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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Dayānanda was aware of the interrelation of the problems of early widowhood and child marriage and also the relation between the dowry system and female infanticide. He believed that the eradication of the practice of child marriage would reduce the number of widows but in the meantime the solution to the problem of early widowhood was to sanction niyoga. The eduction of children, including Śūdras, should involve the study of Hindi and Sanskrit as well as other languages, schools should be egalitarian catering for the instruction of boys up to the age of twenty-five and girls up to the minimum age of sixteen.

Such were the lofty aspirations which my mind then entertained. Idolatry with all its pomp and circumstance was to be found chiefly in the Tantras and Puranas,17 and had no DEVENDRANĀTH TAGORE 27 place in the Vedanta. 18 Response to Missionary Activity I went about in a carriage every day from morning till evening to all the leading and distinguished men in Calcutta, and entreated them to adopt measures by which Hindu children would no longer have to attend missionary schools and might be educated in schools of our own.

Some came really to worship, others came without any definite aim: whom should we recognise as the true worshipper of Brahma? Upon these considerations I decided that those who would take a vow to renounce idolatry and resolve to worship the one God, they alone would be regarded as Brāhmas. 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?

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