Q: _catur-daMsshTra_ and _sahisshNu_
mmdesh at umich.edu
Wed Feb 5 20:13:34 UTC 1997
Ganguli's translation of caturda.m.s.tra seems to follow the
explanation given in Shamkara's comentary on this text. This is
Shamkara's first alternative. Shamkara offers his second alternative that
the word da.m.s.traa perhaps refers to "s.rnga and then offers the passage
"catvaari "s.rngaa trayo asya paadaa" etc. in support. On the whole
though there does not seem to be any high conviction in Shamkara's
On Tue, 4 Feb 1997, Cezary Zemis wrote:
> Dear Indologists,
> In the _mahaabhaatata_ 13.135.28 (_visshNu-sahasra-naama-stotra_) there is
> a name: _catur-daMsshTra_. In his English translation K.M. Ganguli (New
> Delhi 1975:331) adds a comment: "which appeared on Him when He had assumed
> a human form with a lion's head f or slaying the Asura chief
> Hiranya-Kasipu". It sounds like a mythological explanation, but in the
> myth of _n.r-siMha_ _catur-daMsshTra_ can hardly be found. Can anyone help
> me to understand what has Ganguli meant?
> My another question deals with the next stanza of MBh (13.135.29). There
> is a name: _sahisshNu_ which I cannot find in any available dictionary.
> Ganguli translates it: "He that does not bear or put up with those that
> are wicked (or, He that puts up with t he occasional transgressions of his
> devotees)" but it gives me no hint to find actual meaning of _sahisshNu_.
> Thank you in advance.
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