Overview for New Selections from the Brahmanas
The Brahmanas, a part of the Vedas, "are compendiums of ancient Indian culture and civilisation in its multifarious aspects. "Knowledge of the Brahmanas is a part of the qualification for the M.A. degree in Sanskrit. The students appearing in this examination are put to much inconvenience for want of suitable selections from the voluminous Brahmanas. Because of this pressing demand for such a publication from students and teachers, the present volume has been prepared according to the plan of the University Grants Commission under the scheme of preparation of the university level text books.
The pieces have been selected here from all the major Brahmanas; they represent the most important aspects of these works; Vedic ritual, myths and legends, style and linguistic peculiarities, and information on the social, historical and geographical condition of India in the age of the Brahmanas. The number of the selected pieces leaves enough scope for wide choice of the universities in prescribing passages for examinations.
The pieces have been given here together with a general introduction, traditional commentaries as available, expository notes in English, and bibliography. Keeping in view the needs of the students, parallel passages, references to standard works, points on grammar, ritual and mythology etc. are given in the notes; more emphasis is placed on the passages already prescribed by some universities.
Samiran Chandra Chakrabarti (Author)
Samiran Chandra Chakrabarti (b. 1940), Fellow of the Asiatic Society, Calcutta, son of late Nibaran Chandra Chakrabarti, secured 1st class and stood first in both B. A. Hons. In Sanskrit (C. U.). He was also Eshan Scholar. He obtained his Ph. D. degree in Sanskrit from C. U. he was formerly Head of the Dept. of Sanskrit, Professor and Director of the School of Vedic Studies, Rabindra Bharati University, Calcutta; presently, he is a Guest Lecturer in German, Calcutta University; Honorary Visiting Professor, Centre for Indoloical Studies and Research, Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Calcutta. Prof. Chakrabarti's contributions do not speak in terms of numbers but in point of quality. His publications include The Paribhasas in the Srautasutras, Some Aspects of Vedic Studies (Ed), Buddhism and World Culture (Ed), the Value system as reflected in the Veda: Concept of Purusarthas, Brahmanasamgraha and many papers in felicitation volumes and journals of India and abroad. He was awarded Griffith Memorial Prize in Humanities, Calcutta University, 1983; an Award from M. S. Rashtriya Vedavidya Pratisthan, Ministry of Human Resource Development, 2000; Rising Personalities of India Award, International Penguin Publishing House, Delhi, 2003; Sanskrit Day Award 2004, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Calcutta.