1Having churned the ocean of Astrology with the mountain of my intelligence, I have taken out the Moon of Science (correct knowledge) that affords light to the world.
2I have not discarded the works of ancient seers while writing this Sastra or scientific work. Hence, O Ye good men! You may by all means compare mine with theirs and accept whichever you like.
3Or, a good man finding some excellence (virtue), though slender, in an ocean of faults, proclaims that (virtue), while a mean-minded man does contrariwise (finding a small fault in an ocean of excellences, he proclaims the fault alone). This is the nature of the good and the wicked.
4The gold of poetry being heated by the fire of wicked men becomes purified. Hence, it should be shown (read) to the wicked by all means.
5Whatever point of this work gets lost or altered in the course of its circulation by the fault of scribes or of students receiving oral instruction from the learned, may kindly -be supplied or set right by scholars avoiding jealousy; so too, whatever I have ill-done, done niggardly, or not done at all.
6With my intellect rendered quite (clear)—[or with intelligence caused by the favour] on account of salutations offered to the feet of the Sun (and other planets), the sages such as Vyasa and my preceptor (i.e., my own father I have only summarized (or given the essence ol) this science. Hence, I make obeisance to the ancient authors.