by N. Chidambaram Iyer | 1884 | 135,584 words | ISBN-13: 9788171104215
This page describes conclusion which is the one hundred sixth Chapter of the English translation of the Brihat-samhita. This work, written by Varahamihira in the 6th century, is classified as jyotisha literature, also known as Indian astronomy. It contains however, also content regarding astrology, palmistry, agriculture, gardening, perfumes, medicines and various other encyclopedic topics.
1. Planting the hill of my learning in the vast ocean of Jyotiṣaśāstra and churning it, I have thus brought out this bright Moon of Science which sheds its light of knowledge over the whole world.
2. O you good men, I have not omitted to mention anything contained in the old Śāstras; you may compare my work with the Śāstras and follow the rules freely.
3. If good critics discover a few merits in an ocean of demerits, it is their nature to bring the former to the notice of the world, while the nature of bad critics is just the reverse.
4. Exposed to the fire of malicious criticism, the gold of a literary production becomes purified. Every attempt must therefore be made to bring a work to the notice of severe critics.
5. If, in any of the copies of this work or in the recitation of it by persons who have learned it from their preceptors, the learned happen to notice any portion either missing or erroneous or omitted, they will, it is hoped, setting aside all feelings of malice, correct the error or supply the omission.
6. By the blessing of the Sun, the Sages and the reverend preceptors worshipped by me, I have been able to write this brief treatise. Salutation to the ancient writers of Saṃhitā.