[INDOLOGY] dna and castes
nagarajpaturi at gmail.com
Thu Jan 28 17:53:42 UTC 2016
In the same sukta, there is
नाभ्या आसीदन्तरिक्षँ शीर्ष्णो द्यौः समवर्तत |
पद्भ्यां भूमिर्दिशः श्रोत्रात्तथा लोकाँऽकल्पयन् ||१३||
Does पद्भ्यां भूमिर्दिशः also have a hierarchical value connotation?
Body part descriptions are there in the Sukta in relation to many other
cosmic entities too. Are they all hierarchically viewed? If no, then why
this argument be limited only for the socirty aspect?
Though Vibhaktis are different for first three quarters and the fourth
quarter, the meaning has to be taken consistently and uniformly for all the
four quarters of the mantra. So in all the four quarters, it means that
four varNas are depicted as forming equi-status components of an organic
Hierarchy is not there in sAyaNabhAshya too.
It is quite natural for those with hierarchy in their attitude or those who
enjoy wielding their superiority to misquote books or misinterpret them in
the direction of their favor.
But their misquotation or misinterpretation can not be the basis of the
interpretation of the text.
Particularly a historical study citing such a text as the source or origin
of hierarchy, depending on its wrong interpretation, loses its validity on
account of the wrongness of the interpretation.
Hyderabad, Telangana, INDIA.
Former Senior Professor of Cultural Studies
FLAME School of Communication and FLAME School of Liberal Education,
(Pune, Maharashtra, INDIA )
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