CONTENTS:- 1. Brahman Families and Chronological Table of Rishis; 2. The Ancient Brahmans and the Vedas; 3. Gotras; 4. The Bhargavas; 5. The Vasisthas; 6. The Angirasa and Kanvas; 7. The Atreyas and Kasyapas; 8. The Visvamitras; 9. Agastyas Paulastyas, Paulahas and Kartus; 10. Ksatriyan Brahmans; Appendix-1.
All Brahmin families claim decent from the ancient Rsis, of whome there were eight, Bhrgu, Angiras, Marici (with his son Kasyapa), Atri, Vasistha, Pulastya, Pulaha and Kratu. They are called the mind-born sons of Brahma. These Rsis were not confined to one place, but wandered into woods and hills and wilds to practice asceticism and a pure religious life. They were indipendent of kingdoms and established hermitages where they pleased perpetuating the scared spritiual and philosophical systems through their disciples, among whom might be their own sons if capable. The greatest contribution of this work is that he brings htese divine seers from the mythical and obscurity to the realm of the real by establishing the genealogies and their spiritual pedigrees with historical authenticity.