Vedic Tantrism: A Study of R̥gvidhāna of Śaunaka with Text and Translation : Critically Edited in the Original Sanskrit with an Introductory Study and Translated with Critical and Exegetical Notes

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Motilal Banarsidass Publ., 1987 - Religion - 437 pages
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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 burden some 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 bot without defects.The present edition has been prepared on the basis of fresh material made available by the discovery of hitherto unknown manuscripts.

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Preface V
RESUME 199200
Appendix B 206209
Text 213260
Apparatus Criticus 261280
Bibliography 419421
Index of verses in Rgvidhana 425434
Index 43537

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Page 23 - A form of expiation in which the sinner has to eat merely one morsel of food for three days in the morning only, for three days in the evening only, one morsel each for three days without asking for it, and has to fast for three days.
Page 14 - Anukramanis give lists of the hymns, the seers, the metres and the deities in the order in which they occur in the various Samhitas and the only ones which are well known are those of the...
Page 3 - Kalpa-sutras are important in the history of Vedic literature for more than one reason. They...
Page 18 - ... literature which we have just examined, we find some characteristic features in them. All these works begin with the description of various penances, expiratory practices etc. and the individual vidhana texts differ only in matters of detail or scope. Thus the description of the preparatory restraints or austerities in the Rvidh, is somewhat more detailed than the Svidh. which contains few of them, but the latter work has a number of expiatory practices which are totally absent in the former....
Page 23 - IV. 7 speak of it as of 12 days ' duration comprising four periods of three days each. In this one drinks hot water, hot milk, hot ghee for three days each and then for three days there is a complete fast when he inhales hot vapour or atmosphere ( ace.
Page 14 - Anukramanls treated above. For every hymn in the RV. it gives first of all, the pratlka, then the number of its verses, as well as the rsi, the deity, and the metre, even for single verses. The distinctive peculiarity of the style of Saunaka if contrasted with that of Katyayana lies in the fact that the works ascribed to the former are composed in mixed sloka and tristubh metres, whereas the works of Katyayana are written in aphoristic prose.
Page 23 - XI 213 prescribes that this penance is constituted by eating only one morsel of food for three daya in the morning only, for three days in the evening only, for three days eating one morsel got without asking for it and observing a complete fast for the next three days.

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