The New Vedic Selection, consisting of representative pieces from the Samhitas, Brahmanas, Aranyakas, Upanisads and important Vedangas, was prepared by me in collaboration with my revered teacher Pt. N.K. S. Telanga, on the kind advice of Dr. S. Bhattacharya, Professor and Head of the Department of Sanskrit and Pali, Banaras Hindu University. The book was subsequently. I am glad to state, prescribed for B.A. and M.A. courses in the Universities. I must express my indebtedness to the Universities for their encouragement.
In June, 1971, The New Vedic Selection became out of print. Unfortunately our plan to bring out a second edition was to be dropped, because of the sad premature demise of Pt. N.K.S. Telanga in August, 1971. However, due to the pressing demand for the book from students and teachers I felt compelled to take up the plan to bring out a revised edition. But in spite of my persistent efforts the revised edition could not be brought out earlier for various reasons which were beyond my control.
Since The New Vedic Selection contained Vedic Texts prescribed for B.A. as well as for M. A. Classes, it was felt that for the convenience of students the book be published in two parts, separating the relevant portions prescribed for the respective course. The first part included the hymns prescribed for B.A. courses by the Banaras Hindu University but later when the book was under print on the suggestion of Dr Adya Prasad Mishra Professor and Head of the Department of Sanskrit. University of Allahabad, the following hymns covering the courses of B.A. of the Allahabad University were also added:
Agni Sukta (R.V.I.1)
Hiranyagarbha Sukta (R.V.X. 121)
Vak Sukta (R.V.X.125)
Purusa Sukta (sukta YV. XXXI. 1-16)
Sivasamkalpa Sukta (sukla YV. XXXIV . 1-6)
Prthivi Sukla (AV. XII.1)
The Part I now covers the B.A. courses of various Indians Universities.
To make the Selection more useful to B.A. students I have given the prose-order (anvaya) of each mantra. In the present edition words in the Notes also are presented with their proper accent-marks. Realizing the difficulty of the students of Hindi-speaking area, I have given the four appendices on Vedic Grammar, Vedic Accent, Vedic Metre and Vedic Deities in Hindi in this part. These appendices will be helpful for the beginners.
Now it is pleasant duty to acknowledge my obligations to scholars who have given their constructive suggestions to make this edition more useful. I find no word sufficient to express my gratitude to my revered Guru Dr. S. Bhattacharya for the valuable suggestions given to me from time to time by him. But for the interest shown and guidance given by him the book could not have been completed in-time. I am also grateful to Dr. Adya Prasad Mishra Professor and Head of the Department of Sanskrit, Allahabad University Dr. B.R. Sharma, Professor of Sanskrit, V. I.S. & I.S. Panjab University Hoshiarpur and Dr. Virendra Kumar Varma, Reader in Sanskrit, B. H. U., for the suggestion which they readily gave me whenever I had occasions to discuss the problems connected with The New Vedic Selection.
My thanks also are due to shri Jitendracharya ji who assisted me in correcting the prools. In spite of the care I have taken and efforts put in, there might be printing errors and other mistakes still remaining in the book for which I crave the indulgence of the readers.
At the end I must thank the Publishers, Bharatiya Vidya Prakashan, Kachauri gali Varanasi, who took very keen interest in publishing this book in their series; Shri Narayan Mhaskar; the proprietor, Jyotish Prakash Press, Kal Bhairva Marg, Varanasi, as also the workers of the Press for their full cooperation in seeing the book through the Press.
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