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386/387 ISBN 9-6 Published in 1993 BUDDHIST PUBLICATION SOCIETY KANDY SRI LANKA Copyright 1993 Ven. Dhammika Dharma Net Edition 1994 This electronic edition is offered for free distribution via Dharma Net by arrangement with the publisher. Then in the nineteenth century there came to light a large number of edicts, in India, Nepal, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Box 4951, Berkeley CA 94704-4951 King Asoka, the third monarch of the Indian Mauryan dynasty, has come to be regarded as one of the most exemplary rulers in world history. the name of Asoka shines, and shines almost alone, a star." Although Buddhist literature preserved the legend of this ruler -- the story of a cruel and ruthless king who converted to Buddhism and thereafter established a reign of virtue -- definitive historical records of his reign were lacking.
Wells has written: "Amidst the tens of thousands of names of monarchs that crowd the columns of history ...
These edicts, inscribed on rocks and pillars, proclaim Asoka's reforms and policies and promulgate his advice to his subjects. Dhammika, the compiler of the present work, is the spiritual director of the Buddha Dhamma Mandala Society in Singapore.
The loss of life caused by battle, reprisals, deportations and the turmoil that always exists in the aftermath of war so horrified Asoka that it brought about a complete change in his personality.The present rendering of these edicts, based on earlier translations, offers us insights into a powerful and capable ruler's attempt to establish an empire on the foundation of righteousness, a reign which makes the moral and spiritual welfare of his subjects its primary concern. PREFACE This rendering of King Asoka's Edicts is based heavily on Amulyachandra Sen's English translation, which includes the original Magadhi and a Sanskrit and English translation of the text. Bhandarkar and in parts favored their interpretations.However, many parts of the edicts are far from clear in meaning and the numerous translations of them differ widely. Any credit this small book deserves is due entirely to the labors and learning of these scholars. Apasinave, bahu kayane, daya, dane, sace, socaye//. (It includes) little evil, much good, kindness, generosity, truthfulness and purity.Asoka's edicts, which comprise the earliest decipherable corpus of written documents from India, have survived throughout the centuries because they are written on rocks and stone pillars.These pillars in particular are testimony to the technological and artistic genius of ancient Indian civilization.
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Each pillar was originally capped by a capital, sometimes a roaring lion, a noble bull or a spirited horse, and the few capitals that survive are widely recognized as masterpieces of Indian art.