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Inscriptions Of Asoka
Inscriptions Of Asoka
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About The Book

The book presents the English translation of the inscriptions of Mauryan Emperor Asoka, a great follower of the Buddha. The objective of the book is to carry the message of Asoka’s edicts to the masses. Although the translation closely follows the texts of the epigraphic records, it has been made simple so that it is easily comprehended by the readers. Redicovered by scholars and researchers, these inscriptions form a vital part of Indian history.

The inscription have been rendered into English by Dr. D.C. Sircar, a distinguished scholar.

Preface

Gautama the Buddha and the Maurya emperor Moka are two r e greatest Sons of India and the world, and their lives and achievements stand among India’s best contributions to human civilization.

The present English translation of the inscriptions of Asoka, one of the most sincere followers of the Buddha, was undertaken at the request of the Buddha Jayanti Working Committee formed by the Government of India in connection with the celebration of the 2500th anniversary of the Lord’s Mahã-Parinirvãna. The objective is to carry the message of Asoka’s edicts to the public. Although the translation closely follows the texts of the epigraphic records it has been made slightly free so that it would be easily intelligible to the general reader. A sincere attempt has been present the author’s meaning without slavishly adhering to mere expression. It was felt that a strictly literal translation might render the message of Asoka difficult to understand at least for the class of readers for which the book is intended. The same feeling also underlies the use of the Sanskrit forms of proper names etc. in the translation of inscriptions which are couched in Prakrit.

The work has not been burdened with citation of references to authorities in support of any of the points raised, and difference of opinion among scholars on the interpretation of certain difficult words and passages occurring in the inscriptions has been indicated only in a few cases. But a small bibliography has been appended to the monograph with a view to helping the more inquisitive among the readers to pursue the study of the subject.

The historical background of Asoka’s career and records has been concisely set forth in a short Introduction. The readers are expected to find in it the answers to some of the queries that may occur to them while going through the translation of the inscription. The classification of the epigraphs in this work has also been explained in it. An annotated list of personal and geographical names occurring in the records as well as Sanskrit expressions retained in the translation has been supplied in an Appendix for ready reference.

When an edict is found in different versions, generally one of the most well-preserved texts has been selected for translation and its findspot has been indicated in all cases. Only in a few cases, the texts of some other versions have been additionally translated either in whole or in part. This is intended to draw the reader’s attention to important variations in the different texts of an edit. A few records included in the monograph fall outside the category of edicts.

One of the passage in which Asoka explains the reason under-lying the incision of his edicts on rocks and pillars of stone reads as fellow in translation:

“This records relating to Dharma has been caused to be written by me on stone for the following purpose, viz, that people may act according to it and that it may endure for a long time. And he who will act thus will do what do what is meritorious.” – Pillar Edict II.

The book has been carefully revised in the light of recent discoveries and the present edition is expected to be useful to the readers like its predecessors.

Contents

Introduction
1Magadha1
2The Mauryas3
3Asoka (c.272-232 B.C)4
4Asoka's Dharma7
5Benevolent Activities13
6Propagation of Dharma14
7An Estimate of Asoka15
8Asoka's Inscriptions17
9Inscriptions on Rocks19
10Inscriptions on Pillars21
11Spurious Records23
Inscriptions Of Asoka - Translation
Inscriptions On Rocks
Minor Rock Edicts (Nos. I-IV)27
No.I27
No.II30
No.III31
No.IV32
Rock Edicts(Nos.I-XVI)34
No.134
No.II34
No.III35
No.IV35
No.V36
No.VI38
No.VII39
No.VIII39
No.IX39
No.X41
No.XI41
No.XII42
No.XIII44
No.XIV47
No.XV47
No.XVI49
Cave Inscriptions (Nos. I-III)52
No.I52
No.II52
No.III52
Inscriptions On Pillara
Minor Pillar Edicts (Nos. I-III)53
No.I53
No.II54
No.III54
Pillar Inscriptions (Nos. I-II)56
No.I56
No.II56
Pillar Edicts(Nos. I-VII)57
No.I57
No.II57
No.III58
No.IV58
No.V60
No.VI61
No.VII61
Appendix66
Proper Names And Sanskrit Expressions In The Translation
Select Bibliography74
Asoka's Inscriptions: Locations At The End

Inscriptions Of Asoka

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The book presents the English translation of the inscriptions of Mauryan Emperor Asoka, a great follower of the Buddha. The objective of the book is to carry the message of Asoka’s edicts to the masses. Although the translation closely follows the texts of the epigraphic records, it has been made simple so that it is easily comprehended by the readers. Redicovered by scholars and researchers, these inscriptions form a vital part of Indian history.

