[INDOLOGY] A distraction from the Coronavirus

Uskokov, Aleksandar aleksandar.uskokov at yale.edu
Sun Apr 5 14:15:09 UTC 2020

Where svayaṃdhīrāḥ is the operative word.

All that we say as indologists would have been said in vain in the eyes of the śruti liberationists. What better time for liberating levity than this? Spectators can always close their eyes.

Aleksandar Uskokov

Lector in Sanskrit

South Asian Studies Council, Yale University

203-432-1972 | aleksandar.uskokov at yale.edu

From: INDOLOGY <indology-bounces at list.indology.info> on behalf of Walter Slaje via INDOLOGY <indology at list.indology.info>
Sent: Sunday, April 5, 2020 8:54 AM
To: Roland Steiner <steiner at staff.uni-marburg.de>
Cc: Indology <indology at list.indology.info>
Subject: Re: [INDOLOGY] A distraction from the Coronavirus

Has not the Śruti said:

avidyāyām antare vartamānāḥ

svayaṃdhīrāḥ paṇḍitaṃmanyamānāḥ |

dandramyamāṇāḥ pariyanti mūḍhā

andhenaiva nīyamānā yathāndhāḥ ||

As it appears from the cascade of poetic performances to which we are exposed here as spectators, it was - alas - uttered in vain.

Am So., 5. Apr. 2020 um 15:26 Uhr schrieb Roland Steiner via INDOLOGY <indology at list.indology.info<mailto:indology at list.indology.info>>:

> Please excuse my awkward previous stanza! This version is now
> corrected and improved by Girish K. Jha:
> हा हेति भूपा मुनिपुंगवाश्च
> सर्वे विलेपुः सहभृत्यलोकाः ।
> वृथैव सीते वयमागताः स्मो
> न स्पर्शनीये तव पादपद्मे ॥

Just for the indological record (without wanting to encourage or discourage anyone here):
1. padma is also used as a masculine (examples: rāghavaś cintayitvaivam upetya caraṇau pituḥ /
haṃsaḫ padmāv iva navau jagrāha nakhakesarau; or: adya tv atitarāṃ brahman mama bhāgyaviparyayāt /
himenevāhataḫ padmas sampanno haritaẖ kṛśaḥ). 2. The metre in the "original" stanza is a (correct) Upajāti. Now it is a (correct) Indravajrā.


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