722p., 23 cm. (First Edition pub. in 1925) (Bibliotheca Indo-Buddhica Series Nos. 57-59)
The matters covered in the work are thew field of astronomy, geography, geophysis, history of buddhist church and similar matters.
The discovery of a Buddhist Tantra Ms. in Sanskrit in the extreme South, and that too in Devanagari Script and written on palm leaves in ink, was hailed as of high importance, and several scholars like Mademoiselle Labour prepared studies on this work. The late T. Ganapati Sastri, the editor, of the present text, tell us that this Ms. appears to be about 300 to 400 years old, the characters look quite clear and legible as if they were just written down. The copyist is one Pandit Ravichandra, the head of the Mulaghoshavihara, who went to the South from Central India. The subject matter dealt with in this work belongs to Tantra, and aims at acquiring knowledge of secret mantras for the goods of the Sadhaka, aspirant. The language though Sanskrit of the Buddhists, is abnormally corrupt, defects of form and structure of phrases abounding at every step. The verses given here are in the form of conversation between Bhagvat Sakya Muni and Kumara Manjusri; Bhagvat Sakya Muni and Parshan Mandala and between Kumara Manjusri and Parshan Mandal.