The inscription have been rendered into English by Dr. D.C. Sircar, a distinguished scholar.

Preface

Gautama the Buddha and the Maurya emperor Moka are two r e greatest Sons of India and the world, and their lives and achievements stand among India’s best contributions to human civilization.

The present English translation of the inscriptions of Asoka, one of the most sincere followers of the Buddha, was undertaken at the request of the Buddha Jayanti Working Committee formed by the Government of India in connection with the celebration of the 2500th anniversary of the Lord’s Mahã-Parinirvãna. The objective is to carry the message of Asoka’s edicts to the public. Although the translation closely follows the texts of the epigraphic records it has been made slightly free so that it would be easily intelligible to the general reader. A sincere attempt has been present the author’s meaning without slavishly adhering to mere expression. It was felt that a strictly literal translation might render the message of Asoka difficult to understand at least for the class of readers for which the book is intended. The same feeling also underlies the use of the Sanskrit forms of proper names etc. in the translation of inscriptions which are couched in Prakrit.

The work has not been burdened with citation of references to authorities in support of any of the points raised, and difference of opinion among scholars on the interpretation of certain difficult words and passages occurring in the inscriptions has been indicated only in a few cases. But a small bibliography has been appended to the monograph with a view to helping the more inquisitive among the readers to pursue the study of the subject.

The historical background of Asoka’s career and records has been concisely set forth in a short Introduction. The readers are expected to find in it the answers to some of the queries that may occur to them while going through the translation of the inscription. The classification of the epigraphs in this work has also been explained in it. An annotated list of personal and geographical names occurring in the records as well as Sanskrit expressions retained in the translation has been supplied in an Appendix for ready reference.

When an edict is found in different versions, generally one of the most well-preserved texts has been selected for translation and its findspot has been indicated in all cases. Only in a few cases, the texts of some other versions have been additionally translated either in whole or in part. This is intended to draw the reader’s attention to important variations in the different texts of an edit. A few records included in the monograph fall outside the category of edicts.

One of the passage in which Asoka explains the reason under-lying the incision of his edicts on rocks and pillars of stone reads as fellow in translation:

“This records relating to Dharma has been caused to be written by me on stone for the following purpose, viz, that people may act according to it and that it may endure for a long time. And he who will act thus will do what do what is meritorious.” – Pillar Edict II.

The book has been carefully revised in the light of recent discoveries and the present edition is expected to be useful to the readers like its predecessors.

Contents

Introduction
1Magadha1
2The Mauryas3
3Asoka (c.272-232 B.C)4
4Asoka's Dharma7
5Benevolent Activities13
6Propagation of Dharma14
7An Estimate of Asoka15
8Asoka's Inscriptions17
9Inscriptions on Rocks19
10Inscriptions on Pillars21
11Spurious Records23
Inscriptions Of Asoka - Translation
Inscriptions On Rocks
Minor Rock Edicts (Nos. I-IV)27
No.I27
No.II30
No.III31
No.IV32
Rock Edicts(Nos.I-XVI)34
No.134
No.II34
No.III35
No.IV35
No.V36
No.VI38
No.VII39
No.VIII39
No.IX39
No.X41
No.XI41
No.XII42
No.XIII44
No.XIV47
No.XV47
No.XVI49
Cave Inscriptions (Nos. I-III)52
No.I52
No.II52
No.III52
Inscriptions On Pillara
Minor Pillar Edicts (Nos. I-III)53
No.I53
No.II54
No.III54
Pillar Inscriptions (Nos. I-II)56
No.I56
No.II56
Pillar Edicts(Nos. I-VII)57
No.I57
No.II57
No.III58
No.IV58
No.V60
No.VI61
No.VII61
Appendix66
Proper Names And Sanskrit Expressions In The Translation
Select Bibliography74
Asoka's Inscriptions: Locations At The End
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