Motilal Banarsidass

Kalpa Sutra of Bhadrabahu Svami (LalaL. Jain)

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ISBN: 9788120808560
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass
Publication Date: 2014-11-04
Number of pages: 207
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A translation of the Kalpa Sutra into English needs justification, since during the past few years several such translations have appeared in the market. The pioneering work by Hermann Jacobi remains a classic to this day, while in recent translations the writers have exercised a freedom which is hardly justified. The present translation not only claims complete authenticity, but, like the translation of a few other Jaina texts by the same writer, it also strictly follows the prakrit text in prose as well as verse so that the reader through the English medium may enjoy a taste of the original. The translation has also been checked with Jacobi s work on the one hand and an authentic Bengali translation by Basanta Kumar Chattopadhyaya published by the Calcutta University on the other, and slight inaccuracies noticed in these two works have been carefully weeded out. Jacobi s translation being addressed primarily to the western readers does not provide the prakrit text, while the text as well as translation in Chattopadhyaya s work is printed in Bengali script so that its use can at the most by very limited to the Bengali readers who have an appetite for a Jaina text.

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