Introduction to the Purva Mimamsa (Second Edition)

By: Pashupatinath Shastri

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It was in 1923 that this Book by our late lamented father Dr. Pashupatinath Shastri, M. A.3 B. L., Ph. D.3 Vidyasudhakara was first published in Calcutta. The book was submitted for the doctorate degree of the University of Calcutta and the award came in 1924. Hardly four years had passed when The Author left this world on February 4, 1928. It was rather unfortunate that the book could not be printed in a well-equipped printing-press with the result that quite a number of mistakes could not be avoided. Particular mention should be made of the fact that the diacritical marks so indispensable for a book of this nature could not be offered. Nevertheless, we were gratified to see that the book went rapidly out of print due to the interest shown by the academic world. Decades later, our younger brother. Dr. Kailash-nath Bhattacharya, M. A. (Mathematics), M. A. (Statistics), B. L., D. Phil., Calcutta University, expressed his desire to us that the book should be reprinted in the interest of the present generation of scholars working in the field of the Mlmarhsa. We are very happy to record that Dr. Vachaspati Upadhyaya, M. A., Sastri, D.Phil., D. Litt., Lecturer in Sanskrit at the University of Delhi and one of our best students in Mimamsa philosophy could negotiate with the present publishers and persuade them to print the book. The present printers and publishers have not spared themselves in seeing the book through the press with great care and we offer our thanks to them which they eminently deserve. It may be mentioned that this book of our father was the first one written for the doctorate degree by a member of the Department of Sanskrit at the University of Calcutta. The learned author took his M. A. degree twice, in Veda and Mimamsa, in the years 1910 and 1911. With the creation of the Post-graduate Department in Arts at the University, he was appointed lecturer in Veda and Mimamsa and continued to be there until the time of his death in 1928, at the early age of 41. During his tenure of office as lecturer, he earned an enviable reputation amongst his colleagues and his devotion to the study of Sanskrit endeared himself to all lovers of Sanskrit in our country. It may not be out of place to mention here that there were very few scholars in those days, who had worked in the subject of his choice. Among the Indians, Dr. Ganganath Jha and Mahamahopadhyaya Kuppusvami Sastri had their contributions to this field of study and it was Professor A. B. Keith whose Karma-Mimamsa was the only-respectable treatise written by a scholar from abroad. It will be worthwhile mentioning in this Context that many of the cardinal texts in the Mimamsa that have been published in the second and third quarters of the present century, were available in manuscripts only, preserved in the various libraries of the country and were, therefore, not easily accessible to scholars who contemplated to utilize them in the course of their investigations. Another point worth mentioning is that the tradition of Mimamsa study had been dying out in this part of the country landing our scholars in the difficulty of understanding and interpreting the intentions of the masters on the subject. It must be said that notwithstanding all that is mentioned above, our author could bring out in such A Clear and lucid manner the deeper implications of some of the most important topics of the Purva Mimamsa. His deliberations in Chapter Three on God, Atman and Liberation bear eloquent testimony to his critical acumen and rare power of evaluation of topics of a complex nature. It is also gratifying to note that the author has brought his knowledge of Hindu Law to satisfy the inquisitive minds to know how the maxims of the Purva Mimamsa could be applied to it. It is not desirable on our part to review the excellences in the writings of the author as that would not be in good taste for us who happen to be his beloved sons. But, before we conclude, it is only in the fitness of things that we must acknowledge the most kindly assistance rendered by Panditaraja K. Subrahmanya Sastri in checking up the references to original texts to our complete satisfaction. He is a scholar of outstanding eminence and he is equally at home in all the three systems of Indian philosophy, Mimamsa, Vedanta and Nyaya.Printed Pages: 246.

Title: Introduction to the Purva Mimamsa (Second Edition)

Author Name: Pashupatinath Shastri

Categories: Sanskrit and Vedic Literature, India,

Edition: Second Edition

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Chaukhamba Oriental Studies/Chaukhamba Orientalia: 1980

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

Jacket Condition: New

Seller ID: 100701

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