[INDOLOGY] Identification of verse

Dipak Bhattacharya dipak.d2004 at gmail.com
Fri Oct 9 05:26:46 UTC 2015

The verse could be read

*sarvadraṣṭā sarvaśrōtā sarvakartā ca rakṣakaḥ/ sarvajñaḥ sarvarūpī ca
sarvam ca sarvataḥ pātā//*

The concepts of the verse suit the Vedānta philosophy but it does not seem
have been a scriptural one.  Possibly it was created by the missionary
himself*. *The final part of the fourth quarter is not iambic.  That is
unusual for the last quarter. The monotony of the word *sarva* also was



On Fri, Oct 9, 2015 at 3:02 AM, Will Sweetman <will.sweetman at gmail.com>

> Dear all
> I'd be grateful for any assistance in identifying the source of this
> verse, transliterated from some sort of devanagari
> sarva dṛṣta sarva śrōta
> sarva kretā ca rakṣakaḥ
> sarva jñaḥ sarva rūpī ca
> sarvam ca sarvataḥ pitā
> The character given here as ca is unrecognisable to me, but from the Roman
> and Telugu transliteration, I'm fairly sure that is what's intended.
> This is taken from a letter of an early eighteenth-century Jesuit
> missionary to a Telugu-speaking region who (like me) confessed that he'd
> forgotten all the Sanskrit he'd learned, so the errors here may be his or
> mine.
> Best wishes
> Will
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