practices, carry us by the right

path to the enjoyment of the consequence of our “ deeds, and put an end to our sins; we being now 6s unable to perform thy various rites, offer to thee our

last salutation."*

* This example from the Véds, of the unhappy agitation and wavering of an idolater on the approach of death, ought to make men reflect seriously on the miserable consequence of fixing their mind on any other object of adoration but the one Supreme Being

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TRANSLATION INTO ENGLISH

OF A

SUNGSKRIT TRACT,

INCULCATING

THE DIVINE WORSHIP;

ESTEEMED

BY THOSE WHO BELIEVE IN THE REVELATION OF THE VEDS AS MOST

APPROPRIATE TO THE NATURE OF

THE SUPREME BEING.

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PRESCRIPT

FOR

OFFERING SUPREME WORSHIP

BY MEANS OF

THE GAYUTREE,

THE MOST SACRED TEXT OF TIE VEDS.

Thus says the illustrious Munoo: “ The three great “ immutable words (Bhooh, Bhoovuh, Swuh, or earth, “ space, heaven), preceded by the letter Om;* and

Om, when considered as one letter uttered by the help of one articulation, is the symbol of the Supreme Spirit. It is derived from the radical 379 to preserve, with the affix HT. “One “ letter (Om) is the emblem of the Most High.”Munoo, II. 83. “ This one letter, Om, is the emblem of the Supreme Being.”Bhuguvudgeeta. It is true that this emblem conveys two sounds, that of o and of m, nevertheless it is held to be one letter in the above sense; and we meet with instances even in the ancient and modern languages of Europe that can justify such privileges; such as x and y, reckoned single letters in Greek, and Q, W, X, in English and others. But when considered as a triliteral word consisting of 3T, J, L, Om implies the three Veds, the three states of human nature, the three divisions of the universe, and the three deities, Bruhma, Vishnu and Shivu, agents in the creation, preservation, and destruction of this world; or, properly speaking, the three principal attributes of the Supreme Being personified as Bruhma, Vishnu, and Shivu. In this sense it implies, in fact, the universe controlled by the Supreme Spirit.

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