[INDOLOGY] Questions on two citations from Monier-Williams Sanskrit English Dictionary

Nityanand Misra nmisra at gmail.com
Sun Oct 16 19:03:04 UTC 2016

Citation 1: [L=238711
] *sarvavid* f. the sacred syllable Om L.

Firstly, the gender appears to be suspicious. Most names for monosyllable
Om that I have come across are either masculine (praṇavaḥ, oṃkāraḥ, udgīthaḥ
, etc.) or neuter (ekākṣaram, brahmākṣaram, etc).

Anyway, my question is that which lexicon (the abbreviation L.=
Lexicographers, esp. such as अमरसिंह, हलायुध, हेमचन्द्र, &c.) gives the
meaning of Om for the word ‘sarvavid’?

Citation 2: [L=175517
] *rasa* N. of the sacred syllable, “Om,” S3a1n3khGr2.

Where in शाङ्खायन-गृह्य-सूत्र is the word ‘rasa’ used for Om? I searched in
the digital version of Bloomfield’s Concordance but did not find it.

Nityānanda Miśra

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