Author: William Henry RobinsonPublisher: RupaYear: 2003Language: EnglishPages: 172ISBN/UPC (if available): 8129101165
This work is entirely based upon an ancient narrative of human life, contained in the very oldest - and therefore purest - sacred writings of Indian Antiquity. It is called The Story of Sunahsepha, a Sanskrit name corresponding exactly to the Greek word "Cynosure". This is the story of India's God-Given Cynosure. A Vedic theme of human life and divine wisdom, ordained to be rehearsed at coronations of Indian kings. A faithful paraphrase in English verse side by side with a literal translation. Illustrated with copious notes. King Harischandra’s Rajasuya celebrations, including the hundred verses from the Rig-veda are treated herein as a whole. Harischandra is still commemorated as an ancestor in the gatherings of Brahmins. Recital of these verses used to be deemed important and necessary during the coronation of kings of various dynasties in ancient India. Robinson’s unique mastery of the subject and language ensures faithful reproduction of the remarkable literary skill and vein of true poetry of ancient India.
PROLOGUEGeneral Description of the LegendIts Recital at Kings’ CoronationsTHE LEGEND, STORY OF SUNAHSEPHACanto I: SonshipEpodeCanto II: RighteousnessCanto III: GuidanceEpodeCanto IV: SacrificeEpodeCanto V: LiberationEpodeCanto VI: CrowningPART IThe Morning’s Religious RitesPART IIThe Final State CeremoniesEpodeCanto VII: ExaltationPART IThe Coronation BanquetPART IIAdoption of SunahsephaEpodeEpiloguePART IAfter The Recital