It was prepared with the help of the following :-
(a) A manuscript of the Research Library. Num-breed 7. Written on country paper. Measuring 10" by 64. In Sarada characters. Half a century old. Rat-eaten towards the end. With footnotes on the margin, having nine lines on an average on each side of the leaf with an average number of thirteen letters in a line. Contains 176 leaves. Is bound with Igvarapratyabhiyiavimariini, Paratri4ika and Paramadvayadvadanka. Text and gloss. Comparatively correct. Incomplete, running only upto the first portion of the fourth chapter.
(b) A transcript referred to above. Written on the ruled foolscap paper. In Devanagari characters. Measures 13" by 8k." Contains 61 leaves having 24 lines on each side with sixteen letters in a line. Text only. Mostly incorrect.
The press copy was fully prepared and sent early in the year 1924 to the Aryabhushan Press Poona. Its printing has unfortunately taken a decade of years to reach completion owing to the disastrous fire, which they said Press caught in 1926 when the whole portion of the Sivadristi printed' up-to-date was destroyed, to the amalgamation of the Archaeology and Research in 1929 and finally to their abolition in 1931.
I feel duty bound to give my thanks to Rljanaka Maheshwara of the Department for giving me assistance in preparing the press copy.
At the end, I am to crave the indulgence of readers for many mistakes that are found in the last portion of the text printed without the gloss and that could not be corrected for want of a better manuscript material.
In the second verse of the first chapter the author enunciates succinctly the purport of the body of his book. Its sense is to the following effect :-
" What constitutes the essence and identity of every being and what therefore is self-evident is Siva, as an ever-running stream of desire, as a spontaneous Mw of cognition and activity, as happiness and intelligence and as all-pervasive."
It is in tune therefore with his proposition that we find his offer of homage to the Almighty God not in the first person but in the third person in the opening verse of his treatise. In this verse he says " Let Siva who is one in substance with us offer his obeisance to Siva, who has materialised his own nature in the form of universe by his own native power, for success in overcoming the obstacles with the help of the triple agency of Mind Tongue and Body."
The agency used in offering the obeisance and the obstacles for the removal of which homage is paid are alike in the author's eyes consubstantial with Siva.
Contents of the seven chapters are :-
1. Discussion why and how the absolute Reality gradually materialises in a concrete form such as that of an animate or inanimate object.
2. Enunciation and refutation of the theory of the Grammarians.
3. Refutation of the views of the Shaktas, the Dualistic Saivites and the followers of the Yoga Philosophy.
4. Proofs in support of the Idealistic Monism.
5. Demonstration of the identity in nature of the subjective and objective phenomena of the world.
6. Illogicalness of other theories regarding the absolute Reality.
7. Secret that underlies the prophetic powers and ultimately leads a man to final beatitude.
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