Another obscurity in Belvalkar's Gita edition

John Smith jds10 at CUS.CAM.AC.UK
Mon Mar 1 13:13:54 UTC 1999

On Mon, 1 Mar 1999, Harry Spier wrote:

> Verse 13.13 of Belvalkar's 1962 edition Bhagavad Gita with Agrawal's
> Hindi translation reads "...sarvato'kSiziromukham |" but he then
> corrects himself in his list of errata corrections (which is immediately
> after chapter 18) and says the correct reading should be
> "...sarvatokSiziromukham".
> Since it was originally one way and then he changed it, he seems to have
> given some thought to the matter and considered it a matter of at least
> some small at least minor importance.
> The edition is consistent in always  using avagraha for elided "a" after
> "o" or "e" except for this and one other occurance also elided "a" after
> "o" which is verse 10.41.

Following the editor-in-chief Sukthankar, the editors of the Poona text
uniformly omitted (or attempted uniformly to omit) word-internal
avagrahas. The errata to the Adiparvan, for example, contain at least four
cases where Sukthankar corrects a word by removing such an internal
avagraha. There are a few cases which got into print by mistake, but by
and large the spelling without avagraha is standard throughout the

John Smith

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