Sanskrit poets have enriched and embellished Sanskrit language by various devices among which the maxims or Nyayas are important. The maxims or worldly sayings incorporate the stories or legends current among the people and impart sound advice to the people. They are the gems of wisdom, collected from the ocean of human patterns of behavior. Laukikanyaya sahasri of Bhuvanesvara appears to be the first attempt in this regard. Many books are published in Indian languages recently to collect as many Nyayas as possible. The endeavour goes on. The scholars have tried to delve deep into the vast ocean of traditional Nyayas, pertaining to different spheres of human activities. The present book is an humble attempt in that direction. This is neither a beginning nor an end. The task of collecting Nyayas is a continuous process. The ever expanding horizon of worldly life is giving rise to condensed expressions of human traits. This Laukikanyayakosa appears to be an unending process of studying human nature through condensed sayings.
Dr. P. G. Lalye, born on 27-6-1928, M.A. (Sanskrit and Hindi) Ph.D. He is winner of Natu Prize for securing the highest rank in M. A. He retired as Professor & Head, Dept. of Sanskrit, Osmania University, Hyderabad, 1988. He got award from Govt. of Maharashtra in 1999 and was awarded president’s Certificate of Honour on 15th August 2000. He remained Chairman, Executive Board of the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute, Pune from 1999-2005 and had written seven books and published about 70 research articles. He is closely acquainted with English, Sanskrit, Marathi, Hindi and Telugu. He visited about twenty five universities for delivering lectures, evaluating Ph.D. thesis and conducting Viva-voice examinations. His latest publication is a book on Mallinatha, published by Sahitya Academy, New Delhi.
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