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Kural - The Great Book Of Tiru-Valluvar
Kulapati 's preface



Preface To The Original (Rochouse) Edition

Preface To Revised Edition Of Kural


The Good House Holder

The Life - partner


A Loving Disposition

An Open House

The Soft Word



Self - Control

The Regulated life

Unlawful Life


Do Not Envy

Do Not Covet

Speak Not ill Of Others

Avoid Worthless Talk


Social Cooperation

Helping The Poor

Public Esteem


Eat No Meat


Impure Life


Against Anger

Do Not Cause Harm

The Fleeting World


True Knowledge

Renouncing Of Desire

The Law Of Karma



The Strenuous Life


On Learning

On Being Unlettered

Knowledge Through Listening

On Friendship


Guard Against Deceivers

A Warning 

On Lust And Wine And Gambling

On The Art Of Healing

Self Respect


Looking After The Tribe


Repugnance To Evil

Unscrupulous Men

On Agriculture

On Poverty


The Prosperous State


Judging The Time


Choosing The Executive

Good Ministers

Good Birth


Just Rule

Oppression And Misrule


The Good Minister


On Spies

The Art Of Persuation 

Assembly Work

The Moral Law

The Dangers Of The Palace

A Prosperous Nation


A Well Filled Exchequer

Efficiency In Action

The Offensive

The Army


About Envoys And Messengers


On Citizenship

Major Sections
Books By Rajaji
Ramayana Mahabharata

Bhagavad Gita

Bhaja Govindam



Hinduism Doctrine And Way Of Living



THE Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan-that Institute of Indian Culture in Bombay-needed a Book University, a series of books which, if read, would serve the purpose of providing higher education. Particular emphasis, how ever, was to be put on such literature as revealed the deeper impulsions of India. As a first step, it was decided to bring out in English 100 books, 50 of which were to be taken in hand almost at once. Each book was to contain from 200 to 250 pages.

It is our intention to publish the books we select, not only in English, but also in the following Indian languages: Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam. This scheme, involving the publication of 900 volumes, requires ample funds and an all-India organisation. The Bhavan is exerting its utmost to supply them.

The objectives for which the Bhavan stands are the reintegration of Indian culture in the light of modern knowledge and to suit our present-day needs and the resuscitation of its, fundamental values in their pristine Vigour.

Let me make our goal more explicit: -

We seek the dignity of man, which  necessarily implies the creation of social conditions which would allow him freedom to evolve along the lines of his own temperament and capacities; we seek the harmony of individual efforts and social relations, not in any makeshift way, but within the frame-work of the Moral Order; we seek the creative art of life, by the alchemy of which human limitations are progressively transmuted, so that man may become the instrument of God, and is able to see Him in all and all in Him.

The world, we feel, is too much with us. Nothing would uplift or inspire us so much as the beauty and aspiration which such books can teach. In this series, therefore, the literature of India, ancient and modern, will be published in a form easily accessible to all. Books in other literatures of the world. If they illustrate the principles we stand for, will also be included.

This common pool of literature, it is hoped, will enable the reader, eastern or western, to understand and appreciate cur rents of world thought, as also the movements of the mind in India, which though they flow through different linguistic channels, have a common urge and aspiration.

Fittingly, the Book University's first venture is the Mahabharata, summarized by one of the greatest living Indians, C.Raja Gopala - chari ; the second work in on a section of it, the Gita Centuries ago, it was proclaimed of the Mahabharata: "What is not in it, is nowhere." After twenty-five centuries, we can use the same words about it. He who knows it not knows not the heights and depths of the soul; he misses the trial and tragedy and the beauty and grandeur of life.

The Mahabharata is not a mere epic; it is a romance, telling the tale of heroic men and women and of some who were divine; it is a whole literature in itself, containing a code of life; a philosophy of social and ethical relations, and speculative thought on human problems that is hard to rival; but, above all, it has for its core the Gita, which is, as the world is beginning to find out, the noblest of scriptures and the grandest of sagas in which the climax is reached in the wondrous Apocalypse in the Eleventh canto.

Through such books alone the harmonies underlying true culture, I am convinced, will one day reconcile the disorders of modern life. I thank all those who have helped to make this new branch of the Bhavan's activity successful.

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