dominic.goodall at GMAIL.COM
Fri Mar 20 00:22:40 EDT 2009
On 19 Mar 2009, at 22:26, Dominik Wujastyk wrote:
> The National Mission for Manuscripts (http://www.namami.org/)
> works with a figure of seven million, if I remember correctly.
> NAMAMI has conducted surveys, the results of which are here:
> I find the results raise questions for me: the numbers of MSS seem
> rather low. Maybe they are only looking at non-library
> repositories? There are other questions: In 2004-5, in Bihar,
> Orissa and UP, 650,000 manuscripts were documented in about 35,000
> repositories. That means each repository had 18.6 MSS. Nobody has
> that few MSS.
The NMM database reveals that it has not been covering quite a number
of larger MS collections so far.
> Is it more meritorious to throw MSS into a river (as documented by
> Prof. KT Pandurangi in his 1978 booklet "The Wealth of Sanskrit
> Manuscripts in India and Abroad" (http://books.google.nl/books?id=ahZ2AAAAIAAJ
Oblation into fire is also an option. The following is from
Trilocana"siva's C12th Praaya"scittasamuccaya (currently being edited
by Dr. R. Sathyanarayanan in Pondicherry):
jiir.naa"nga.m yat svasiddhaanta.m pustaka.m tad gh.rtaaplutam|
agniku.n.de tu hotavya.m hutvaaghora"sata.m japet|| 188||
`A manuscript of one's own tradition that is worn in parts should be
suffused with ghee and oblated in the fire-pit. After oblating it,
one should recite the aghora-mantra 100 times.'
Ecole française d'Extrême-Orient ("French School of Asian Studies"),
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