[INDOLOGY] a saṃdhi problem

Madhav Deshpande mmdesh at umich.edu
Wed Dec 21 23:56:13 UTC 2022

Dear Raffaele,

     I cannot think of a sandhi solution that would give you
*saṃhārekasya *from
*saṃhāre+ekasya*. The other possibility that occurred to me is to
interpret *kasya
*not as a question pronoun, but with *ka *referring to *brahmā*. Would it
make sense to take the compound *adhyakṣaśeṣatām *connected to *kasya* to
mean *adhyakṣaśeṣatā *of Brahmā.  Could this refer to Viṣṇu's role as being
the overseer of the work of Brahmā in the functions of *sr̥ṣṭi, sthiti* and
*saṃhāra*? This is similar to the Bhagavadgītā: *mayā adhyakṣeṇa prakr̥tiḥ
sūyate sacarācaram*. Just a thought. With best regards,


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 Wed, Dec 21, 2022 at 2:26 PM Raffaele Torella via INDOLOGY <
indology at list.indology.info> wrote:

> Dear Colleagues,
> taking up again a long overdue work, the critical edition of Vāmanadatta’s
> Saṃvitprakāśa and Ātmasaptati (Kashmir, X c.), I have met with this śloka:
> sṛṣṭau sthitau ca saṃhāre *kasya cādhyakṣaśeṣatām |
> mahāvibhūtyabhinnasya vāsudevasya te viduḥ || 112 ||
> The only way to make sense of it would be to emend kasya (found in all
> mss.) to ekasya, which however would imply the loss of the e- (of ekasya)
> in front of the -e (of saṃhāre). Are there more cases of this (anomalous)
> saṃdhi? It is to be taken into account that Vāmanadatta’s Sanskrit is
> always flawless, so we are not allowed to hypothesise any carelessness or
> ārṣa form.
> Waiting for your hints..
> Raffaele
> Prof. Raffaele Torella
> Emeritus Professor of Sanskrit
> Sapienza University of Rome
> www.academia.edu/raffaeletorella
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