Adhy ātma Rāmāyaṇa
Greg.Bailey at LATROBE.EDU.AU
Sun Feb 20 09:17:22 UTC 2011
Do we know anything more about Gir's role as professor of purāṇas? I wonder
how many other positions of this exact kind existed then.
On 16/02/11 8:15 AM, "Rosane Rocher" <rrocher at SAS.UPENN.EDU> wrote:
> Hi Bob,
> George Nicholls' /Sketch of the Rise**and Progress of the Benares
> Patshalla or Sanskrit College, now forming the Sanskrit Department of
> the Benares College/ (1907) lists Gosain Anand Gir as professor of
> purāṇas in the first list of professors at the college, i.e. late 1790s
> - early 1800s (p. 4). I cannot make out enough of the name of the
> translation's author to see if the two names can be reconciled.
> On 2/15/11 3:36 PM, Robert Goldman wrote:
>> Dear Colleagues, (I hope that this comes through better than y past
>> A local gentleman, a California winemaker by profession, visited me
>> today to ask me about a book in his possession that had belonged to
>> his late grandfather. Upon inspection I found it to be a two volume
>> set consisting of a handwritten English translation of the Adhyātma
>> Rāmāyaṇa with an introduction by one Anand Ghan who describes himself
>> as "A Member of the College of Brahmins at Benares" and who claims
>> that he translated the text from "Sanscrit into Persian" and "Again
>> translated from the Persian into English". It is dated 1804 and
>> appears to have been purchased in India, perhaps by the grandfather
>> for Rs. 8.
>> The book is in quite good condition. The handwriting is quite clear
>> and the English excellent.
>> The owner was reluctant to leave the book with me but I was able to
>> take two images from it that I snapped with my mobile phone. One is
>> of the title page of the first volume and one is from a randomly
>> opened page to show what the text itself looks like.
>> I would be interested to know if any of you know anything about Pt.
>> Ghan or the history of his double translation.
>> Dr. R. P. Goldman
>> Professor of Sanskrit
>> Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies
>> MC # 2540
>> The University of California at Berkeley
>> Berkeley, CA 94720-2540
>> Tel: 510-642-4089
>> Fax: 510-642-2409
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