Re: [INDOLOGY] Translation of yaṣṭihastaya

Harry Spier hspier.muktabodha at
Sat Oct 29 13:55:34 UTC 2016

Thank you to Corinna Wessels-Mevissen and Nivedita Rout who replied

Harry Spier

On Fri, Oct 28, 2016 at 8:22 PM, Harry Spier <hspier.muktabodha at>

> Dear list members:
> A gāyatrī mantra mantra to Vāyu is:
> sarvaprāṇāya vidmahe
> yaṣṭihastāya dhīmahi
> tan no vāyuḥ pracodayāt
> I've seen a translation of yaṣṭihastāya as "holding the mace" but are
> statues or pictoral representations of Vāyu, and if so  with a mace?
> but Monier-Williams also  has a meaning of yaṣṭi as "sacrificing" which he
> says comes from a commentator on Panini 3-3-110 .
>  By any chance could someone point out the commentator and point me to the
> passage MW refers to.
> Also based on that definition of yaṣṭi does a translation of yaṣṭihastāya
> as "to the one who sacrifices with his hands" make sense. refering to the
> wind fanning the flames of the sacrifice.
> Thanks,
> Harry Spier

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