प्रमुखा विकल्पसूचिः उद्घाट्यताम्
एतत् पृष्ठम् परिष्कृतम् अस्ति


PREFACE

THe Vairagya-Satakam is one of the three series of hundred verses which have come down to us under the title of Subhashita-trisati, (lit. 'The happily worded three centuries') and associated with the name of the poet Bhartrhari. In some manuscripts, these verses exceed the number implied in the above name, but we have followed the authority of an edition published by the Nirnaya-sagar Press of Bombay, which maintains the exact original number.

Tradition attributes the authorship of these verses to Bhartrhari. the elder brother of the most renowned King Vikramaditya of Ujjain. Controversy has not yet settled the point as to which Vikramaditya was the brother of the poet and when exactly he reigned at Ujjain. The fact, it seems, that Bhartrhari belonged to a royal family and renounced the world later on in life to become a Yogi, forms the most reliable nucleus round which growing, and sometimes conflicting, traditions have continued to gather. A cave is still pointed out near Ujjain, bearing his name where Bhartrhari is said to have practised austerities. A book called the Nathalilamrta recording from hearsay stories about the celebrities life in a loose,legendary style. But it is easy to make out that, when all clue to authenticity about the real facts of Bhartrhari's life became lost to tradition, the memory of a career so stimulating to imagination was not allowed to go down to hopelessly