[INDOLOGY] Best wishes for a Peaceful Christmas and New Year...

Jan E.M. Houben jemhouben at gmail.com
Sun Dec 25 18:13:01 UTC 2022

Dear All,
According to Yoga-sūtra 2.35, अहिंसाप्रतिष्ठायां, तत्सन्निधौ वैरत्यागः ।
which apparently means that when someone is thoroughly established in
non-violence, (mutual) enmity disappears in his environment.
Commentaries and references given for aphorism and referred to for instance
in James Wood’s translation emphasize that in this situation *even* wild
animals, no more attack their prey. An example is Kirāṭārjunīya 2.55 (meter
viyoginī): Vyāsa is looked at by Yudhiṣṭhira:
madhurair avaśāni lambhayann   api tiryañci śamaṃ nirīkṣitaiḥ  /
paritaḥ paṭu bibhrad enasāṃ   dahanaṃ dhāma vilokanakṣamam  //
“Calming even wild animals by his gentle looks, spreading a blazing
radiance around which burns away guilt, (but which yet) can be gazed at
(the sage, i.e., Vyāsa son of Parāśara, was seen by the king, Yudhiṣṭhira)”
(tr. following Roodbergen 1984, p. 143; cp. also Raghuvaṁśa 13.50, 14.79.)
Are any more convincing stories or anecdotes known in Sanskrit literature,
in which the peace-creating influence suggested in YS 2.35 inspires animals
or *even* humans to behave in a more peaceful way ?
With best wishes for a Peaceful Christmas New Year to all:

शान्ते !  ऽस्मिन् लोक एधस्व   विद्यातः प्रेमतस्तथा ।

तव भक्तजनानां च  कल्याणमस्तु सर्वदा ॥

*Jan E.M. Houben*

Directeur d'Études, Professor of South Asian History and Philology

*Sources et histoire de la tradition sanskrite*

École Pratique des Hautes Études (EPHE, Paris Sciences et Lettres)

*Sciences historiques et philologiques *

Groupe de recherches en études indiennes (EA 2120)

*johannes.houben [at] ephe.psl.eu <johannes.houben at ephe.psl.eu>*


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