[INDOLOGY] Member's publications on late Indian Buddhism

Birendra Nath Prasad birendra176 at yahoo.com
Mon Feb 10 03:18:48 EST 2014

Dear Collegues, 
I am happy to announce the publication of my two research articles in prestigious peer-reviewed international journals:
1.	Cultic Relationships between Buddhism and Brahmanism in the ‘Last Stronghold’ of Indian Buddhism: An Analysis with Particular Reference to Votive Inscriptions on the Brahmanical Sculptures Donated to Buddhist Religious Centres in Early Medieval Magadha .Published in Buddhist Studies Review,  Journal of the U.K. Association for Buddhist Studies , London , Vol. 30, No. 2 (2013) ,pp. 181-199. Abstract of the paper may be seen at https://www.equinoxpub.com/journals/index.php/BSR/article/view/18521 . This journal is edited by Prof. Peter Harvey and published by Equinox Publications, London.
2.	A Folk Tradition Integrated into Mahayana Buddhism: Some Observations on the Votive Inscriptions on Sculptures of Pundesvari/Punyesvari/Purnesvari  Discovered in the Kiul-Lakhisarai Area, Bihar .Published in Berlin Indological Studies , Vol.21, 2013 ,pp. 299-306.  This Journal is edited by Dr.Gerd Mevvissen and published by WEIDLER Buchverlag Publishers, Berlin, Germany. 

With regards
Birendra Nath Prasad
Asstt. Professor, History Deptt.
BB Ambedkar Central University

On Sun, 2/9/14, indology-request at list.indology.info <indology-request at list.indology.info> wrote:

