The word "upanishad"

Chandan Raghava Narayan cnarayan at
Sat Nov 30 16:55:02 UTC 1996

I learned another curious "definition" of upaniSad in the opening
commentary by SankarAcarya of the verse sahanAvavatu... in the
kaThopanisad. Maybe you can check it out. cheers, Chandan Narayan.

On Sat, 30 Nov 1996, Martin Gansten wrote:

> Hello all,
> The word "upanishad" is generally explained as upa+ni+sad "to sit down
> nearby", etc, but some time ago, I saw another etymology suggested, which at
> the time seemed to me to make good sense. However, my dilemma is this: I
> remember neither the etymology itself, nor the text (book? article?) which
> mentioned it. Can anybody help? I do realize that my question is not unlike
> that of Nebuchadnezzar, but I hope that there may be a Daniel on this list
> to answer it for me...  :-)
> Thanks,
> Martin Gansten

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