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The Muhammedan and Hindu authors of important spiritual works including scriptural works usually began with an invocation. This prefatory act was both part of putting themselves into the mood, the passive mood, of receiving inspiration from the Higher Power and part a reminder to the reader to approach his reading with sufficient reverence and seriousness.

-- Notebooks Category 15: The Orient > Chapter 2: India > # 291

-- Perspectives > Chapter 15: The Orient > # 55

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