Subscribe for Newsletters and Discounts
Be the first to receive our thoughtfully written
religious articles and product discounts.
Your interests (Optional)
This will help us make recommendations and send discounts and sale information at times.
By registering, you may receive account related information, our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
.
By subscribing, you will receive our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. All emails will be sent by Exotic India using the email address info@exoticindia.com.

Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
|6
Your Cart (0)
Share our website with your friends.
Email this page to a friend
Books > Language and Literature > Gems from Sanskrit Literature: A Book of Quotations
Displaying 1284 of 4487         Previous  |  NextSubscribe to our newsletter and discounts
Gems from Sanskrit Literature: A Book of Quotations
Gems from Sanskrit Literature: A Book of Quotations
Description
Back of the Book

“Gems of Sanskrit Literature” is a small work consisting about 280 Sanskrit maxims and aphorisms with explanation in English by Dr. Reynard Sharma, the first Director of Sanskrit Academy published first time in 1954. The present edition is enriched by some more additions by Dr. K. Varalakshmi, Day Detector in Sanskrit Academy.

Dr. Varalakshmi holds a Ph. D in Sanskrit Literary criticism and is currently working for a project related to Sanskrit Computational Linguistics.

 

Preface

It gives me pleasure to place the small book Guatemala in the hands of Sanskrit lovers. During the very rest meeting with M. M. Professor Sri Ramachandrudu, I was advised to get this book re-printed with some more additions if possible. When I requested Dr. K. Varalakshmi, Dy. Director, to take up this work, she happily agreed to my proposal and completed the work at the earliest time possible.

Guatemala wreathed with maxims and aphorisms, Juxtaposes worldly wisdom with witty expressions and minute ironies. These maxims and aphorisms, composed n evocative and mellifluous Sanskrit language, are heart warming. The Anthology, perennial source of worldly wisdom, dispels the ignorance and enlightens the people. This selection of wise-sayings, extracted from various works of classical Sanskrit literature, stands like scaffolding for character building. They can become a part of school and college curriculum as they play a vital role in mounding the young minds.

Wise-sayings are called Mistakes. A verse, which is complete in itself without any connection with the context, is called a Muktaka. Even a Muckraker composed by a discerning poet can be as elegant as a Mahakavyam. A Muktaka shows the poet’s mastery of logic, subtle thinking and keen observation. These Muktakas, from the pen of learned scholars, are like the mirror showing the facts of life.

The first edition of Suktimala comprised 280 elegant little verses was published in 1959 by Prof. Aryendra Sarma, the Founder Director of Sanskrit Academy. The second edition was published in 1979 by the then Director Prof. B. R. Sastri. Some more poetic pieces, extracted from six works, have been added to the third edition. In the first edition the verses were arranged in the alphabetical order. Whereas in the third edition, caption is given to each verse based upon the content described in it. Hence the verses have been rearranged according to the alphabetical order of the captions.

Sanskrit Academy doesn’t claim that this Suktimala is a unique work. It’s targeted readers are common public. We hope that this third edition of Suktimala will delight the hearts and would be an item of collection in bookshelf at home.

While thanking Dr. K. Varalakshmi, Dy. Director, S.A., for compiling the wise saying, I want to place it in records that she is rendering her best services for the upliftment of the Academy in many aspects. Thanks are due to Mrs. Hymavathi, Sri K.V.Surya Prakash and Mrs. Anjana Devi for rendering assistance in DTP work.

We are indebted to Prof. Radhavallabha Tripatiji, Vice-Chancellor, Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, Delhi and Sri Chandan Singh Kanyalji, Registrar I/c , Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, Delhi, for supporting and encouraging the Sanskrit Academy in every way mall its undertakings.

We are also thankful to Prof. T. Tirupathi Rao, Vice-Chancellor, O.U. and Prof. Y. C. Venudhar, Registrar, O.U., for keen interest they have been taking in the affairs of the Academy.

