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প্রথমবারের বিজ্ঞাপন বাঙ্গালীর স্ত্রী অনেক অবস্থাতেই বাঙ্গালীর প্রধান সহায়, অনেক সময় নয় । সমাজ-বপ্লব অনেক সময়েই আত্মপীড়ন মাত্র ; বিদ্রোহীর আত্মঘাতী । ইংরেজের বাঙ্গালাদেশ অরাজকতা হইতে উদ্ধার করিয়াছেন । এই সকল কথা এই গ্রন্থে বুঝান গেল । দ্বিতীয়বারের বিজ্ঞাপন প্রথমবারের বিজ্ঞাপনে যাহা লিখিয়াছিলাম, তাহার টীকাস্বরূপ কোন বিজ্ঞ সমালোচকের কথ। নিয়ে উদ্ধৃত করিলাম। The leading idea of the plot is this— should the national mind feel justified in harbouring violent thoughts against the British Government P Or to present the question in another form, is the establishment of English supremacy Providential in any sense 2 Or to put it in a still more final and conclusive form, with what purpose and with what inmmediate end in view did providence send the British to this country The immediate object is thus briefly described in the preface—To put an end to Moslem tyranny and anarchy in Bengal ; and the mission is thus strikingly pictured in the last chapter:—The physician said, “Satyanand be not crest-fallen. Whatever is, is for the best. It is so written that the English should first rule over the country before there could be a revival of the .Aryan faith. Harken unto the counsels of Providence. The faith of the Arya consisteth not in the worship of three hundred and thirty millions of gods and goddesses; as a matter of fact that which has brought about the death of the true Aryan faith, the so-called Hinduism of the Mlechhas. True Hino duism is grounded on knowledge and not on works. Knowledge is of two kinds—external and internal. The internal knowledge constitutes the chief parts of Hinduism. But internal knowledge cannot grow unless there is a development of the external knowledge. The spiritual cannot be known unless you External knowledge has for a long time disappeared form the country and with it has vanished the Arya faith. To bring about a revival, we should first of all disseminate physical know the material. or external knowledge. Now there is none to teach that ; we ourselves cannot teach it. We must need get it from other countries. The English are profound masters of physical knowledge and they are apt teachers too. Let us then make them Kings. English education will give our men a knowledge of physical science, and this will enable them to grapple with the problems of their inner nature. Thus the chief obstacles to the dissemination of Arya faith will be that is a popular degradation of religion— removed, and true religion will sparkle