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Maharishi University of Management researchers seek another rare Sanskrit text
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22 May 2012
Dr Peter Freund, creator of the Vedic Reserve, a comprehensive online Sanskrit library at Maharishi University of Management, continued to describe a recent trip to India to uncover some very rare Vedic texts and add them to the website.
The previous article in this series explained the importance of a rare Shiksha manuscript and its last-known location in an Oriental Research Institute in India.
Next, Dr Freund explained about the second rare Sanskrit text he and others at the university began searching for.
This 'second thread' of the story, he said, came up in context of programmes developing in the emerging field of Vedic Agriculture. Their help was asked in locating a copy of an important 'Upapurana' in the branch of Vedic Literature known as the Puranas, containing knowledge of the oceans, 'the source of rain, crucial for agriculture', Dr Freund explained.
The Maharishi University of Management researchers found, by electronically searching all the libraries in the United States, that Varuna Purana had not been published. Then by looking through manuscript catalogues, they found one listing the 41 Puranas that were still extant and available in the world.
Dr Freund said, '[The author] included the Varuna Purana on that list, but his 150-year-old citation of the library where it could be found was a dead end. So if we really wanted to find it, we would have to go to India to look for it.' In addition to the rare copy of Kaundinya Shiksha, 'now we had two reasons to go to India'.
Vivek Vaidyanathan, a master's student in Maharishi Vedic Science at MUM, was on his way to India to visit his family in Delhi.
'He agreed to take on the mission of finding and bringing back these rare texts,' said Dr Freund.
Next in the series: an account of how Mr Vaidyanathan's academic quest in India was very nearly thwarted.
See related articles:
∙ Three rare Sanskrit texts sought for vast 'Vedic Reserve' online library: Resource for students, scholars
∙ Vedic Reserve website set to add 20,000 pages of rare Sanskrit texts
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