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Krishnavatara Volume V The Book of Satyabhama

Krishnavatara Volume V The Book of Satyabhama
$12.50
Item Code: IDI819
Author: K. M. Munshi
Publisher: Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan
Edition: 2010
ISBN: 8172763972
Pages: 187
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 7.0" X 4.6
weight of the book: 168 gms

Kulapati's Preface

The Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan-that Institute of Indian Culture in Bombay-needed a Book University, a series of books which, if read, would serve the purpose of providing higher education. Particular emphasis, however, was to be put on such literature as revealed the deeper impulsions of India. As a first step, it was decided to bring out in English 100 books, 50 of which were to be taken in hand almost at once.

I is our intention to publish the books we select, not only in English, but also in the following Indian languages: Hindi Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam.

This scheme, involving the publication of 900 volumes, requires ample funds and an all-Indian organisation. The Bhavan is exerting its utmost to supply them.

The objectives for which the Bhavan stands are the reintegration of Indian culture in the light of modern knowledge and to suit our present-day needs and the resuscitation of its fundamental value in their pristine vigour.

Let me make our goal more explicit:
We seek the dignity of an, which necessarily implies the creation of social conditions which would allow him freedom to evolve along the lines of his own temperament and capacities; we seek the harmony of individual efforts and social relations, not in any make-shirt way, but within the frame-work of the Moral Order; we seek the creative art of life, by the alchemy of which human limitations are progressively transmuted, so that man become the instrument of God, and is able to see Him in al and all in Him.

The world, we feel, is too much with us. Nothing would uplift or inspire us so much as the beauty and aspiration which such books can teach.

In this series, therefore, the literature of India, ancient and modern, will be published in a form easily accessible to all. Books in other literatures of the world, if they illustrate the principles we stand for, will also be included.

This common pool of literature, it is hope, will enable the reader, eastern or western, to understand and appreciate currents of world thought, as also the movements of the mind in India, which, though they flow through different linguistic channels, have a common urge and aspiration.

Fittingly, the book University's first venture is the Mahabharata, summarized by one of the greatest living Indians, Rajagopalachari; the second work is on a section of it, the gita, by H. V. Divatia, an eminent jurist and a student of philosophy. Centuries ago, it was proclaimed of the Mahabharata: "What is not in it, is nowhere." After twenty-five centuries, we can use the same words about it. He who knows it not, knows not the heights and depths of the soul; he misses the trials and tragedy and the beauty and grandeur of life.

The Mahabharata is not a mere epic; it is a romance, telling the tale of heroic men and women and of some who were divine; it is a whole literature in itself, containing a code of life, a philosophy of social and ethical relations, and speculative thought on human problems that is hard to rival; but, above all, it has for its core the Gita, which is, as the world is beginning to find out, the noblest of scriptures and the grandest of sages in which the climax is reached in the wondrous Apocalypse in the Eleventh Canto.

Through such books alone the harmonies underlying rue culture, I am convinced, will one day reconcile the disorders of modern life.

I thank all those who have helped to make this new branch of the Bhavan's activity successful.

About The Author

Kanaiyalal Maneklal Munshi's versatility and achievements were in a way unique. He was an eminent lawyer, one of the framers of India's constitution and a seasoned statesman. Coming under the inspiring influence of Sri Aurobindo during his student days, Munshi and been an ardent fighter for India's freedom, working at different stages in close association with Jinnah, Tilak, Besant, mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Patel and Pandit Nehru. His achievements as Home Minister of Bombay in 1937, as India's Agent-General in Hyderabad before the Police Action, as India's Food Minister and as Governor of Uttar Pradesh had been characterized by rare courage and decisive energy.

Acknowledged as the foremost writer in modern Gujarati literature, he has to his credit a vast and varied literature including novels, dramas, memoirs and history in Gujarati, as also several historical and other works in English, notably "Gujarat and Its Literature", "Imperial Gurjaras", "Creative Art of Life", "To Badrinath", "The End of an Era", "Krishnavatara", "Bhagavad Gita and Modern Life", "Saga of Indian Sculpture", "Bhagawan Parashurama", "Tapasvini" and "Prithvi Vallabh.

 

Contents
  Chapter Page
  Introduction ix
1 Satrajit's Daughter 1
2 Uri, the Cat 10
3 An Empty World 17
4 The Rajya Sabha of the Yadavas 24
5 Satrajit Offers a Deal 35
6 Kshaatra 42
7 A Strange Happening 50
8 "Leave It to Me" 57
9 Syamantaka is Stolen 65
10 Krishna's Vow of Self-immolation 72
11 Satyaa Disappears 76
12 The Missing Lines of the Song 81
13 Krishna Disappears 88
14 Prasena's Fate 95
15 Uri Does It 100
16 The Sacred Cave 107
17 A Ghost 112
18 The Singing Ghost 120
19 In the Bear-world 128
20 The Black God's Ordinances 137
21 Rohini Wants to Enter the Fire 146
22 Rohini's Wedding 154
23 The Magic of Syamantaka 162
24 The Trail 169
25 The Black God 174
26 Satrajit Throws Away Syamantaka 178
  Appendix 184
  Notes 186
  Glossary 187

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