Another Query

Suresh Kolichala suresh.kolichala at GMAIL.COM
Wed Feb 6 14:26:31 EST 2013


Dear Matthew,

The word *visarāru* sounds suspiciously Dravidian. In Telugu, *visarāru* means
"(v.) to spread out, to diffuse", which also has cognates in other
Dravidian languages (See DEDR
5450<http://kolichala.com/DEDR/searchindexid.php?q=5450>).
It is remarkable that the Traditional lexicographers in Telugu ascribed a
Sanskrit etymology for this word, deriving it from Skt. *visaraṇa*.

Is it possible Kamalaśīla was a South Indian, and influenced by the local
tradition of considering a Dravidian *visarāru* as a Sanskrit word?

Regards,
Suresh.

On Wed, Feb 6, 2013 at 1:11 PM, Matthew Kapstein <mkapstei at uchicago.edu>wrote:

> In the Tattvasaṅgrahapañjika I find the term visarāru. It clearly means
> something like "flowing forth continuously," but I do not find it in the
> lexicons at my
> disposal (I'm away from my library just now) and I can't work out the
> derivation,
> except of course that it's from vi-sṛ > visara "going forth".
>
> It's not, by the way, to be found in Edgerton's BHS dictionary, or in
> Apte, or in Monier-Williams,
> which I do have packed into my tablet.
>
> Thanks in advance for your suggestions.
>
> Matthew Kapstein
> Directeur d'études,
> Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes
>
> Numata Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies,
> The University of Chicago
>
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