[INDOLOGY] CORRECTION: Avagraha (or lack of) in Kashmiri manuscripts

Harry Spier vasishtha.spier at gmail.com
Sun May 7 14:05:00 UTC 2023

Thank you Elliot,
I've been going through transcriptions of a group of manuscripts from the
Ragunath Temple, Jammu and in the eloquent words of Charles DiSimone who
replied offlist in describing some Nepalese manuscripts, its a mishmash.

Some don't have have avagraha. Some have one or two in a whole manuscript
and some use avagraha.  Where manuscripts use avagraha to elide a afte e or
o they also use avagraha to indicate ā+a .

But in some cases I'm finding avagraha in places strange places. I've
checked these following cases against the actual manuscripts which are in
archive.org.  For example:

dakṣiṇāmūrtisaṁhitā ऋषिऽस्याद्दक्षिणामूर्तिर्गायत्रीछंद उच्यते ।। 4 ।।
folio 21aअंतेजीवऽशिवस्यातुविद्या वरुण पूजिता ।। 43 ।। folio 55b

 लोकोयंऽजुगुप्सिति folio 43bनिःसंग एव मोक्षऽस्याद्दोषाःसर्वेच संगजाः । folio 57a

mudrāprakāśaḥ शिखयागालिनींमुद्रामऽर्धस्यो परिचालयेत् । folio
11aअनामामध्यमेअंगुष्टेन स्पृशेदित्यऽपानमुद्रा ।। 2 ।। folio
18aस्यादऽपानहुतौमुद्रा ।। 2 ।। folio
21aमध्यापृष्टेंऽगुष्टौमध्याक्रोडेस्थितौकाम कामइतिकाममुद्रेत्यर्थः ।।
19 ।। folio 30a

Any explanation for the use of avagraha in these cases would be appreciated.

If anyone wants to look at the actual manuscript I can provide the images
for these cases.

Harry Spier

On Sat, May 6, 2023 at 10:18 AM Elliot Stern <emstern1948 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Dear Harry,
> The use of avagraha to mark elision of an initial short a is not usual in
> Sanskrit mss. MacDonell,  for example,  says in his Sanskrit Grammar for
> Students (page 5):
> The elision of अ a at the beginning of a word is marked in
> European editions with the sign ऽ called Avaagraha ('separation'); e.g.
>  तेऽपि te 'pi for ते अपि te pi.
> Best wishes,
> Elliot
> On May 5, 2023, at 9:14 PM, Harry Spier via INDOLOGY <
> indology at list.indology.info> wrote:
> Dear list members,
> I'm looking at the manuscript ajñānadhvāntadīpikā by somanāthaḥ
> As far as I can tell there are no avagrahas in the manuscript.
> For example if you look at the end of line 5 on the attached 1st folio
> The end of verse 5 is संन्यासाःसप्रयोगाश्चवक्ष्यन्तेत्रसमासतः ५  Anirban Dash (and several others pointed out that this should be
> संन्यासाःसप्रयोगाश्चवक्ष्यन्तेऽत्रसमासतः ५
> As far as I can see there are no avagrahas  anywhere in the manuscript.
> Is this normal or unusual for Kashmiri manuscripts not to use avagraha.
> The manuscript can be downloaded from egangotri on archive.org from
> https://archive.org/details/AgyanDhvantaDeepikaShriSomnath4966Alm22Shlf4DevanagariTantra_201708
> Thanks,
> Harry Spier
> <VERSE 5.pdf>
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