pari w/acc = towards?

Vidhyanath Rao vidynath at
Fri Nov 8 01:16:13 UTC 1996

I am trying to find an example (with context) where pari is used a
Karmapravacaniiya with accusative meaning `towards'.

Almost all dictionaries I consulted (Shorter St. Peterburg,
Monier-Williams, Mcdonnel, Apte, Surya Kanta) state that `pari' used with
accusative means `towards'. But none of them cite any example where
the context requires this meaning.

Monier-Williams refers to the Paninean sutra `'
to support this meaning. I have a problem with this: If valid, `'
should mean `towards' even for `anu' mentioned in this sutra. But
`anur' presumably assigns the meaning `after' to anu. Then the
seperate mention of `anur' can be justified simply by refering
to the different meanings. Yet Patanjali (and by implication, Katyayana)
does not do so, preferring instead to argue that without the double
mention, `hetau [tritiiyaa]' would override `karmapravacaniiyayukte
[dvitiiyaa]'. This, to me, sugests that `' must be taken in
its general sense. Hence my question.

P.S. `pari' can be given its etymological sense of `bypassing'/`beyond'
in several instances (paryadhyayana/paribhuu/divasas pari etc).
It is `towards' (like `prati' or `abhi') that I find surprising.

Thanks in advance

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