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Therese Hamilton



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Posted: Sat Apr 28, 2018 6:12 pm    Post subject: Dating Parashara Reply with quote

Dating Parashara

Al Biruni (973-1049) has given us an excellent snapshot of India in his lifetime. He traveled extensively in India between 1017 and 1030, the source material for his acclaimed book, India. In his books Biruni quotes from Brahmagupta, Aryabhata, Varahamihira and Vitesara. There is some mention of Kalyana Varma (Saravali), but no mention of Parashara. Does this mean that the Parashara texts came together only at a later date, post dating Biruni’s tme? We know that it has been very difficult to accurately date many of India' classic astrological texts.

Al-Biruni’s books:

The Chronology of Ancient Nations (trans. Dr. Edward Sachau), Forgotten Books.com, 2017. (Very nice inexpensive re-print)

Al Biruni’s India (trans. Dr. Edward Sachau), Rupa Publications, India, 2002-2016).

The Book of Instruction in the Elements of the Art of Astrology (trans. R. Ramsay Wright), LondonLuzak & Co., 1934. (Now available in facsimile reprint from several publishers.)
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Samantha Werner



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Posted: Thu May 17, 2018 11:30 pm    Post subject: Re: Dating Parashara Reply with quote

Therese Hamilton wrote:
Dating Parashara

Al Biruni (973-1049) has given us an excellent snapshot of India in his lifetime. He traveled extensively in India between 1017 and 1030, the source material for his acclaimed book, India. In his books Biruni quotes from Brahmagupta, Aryabhata, Varahamihira and Vitesara. There is some mention of Kalyana Varma (Saravali), but no mention of Parashara. Does this mean that the Parashara texts came together only at a later date, post dating Biruni’s tme? We know that it has been very difficult to accurately date many of India' classic astrological texts.

Al-Biruni’s books:

The Chronology of Ancient Nations (trans. Dr. Edward Sachau), Forgotten Books.com, 2017. (Very nice inexpensive re-print)

Al Biruni’s India (trans. Dr. Edward Sachau), Rupa Publications, India, 2002-2016).

The Book of Instruction in the Elements of the Art of Astrology (trans. R. Ramsay Wright), LondonLuzak & Co., 1934. (Now available in facsimile reprint from several publishers.)


Interesting indeed.
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Pierre Touchard



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Posted: Fri May 18, 2018 11:56 am    Post subject: Re: Dating Parashara Reply with quote

But yes. Parasara and his work had been lost for several centuries. Which is why it made quite a splash when it resurfaced. Be cause he was known as one of the 18 sages who taught jyotisa early on.


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Therese Hamilton wrote:
Dating Parashara

Al Biruni (973-1049) has given us an excellent snapshot of India in his lifetime. He traveled extensively in India between 1017 and 1030, the source material for his acclaimed book, India. In his books Biruni quotes from Brahmagupta, Aryabhata, Varahamihira and Vitesara. There is some mention of Kalyana Varma (Saravali), but no mention of Parashara. Does this mean that the Parashara texts came together only at a later date, post dating Biruni’s tme? We know that it has been very difficult to accurately date many of India' classic astrological texts.

Al-Biruni’s books:

The Chronology of Ancient Nations (trans. Dr. Edward Sachau), Forgotten Books.com, 2017. (Very nice inexpensive re-print)

Al Biruni’s India (trans. Dr. Edward Sachau), Rupa Publications, India, 2002-2016).

The Book of Instruction in the Elements of the Art of Astrology (trans. R. Ramsay Wright), LondonLuzak & Co., 1934. (Now available in facsimile reprint from several publishers.)


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Therese Hamilton



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Posted: Fri May 18, 2018 7:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The modern Brihat Parasara Hora Sastra has a questionable pedigree, all agree. At the very least the text has many modern interpolations. As it stands now each person is free to believe whatever he/she wishes about the text, such as whether or not it's related to "18 sages" of ancient times. It's interesting, however, that the text was apparently unknown in Biruni's time.
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