Overview for The Arthasamgraha of Laugaksi Bhaskara: Edited with an Introduction, Translation into English and Notes (Explanatory and Critical)
The Arthasamgraha is profound in contents, scholarly in treatment and simple and lucid in style and language. It condenses great amount of matter in pregnant language. The author, Laugaksi Bhaskara, about whose personal life sufficient information is not available, probably belonged to the South and flourished in the 14th-15th century. He wrote the text for beginners and so the language is characterized by simplicity and brevity which are maintained even in the treatment of difficult problems. The work has gained popularity among scholars and beginners both and serves well as a gateway to the system of Purva Mimamsa. The full name of the work as given by the author in the colophon is Purvamimamsarthasamgraha which means a compendium dealing with the topics of Purva Mimamsa. The present edition comprises the Sanskrit text in Devanagari script and translation into English with profuse notes, explanatory and critical, by Professor Gajendragadkar and Karmarkar, which has proved the best on account of its merits. A new and very useful feature of this reprint is the addition of a detailed and very informative Introduction by Dr. Shiv Kumar.