Arlo Griffiths A.Griffiths at LET.LEIDENUNIV.NL
Tue Oct 1 05:44:24 UTC 2002

Cf. also the Vedavrata contained in the Atharvavedapari;si.s.tas, esp.
46.2.4 ff., with the notes by Weber, "Zur Textgeschichte der Vedasa.mhitaas,
insbesondere der Atharva-Sa.mhitaa" [Indische Studien 4 (1858), 431 ff.].

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> From: Patrick Olivelle <jpo at UTS.CC.UTEXAS.EDU>
> Reply-To: Indology <INDOLOGY at liverpool.ac.uk>
> Date: Sun, 29 Sep 2002 12:45:30 -0500
> To: INDOLOGY at liverpool.ac.uk
> Subject: Query
> Friends:
> Manu 4.125 has the term niSkarSam. The meaning is unclear; most
> commentators take it to mean the "essence" of the Veda, i.e. OM. I am
> uncomfortable with this explanation; the verse is somewhat opaque. If
> Manu wanted to say that one should say OM before reciting the Veda,
> there were easier ways to say so; and he does so in Ch 2. The term
> means an extract, and I wonder whether it could be a brief passage of
> each Veda that can stad for the whole.
> My question is whether any of you know a custom of reciting, say, the
> first words of each Veda before doing the svaadhyaaya of one's own
> Veda. Thanks.
> Patrick

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