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Vedic Tantrism is a new edition of Rgvidhana which is the earliest Vedic manual of magic or magico-religious rites and practices. Attributed to Saunaka, it anticipated the later growth of Tantric ritualism, while its real significance lies in simplification of 'complicated and burdensome ceremonies treated in Srauta and Grhya Sutras... in such a way that observances become easier in practice.'

The first 1878 edition of this manual by Dr. Rudolf Meyer with Latin introduction was a 'remarkable' scholarly 'achievement' but not without 'defects'. Prof. J. Gonda's English translation of the text, published in 1951, resuscitated the immense value of Rgvidhana and made it 'accessible to scholars'. But, 'his rendering, on the whole, is inaccurate and at times absurd'.

The present edition has been prepared on the basis of fresh material made available by the discovery of hitherto unknown manuscripts. The 'unique commentary' by Matrsunu, providing 'means for the critical examination of Rvidh', has been made use of. To facilitate the understanding by modern readers, the entire work has been divided into two parts. Part One is devoted to the study of 'various aspects of Rvidh'. Original Sanskrit text accompanied with translation in which every 'word' is 'accounted for' is included in Part Two. Variant readings and notes discussing 'many difficulties of the text' are special features of the edition.

Vedic Tantrism will appeal to all shades of Vedic scholars as well as students and researchers of Tantrism.

About the Author:

MURALIDHAR SHRINIVAS BHAT has a brilliant academic record. He distinguished especially in Sanskrit and Pali. After completing his university education, he joined the Office of the Government Epigraphist for India (Archaeological Survey of India) at Ootacamund in 1953. In 1964 he gave up government service for lectureship in the newly instituted Sanskrit Department of the University of Bombay. In 1980 he became Reader. Since 1982 he has been the Head of the Department.

Professor Bhat has edited Buddhist Canonical Text in Pali for Bombay University Pali Series. In 1972 he published a new edition of Milinda Panha with extracts from Pali commentary.
 

CONTENTS


Preface

PART I, RGVIDHANA: A Study

    Introduction
    CHAPTER I: VIDHANA LITERATURE
    • 1. The Brahmanas and the Vedangas
      2. The Vedangas
      3. The Anukramanis and the Vidhanas
      4. The Vidhanas
      5. Commentaries on the Vidhanas
      6. Parallel or abridged versions of the Vidhanas and other late Compendia
      7. The Contents
      8. The Date
  • CHAPTER II: CONTRIBUTION OF THE RGVIDHANA TO THE RITUAL LITERATURE AND MYTHOLOGY
    • 1. Analysis of the Contents
      2. Analysis of the Subject-matter
      3. Mythology
  • CHAPTER III: LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION OF THE RGVIDHANA
    • 1. Phonology
      2. Euphonic Combination
      3. Morphology
      4. Syntax
      5. Vocabulary
      6. Metre
  • CHAPTER IV: AUTHORSHIP AND DATE
    • 1. Saunaka, the author of Rvidhana and other Works
      2. Date of the Rvidhana
      3. Matrsunu, the commentator of the Rvidh
  • CHAPTER V: THE MATERIALS FOR THE EDITION OF THE TEXT
    • 1. The Manuscripts
      2. Printed Edition or Translation
      3. Relationship of the manuscripts: two recensions
      4. Constitution of the text
      5. Testimonia
      6. Emendations
      7. Rgvidhana and its sources
  • CHAPTER VI: RESUME
    • Appendix A
      Appendix B

PART II, RGVIDHANA: Text and Translation

    Text
    Apparatus Criticus
    Translation & Notes

    Bibliography
    Abbreviations
    Index of verses in Rgvidhana
    Index

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Vedic Tantrism is a new edition of Rgvidhana which is the earliest Vedic manual of magic or magico-religious rites and practices. Attributed to Saunaka, it anticipated the later growth of Tantric ritualism, while its real significance lies in simplification of 'complicated and burdensome ceremonies treated in Srauta and Grhya Sutras... in such a way that observances become easier in practice.'

The first 1878 edition of this manual by Dr. Rudolf Meyer with Latin introduction was a 'remarkable' scholarly 'achievement' but not without 'defects'. Prof. J. Gonda's English translation of the text, published in 1951, resuscitated the immense value of Rgvidhana and made it 'accessible to scholars'. But, 'his rendering, on the whole, is inaccurate and at times absurd'.

The present edition has been prepared on the basis of fresh material made available by the discovery of hitherto unknown manuscripts. The 'unique commentary' by Matrsunu, providing 'means for the critical examination of Rvidh', has been made use of. To facilitate the understanding by modern readers, the entire work has been divided into two parts. Part One is devoted to the study of 'various aspects of Rvidh'. Original Sanskrit text accompanied with translation in which every 'word' is 'accounted for' is included in Part Two. Variant readings and notes discussing 'many difficulties of the text' are special features of the edition.

Vedic Tantrism will appeal to all shades of Vedic scholars as well as students and researchers of Tantrism.

About the Author:

MURALIDHAR SHRINIVAS BHAT has a brilliant academic record. He distinguished especially in Sanskrit and Pali. After completing his university education, he joined the Office of the Government Epigraphist for India (Archaeological Survey of India) at Ootacamund in 1953. In 1964 he gave up government service for lectureship in the newly instituted Sanskrit Department of the University of Bombay. In 1980 he became Reader. Since 1982 he has been the Head of the Department.

Professor Bhat has edited Buddhist Canonical Text in Pali for Bombay University Pali Series. In 1972 he published a new edition of Milinda Panha with extracts from Pali commentary.
 

CONTENTS


Preface

PART I, RGVIDHANA: A Study

    Introduction
    CHAPTER I: VIDHANA LITERATURE
    • 1. The Brahmanas and the Vedangas
      2. The Vedangas
      3. The Anukramanis and the Vidhanas
      4. The Vidhanas
      5. Commentaries on the Vidhanas
      6. Parallel or abridged versions of the Vidhanas and other late Compendia
      7. The Contents
      8. The Date
  • CHAPTER II: CONTRIBUTION OF THE RGVIDHANA TO THE RITUAL LITERATURE AND MYTHOLOGY
    • 1. Analysis of the Contents
      2. Analysis of the Subject-matter
      3. Mythology
  • CHAPTER III: LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION OF THE RGVIDHANA
    • 1. Phonology
      2. Euphonic Combination
      3. Morphology
      4. Syntax
      5. Vocabulary
      6. Metre
  • CHAPTER IV: AUTHORSHIP AND DATE
    • 1. Saunaka, the author of Rvidhana and other Works
      2. Date of the Rvidhana
      3. Matrsunu, the commentator of the Rvidh
  • CHAPTER V: THE MATERIALS FOR THE EDITION OF THE TEXT
    • 1. The Manuscripts
      2. Printed Edition or Translation
      3. Relationship of the manuscripts: two recensions
      4. Constitution of the text
      5. Testimonia
      6. Emendations
      7. Rgvidhana and its sources
  • CHAPTER VI: RESUME
    • Appendix A
      Appendix B

PART II, RGVIDHANA: Text and Translation

    Text
    Apparatus Criticus
    Translation & Notes

    Bibliography
    Abbreviations
    Index of verses in Rgvidhana
    Index

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