Brahmo-somaj

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Brahmo-somaj A modern reforming theistic sect among the Hindus.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n brahmo-somaj A monotheistic religion in India, which originated with Rajah Ram Mohun Roy, a Hindu reformer, who died in 1833, and received a new impulse and a new direction under his successor, Keshub Chunder Sen, who died in 1885. The mystical theology of the Brahmo-Somaj can only be proximately stated in the language of Occidental philosophy. Its fundamental tenet is the universal presence of the Divine Spirit, who pervades all nature and luspires all who are willing to receive him. Man is equipped for this purpose with a faculty of spiritual insight, a faith-faculty, called Yoga. Inspiration is a universal fact, and all the great world-teachers have been divinely inspired prophets; all the great world-religions contain some divine truth; and in all their great sacraments there is some spiritual benefit. It is not clear whether Christ is regarded as simply the greatest of these inspired prophets, or as something more. Some utterances indicate a recognition of this character as divine. The Brahmo-Somaj differs from Deism is teaching the personal communion of the soul with a personal God, and from Christianity is not teaching any specific revelation of a remedy for sin. It is an aggressively missionary religion, and its preaching has been accompanied by works of practical reformation, such as the abolition among its adherents of polygamy, of caste, and of idolatry in all its forms, the reformation of marriage customs, and the temperance reform.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Bengalese, a worshiping assembly

Usage

In literature:

Mozoomdar, the saintly representative of the Brahmo Somaj, was a highly attractive man.
"A Backward Glance at Eighty" by Charles A. Murdock
Again, a query: Is the rise of the Brahmo-Somaj a step toward the practical extension of Christianity into the domain of Buddhism?
"Bay State Monthly, Vol. I, No. 3, March, 1884" by Various
But in the year 1841 Debendernath Tagore, a man of character and wealth, joined the Brahmo Somaj, and gave a kind of constitution to it.
"Two Old Faiths" by J. Murray Mitchell and William Muir
Mozoomdar, of the Brahmo-Somaj, preached us an ordinary Unitarian sermon.
"The Arena" by Various
Under the guidance of this sturdy reformer, the Brahmo Somaj movement put on new life and energy.
"India, Its Life and Thought" by John P. Jones
Many people of caste in Bombay have joined the Brahmo Somaj and the Arya Somaj and a few have become Christians.
"The Outcaste" by F. E. Penny
Another pundit, later on, started another Brahmo Somaj community of his own.
"Fifty-One Years of Victorian Life" by Margaret Elizabeth Leigh Child-Villiers, Countess of Jersey
But I do not think the Brahmo Somaj has made great progress.
"From Egypt to Japan" by Henry M. Field
Bramanism, the last survivor of the ancient polytheisms, is fast melting beneath the advancing heats of Islam and the Brahmo Somaj.
"Christianity and Modern Thought" by Various
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