Re: [INDOLOGY] Fwd: Kṛṣṇa / Śukla YV

Madhav Deshpande mmdesh at
Thu Jul 13 15:11:00 UTC 2017

Dear Michael,

     If you have a pdf of your article on Yājñavalkya, please send it to me
and to other interested scholars.
     I probably have a copy of the volume, but it is now sitting in some
box.  Our Ann Arbor home just went under a sales contract, and we are
hoping that we would successfully migrate to California by mid-September.


On Thu, Jul 13, 2017 at 10:13 AM, Walter Slaje <slaje at> wrote:

> Before further random guessing, I suggest to consult the evidence Michael
> Witzel has collected and the reasons he has put forward in his paper: *Yājñavalkya
> as ritualist and philosopher, and his personal language"* (*Paitimāna.
> Essays in Iranian, Indo-European, and Indian Studies in Honor of
> Hanns-Peter Schmidt*, hg. v. Siamak Adhami. Vol. I: Indo-European and
> Indian Studies, Costa Mesa 2003, S. 103-143.), see, in particular, there
> on pp. 135f and 138.
> Regards,
> WS
> -----------------------------
> Prof. Dr. Walter Slaje
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> D-99425 Weimar
> Deutschland
> 2017-07-13 15:00 GMT+02:00 Lubomír Ondračka via INDOLOGY <
> indology at>:
>> > My guess is that it is the Śukla Yajurvedins
>> > who began calling their Yajurveda with the term Śukla to suggest that
>> > Yājñavalkya's new Yajurveda was more pure than the old Yajurveda
>> Yes, this seems to be the most probable explanation, see e.g. Gonda's
>> Vedic Literature (p. 327):
>> This corpus is called "White" or "Clear" (śukla) because it consists
>> entirely of a conveniently arranged collection of mantras to be recited at
>> sacrifices, and is free from the explanatory matter that is collected in
>> separate brāmaṇas.
>> Gonda refers to Eggeling's ŚPB I, p. xxvii and to  C. L. Prabhakar's
>> article in Bhāratīya Vidyā 28 (1968): 64.
>> If I remember well, Frits Staal says more or less the same in his
>> Discovery of Veda.
>> LO
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