Author: B Suryanarain RaoB V Raman/Several ContributorsPublisher: Motilal BanarsidassYear: 2013Language: multilingualPages: 655ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788120813960
This is a monumental work, where the difficulties in translating a beautiful, technical and suggestive work in Sanskrit had to be surmounted by hard labor, profound research, want of adequate expressions in a poor and non-constructive language like the English.The priceless commentaries of Bhattotpala in Sanskrit on Brihat Jataka have been fully utilized. Most of the English works on astrology are sorry performances and no reliance can be placed upon them. If Varaha Mihira is to be respected as the author of Brihat Jataka, his matchless commentator deserves even greater credit for the splendid way in which he has not only made clear many of the obscure passages but also for the valuable quotations he has given so copiously and so aptly in the course of his work. Envy and meanness are the index of lower minds and appreciation and generosity are the indications of a nobler psychic development.There are several translations of this matchless book into English available in the market. But Prof. Rao’s translation has been acclaimed not only as authentic, based mainly on the commentaries of Bhattopala but also as embodying in the notes, Prof. Rao’s vast practical experience in the field of astrology. It is hoped that this translation, will supply a long-felt want to the vast number of astrological students and savants, for an authoritative presentation of Varaha Mihira’s treatise in simple English.