The Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute or BORI prepares critical editions of Hindu scriptures.

They also seem to remove portions from ancient manuscripts deeming such portions as interpolations.

My question is how do we judge whether they are even qualified to do such a job or not (i.e to adjudge the authenticity of Hindu scriptures)?

Also what methods they use to come up with critical editions by rejecting several stories that are found in the original manuscripts?

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    I think this question belongs to Meta ? – TheLittleNaruto Jan 28 '19 at 10:07
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    I am not sure I also thought that way initially .. I discussed with a Mod too before posting here .. IMO it is related here too as they deal with Hindu scriptures .. let the users decide @TheLittleNaruto – Rickross Jan 28 '19 at 10:09
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    Some of leela of God can be understood only by sadhana.. not intellect!!! They have dismissed some portions which are not understood through intellegence as interpolations which is completely wrong. – Parabrahman Jyoti Jan 28 '19 at 11:33
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    Answers would basically be opinions unless there is BORI person here to address this. – Ambi Jan 28 '19 at 12:12
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    @Ambi Yes, that is the reason the question should be posted to BORI and not us. We can't say what methods they use. We will only post inaccurate information and opinions.I think this is off-topic. – Sarvabhouma Jan 28 '19 at 17:23

I will answer this question by taking the example of Adi Parva of Mahabharata.

To understand the method to come up with the critical edition, the following document by Vishnu Sukthankar can be read -


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    Link-only answers are not recommended. If the link dies your answer becomes invalid. Better to copy the relevant information directly into the answer. Read the section 'Provide context for links' here. – sv. Feb 2 '19 at 20:04
  • Its about 130 pages long. Too long to copy. Not every question has a 1 or 2 page answer. – user16581 Feb 2 '19 at 20:06
  • You only need to quote the relevant part not 130 pages. – sv. Feb 2 '19 at 20:07
  • As I said, not every question has a 1 or 2 page answer. Atleast have the courtesy to go thru the link before commenting. – user16581 Feb 2 '19 at 20:08
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    Not trying to bug you. But users should not have to leave this site to read/figure out the answer. If something cannot be explained in 1-2 pages then it's best to leave the information as a comment under the question. – sv. Feb 2 '19 at 20:22

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