SV: creation of human kind

Georg von Simson g.v.simson at EAST.UIO.NO
Fri Jan 22 08:23:20 EST 1999


Periannan.Chandrasekaran wrote:

>Also it is interesting to see that even though the standard
>imagery of the gItOpadEsa is that of both KrishNA and ArjunA
>both standing *on* the chariot and the former preaching gItA
>in that posture, the AlvAr says "in front of" the chariot (of course
>without mentioning whether he was preaching anything to ArjunA).
>I wonder what the significance of this discrepancy is.

Is it possible that the word for "chariot" has to be interpreted as
"chariot warrior" (i.e. Arjuna) in this context? Remember that Sanskrit
ratha means both "chariot" and "warrior", "hero".

Regards

G.v.Simson



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