[INDOLOGY] The Honey Doctrine (madhu vidyā)

Jim Ryan jim_ryan at comcast.net
Sun Dec 26 19:39:21 UTC 2021


Thanks for this. This brings up the question of “honey” as a metaphor in Vedic tradition generally. What was the “honey-ness” that was found I each footstep?
Naturally, very difficult to ascertain, but interesting to contemplate. 


> On Dec 26, 2021, at 11:25 AM, Madhav Deshpande <mmdesh at umich.edu> wrote:
> Dear Jim,
> Check out R̥gveda 1.154.4-5 that refer to Viṣṇoḥ padāni as being filled with Madhu and having a fount of Madhu.
> Madhav
> Madhav M. Deshpande
> Professor Emeritus, Sanskrit and Linguistics
> University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
> Senior Fellow, Oxford Center for Hindu Studies
> Adjunct Professor, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, India
> [Residence: Campbell, California, USA]
> On Sun, Dec 26, 2021 at 11:10 AM Jim Ryan via INDOLOGY <indology at list.indology.info <mailto:indology at list.indology.info>> wrote:
> Hi,
> I’m looking for scholarship relating to the Honey Doctrine sonorously invoked in Bṛhadāraṇyaka U., 2.5.1-19. Are there Vedic antecedents anywhere?
> Jim Ryan
> Asian Philosophies and Cultures (Emeritus) 
> California Institute of Integral Studies
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