[INDOLOGY] anādir ayaṃ āloko: tracing the origin of a stanza from a Pali Grammar

Madhav Deshpande mmdesh at umich.edu
Fri Jul 2 12:33:12 UTC 2021

Hello Aleix,

There is an echo of Daṇḍin's verse in his Kāvyādarśa:

*idam andhaṃ jagat kr̥tsnaṃ jāyeta bhuvanatrayam /*
*yadi śabdāhvayaṃ jyotir āsaṃsāraṃ na dīpyate //*


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 Fri, Jul 2, 2021 at 1:57 AM Aleix Ruiz Falqués via INDOLOGY <
indology at list.indology.info> wrote:

> Dear list,
> I am working on a short grammatical text in Pali called the Kaccāyanasāra,
> composed in Burma, probably around the 14th century. It is a Pali version
> of Caṅgadāsa's Sambandhopadeśa. Not all verses, however, derive from Caṅga.
> Some seem to be borrowed from a certain *sakkatagantha* "Sanskrit book",
> cited in the *navaṭīkā* on the Kaccāyanasāra. One of the stanzas borrowed
> from the Sanskrit book is the following:
> anādir ayam āloko saddakhyo yassa na pphuṭo ||
>> byañjate tassa satthena dīpo va gatiy' āvuto || 43 ||
> The idea is quite common but I have been unable to find the exact Sanskrit
> source for this text and I would be most grateful if anyone could offer
> help. Maybe it is simply a recast from other famous stanzas with similar
> meaning.
> Many thanks and best wishes,
> Aleix
> --
> Aleix Ruiz-Falqués
> Pali Lecturer
> Head of the Department of Pali and Languages
> Shan State Buddhist University
> Phaya Phyu, Taunggyi, Myanmar 140101
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