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The Edicts of Asoka

Author: Aśoka, King of Magadha; Narayanrao Appurao Nikam; Richard McKeon
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1978, ©1959.
Series: Midway reprints.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Asoka, the remarkable Indian ruler of third century B.C., who not only renounced the warlike policies of his early career but actually made a public proclamation of his errors, left a record of his teachings which he hoped would endure forever. It was inscribed on stone, not as a monument to himself but as a record of moral law. "The Edicts of Asoka," writes Richard McKeon in his Foreword, "form part of a large body  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Student Collection
Named Person: Aśoka, King of Magadha; Aśoka, King of Magadha
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Aśoka, King of Magadha; Narayanrao Appurao Nikam; Richard McKeon
ISBN: 0226586111 9780226586113
OCLC Number: 8376996
Notes: Aśoka's inscriptions translated from Prakrit.
Description: xxv, 68 pages : map ; 23 cm.
Contents: The edicts: Their adaptation to circumstances and their repetitions / Rock Edict XIV --
The occasion and purpose of the edicts: The Kaliṅga war, Aśoka's change of heart, and the ideal of conquest by dharma / Rock Edict XIII --
The objectives of inculcation of dharma / Rock Edict IV --
Way to inculcate dharma --
1. Aśoka's reflections on promulgation of morality / Pillar Edict VII, Pillar Edict VI --
2. Aśoka's participation in the program as aministrator and as example / Rock Edict VIII, Rock Edict VI, Rock Edict, V, Rock Edict X --
The nature of dharma --
1. As meditation and non-violence / Pillar Edict VII (continued from IV. 1) --
2. As insight, virtue, and service / Pillar Edict II, Pillar Edict I --
3. As respect and truth / Brahmagiri Rock Edict II --
4. As charity and the kinship of mankind / Rock Edict XI --
5. As rite and ceremonial / Rock Edict IX --
Applications of dharma --
A. Universal manifestations --
1. Against sins and passions in the individual / Pillar Edict III, Rock Edict X (continued from IV. 2) --
2. Against irreligion in the individual / Maskí Rock Edict (continued from VI. B. 4) --
3. Against religious intolerance and discrimination within the community / Rock Edict VII, Rock Edict XII --
4. Against aggression and tension between states / Kalin̊ga Edict II --
B. Particular applications --
1. Restrictions on feasts and on the slaughtering of animals; Pardoning of prisoners / Rock Edict I, Pillar Edict V --
2. Public administration: The promulgation of morality and the administration of justice / Rock Edict III, Rock Edict V (Continued from IV. 2), Pillar Edict IV, Kalin̐ga Edict I --
3. Medical aid and welfare / Rock Edict II, Pillar Edict VII (continued from V.I) --
4. Buddhism and the Ājīvika sect / Maskī Rock Edict, Bhabra Rock Edict, Sāñchī Pillar Edict, Sārnāth Pillar Edict, Rummindei Pillar Edict, Karna Chaupar Cave Edict.
Series Title: Midway reprints.
Other Titles: Inscriptions.
Responsibility: edited and translated by N.A. Nikam and Richard McKeon.

Abstract:

Asoka, the remarkable Indian ruler of third century B.C., who not only renounced the warlike policies of his early career but actually made a public proclamation of his errors, left a record of his teachings which he hoped would endure forever. It was inscribed on stone, not as a monument to himself but as a record of moral law. "The Edicts of Asoka," writes Richard McKeon in his Foreword, "form part of a large body of literature, drawn from all cultures, which seeks power not in domination of men or accumulation of possessions but in conquest of self, in understanding of others, and in conquest of self, in understanding of others, and in contemplation of truths within the scope of reason and goods within the scope of action ... The classics of this literature may take on a new importance and a new power in the world today."--Back cover.

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