 

Introduction to First Edition

Sanskrit Literature is replete with maxims. The number of verses and hemistiches quotable as maxims and aphorisms runs into thousands. A very small fraction of these, only 280 pieces, are included in the present collection. They are offered to the general reader, together with a faithful and (we hope) readable translation In English, by way of specimens of the wisdom and observation of Sanskrit poets and authors. Many of them are also specimens of good poetry.

Selection for an anthology is necessarily subjective, depending on the likes and dislikes of the compiler. However, we have taken care to include in the present collection only such verses as are, in our opinion, likely to appeal to today’s reader, whether or not he is familiar with Sanskrit culture. The range of these maxims and aphorisms is fairly wide. They touch upon practically all aspects of life-love, labor, enterprise, fortune, friends, enemies, saints, villains, truth, morality, conduct, religion, etc. The reader can, if he cares to, learn a great deal from them which would be of use in life. But even if reading for pleasure, he will not be disappointed.

We have drawn upon only fifteen authors and works besides eight anthologies and similar compilations from which we have taken a number of anonymous quotations. It was neither possible, nor, we felt, essential to trace every quotation to its source; for the anthology is designed for the lay-man, not for the scholar. We have included a few verses also from the Gathasaptäsati, in spite of its being a Prakrit anthology, simply because we could not resist the temptation of sharing with our readers the joy derived from reading these exquisite pieces.

Besides, for all practical purposes, Prakrit literature may be regarded as part of Sanskrit literature. We have divided the anthology into two parts. The first part, called “Maxims’ contains only complete verses; the second one, called “Aphorisms’ contains only hemistiches or quarter verses. In both the parts, the pieces have been arranged in the alphabetical order, and references to original sources, as far as they were known to us, have been provided. The list of authors and works cited is appended separately. It has not been easy to translate these maxims and aphorisms into English, especially because they are, by their very nature, terse and pithy. It could hardly be expected that the English rendering would faithfully reflect the terseness of the original. All that could be attempted was to preserve the sense, and to present it in a readable form. Whether we have succeeded in this, is for the reader to judge. We have done our best.

 

Preface to Second Edition

We have great pleasure in placing in the hands of lovers of Sanskrit literature the second edition of(ixia) Gems from Sanskrit Literature. It is hoped that this second edition will, as its predecessor, be well received by scholars.

 

Acknowledgements

We thankfully acknowledge the help derived from the following works-from the first two in compiling the Anthology, and from the last three in translating :-

1. Subhashitaratnabhandagara (Nirnayasagara Press, Bombay, 8th ed. 1952).
2. Samayocitapadyamalika (Nirnayasagara Press, Bombay, 14th ed. 1957).
3. The Hitopadesa, edited and translated into English By M. R. Kale (Gopal Narayan & Co., Bombay).
4. A Sanskrit-English Dictionary by Sir Monier Williams (Oxford University Press).
5. Sanskrit-English Dictionary by V. S. Apte, Parts I and II, (Revised Edition, 1957-58, Prasad Prakasan, Poona).


Sample Pages


Gems from Sanskrit Literature: A Book of Quotations

Item Code:
NAD258
Cover:
Paperback
Edition:
2010
ISBN:
9789380171036
Language:
(Sanskrit Text with English Translation)
Size:
8.5 inch x 5.5 inch
Pages:
99
Other Details:
Weight of the Book: 153 gms
Price:
$13.50   Shipping Free
Add to Wishlist
Send as e-card
Send as free online greeting card
Gems from Sanskrit Literature: A Book of Quotations

Verify the characters on the left

From:
Edit     
You will be informed as and when your card is viewed. Please note that your card will be active in the system for 30 days.

Viewed 4589 times since 23rd Mar, 2016
Back of the Book

“Gems of Sanskrit Literature” is a small work consisting about 280 Sanskrit maxims and aphorisms with explanation in English by Dr. Reynard Sharma, the first Director of Sanskrit Academy published first time in 1954. The present edition is enriched by some more additions by Dr. K. Varalakshmi, Day Detector in Sanskrit Academy.

Dr. Varalakshmi holds a Ph. D in Sanskrit Literary criticism and is currently working for a project related to Sanskrit Computational Linguistics.