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    1. Re: N?r?ya?agarta and Kayya?a Kashmiri
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 Date: Sat, 8 Feb 2014 19:45:56 -0800
 From: Ashok Aklujkar <ashok.aklujkar at gmail.com>
 To: "Lubin, Tim" <LubinT at wlu.edu>
 Cc: Indology List <indology at list.indology.info>
 Subject: Re: [INDOLOGY] N?r?ya?agarta and Kayya?a Kashmiri
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 Thanks to Tim Lubin. Yes. "ta" and "bha" are similar enough
 in some specimens of Sharada to be misread for each other.
 So, the point made by Prof. Slaje stands. 
 I have checked as many words ending in -garbha in Einoo's
 book as I could. Yes, they would support the emendation to
 Helpful responses were also received from Tim Cahill and
 Bindu Bhatt. Thanks to them as well for clearing my doubts.
 I withdraw the suggestion to emend the text to -garga.
 Although that emendation would also have been
 transcriptionally probable at a certain stage, the support
 for it is not as many-sided as for -garbha.
 On 2014-02-08, at 5:23 PM, Lubin, Tim wrote:
 > -garbha as a name suffix seems common enough among
 authors of Tantric texts, or from Tantra-influenced
 milieux.  A quick search through Genesis and
 Development of Tantrism, ed. Shingo Einoo, (Kyoto, 2009)
 yields many examples, including a N?r?ya?agarbha.
 > For the graphic similarities cited, these samples are
 from the Ojha publication Ashok cites:
 > <Screen Shot 2014-02-08 at 8.01.36 PM.png>
 > These are 16th c. Sharada examples from Plate XXXI of
 the same (the second, /bha/, is not necessarily closed)
 > <Screen Shot 2014-02-08 at 7.59.42 PM.png>
 > <Screen Shot 2014-02-08 at 8.00.00 PM.png>
 > Compare also these, from p. 62 (on ??rad?) of Hemar?j
 ??kya's _Nep?la Lipi-Prak??a_:
 > <Screen Shot 2014-02-08 at 8.20.34 PM.png>
 > Certainly close enough to me mistaken given natural
 > Also, consider the ta and bha rows in the attached
 chart, especially for the scripts listed as Vartula, Nepali,
 and Nandinagari.
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 I simply searched: narayanagarbha. There were only a few
 hits. The earliest reference appears to be: Hariprasad
 Sastri, Palm-Leaf and Selected Paper Mss. Belonging to the
 Durbar Library, Nepal (Calcutta, 1905),. He mentions
 ek?yan?c?ryya n?r?y??agarbha? on page lxxvi and lxxvii of
 the preface. Alexis Sanderson mentions this same teacher in
 connection with the same manuscript on page 67 of Shingo
 Einoo, Genesis and Development of Tantrism (Tokyo, 2009).
 It turns out that all of the hits refer to the one
 manuscript in Kathmandu. I?m not sure why Prof. Aklujkar was
 unable to get the same results in a Google search. I hope
 this paste from the search is readable:
 5 results (0.09 seconds) 
 Donors - vasavitemplekothanur
 S.No    Description    Amount
 1    Sree Vasavi Devi Garbha
 Gudi    3,50,000
 4    Sree Lakshmi Narayana Garbha Gudi
 "Vimana Gopura ...    5,00,000
 Full text of "A Catalogue of Palm-Leaf and Selected Paper
 MSS ...
 The work is attributed to a human author Sadhaka Candra
 Datta who had received favour from Ekayaua- caryya
 Narayanagarbha. The work is written in ...
 Full text of "Genesis and Development of Tantra" - Internet
 35v7-36r4, and a lemma in a Nepalese palm-leaf manuscript of
 1187/8 of the Jndnalaksmi of Sadhaka Candradatta, pupil of
 Ekayanacarya Narayanagarbha ...
 Sanderson, Alexis - Saiva Age - Scribd
 Jan 22, 2012 - pupil of Ekayanacarya Narayanagarbha (C):
 susitam . of Sadhaka Candradatta. These binding cords are
 the ?rm fetters [of the soul].
 Shingo Einoo - Genesis and Development of Tantrism - Scribd
 Jan 22, 2012 - ... ? ? ? ? ? ? ? . of Sadhaka Candradatta,
 pupil of EkayanacaryaNarayanagarbha (C): susitam . sutram
 adaya laksalaktakabhavitam ? ? ? ? .
 Elliot M. Stern
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 > From: "ashok.aklujkar" <ashok.aklujkar at gmail.com>
 > Date: Saturday, February 8, 2014 6:29 PM
 > To: Indology List <indology at list.indology.info>
 > Subject: Re: [INDOLOGY] N?r?ya?agarta and Kayya?a
 Kashmiri pandits
 > I have a few questions to ask:
 > Is "garbha" found after a male name in a compound that
 could serve as someone's personal name or epithet? 
 > (The late grammarian Naage;sa speaks of himself as
 "satii-garbhaja", but in that compound "satii" is his
 mother's name.)
 > Dr. Stern observes: "A Google search will give you
 references for this scholar [= Naaraayana-garbha]." I made a
 Google search in all ways I could think of, but did not hit
 upon anything resembling "Naaraayana-garbha". Either Dr.
 Stern was expressing a hope or I need to get a list of the
 references he found.
 > (The reference in the NCC is based on the published
 edition. It does not add to what we know.)
 > I had checked Prof. Slaje's excellent booklet that
 introduces the Sharada script for the benefit of those who
 do not know that script, but I did not find anything in it
 that would suggest that "rbha" and "rta"" could be so
 similar as to be mistaken for each other. I would be
 grateful for a specific reference to discussions of the
 Sharada script that suggest such a possibility.
 Alternatively, a presentation of what the shapes of rbha"
 and "rta"" are according to Prof. Slaje will be useful. 
 > (The details of the book to which I referred in my last
 post for a one-time confusability of "rta" and "rga" are:
 OJHA, Gaurishankar Hirachand. The palaeography of India =
 Bhaaratiiya praaciina lipimaalaa. Delhi : Munshi Ram Manohar
 Lal, 1959.  Third edition. New Delhi 1971.) 
 > It certainly deserves admiration that Prof. Slaje has
 recollected an occurrence that could serve as an exact
 parallel to what we find in the mss of Naaraaya.na's
 commentary. However, Srikanth Kaul' himself does not specify
 that he has emended the text the way he has because "rbha"
 could be a miscopying of "rta". Therefore, we are free to
 think that he took the editorial action he did only for a
 semantic reason. At the most we can infer that he did not
 hesitate to emend or did not feel the need to justify his
 action because he was aware of the confusability of "rbha"
 as "rta" and "rta" as "rbha".
 > What kind of semantic reason? In the passage concerned,
 ;Sriivara describes an unceremonious funeral, one in which a
 body brought in a coffin and covered with a single sheet is
 simply dumped into a space that exists in/on the ground,
 although it is the body of a royal person (note "ak.sipat,"
 note absence of any reference to preparation of the burial
 ground etc.). In such a context, "bhuu-garta" conveying the
 idea of a 'ditch' or 'trench' seems more appropriate than
 "bhuu-garbha" (which would connote greater depth). 
 > (I could not find any occurrences of "bhuu-garbha" in
 Classical Skt with our standard reference tools. Apte's
 dictionary records the word only as an epithet of Vi.s..nu.
 In many modern Indian languages "bhuu-garbha-;saastra" is
 used for 'geology'.)
 > Whether we go along with Kaul or view his emendation as
 unnecessary or as an attempt to improve ;Sriivara's
 original, does it not seem that the evidence given for
 favoring the change of "garta" to "garbha" in the pu.spikaa
 of Naaraaya.na's commentary is not as strong as it may
 initially seem?
 > I will conclude with a clarification. I take Kayya.ta
 to be a Kashmirian, but Naaraaya.na (= Naaraaya.na-garga,
 less probably  Naaraaya.na-garbha)  may be from
 Kashmir or any part of western India to the south of
 Kashmir. Also, he may not be close to Kayya.ta in time. He
 could belong to a time when the gotra names began to be used
 after personal names to identify oneself. 
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