85 ^ adopt the regulations of Akbar.'9óNobody in the assembly had an answer to give to the learned phi- losopher, who, after the effort which he had made, left the hall.1 The lord vicar of God said to his disciples, that, it is an indispensable duty to worship God, the all- just, and that it is necessary to praise those who are near him; among mankind, said he, none is higher in rank than the planets, to the station of which no man can attain. None except God, the all-mighty, is the wish of the godly man, that is, whatever the godly undertakes, the object of his wish in it is God; for instance, he takes some food, that he may be able to perform the service of God; performs that service, that he may not be slack and deficient in his duties to God 5 desires a wife, that he may give existence to a virtuous son, worshipper of God; pays veneration to the lights of the stars, because they are near God the all-just; and abandons him- self to sleep, that his soul may ascend to the upper world. Finally, the godly man is at all times in the * In the Transactions of the Literary Society of Bombay,, vol. II. pp. 242-270, is to be found: " A Notice respecting the religion introduced *' by the Emperor Akbar, by Captain Vans Kennedy, written ia 1818," with an elegant, but in several places abridged, translation of the just- given disputes, between the doctors of the different religions, in form of a dialogue, accompanied with valuable remarks respecting the author of the Dabist&n, of which I availed myself in several quotations in the Pre- liminary Discourse, as well as in this place.