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In this following context, what is the subject in the bold and italic clause?

How should I take this clause?

And does the phrase 'second to none' modify 'a master-mind'?

The passage:

In Gautama the Buddha we have a master-mind from the East second to none so far as the influence on the thought and life of the human race is concerned, and, sacred to all as the founder of a religious tradition whose hold is hardly less wide and deep than any other.

Source: P. 9 Buddhism in a Nutshell BY NARADA THERA

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  • The author claims that the Buddha has had more influence on the thought and life of the human race than anyone else (or, perhaps, than any other master-mind from the East). Jul 26, 2023 at 12:40

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In Gautama the Buddha we have a master-mind from the East second to none so far as the influence on the thought and life of the human race is concerned, and, sacred to all as the founder of a religious tradition whose hold is hardly less wide and deep than any other.

so far as the influence on the thought and life of the human race is concerned means concerning the influence on the thought and life of the human race. This is a preposition phrase, not a clause. There is no subject.

The object of preposition is the influence on the thought and life of the human race.

The meaning of that preposition phrase is what @Kate Bunting has explained.

In a master-mind from the East second to none, yes, second to none modifies a master-mind.

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