Bīrūnī, Muḥammad ibn Aḥmad, Alberuni's India (v. 1)

(London :  Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner & Co.,  1910.)



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158                           ALBERUNPS INDIA.

Varahamihira has composed two Jatakas, a small and
a large one. The latter of these has been explained
by Balabhadra, and the former I have translated into
Arabic. Further, the Hindus have a large book on the
science of the astrology of nativities called Sdrdvali,
i.e. the chosen one, similar to the Vazidaj (=r Persian
guzida ?), composed by Kalyana-Varman, who gained
high credit for his scientific works. But there is
another book still larger than this, which comprehends
the whole of astrological sciences, called Yavana, i.e.
belonging to the Greeks.

Of Varahamihira there are several small books, e.g.
Shat-pancdsikd, Mty-'&ix ch^iter^ on astrology; Hord-
panca-hotriya (?), on the same subject.

Travelling is treated of in the book Yogaydtrd and
the book Tikani(?)-ydtrd, marriage and marrying in the
book Vivdha-patala, architecture in the book (lacuna).

The art of taking auguries from the flight or cries
of birds, and of the foretelling by means of piercing a
needle into a book, is propounded in the work called
Srudhava (? srotavya), which exists in three different
copies. Mahadeva is said to be the author of the first,
Vimalabuddhi the author of the second, and Baiigflla the
author of the third. Similar subjects are ti-eated in the
book Gudhdmana (?), i.e. the knowledge of the un¬
known, composed by Buddha, the originator of the sect
of the red robe-wearers, the Shamanians; and in the
book PraJna Gildhdmana (?), i.e. questions of the science
of the unknown, composed by Utpala.

Besides, there are Hindu scholars of whom we know
Page 76.       the names, but not the title of any book of theirs, viz.:—

Sangahila (Srinkhala ?).

Piruvana (?).
Prithudaka - s vami n.

Medical           Mediciuc belongs to the same class of sciences as

astronomy, but there is this difference, that the latter
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