Overview for Tattvopaplavasimha
Jayarasi Bhatta’s “Tattvopaplavasimha’ is a rare piece of work on Indian Skepticism. Its author has boldly criticized the means of valid knowledge affirmed by the various systems of Indian thought, namely Carvaka, Nyaya, Samkhya, Mimamsa, Vedanta, Buddhist and Jain respectively by declaring the annihilation of all the principles. Although the tradition links it with the Carvaka system of thought, its study leads a reader toward a skeptical critique of all the major systems of Indian Philosophy. It is indeed a unique work depicting Jayarasi Bhatta as a great dialectician. The first Sanskrit edition of this book was prepared by late Pt. Sukhalalaji and Sri Rasikalala Parikha which was published by G.O.S. in 1940. Translation of this book in to English was the project undertaken by Prof. Esther Solomon, which is being introduced as her last monuments.
Esther Solomon (Translator)
Dr. Esther Solomon, a reputed scholar and teacher of Sanskrit and Indian Philosophy has made major contribution to Indian Philosophy through her works on Samkhya, Nyaya, Jain and Vedanta systems of Indian Thought. She began her teaching career in Sanskrit from 1949. She was Head of Sanskrit department at the Gujarat University from 1964 to 1987. She received the Presidential Certificate of Honor for outstanding contribution to Sanskrit in 1983, followed by Padmasri award in 1992. Her books include ‘Indian Dialectics’, ‘Avidya-A Problem of Truth and Reality’. ‘Hindu Darsana’, ‘Commentaries of Samkhyakarika-A Study’ among others. She had been working actively on the translation of “Tattvopaplavsimha’, a rare piece of work by Jayarasi Bhatta before her demise.
Shuchita Mehta (Editor)
Dr. Shuchita Mehta is currently serving as the Head of Sanskrit department at St. Xavier’s College, Ahamedabad. She has presented research papers at many national as well as international academic conferences. She has also published articles in repute journals. She has authored a book, titled-“Idealistic thought in Indian Philosophy’, which depicts the full fledged development of Drsti-srsti-vada. Shuchita Mehta’s editorial work on Jayarasi Bhatta’s “Tattvopaplavsimha’ has been a labor of love, as former doctoral student of Dr. Esther Solomon.