dean_anderson at SACARI.ORG dean_anderson at SACARI.ORG
Thu Oct 3 18:47:39 UTC 2002

Could it refer to the tradition of chanting of the RSi, ChhandaH and Devata
which, if I remember correctly, the BRhad Devata says should be chanted
before every recitation to ensure its efficacy? Some traditions hold these
to be the essence of the sukta in seed form.

Dean Anderson, PhD

----- Original Message -----
From: "Patrick Olivelle" <jpo at UTS.CC.UTEXAS.EDU>
To: <INDOLOGY at liverpool.ac.uk>
Sent: Sunday, September 29, 2002 1:45 PM
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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