[INDOLOGY] Sources of two verses

Dragomir Dimitrov dimitrov at staff.uni-marburg.de
Wed May 20 20:51:29 UTC 2015

Dear Martin,

if I am not wrong, the first stanza is Kumārila’s Ślokavārttika 1.17 (with a 
variant reading jñātārthaṃ i.o. siddhārthaṃ). Some time ago I came across 
a much earlier quotation of the same stanza in the opening part of 
Ratnamati's Cāndravyākaraṇapañjikā (920s–930s). The second stanza is 
Ślokavārttika 1.12. I haven't located it (yet) in the extant parts of Ratna's 
works, but it seems to me highly probable that this Sinhalese scholar has 
quoted it too somewhere. Later scholars in Laṅkā such as Moggallāna and Śrī 
Rāhula borrowed and/or translated into Pali some few stanzas from the 
Ślokavārttika by using Ratna's grammatical works and without knowing that 
they are dealing with stanzas written by Kumārila.

Kind regards,


   Dr. habil. Dragomir Dimitrov
   Indologie und Tibetologie
   Philipps-Universität Marburg
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   E-mail: dimitrov at staff.uni-marburg.de

> I'd be grateful for any help with identifying these two verses,
> relating to the concepts of sambandha and prayojana, quoted by
> Balabhadra in the early 17th century:
> jñātārthaṃ jñātasambandhaṃ śrotuṃ śrotā pravartate |
> granthādau tena vaktavyaḥ sambandhaḥ saprayojanaḥ ||
> sarvasyaiva hi śāstrasya karmaṇo vāpi kasyacit |
> yāvat prayojanaṃ noktaṃ tāvat tat kena gṛhyate ||
> Thanks in advance,
> Martin Gansten
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