This volume comprises two of the three famous Satakas (collection of one hundred stanzes) of the famous poet philosopher Bhartrhari. The first of them the Niti Sataka is proposed to guide people in their daily life and it lays emphasis on the moral virtues such as self respect, perseverance, benevolence and moral courage etc. The second, Vairagya Sataka exhorts the readers to turn away from worldly pleasures and seek mental calm in the solitude of the forest. It is edited by M.R. Kale who has added a simple commentary in sanskrit and english translation and copious notes.
M. R. Kale is famous for his excellence in Indian literature, linguistics and Sanskrit plays such as- The Mrichchhakarika of Sudraka, Abhijnana of Sakuntala, Meghaduta of Kalidasa etc