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દેશમાં પાંડુરાજાએ સર્વથી પ્હેલો માગ્યો છે, એ ધર્મના અવતાર ગઈ કાલ આપણે પિતામહપુરમાં દીઠા. મહારાજ મલ્લરાજની વેધશાળામાં તેનું જ શોધન છે, એ પુણ્ય અવતાર આપણા રાફડાઓમાં થશે ત્યારે આપણે ત્યાં પણ અર્જુનનો રથ આવશે.”

કુમુદ સરસ્વતીચન્દ્રની છાતીએ જ વળગી રહી બોલવા લાગી.


has been already slowly feeling his way. Said Mr. Lecky recently, speaking of the prosperity of nations and the causes thereof as indicated by history: “Its foundation is laid in pure domestic life, in commercial integrity, in a high standard of moral worth and of public Spirit, in simple habits, in courage, uprightness, and n certain soundness and moderation of judgment, which springs quite is much from character as from intellect. If you would form a wise judgment of the future of a nation, observe carefully whether these qualities are increasing or decaying. . . . . It is by observing this moral current that you can best cast the horoscope of a nation.”

This is the utterance of that department of knowledge which, sooner of later, when its true foundations are perceived, must become the greatest of all the sciences. lt is the still small voice which anticipates the verdict which will be pronounced with larger knowledge, and in more emphatic term, by evolutionary science, when at no distant date it must enable us as we have never been enabled before, “to look beyond the smoke and turmoil of our petty quarrels, an I to detect, in the slow developments of thc part, the great permanent force that are beating nations onward to improvement or decay.”

The fuller light in which we are thus able to view the great fundamental problems of society cannot be without a strengthening and steadying influence on character. We see that, under all the complex appearances our Western Civilization presents, the central process working itself out in our midst is one which is ever tending to bring, for the first time in the history of the race, all the people into the competition of life on a footing of equality of opportunity. . . . . For in the vast process of change in progress. It is always the conditions of social efficiency, and not those which individuals or classes may desire for themselves, that the unseen evolutionary forces at work among us are engaged in developing. It is by the standard of social efficiency that we as individuals are ever being tested. It is in this quality of social efficiency that nations and peoples are being continually, and for the most part unconsciously, pitted against each other in the complex rivalry of life. And it is in those section of the race where, for the time being, this quality obtains the highest development, that we have present all the conditions favourable to success and dependency.

Social Evolution, by Benjamin Kidd.