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  • Rakshasa’s Ring

    Translated by Michael Coulson ...
    Book 2 - Clay Sanskrit Library
    The aristocrat who wrote this vigorous political play eschewed sentimentality in favor of realistic characterization and forceful action. It is 316 BCE, one year after Chandra·gupta Maurya, aided by his subtle minister Chánakya, has seized the kingdom of Mágadha from the last king of the Nanda dynasty. Rákshasa, Nanda’s incorruptible minister, flees abroad and plots his vengeance, while Chánakya ... Read more

    $18.99 USD

  • Mahabharata Book Six (Volume 1)

    Bhishma

    Translated by Alex Cherniak ...
    Book 30 - Clay Sanskrit Library
    “Bhishma,” the sixth book of the eighteen-book epic The Maha•bhárata, narrates the first ten days of the great war between the Káuravas and the Pándavas. This first volume covers four days from the beginning of the great battle and includes the famous “Bhágavad•gita (“The Song of the Lord”), presented here within its original epic context. In this “bible” of Indian civilization the charioteer ... Read more

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  • Bhatti’s Poem: The Death of Ravana

    Translated by Oliver Fallon, Bhatti Bhatti ...
    Book 52 - Clay Sanskrit Library
    To the dry bones of grammar Bhatti gave juicy flesh in his poem, telling the greatest Indian story in elegant Sanskrit. Composed in the fourth century CE, in South India, ”Bhatti’s Poem: The Death of Rávana” is both a poetic retelling of Rama’s adventures, and a compendium of grammatical and rhetorical examples for students. Bhatti’s study aid to Pánini’s groundbreaking grammatical treatise, the ... Read more

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  • Mahabharata Book Seven (Volume 1)

    Drona

    Translated by Vaughan Pilikian ...
    Book 61 - Clay Sanskrit Library
    After Bhishma is cut down at the end of the previous book of the Maha·bhárata, the book which bears his name, Duryódhana selects Drona as leader of his forces. Drona accepts the honor with Bhishma's blessing, despite his ongoing personal conflicts as mentor to both the Pándava and Káurava heroes in their youth. The fighting rages on, with heavy losses on both sides. Furious and frustrated, ... Read more

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  • Handsome Nanda

    Translated by Linda Covill, Ashvaghosa ...
    Book 39 - Clay Sanskrit Library
    Nanda has it all: youth, money, good looks and a kittenish wife who fulfills his sexual and emotional needs. He also has the Buddha, a dispassionate man of immense insight and self-containment, for an older brother. When Nanda is made a reluctant recruit to the Buddha's order of monks, he is forced to confront his all-too-human enslavement to his erotic and romantic desires. Dating from the second ... Read more

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  • Mahabharata Book Nine (Volume 1)

    Shalya

    Translated by Justin Meiland ...
    Book 4 - Clay Sanskrit Library
    The Book of Shalya recounts in gory detail the final destruction of the Káurava army and the defeat of its leader, Dur·yódhana. In this first volume heroic duels and martial speeches abound as Shalya, the king of the Madras, is made general of the Káurava army, only to be slaughtered in his turn.The Book of Shalya recounts in gory detail the final destruction of the Káurava army and the defeat of ... Read more

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  • How the Nagas Were Pleased by Harsha & T

    Translated by Andrew Skilton ...
    Book 48 - Clay Sanskrit Library
    Two tragic plays that break the rules: both show the hero dying on stage, a scenario forbidden in Sanskrit dramaturgy. King Harsha's play, composed in the seventh century, re-examines the Buddhist tale of a magician prince who makes the ultimate sacrifice to save a hostage snake (naga). The Shattered Thighs, attributed to Bhasa, the illustrious predecessor to ancient Kali·dasa, transforms a ... Read more

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  • Rise of Wisdom Moon, The

    Translated by Matthew Kapstein, J. N. Mohanty ...
    Book 1 - Clay Sanskrit Library
    The Rise of Wisdom Moon was composed during the mid-eleventh century by Krishna mishra, an otherwise unknown poet in the service of the Chandella dynasty, whose cultural and religious capital was Khajuraho. The early popularity of Krishna mishra’s work led to its frequent translation into the vernaculars of both North and South India, and even Persian as well. Famed as providing the enduring model ... Read more

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  • Mahabharata Book Nine (Volume 2)

    Shalya

    Translated by Justin Meiland ...
    Book 51 - Clay Sanskrit Library
    In one of the most famous passages in Maha·bhárata, Dur·yódhana, the heroic but flawed king of the Káuravas, meets his end when he is dishonorably defeated in battle by his arch-enemy, Bhima. Framing a fascinating account of the sacred sites along the river Sarásvati, the duel poignantly portrays the downfall of a once great hero in the face of a new order governed by Krishna, in which the warrior ... Read more

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