[INDOLOGY] amrita

Dipak Bhattacharya dipak.d2004 at gmail.com
Tue Jan 5 16:38:25 UTC 2016


Dear Professor Karup

The distinction between immortality and the substance giving immortality
became vague in Classical Sanskrit but it is already blurred in AVP 2.6.3c (AVŚ
2.1.5c) *yátra* *dev**ā**́́*  *amṛ*´*tam* *ānanśān**ā**́́**ḥ*. In the
Atharvaveda the plant *kuṣṭha* (*saussurea* *lappa*) too seems to have been
conceived as the elixir of life. This was discussed by me in 2005.



On Tue, Jan 5, 2016 at 8:07 PM, Artur Karp <karp at uw.edu.pl> wrote:

> A Happy New Year wishes to all INDOLOGY denizens --- from frosty Poland
> and
> a question:
> the earliest mention of amrita - not as an adjective - but as a substance,
> to be shared or fought for?
> Artur Karp
> South Asian Studies Deptt, University of Warsaw (emeritus)
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