[INDOLOGY] Diego Loukota (16 April 1985 – 17 March 2024)

Deepro Chakraborty deepro at ualberta.ca
Wed Mar 20 05:58:31 UTC 2024

I'm shocked and deeply saddened to hear about Diego's passing. I had the
pleasure of meeting him at the Epigraphy workshop in Toronto back in 2019,
and I have many fond memories of our time together. Diego was truly one of
the kindest individuals I've ever had the privilege to know. He was also
extremely knowledgeable in his field.

I hope it is not inappropriate for me to share a recording of a verse from
*Gāhāsattasaī* that Diego kindly recorded for me. It feels like a small way
to honor his memory and the generosity he always showed.

*"sā taï sahatthadiṇṇaṃ ajja vi re suhaa gaṃdharahiaṃ
piuvvasiaṇaaragharadevaa vva omāliaṃ vahaï*


*sā tvayā svahastadattām adyāpi he subhaga gandharahitām
apiudvāsitanagaragṛhadevateva avamālikāṃ vahati*
sā tvayā svahastadattām adyāpi re subhaga gandharahitām api
udvasitanagaragṛhadevateva avamālikāṃ vahati]

She... even today the one [you] gave [her] with your own hand, you lucky
man, even if no longer fragrant,
Like the god-image of a house in a deserted city, that very jasmin bloom
she persists wearing."

Deepro Chakraborty
PhD candidate
Department of History, Classics, and Religion
University of Alberta

*The University of Alberta acknowledges that we are located on ᐊᒥᐢᑿᒌᐚᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ
(Amiskwacîwâskahikan) Treaty 6 territory, and respects the history,
languages, and cultures of the First Nations, Métis, Inuit, and all First
Peoples of Canada, whose presence continues to enrich our institution.*
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