Musical trees and rivers?

Stephen Hodge s.hodge at PADMACHOLING.FREESERVE.CO.UK
Fri Dec 8 20:37:30 EST 2000


Christian K. Wedemeyer wrote:
 > The phrase
> runs: vanaspati-nady-ucchaTaa-taala-murajaadi-vaadya-zabda.h.  I
take this to
> mean (roughly) "sounds of instrumental music such as vanaspati,
nadi(i),
> snapping of fingers, clapping of hands, [and] drums."

Does your text concern Abhidharma matters ?  It seems reminiscent of
the definition of sound (`sabda) in three categories according to
whether they are natural, artificial or a combination.  The following
quote from the Abhidharma-samuccaya-bhaa.sya might be relevent:

"tatropaatta-mahaa-bhuuta-hetukas tad yathaa vaak-chabda.h |
anupaatta-mahaa-bhuuta-hetukas tad yathaa v.rk.sa-`sabda.h |
tad-ubhayas tad yathaa hasta-m.rda`nga-`sabda.h |"

Thus you have:
anupaatta-`sabda = vanaspati and nadii
upaatta-`sabda = uccha.ta and taala
ubhaya-`sabda = muraja

Does this make sense ?

Best wishes,
Stephen Hodge



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