help with identifying a metre

Jonathan Silk silk at HUMNET.UCLA.EDU
Thu Oct 9 18:09:46 UTC 2003


there is a passage in the Divyaavadaana Cowell & Neil 407.20-23 (in
the story of Ku.naala) printed by the editors as prose, but
consistently taken by interpreters, including the re-editor
Mukhopadyaya, as verse. The text:

mama bhavatu maatu sthitasya dharme vizuddhabhaavasya /
na tu jiivitena kaarya.m sajjanadhikk.rtena mama //
svargasya dharmalopo yato bhavati jiivitena ki.m tena /
mama mara.nahetunaa vai budhaparibhuutena dhikk.rtena //

Despite my efforts (feeble as they may be), if this is indeed in
verse, I cannot identify the metre. Any suggestions?
Jonathan Silk
Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures
Center for Buddhist Studies
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Box 951540
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