 

Preface

It gives me pleasure to place the small book Guatemala in the hands of Sanskrit lovers. During the very rest meeting with M. M. Professor Sri Ramachandrudu, I was advised to get this book re-printed with some more additions if possible. When I requested Dr. K. Varalakshmi, Dy. Director, to take up this work, she happily agreed to my proposal and completed the work at the earliest time possible.

Guatemala wreathed with maxims and aphorisms, Juxtaposes worldly wisdom with witty expressions and minute ironies. These maxims and aphorisms, composed n evocative and mellifluous Sanskrit language, are heart warming. The Anthology, perennial source of worldly wisdom, dispels the ignorance and enlightens the people. This selection of wise-sayings, extracted from various works of classical Sanskrit literature, stands like scaffolding for character building. They can become a part of school and college curriculum as they play a vital role in mounding the young minds.

Wise-sayings are called Mistakes. A verse, which is complete in itself without any connection with the context, is called a Muktaka. Even a Muckraker composed by a discerning poet can be as elegant as a Mahakavyam. A Muktaka shows the poet’s mastery of logic, subtle thinking and keen observation. These Muktakas, from the pen of learned scholars, are like the mirror showing the facts of life.

The first edition of Suktimala comprised 280 elegant little verses was published in 1959 by Prof. Aryendra Sarma, the Founder Director of Sanskrit Academy. The second edition was published in 1979 by the then Director Prof. B. R. Sastri. Some more poetic pieces, extracted from six works, have been added to the third edition. In the first edition the verses were arranged in the alphabetical order. Whereas in the third edition, caption is given to each verse based upon the content described in it. Hence the verses have been rearranged according to the alphabetical order of the captions.

Sanskrit Academy doesn’t claim that this Suktimala is a unique work. It’s targeted readers are common public. We hope that this third edition of Suktimala will delight the hearts and would be an item of collection in bookshelf at home.

While thanking Dr. K. Varalakshmi, Dy. Director, S.A., for compiling the wise saying, I want to place it in records that she is rendering her best services for the upliftment of the Academy in many aspects. Thanks are due to Mrs. Hymavathi, Sri K.V.Surya Prakash and Mrs. Anjana Devi for rendering assistance in DTP work.

We are indebted to Prof. Radhavallabha Tripatiji, Vice-Chancellor, Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, Delhi and Sri Chandan Singh Kanyalji, Registrar I/c , Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, Delhi, for supporting and encouraging the Sanskrit Academy in every way mall its undertakings.

We are also thankful to Prof. T. Tirupathi Rao, Vice-Chancellor, O.U. and Prof. Y. C. Venudhar, Registrar, O.U., for keen interest they have been taking in the affairs of the Academy.

 

Introduction to First Edition

Sanskrit Literature is replete with maxims. The number of verses and hemistiches quotable as maxims and aphorisms runs into thousands. A very small fraction of these, only 280 pieces, are included in the present collection. They are offered to the general reader, together with a faithful and (we hope) readable translation In English, by way of specimens of the wisdom and observation of Sanskrit poets and authors. Many of them are also specimens of good poetry.

Selection for an anthology is necessarily subjective, depending on the likes and dislikes of the compiler. However, we have taken care to include in the present collection only such verses as are, in our opinion, likely to appeal to today’s reader, whether or not he is familiar with Sanskrit culture. The range of these maxims and aphorisms is fairly wide. They touch upon practically all aspects of life-love, labor, enterprise, fortune, friends, enemies, saints, villains, truth, morality, conduct, religion, etc. The reader can, if he cares to, learn a great deal from them which would be of use in life. But even if reading for pleasure, he will not be disappointed.

We have drawn upon only fifteen authors and works besides eight anthologies and similar compilations from which we have taken a number of anonymous quotations. It was neither possible, nor, we felt, essential to trace every quotation to its source; for the anthology is designed for the lay-man, not for the scholar. We have included a few verses also from the Gathasaptäsati, in spite of its being a Prakrit anthology, simply because we could not resist the temptation of sharing with our readers the joy derived from reading these exquisite pieces.

