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1 M.S. Valiathan
The Legacy of Caraka
Universities Press; Hyderabad, India; 2003; 8173716676 / 9788173716676; First Edition; Hardcover; New; New; 
Caraka, the master physician, is believed to have lived in the first century AD. The Samhita– composed by him forms the bedrock of ayurvedic practice today. His contribution to India’s cultural inheritance was profound. Caraka Samhita– was, in fact, a revision of an older text Agnivesa– Tantra, which was written several centuries before Caraka’s time. Caraka’s revision became so popular that it was translated into Tibetan, Arabic, English and many Indian languages. The Legacy of Caraka retells the Samhita– in a new format. Instead of adhering to the sequence of the Stha–nas in the original, the author has retold the Samhita– through thematically structured chapters, in contemporary idiom. The retelling has involved some degree of restructuring and condensation but has ensured that whatever is stated can be traced back to the original. In a detailed introduction, the author has commented on specific aspects of Caraka’s philosophy, concepts and practice, as seen from the point of view of modern medicine. This book will be of special interest to students of a–yurveda, medicine and other sciences, and those interested in the history of science in India. Printed Pages: 634. 030140

Price: 17.95 USD
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2 M.S. Valiathan
The Legacy of Susruta
Universities Press; Hyderabad, India; 2007; 8173716668 / 9788173716669; First Edition; Hardcover; New; New; 
Sus'ruta’s name is synonymous with India’s surgical inheritance. A legendary figure, he is believed to have lived and taught in Varanasi several centuries before the Buddha, and composed the Sus'ruta Tantra which became a timeless medical classic. Though the original text was lost long ago a redaction by Na-ga-rjuna survived as Sus'ruta Samhita and won universal acclaim. The Samhita is a study of the human condition in health and disease with undisguised emphasis on surgery, and rivals Caraka’s classic in authority. In The Legacy of Sus'ruta, the text of Sus'ruta Samhita has been recast in a thematic fashion without sacrificing any of the content of the original chapters. Furthermore, it presents much of the data in tabular form, and features many tables and illustrations in an effort to reach out to readers who may include not only students of a-yurveda but also of modern medicine, biological and social sciences and the history of science. The present volume is a companion to the commercially successful The Legacy of Caraka which was published by Orient Longman in 2003. Special Features: 1. Thematic paraphrase of Sus'ruta Samhita. No other book on Sus'ruta does this. 2. The introduction views Sus'ruta’s world from the point of view of modern medicine. Printed Pages: 908. 030141

Price: 21.50 USD
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3 M.S. Valiathan
The Legacy of Vagbhata
Universities Press; Hyderabad, India; 2009; 8173716684 / 9788173716683; First Edition; Hardcover; New; New; 
Vagbhata completes the “Great Three” (Brhatrayi) of Ayurveda, with his predecessors, Caraka and Susruta. His identity and period are controversial but a major section of the scholarly community believes that he was a native of Sindh, who lived in the sixth century and write Astangahrdayam and Astangasngraha. The two texts frankly acknowledge the authority of Samhitas of Caraka and Susruta and closely follow in the footsteps of the earlier masters. The Legacy of Vagbhata is based on a study of Astangahrdayam and employs a thematic approach with the plentiful use of tables. As in the earlier volumes on Caraka and Susruta, great care has been taken in this volume on Vagbhata to maintain fidelity to the original text while ensuring easy readability for the students of Ayurveda, medicine and the sciences. Printed Pages: 946. 030142

Price: 29.95 USD
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4 Nitya Menon (Author) & M.S. Valiathan (Frwd)
The Master Mystic: The Life of Shiva Yogini Amma
D.K. Printworld (P) Ltd.; New Delhi, India; 2007; 8124603820 / 9788124603826; First Edition; Softcover; New; 
India is a land where spiritual masters and mystics have blossomed from time to time, sharing their spiritual experience and knowledge for the benefit of all. They have explored a variety of spiritual, religious and philosophical dimensions to unravel the meaning of existence and significance of life. This book throws light on a rarely-studied aspect of Indian spirituality, its women mystics. The work is an account of the life of a master mystic, Shiva Yogini Amma, a woman who traversed new realms of experience in her spiritual quest. It is a record of her life from her birth to her attaining the nirvikalpa samadhi and after, and her teachings. It details the process of her spiritual realization; a unique experience exploring spiritual states with a foreknowledge and mastery. It explains her understanding of spiritual concepts relating to form and formlessness, maya, reality. It deals with her method of using the body and mind to attain the goals of the spirit. Based on one of her first woman disciples, Satyananda Yogini's recollections, the account elaborates on life in Shiva Yogini Amma's ashrama. It examins her growth as a samnyasin by delving into her daily activities, trances, interactions with disciples, and her teachings, particularly yoga instructions, to learners. The book will be useful to all those interested in spirituality or in studying it as a subject.Printed Pages: 262 with 8 coloured & 4 b/w illustrations. 100417

Price: 4.20 USD
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