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1 Ralph T.H. Griffith
Hymns of the Atharvaveda: trans. Into English with a popular commentary, and with intro. And new appendix by Dr. S.R. Sehgal and a foreword by Dr. Siddheshwar Varma, 2 vols.
Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd.; New Delhi, India; 2002; 8121500230 / 9788121500234; Reprint; Cloth; New; New; 
In India both the Rgveda and the Atharvaveda represent the earliest age in the history of sacred literature. However the spirit of the Atharvaveda breathes of a prehistoric stage. Some of its charms, witchcrafts and exorcism go back to Indo-European period. Dr. A. Kuhn has proved how some of its spells for curing bodily ailments agree in purpose and content as well as to some extent even in form, with certain old German, Lettic and Russian charms. Every evil thing in nature, from a drought to a fever or bad qualities of the human heart, is personified and made the object of terror-stricken propitiation, or of attempt at circumvention through witchcraft, or the instrument of harm to others through the same compelling nature. Here as there, worship takes the form of conjuring, not prayer; its ministers are sorcerers, not priests. The synonyms of the Atharvaveda like Atharvangirasah, Bhrgavangirasah and Brahmaveda speak of the development and the status it has enjoyed from time to time. In domestic sacrifices the Atharvan influence has been indelible. A deep study of the Atharvaveda and other Vedic texts unfolds new dimensions to modern sciences namely Comparative Philology, Comparative Mythology, Comparative Religion and Comparative Literature. Though Vedic literature the practical teaching of the classical languages in Europe has undergone an important change. The intellectual debt of Europe to India has thus been immense. It may perhaps become greater still in these post-independence years. Its special features include: a comparative study of the Saunaka and the Paippalada schools; and pointed references to the latest but lesser known researches expressed in Sanskrit language in the sixteen volumes Vedic Padanukramakosa by Acarya Dr. Vishva Bandhu Shastri and his distinguishes colleagues. This will evoke response from enlightened scholars for our prospective publications on other works. Printed Pages: 954. 018991

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2 Ralph T.H. Griffith
Hymns of the Rgveda: trans. Into English with a popular Commentary, 2 Vols.
Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd.; New Delhi, India; 1999; 8121500419 / 9788121500418; Reprint; Cloth; New; New; 
The Rgveda or the Veda of Praise is the oldest extant literary work in the world. The Hindus have always revered it as the fountain of divine wisdom. All schools of Hindu philosophy claim inspiration from it. The Rgveda contains 1017 hymns (or 1028 according to Valakhilyas) arranged in ten mandalas or books. The first book contains hymns of different character; the seven books, from the second to the eighth, consist of groups of hymns, each group ascribed to one sage or to the members of his family. The groups arranged in order of deities, with Agni in the vanguard followed by Indra, Vayu and others. The poetic quality of the hymns has had different appeal. Most scholars agree that some, if not all, touch sublime heights of poetry. The monotonous repetition of poetasters. They consider the merits of the Rgveda more historic and less poetic. The present translation of Rgveda is considered as one of the most authentic rendering of the Vedic text in fine metrical English with explanatory notes and useful indices. Mainly he has relied on Sayana's commentary for exposition, though departing from it at his convenience. Printed Pages: 1490. 024243

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3 Ralph T.H. Griffith
Hymns of the Samaveda: trans. Into English with a popular Commentary
Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd.; New Delhi, India; 2008; 8121500222 / 9788121500227; Reprint; Hardcover; New; New; 
Third in the order of the Vedic Samhitas or collections, the Samaveda represents the middle phase of the older Vedic literature. It also exemplifies an early stage of literary activity in the Indian context and bears reflections of Indo-Aryan religious life and thought. Samaveda, which mainly consists of musical hymns largely drawn from the Rgveda, the oldest of the four Vedic texts, is only next in sanctity and liturgical significance to the latter. On account of melodious nature of its verses which were intended to be sung by the udgatri or chanter-priest during the course of the performance of grand sacrificial rituals connected chiefly with the preparation of juice out of the sacred Soma creeper, the giver of mystic joy, it had special importance. In fact the Samaveda together with the Yajurveda, marks an important period of the growth of Vedic sacrifices from a simple domestic ritual to a complex and grand ceremonial conducted by four special priests. Besides, it also has deep connections with the antiquity of Indian Music, with at least two specialized groups of chanters viz., the Udichya-Samagas or the northern singers of Sama (melody) and the Prachya-Samagas or eastern singers, of which the former might represent the older tradition of Sama recitation. According to the traditional view, the Samaveda had originally about a thousand sakhas or branches but today only a few of them are extent, the rest are believed to have been lost before the text itself was reduced to writing. The present translation of Samaveda is considered as one of the authentic rendering of the Vedic text in fine metrical English with explanatory notes and useful indices without any element of subjectivity or prejudice. Printed Pages: 319. 022622

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4 Ralph T.H. Griffith
Poetry and Poetical Rhetorics in Indian Literature
Asian Publication Services; New Delhi, India; 1985; Reprint; Hard Cover; Very Good; Very Good; 
Printed Pages: 142. Slightly rubbed dust-jacket. 025485

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5 Ralph T. H. Griffith & Surendra Pratap (Ed.)
Samveda Samhita (Text with English Trans. and Commentary, Mantra and Name Index)
Nag Publishers; Delhi, India; 1991; 8170812445 / 9788170812449; First Edition; Hardcover; New; New; 
Printed Pages: 516. 103924

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6 Ralph T.H. Griffith
The Hymns of the Rgveda: Translated with a Popular Commentary, 2 Vols
Low Price Publications/D.K. Publishers Distributors Pvt. Ltd.; New Delhi, India; 2004; 8175363347 / 9788175363342; Hardcover; New; New; 
The Rig Veda derives its name from the word Rik, which means a mantra, in which the collection of mantras or hymns consisting of Verses are intended for loud recitation. The Verses in the Rig Veda are divided into ten mandalas or books (Vols. I & II contain 6 and 4 books respectively) which are further subdivided into hymns. The hymns are in praise of the Supreme Being. There are also hymns, addressed to Gods representing natural phenomena, domestic gods and abstract gods.This unique work brings within the easy reach of all readers of English, a translation of the hymns of the Rig Veda which aims to be close to the spirit of the original, is as readable and intelligible as the nature of the subject. Printed Pages: 1396. 107344

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7 Ralph T.H. Griffith
The Texts of the White Yajurveda or Vajasaneya-Samhita: trans. With a popular Commentary
Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd.; New Delhi, India; 1987; 8121500478 / 9788121500470; Reprint; Cloth; New; New; 
The four Vedas, Rg, Yajur, Sama and Atharva, the foundations, on which the grand and most ancient edifice of Hindu religion and philosophy are built. The Yajurveda ranks second in importance and is divided into two collections, Taittiriya and Vajasaneya, better known as Krishna or Black and Shukla or White Yajurveda. The latter is called white because its arrangement is systematic, orderly and free of obscurities which bedevil the former. The Yajurveda is actually a handbook or manual for the Adhvaryu priests, who specialized in conducting sacrifices. The White Yajurveda contains 2000 hymns arranged in forty books. Most of the hymns are culled from the Rgveda. The Yajur or sacrificial formulas are in prose, to be intoned in measured cadence. The important sacrifices dealt here are: Asvamedha or horse sacrifice, Purushamedha or sacrifice at full and new moon. Griffith's translation is true to the original. It explains recondite portions with the unobtrusive commentary of Mahidara. Printed Pages: 400. 018992

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