Contents: Preface. 1. Introduction. 2. Dharmasutra of Sankha-Likhita. 3. Asahaya, the commentator of the Gautama-Dharmasutra and the Naradasmrti. 4. The Tantravartika and the Dharmasastra literature. 5. Passages from the Rajamartanda on Tithis, Vratas and Utsavas. 6. The meaning of Acaryah. 7. The Mahabharata verses and very ancient Dharmasutras and other works. 8. The Dvaitanirnaya. 9. Vedic Mantras and legends in the Puranas. 10. The predecessors of Vijnanesvara. 11. Kalivarjya (actions forbidden in the Kali age). 12. Tilaka mark. 13. The Parijata and the Madana-Parijata. 14. Paurana-Dharma. 15. The Arthasastra of Kautilya. 16. King Bhoja and his works on Dharmasastra and Astrology. 17. Mahabharata citations in the Sabara-Bhasya. 18. Utpala and the Arthasastra of Kautilya. 19. The Kautiliya and the Matsya Purana. 20. Naming a child or a person. 21. Prof. Kane's method and interpretations--a review by Dr. S.G. Moghe. Topical index. Author/title index.
"If not peerless as an indologist, Pandurang Vaman Kane (1880-1972) may have barely a few equals. A legitimate recipient of many, many enviable awards, including the 'Bharat Ratna'--the highest national honour in India, he was the distinguished Sanskritist, National Professor of Indology, Vice-Chancellor of Bombay University, Member of Parliament (nominated), and entitled 'Mahamahopadhyaya'. And was a prolific author too--his literary writings in English, Marathi and Sanskrit having been estimated to run across nearly 15,000 printed pages. Yet, M.M. Kane is to stay immortalized for his multivolume History of Dharmasastra: an encyclopaedic, at once authoritative work on ancient India's religious and civil laws.
"This volume puts together nineteen of his essays to reinforce Professor Kane's unique insightfulness into Dharmasastra literature. Discreetly culled from the prodigious mass of his writings, these essays show how Dr. Kane conjures some of the most obscure, hitherto-unnoticed sources not just to dispel widely-accepted fallacies or straighten out distortions, but (importantly) to project the fabulous legacy of India's Dharmasastra literature: in both its variegated richness and unflawed authenticity.
"Covering diverse themes from Dharmasastra literature: ranging from Pauranic legends to the Pauranic worldview of dharma and sacrifices, from the literary use of the Mahabharata citations to the questions of identity and chronology of Dharmasastra authors, Professor Kane's collection shows how King Bhoja evidenced the relevance of Dharmasastras to astrology; how far the Matsyapurana is indebted to Kautilya's Arthasatra; or how, in turn, Kautilya's classic compares with Kamasastra or Manu-Smrti; and how Vijnanesvara is positioned vis-a-vis his predecessors." (jacket)