Brajendra Nath Seal (1864-1938)

3 September 1864 - 3 December 1938

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Biographical Highlights


Letters from
1914-20: letters to EJ Thompson
      Oxford University: Bodleian Library, Special Collections and Western Manuscripts
      Reference : MS Eng c 5314
      NRA 38793 Thompson        

1 record noted.


Bibliography - Secondary Materials


He brought to our house Dr. Brajendranath Seal, then on a visit to London, a philosopher with a brilliant mind and a childlike character. They both wrote to Tagore, urging him to come to London; he would meet, they said, at our house and elsewhere, men after his heart."  in Rabindranath Tagore : Sadhaka of Universal Man, Baul of Infinite Songs by Monish R. Chatterjee


In his inaugural address read at the Sri Ramkrishna Centenary Parliament of Religion and published in the Modern Review in April 1937, Dr Brajendranath Seal said:

"Rammohun Roy, the precursor and in a very real sense the father of Modern India, sought the Universal Religion, the common basis of the Hindu, Moslem, Christian and other faiths. He found that each of the national religions was based on this common faith with a certain distinctive historical and cultural embodiment.

"It is fundamental to note that Rammohun Roy played two roles in his own person:

   1. As an universalist he formulated the creed of what was called Neo-theophilanthropy (a new love of God and man) on positive and constructive lines. He construed the Gayatri on this basis. And, strange to say, this Hindu became one of the forefathers of the Unitarian creed and worship in the West, the other three being Prince, Priestly and Canning.
   2. As a Nationalist Reformer, Rammuhun Roy had a three-fold mission:

    * As a Hindu Reformer, he gave a Unitarian redaction of the Hindu Shastras from the Vedanta and the Mahanirvana Tantra
    * As a Moslem defender of he faith, he wrote the Tuhfat-Ul-Muwahhiddin and the Monozeautul Adiyan, which were polemical works, and
    * As a Christian, he gave a Unitarian version of the entire body of scriptures, old and new, in his controversies with the Christian Missionaries.

Rammohun Roy was thus in himself, a Universalist and three nationalists all in one."

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