Antiquity of the mantra: p ūrṇam ad aḥ pū rṇam idam ...

George Thompson gthomgt at GMAIL.COM
Sat Apr 2 22:06:21 UTC 2011

Hello Madhav,

There is also a variant at AVZ 10.8.29 that may be if interest.


2011/4/2 Deshpande, Madhav <mmdesh at>

> Dear Colleagues,
>     The very popularly recited mantra "pūrṇam adaḥ pūrṇam idam.." occurs as
> the beginning Śāntimantra for the Īśāvāsya-Upaniṣad.  It came to me as a
> surprise that Bloomfield's Vedic concordance does not list this among the
> mantras, nor does Jacob's Concordance of the Upanishads list it.  I was
> equally surprised that most published editions of the Īśāvāsya-Upaniṣad do
> not begin with this mantra, but, as expected, they begin with the mantra:
> īśā vāsyam idam ...   Among the editions I have consulted, only the
> Ānandāśrama (Pune) edition of the Īśāvāsya-Upaniṣad with Śāṃkarabhāṣya
> offers this mantra before the text of the Upaniṣad proper, but Śaṃkara does
> not comment on it, nor does any other commentary that I have seen comment on
> it.  I am wondering if anyone has seen any research relating to the
> antiquity of this mantra.  I would be most happy to receive any information
> on this subject.  Best,
> Madhav
> Madhav M. Deshpande
> Professor of Sanskrit and Linguistics
> University of Michigan
> Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

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