bhautika (-brahmacaarin)

Mon Jul 22 16:14:38 UTC 2002

Many thanks to Joerg Gengnagel and D.N. Lielukhine for their
I haven't checked the Mahabharata passages yet, but in general,
bhautika seems to be derived from, and refer to, the 5 gross
elements of the material world (mahaa-bhuutas; somtimes also
tanmaatras), occasionally to the bhuutas ("ghosts, spirits of the
deceased"). But how do we get from there to bhautika = "a kind of
monk"? Is "bhautika" to be understood as "worldly" = temporary,
returning to a worldly existence? Do the Sastras say anything about
that, I wonder? Are these bhautikas described anywhere?

Anyway, it is reassuring to know that at least one other Saiva text
uses the term in exactly this sense.

Best regards

Reinhold Gruenendahl


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