[INDOLOGY] Mind and moon
nakeerthi at gmail.com
Thu Jul 28 05:32:04 UTC 2016
> Renou Etudes Vediques vol XVI p. 150 says it's a play on words.
I don't have access to this source, but is it possible that this conjecture
is based on the similarity of *mati* = mind [Sanskrit, but also used in
Tamil] and *mati* = moon in Tamil?
National Institute of Advanced Studies,
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> Can anyone explain why the mind is the microcosmic counterpart of the
> moon? The
> correspondence appears in Rgveda 10.90.13 and in countless passages of the
> and Upanisads, but it's not obvious like breath and wind.
> Renou ?tudes V?diques vol XVI p. 150 says it's a play on words. I find
> that hard to accept,
> because the words (candra-mas and manas) are not very similar (they are in
> Latin, but the
> sages didn't have access to an Indo-European comparative dictionary).
> Could the connection be through soma (often linked or identified with the
> moon), since the
> mind is called a pavitra through which poetic insight (dhI) flows and
> becomes offerings
> (Gonda Vision of the Vedic Poets pp. 278-9)?
> Or is it that the mind, like the moon, is constant though its content
> continually changes?
> Dermot Killingley
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> Newcastle upon Tyne NE3 1XT
> Phone (0191) 285 8053
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