[INDOLOGY] Purnam adah...

HR hr at ivs.edu
Thu Dec 14 13:42:47 UTC 2017

Thank you, Aleksandar. Much appreciated.


> On Dec 14, 2017, at 6:38 AM, Aleksandar Uskokov <uskokov at uchicago.edu> wrote:
> Dear Howard, 
> While I do not have an "explanation of the status," note that the Isa and Brhad-Aranyaka share much more than the mantra: several of the Isa verses appear (with some variation) in the 4th book of the Brhad-Aranyaka (Yajnavalkya's teaching to Janaka, specifically 4.4.8-21). Also, the last four verses of the Isa that begin with hiranmayena patrena etc. are Brhad-Aranyaka 5.15.1, thus the concluding portion of book 5. Note also that both belong to the White Yajurveda and that the Isa is the last chapter of the Vajasaneyi Samhita (Vajasaneya being a patronymic of Yajnavalkya). 
> All best,
> Aleksandar 
> On Thu, Dec 14, 2017 at 6:53 AM, HR via INDOLOGY <indology at list.indology.info <mailto:indology at list.indology.info>> wrote:
> Dear Scholars,
>         The famous mantra ‘purnam adah purnam idam…’ appears in Brhadaranyaka Up 5.1.1.  It also appears at the beginning of the Isopanisad, in some texts as an “Invocation,” at times as part of the text itself.
>         I would appreciate an explanation of this mantra’s status in the Isopanisad.
> Thanks!
> Howard
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