Re: [INDOLOGY] textual source for nirvāṇa-mastaka

David and Nancy Reigle dnreigle at
Tue Jan 17 18:37:22 UTC 2017

Thanks much, Tim, for clarifying this. That makes sense. Glad to now be
clear about it.

Best regards,

David Reigle
Colorado, U.S.A.

On Tue, Jan 17, 2017 at 10:44 AM, Lubin, Tim <LubinT at> wrote:

Yes, exactly.  Atharvan is never used in a way comparable to nirvāṇa or
> nirvṛti.  Atharvan is a person, or personification of the
> Atharvaṅgirasaḥ/Atharvaveda.  The head may indeed signify metaphorically
> the chief part or pinnacle of anything, of course.
> Tim
> From: David and Nancy Reigle <dnreigle at>
> Date: Monday, January 16, 2017 at 8:09 PM
> To: Madhav Deshpande <mmdesh at>
> Cc: Tim Lubin <lubint at>, Indology <indology at>
> Subject: Re: [INDOLOGY] textual source for nirvāṇa-mastaka
> I understand the *Vācaspatyam*'s definition of nirvāṇa-mastaka, nirvāṇam
> nirvṛtir mastakam iva yatra, as saying that this nirvāṇa is like the
> head. Whereas, in the second verse you quoted, Tim, the construal is atharvaṇaḥ
> śiro, the head of atharvan. But we cannot say for nirvāṇa-mastaka, the
> head of nirvāṇa. Is this the point?

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