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Bhela-Samhita: Text with English Translation, Commentary and Critical Notes

K.H. Krishnamurthy (Author) P V Sharma (Editor) Haridas Ayurveda Series

Bringing out the ancient Sanskrit texts of repute to the expert attention of the non-sanskrit knowing modernity is a specialized academic pursuit of many sided value. But this will be so, only if executed with all the care needed. Bhela-samhita, an incomplete Mss, is a reputed, ancient Ayurvedic Work of this nature, earlier than the redacted Caraka-samhita. As such, it automatically assumes an important historical value. The present attempt is a pioneering work and has utilized the merits of all the editions to correct the next as much as possible. To derive maximum productivity, the translation should be incisive, meticulous and reflect the merits and the vigour of the original. For this purpose, a special system of what is referred to as an interpretive translation has been developed and meticulously followed through out. This would productively highlight the specialities and also bring into proper relief quite a few advanced thinkings in the field as available here. This is so, despite the great age of the work. An usual criticism is that his text is too general and nonspecific. Enough care is taken to disprove this statement and show instead that it is quite specific and adequately detailed within its own framework. Infect, it is better treated as a special work, written more to the practitioners and has some emphasis on neurology. Another speciality of the attempt is that it heavily leans on the vyutpatti or the etymology of the Sanskrit technical terms utilized. For, this is rather a more reliable key to the original thinkers in the field. This is rather a more reliable key to the original thinkers in the field. This is particularly useful in suggesting the botanical equivalents of the Ayurvedic plants of this Samhita.

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About the author

K.H. Krishnamurthy

Prof. K.H. Krishnamurthy (b.1928), B.Sc. (Hons.), M.Sc., Ph.D., FBS has worked in the Universities of Gujarat, Mysore, Tamilnadu and Pondicherry and retired (1986) after 30 years of distinguished service in the Jawaharlal Institute of Post graduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), Pondicherry. Even after retirement, he is busily engaged in several academic assignment and projects. His professional positions had been as a Convenor, Faculty of History of Medicine; a UGC Emeritus Scholar, JIPMER; a Fellow in Ayurveda , Bombay hospital trust; a Visiting Professor, National Medical College, Bombay and a Fellow in Ayurveda, FRLHT. He is a distinguished Sanskritist and Linguist, has received many Honours and Awards and has authoured more than 100 research papers in National/International Journals. His may sided achievements are best revealed in the ranges (4) and the number (30) of his books. The ranges are Brain and Language (his doctoral work), Writing on Advanced aspects of Modern Science in Kannada and Sanskrit, General Works and on Medicinal plants/Ayurveda.

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Title Bhela-Samhita: Text with English Translation, Commentary and Critical Notes
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2008
Edition Reprint
Language: Sanskrit, English
length xxiv+660p., Appendices; Bibliography; Index; 25cm.