Announcement of New Online Library

Jan E.M. Houben j_e_m_houben at YAHOO.COM
Sun Nov 9 13:09:46 UTC 2003

Thanks to B. Mahony for adding a new online
research tool. So far I could not install the
required DjVu software so I could not yet see the
As for the name of the library, following the
rules and the available meaning indications we
may arrive at a contrary meaning. Looking at the
compounds starting with mukta- in MW I found that
in those where the second member refers to a
concrete object accessible to sense perception,
such as vasana- "cloth", mukta does indeed have a
meaning equivalent with vigata or apagata or
tyakta. However, if the second member refers to a
mental or psychological entity, such as cetas- or
aatman-, the compound is only recorded as meaning
"liberated", while it is either bahuvriihi "whose
soul is liberated" or "liberated
I think the undesired interpretation will
therefore not occur to the one who is familiar
with these divergent usages of mukta. From the
website it is moreover clear that a reference to
the name of the inspirator of the institute
(Muktananda) is intended.
Jan Houben

--- Somadeva Vasudeva <Somadevah at AOL.COM> wrote:
> In a message dated 7/11/03 6:11:46 pm,
> bimahony at DAVIDSON.EDU writes:
> > The Muktabodha Indological Research Institute
> is pleased to announce the
> > launch of its online library of digitally
> imaged texts never before made
> > available in this way.
> >
> >
> This is most welcome, many thanks, hopefully
> even more texts will be made
> available soon. But, the choice of the name
> Muktabodha for your organisation
> seems infelicitous. I assume it is intended to
> be muktaanaa.m bodha.h (
> but it suffers from the defect of
> (Kaavyaprakaa"sa
> 7.51)--- the name generates a jarring opposite
> meaning: mukta.h (=vigata.h)
> bodho ye.saa.m te (bahuvriihi), which may mean
> something like "the stupid". Can
> you not change your name slightly to avoid this
> unfortunate defect?
> Somadeva Vasudeva
> Wolfson College
> Oxford

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