Bahuvrihi Compounds (fwd)

Anand V Raman A.Raman at massey.ac.nz
Thu May 6 04:35:50 EDT 1993


In <"mailhub.li.144:05.04.93.22.29.37"@liverpool.ac.uk>
	TA0GXR1 at NIU.EARN (Gautam Rayachauduri) writes:

>IT IS QUITE CLEAR THAT THE PEOPLE INVOLVED IN THE DISCUSSION ARE
>MORE QUALIFIED THAN I AM IN SANSKRIT. I HAD SANSKRIT IN HIGH
>SCHHOL FOR FOUR YEARS AND I STILL RECALL THAT BAHUBRIHI MEANS
>A PERSON HAVING MUCH RICE. INFACT, THE WORD BAHUBRIHI ITSELF

I must apologize for making a wildly speculative conjecture in
such an unscholarly manner.  I admit I got carried away when I
read the original query and connected Bahu with Bahi: which
stands for "outer" (as in Bahishprajna for consciousness of externals 
(in Mandukya Karika 1.1)) and vrihi with vrih+ which, Monier Williams
conjectures, meant "to grow" (He also says vrih+ is a possible
ancestor of the word Brahma meaning the primordial substance of
the universe).

I would have apologized sooner, but since the message was all in
uppercase, it took me a while to get to grips with it.  :-)

Cheers.

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