This volume is extracted from probably the most famous and authoritative reference work on Hinduism, titled - THE Sacred Books of the Hindus. The series was devised by the well-known scholarly institution - the Panini Office in Allahabad, for the exclusive purpose of making available some of the most important sacred books of the Hindus providing the original Sanskrit text along with its English translation. The translation work of the individual books was entrusted to expert scholars in the field.
The Sacred Books of the Hindus Series brings together the best writings upon philosophical subjects from the sacred scriptures of the Hindus. These historical and critical texts provide a complete framework for the understanding of the philosophical and spiritual tenets of the Hindus. Many of these texts are very uncommon and are useful today not only to teachers, but the researchers, students, philosophers and above all the general reader.
The Sacred Books of the Hindus is the result of one of the most impressive publishing endeavours of the twentieth century. The work was devised along new lines, a simple system envisaged by the Panini Office and B. D. Basu, and its contributors included some of the leading scholars of the day. It represented the first attempt to bring a coherent method to the compilation of Hindu scriptures which could be of use to both, the scholar and the lay educated person.