“The present book is [the] author’s thesis entitled, ‘The Concept of Brahmā—its origin and development’ which was examined by Dr. H.D. Sankalia, Dr. A.L. Basham and Dr. K.K. Dutta Shastri and on which the author Dr. S.P. Basu had been awarded [a] Ph.D. Degree in Arts by the University of Calcutta on August 1984. While tracing the hierophantic origin of the God Brahmā in the Vedas, the author makes “a very comprehensive and thorough survey of the subject”. The interdisciplinary study of the concept of Brahmā from the points of view of Sociological and Anthropological, Archaeological and Historical, Philosophical and Astro physical disciplines may be taken as a brilliantly original approach to the problem of the concept of Brahmā which has always been determined in relation to the concepts of Visṇu, Nārāyaṇa, Sūrya, and Śiva.
Since the study is associated with the cosmic creator god of the Hindus, discussion of the subject from the point of view of modern Astro-physics has crept in. Different cosmological concepts of the ancient Hindus have been compared with various theories of modern Astro-physics on the origin of the universe viz. Big-Bang theory, theory of Pulsating Universe. Original Sanskrit texts relating to these problems are extensively quoted from the Vedas, the Upanishads, Puranas and other Sanskrit literatures to make the present study a compete ‘Source Book’. This is the special feature of the book.” (flap copy)
- Title: The Concept of Brahma: It’s Origin and Development
- Author: P. Basu
- Publisher: Sundeep Prakashan
- Place: Delhi, India
- Year: 1986
- Length: 383pp
- Dimensions: 5” x 9.63” x 1.25”
- Condition: The dustjacket is in fine condition. It is significantly worn about the edges. The lamination is beginning to separate and curl up along those same edges, but it is still generally in one piece. The colors of the dustjacket, a deep rust and a golden yellow, are still bright and unfaded. The wine red cloth covered boards are in good condition, only slightly worn. The color has significantly faded along the top and bottom edges, most likely from light exposure. The binding is tight. No pages are missing. The pages are clean—no folds, tears, or extraneous marks. A Sundeep price sticker sits on the front DJ flap, and a purple Motilal Banarsidass stamp sits in front endpapers.