Antiquity of the mantra: p ūr ṇam adaḥ pū rṇam idam ...

Hans Henrich Hock hhhock at ILLINOIS.EDU
Sat Apr 2 17:17:35 UTC 2011

Dear Madhav,

It occurs in the Bṛhadāraṇyakopaniṣad.

All the best,


On 2 Apr 2011, at 18:04, Deshpande, Madhav wrote:

> 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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