The Maitri, or Maitrāyanīya Upanishad: With Commentary of Rāmatīrtha - (Classic Reprint)- by Edward Byles Cowell

The Maitri, or Maitrāyanīya Upanishad: With Commentary of Rāmatīrtha - (Classic Reprint)- by Edward Byles Cowell

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Excerpt from The Maitri, or Maitrāyanīya Upanishad: With Commentary of Rāmatīrtha

The Sanskrit text was all printed in India before I left that country; but the publication has been delayed since my return to England in order that the concluding portion might be aecom panied by the English translation. The printed text was based on a collation of two mss. Containing the original and oommen taryat These were (l) A. An old and very correct ms. Belong ing to the library of the Asiatic Society of Bengal; and B. A less correct and modern ms. Procured by Professor Grifith from Benares. The two mss. Never difi'er except in errors of transcription, and must have come from a common source. I subsequently procured from Poonah, through Professor Hang, a copy of a ms. Containing the five first books without the Com mentary the variants of which I subjoin in a list of various readings which follows this prefacct Since my return to England I have also partially collated the ms. Of the text and commentary (m.) which once belonged to Sir W. Jones, and is now in the British Museum. It consists of two volumes (nos. 14767 copied in the Saka year 1715. Sankara's commentary on the Taittiriya Upanishad is bound up with it in the second volume; hence, as Ramatirtha's name is nowhere mentioned, Sir W. Jones in a note erroneously attributed the comm. On the present Upa niabad to the same author. Unfortunately it is a very bad ms.