[INDOLOGY] The alphabet found in the Lalitavistara

Martin Gansten martingansten at gmail.com
Thu Oct 31 23:45:39 EDT 2019


Similarly, in the kaṭapayādi system of assigning numeric values to the 
akṣaras (normally from 1 to 9 and then 0), astrological texts sometimes 
add /jña/, /kṣa /and /tra /to represent 10, 11 and 12, respectively.

Martin Gansten


Den 2019-11-01 kl. 01:03, skrev Luis Gonzalez-Reimann via INDOLOGY:
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> My apologies, the subject line above is the correct one.
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> Dear Madhav and Matthew,
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> For what it's worth, texts that describe the /cakras/ (tantras & 
> /haṭha yoga/) routinely add/kṣa/ after the /ha/. They are placed in 
> the two petals of the /āj̇ñā cakra/. Padoux discusses the addition 
> of/kṣa/ on p. 156 of his book /Vāc/:
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> "...finally the compound phoneme/kṣa/, the addition of which is 
> sometimes justified on theoretical grounds because it logically fits 
> in a given metaphysical system; but the real reason of its being 
> placed there is difficult to ascertain, except perhaps as a means to 
> have fifty phonemes rather than forty-nine. Naturally, since each 
> phoneme is a form of energy, it is correlated with a deity. There are 
> several texts giving differing lists of these fifty divinized energies."
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> One could speculate that is was added in order to fill up all the 
> petals in the /cakras/, but that would imply that the number of petals 
> in seven /cakras/ was fixed before the addition of /kṣa/.
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> Padoux, André. 1992. /Vāc://The Concept of the Word in Selected Hindu 
> Tantras/. Translated by J. Gontier. Delhi: Sri Satguru Publications. 
> Originally published by SUNY.
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> The book is on SCRIBD:
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> https://www.scribd.com/doc/61589773/Vac-the-Concept-of-the-Word-in-Selected-Hindu-Tantras-a-padoux-SUNY-1990
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> Regards,
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> Luis
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