is a well known tamil classic . It is a mine of information relating to
Jaina philosophy and religion . The author Vamanacharya who was also known
as Mallishenacharya , was the Guru of Irugapa, the minister of Hari-Hara
II of Vijayanagar. Hence his age would be some were about the end of the
14th century. From internal evidence as well as evidence from inscriptions
it is clear that the author was well versed in Tamil as well as Sanskrit.
The way in which he uses Sanskrit and Prakrit technical terms in tamilised
from is very instructive. It is not necessary to enumerate the several
merits of the work which is of high literary excellence . They will be
evident even to the casual reader . The book is offered of the public
for the first time in complete form. The successful publication of the
work is due mainly to the help and encouragement which I derived from
Mr. K. Appaswami Sastriar of Vidoor a cousin of mine and a distinguished
student of my father . I owe to him the lucid commentary which he wrote
for me and which is based upon a traditional commentary transmitted orally
from guru to student of which illustrious line of scholars he happens
to be the last . Though the commentary is given shape to just now it has
all the weight and importance of the trational and authoritative commentary
by an oldmaster . Further, I must acknowledge my thanks to Mr. T. Authy
Nainar for allowing the first 3 sargas of which he holds the copy right.
To be included in this work , to Mr. V. Arumugam Servai for seeing the
manuseript through the press and also to Mr. T. V. Kalyanasundara Mudaliar
for the several valuable suggestions which he offered to me in the matter
of editing the work , in the 6th sarga where there is comparative study
of Indian philosophy , I made several alterations in the commentary .
For any inaccuracy that may have crept into the interpre - tation of the
stanz as concerned , on account of these changes , I take the full responsibility
. I have added a philosophical introduction in Tamil with the hope that
he would help understanding the philosophical and religious doctrines
relating to Jainism . The introduction is largely drawn from Gunarthana's
commentary called "Tarka Ranasya - Dipika" on Haribhadra's "Shad-darsana-Samuchchaya"
and hence it does not claim any originality.