[INDOLOGY] mAtAjI

Howard Resnick hr at ivs.edu
Wed May 22 18:16:09 EDT 2013


I will add that even CANakya's statement, that "one who sees other's wives as mother, truly sees," seems rather "innovative" in comparison with itihasa-purana customs.

Howard

On May 22, 2013, at 2:27 PM, Patrick Olivelle <jpo at uts.cc.utexas.edu> wrote:

> I have seen and translated this or similar verse, but cannot put my finger on it. The issue, however, is NOT about speaking about about "seeing"  -- that is regarding. In the verse I have seen the locatives are given as accusatives: mātṛvat paradārañ ca etc. Also the last pāda, as I remember it runs: yaḥ paśyati sa paśyati -- one who sees (this way), truly sees.
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> Patrick
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> On May 22, 2013, at 4:04 PM, Howard Resnick wrote:
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>> Do we know the history of the Hindu custom of addressing women as  mAtA or mAtAji?
>> 
>> Some Hindu traditions quote CANakya/KauTilya as follows: 
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>> mAtRvat para-dAreSu, para-dravyeSu loSTravat, Atmavat sarva-bhUteSu, yaH paZyati sa paNDitaH
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>> "A pandita is he who sees others' wives as mother, others' property as dirt, all beings as oneself."
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>> Yet typically itihasa-purana texts do not show men addressing others' wives, and certainly not women in general, as "mother."
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>> Any help with this is sincerely appreciated.
>> 
>> Best,
>> Howard Resnick
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