[INDOLOGY] Highlights from the Sanskrit corpora

Valerie Roebuck vjroebuck at btinternet.com
Sun Sep 29 17:46:09 EDT 2019


May I put in a word for the Saundaryalaharī, traditionally attributed to Śaṅkara, though probably later than his time? It’s a lovely poem, and also an important document for the development of Śākta devotion and Tantra. W. Norman Brown’s edition and translation, which includes manuscript illustrations, is a treasure in itself.

Valerie J Roebuck
Manchester, UK 



> On 29 Sep 2019, at 14:39, Martin Gluckman via INDOLOGY <indology at list.indology.info> wrote:
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> Two further submissions received to add to the list (thank you to all who have responded):
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> 1.Mahabharata for its general and omnipresent influence on all kinds of cultural and literary creativity.
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> 2.Piṅgala’s Chandaḥśāstra with its technically varied breakdown of Ancient Indian metres & metrics, being as intricate as intriguing. 
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> From my side I would add the Caraka Saṃhitā for its detail and depth touching upon virtually every aspect of life (from birth to death) and giving us a deep insight into general life at the time of its compilation and the Pañcatantra for its brilliance and ubiquity.
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> Kindest wishes,
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> Martin
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> On Wed, Sep 18, 2019 at 10:39 AM Martin Gluckman <m.gluckman at alumni.anu.edu.au <mailto:m.gluckman at alumni.anu.edu.au>> wrote:
> Here is what I have so far thank you:
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> 1.Sankara’s Brahma-sutra-bhasya for the superb prose style and clarity.
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> 2. Bhaṭṭikāvya: "I love grammar, I love pedagogy, and I love poetry, and so an epic didactic poem about grammar is just the bee's knees for me."
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> Kindest wishes,
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> Martin
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> On Tue, Sep 17, 2019 at 5:36 PM Martin Gluckman <m.gluckman at alumni.anu.edu.au <mailto:m.gluckman at alumni.anu.edu.au>> wrote:
> Dear Colleagues,
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> I have a lecture to prepare and am conducting a short survey:
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> I would like to know from the Sanskrit scholarly community what those feel are the utmost most excellent works from the entire corpora and a short line about why.
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> Think of it as "if there were to be a Pullitzer or Booker Prize for the notable Sanskrit works", who and what would be the nominees and why.
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> It could be a text that was of exceptional technical value for example Pāṇini's Aṣṭādhyāyī or those that have introduced a novel method in a field of science for example the Suśrutasaṃhitā. Then of course a notable poetic marvel such as Śakuntalā.
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> If there exist some already compiled lists of the same I would most appreciate it.
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> With warmest wishes,
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> Martin
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