At the instance of His Highness the Hon’ble Maharajadhiraja Sir Rameshwar Singh Bahadur of
Darbhanga I offer the book to the public, hoping that it will be accorded a favourable reception
by them. It is part of a comparative study of all Religions, made with a view to arrive at the
Universal Religion. The whole range of Vedic and Buddhist literature, native as well as foreign,
has been researched in preparing these pages, as will appear from a perusal of the book.
It gives me much pleasure to mention that the writer, Maitreya, belongs to the house of
Gautama, which traces its Patriarchal descent from the Vedic Rishi Gotama, the founder of the
Nyaya Philosophy or the first school of Logic in the world. A scion of the same house was
Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism and the subject of the present treatise.
I have further pleasure in mentioning that our worthy and esteemed District Magistrate, W.B.
Brett, Esq., I.C.S., has taken the trouble of going through the pages, and I quote his
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