Re: [INDOLOGY] textual source for nirvāṇa-mastaka

Madhav Deshpande mmdesh at
Fri Jan 13 21:13:56 UTC 2017

I wonder if this term can be compared with names of the Upanishads like
Atharvaśiras and Atharvaśīrṣa.

Madhav Deshpande
Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

On Fri, Jan 13, 2017 at 3:10 PM, David and Nancy Reigle via INDOLOGY <
indology at> wrote:

> Has anyone seen the Sanskrit term nirvāṇa-mastaka in use? It appears in *A
> Dictionary in Sanscrit and English*, by H. H. Wilson, 2nd ed., 1832 (not
> in his 1st ed., 1819), defined simply as "liberation." From there it was
> copied in the Petersburg Wörterbuch (defined as Erlösung) and in the
> Monier-Williams dictionary (defined as liberation, deliverance), both of
> which give only Wilson as their source for this term. It is not in the
> *Śabda-kalpa-druma*, but is in the *Vācaspatyam*, defined as: nirvāṇam
> nirvṛtir mastakam iva yatra. Various searches by me have so far failed to
> turn up this term in a Sanskrit text. Hoping that one of you has seen it in
> use and can give a textual source for it.
> Best regards,
> David Reigle
> Colorado, U.S.A.
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