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

Hock, Hans Henrich hhhock at illinois.edu
Mon Oct 17 15:24:49 UTC 2016

Dear Colleagues,

It would also be useful to look at ChU 1.1 on the udgītha and om and the identification of the udgītha/om as the rasa of all rasas.

All the best,

Hans Henrich Hock

On 17 Oct 2016, at 10:09, Nityanand Misra <nmisra at gmail.com<mailto:nmisra at gmail.com>> wrote:

On 17 October 2016 at 13:42, Roland Steiner <steiner at staff.uni-marburg.de<mailto:steiner at staff.uni-marburg.de>> wrote:
Citation 2: [L=175517<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.sanskrit-2Dlexicon.uni-2Dkoeln.de_cgi-2Dbin_monier_serveimg.pl-3Ffile-3D_scans_MWScan_MWScanjpg_mw0869-2DravaNaka.jpg&d=DQMFaQ&c=8hUWFZcy2Z-Za5rBPlktOQ&r=yKOAMu7Fm_W5kv9CXfjbmb6aWTY6BVQCYZ5TKkB486Q&m=tM-ojzT92lCJweBXclnEyYOSVsDi4HrS-VX3H12qEq0&s=XH6seXmx6TOWIUDEqwvXyd65aPEAK81i6juYm8nqqVU&e=>] 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.

Compare the following entry in Otto Böhtlingk's "Sanskrit-Wörterbuch in kürzerer Fassung", s.v. rasa [5-173<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.sanskrit-2Dlexicon.uni-2Dkoeln.de_scans_PWScan_disp2_serveimg.php-3Ffilepfx-3D5-2D173&d=DQMFaQ&c=8hUWFZcy2Z-Za5rBPlktOQ&r=yKOAMu7Fm_W5kv9CXfjbmb6aWTY6BVQCYZ5TKkB486Q&m=tM-ojzT92lCJweBXclnEyYOSVsDi4HrS-VX3H12qEq0&s=sQ6kRKEYmo7rpNTEWQXXPI2zlJbEoZbY3opFcxikmlc&e=>] 1)  y) "Bez. der heiligen Silbe om Śāṅkh. Gṛhy. 2,13". (refers to the edition by Hermann Oldenberg published in Albrecht Weber's "Indische Studien" vol. 15, 1878; for a digital version, see https://archive.org/details/indischestudien00unkngoog<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__archive.org_details_indischestudien00unkngoog&d=DQMFaQ&c=8hUWFZcy2Z-Za5rBPlktOQ&r=yKOAMu7Fm_W5kv9CXfjbmb6aWTY6BVQCYZ5TKkB486Q&m=tM-ojzT92lCJweBXclnEyYOSVsDi4HrS-VX3H12qEq0&s=qOG9hOusfuOrX3jywkYvaos6prMXA6vJ3uDZ28tCnpI&e=> ; you will find the relevant textual passage on p. 62: vāruṇya 'rcā rasena vā; German translation: p. 63: "mit einem Varuṇaverse oder dem Saft(-spruch Om)"; note: p. 141: "[...] vedānāṃ rasabhūtena praṇavena").

Thanks a lot for this. I had seen the meanings of rasa listed in Böhtlingk and Roth Grosses Petersburger Wörterbuch (where I did not find any reference to Śāṅkhāyana Gṛhya Sūtra), but not in Böhtlingk Sanskrit-Wörterbuch in kürzerer Fassung.

It is useful to know that it is Nārāyaṇa’s (N.) commentary that interprets rasa as praṇava. Is a digital edition of this commentary available? My search on archive, scribd, and DLI drew a blank.

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