Besides, for all practical purposes, Prakrit literature may be regarded as part of Sanskrit literature. We have divided the anthology into two parts. The first part, called “Maxims’ contains only complete verses; the second one, called “Aphorisms’ contains only hemistiches or quarter verses. In both the parts, the pieces have been arranged in the alphabetical order, and references to original sources, as far as they were known to us, have been provided. The list of authors and works cited is appended separately. It has not been easy to translate these maxims and aphorisms into English, especially because they are, by their very nature, terse and pithy. It could hardly be expected that the English rendering would faithfully reflect the terseness of the original. All that could be attempted was to preserve the sense, and to present it in a readable form. Whether we have succeeded in this, is for the reader to judge. We have done our best.

 

Preface to Second Edition

We have great pleasure in placing in the hands of lovers of Sanskrit literature the second edition of(ixia) Gems from Sanskrit Literature. It is hoped that this second edition will, as its predecessor, be well received by scholars.

 

Acknowledgements

We thankfully acknowledge the help derived from the following works-from the first two in compiling the Anthology, and from the last three in translating :-

1. Subhashitaratnabhandagara (Nirnayasagara Press, Bombay, 8th ed. 1952).
2. Samayocitapadyamalika (Nirnayasagara Press, Bombay, 14th ed. 1957).
3. The Hitopadesa, edited and translated into English By M. R. Kale (Gopal Narayan & Co., Bombay).
4. A Sanskrit-English Dictionary by Sir Monier Williams (Oxford University Press).
5. Sanskrit-English Dictionary by V. S. Apte, Parts I and II, (Revised Edition, 1957-58, Prasad Prakasan, Poona).


Sample Pages


Post a Comment
 
Post Review
Post a Query
For privacy concerns, please view our Privacy Policy

Related Items

Treasure of Sanskrit Expressions (Sanskrit Quotations)
Item Code: NAC421
$33.50
Add to Cart
Buy Now

Testimonials

I recently ordered a hand embroidered stole. It was expensive and I was slightly worried about ordering it on line. It has arrived and is magnificent. I couldn't be happier, I will treasure this stole for ever. Thank you.
Jackie
Today Lord SIVA arrived well in Munich. Thank you for the save packing. Everything fine. Hari Om
Hermann, Munchen
Thank you very much for keeping such an exotic collection of Books. Keep going strong Exotic India!!!
Shweta, Germany
I am very thankful to you for keeping such rare and quality books, DVDs, and CDs of classical music and even Dhrupad which is almost unbelievable. I hope you continue to be this good in your helpfulness. I have found books about rare cultural heritage such as Kodava samaj, Dhrupad and other DVDs and CDs in addition to the beautiful sarees I have from your business, actually business is not the right word, but for lack of a word I am using this.
Prashanti, USA
Shiva Shankar brass statue arrived yesterday. It´s very perfect and beautiful and it was very carefully packed. THANK YOU!!! OM NAMAH SHIVAYA
Mª Rosário Costa, Portugal
I have purchased many books from your company. Your packaging is excellent, service is great and attention is prompt. Please maintain this quality for this order also!
Raghavan, USA
My order arrived today with plenty of time to spare. Everything is gorgeous, packing excellent.
Vana, Australia
I was pleased to chance upon your site last year though the name threw me at first! I have ordered several books on Indian theatre and performance, which I haven't found elsewhere (including Amazon) or were unbelievably exorbitantly priced first editions etc. I appreciate how well you pack the books in your distinctive protective packaging for international and domestic mailing (for I order books for India delivery as well) and the speed with which my order is delivered, well within the indicated time. Good work!
Chitra, United Kingdom
The statue has arrived today. It so beautiful, lots of details. I am very happy and will order from you shop again.
Ekaterina, Canada.
I love your company and have been buying a variety of wonderful items from you for many years! Keep up the good work!
Phyllis, USA
TRUSTe
Language:
Currency:
All rights reserved. Copyright 2017 © Exotic India