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’s bountiful words to praise about her, he suddenly sees her true beauty and ornament, as if she is perfectly dressed and adorned. He looks upon her and praises her, realizing that her beauty is ever present because she thinks always of Rāma: The beauty of this black-eyed lady and the perfection of her

In: Western Jesuit Scholars in India

one replaces trousers with a dhoti , a black cassock with a saṃnyāsin ’s robe, the word “Bible” gives way to the “Veda,” “Messiah” to divya guru , and “salvation” to “reaching the farther shore,” and so on. For de Nobili, the higher truths of revelation conform to reason, and there was no

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placed marvelous wooden images of serpents, lions, bears, tigers, stags and other animals, plus various kinds of birds; it had frames and curved arches. And on the car, a royal throne was placed; to it they added gold and silver laces, brown, red and black muslins and silken robes of diverse colors

In: Western Jesuit Scholars in India

their minds from within. He appears before the piraḷayākalar as a guru in Śaiva-form, four-armed, three-eyed, black-throated, and performing the three functions; 33 and he imparts knowledge. To the ignorant cakalar he reveals ñāṉam , concealing himself as a guru whose form is similar to theirs

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