"Saisha" as the name of a goddess?
hwtull at MSN.COM
Mon Mar 8 11:57:21 EST 2010
"ka" is perhaps the best known pronoun to undergo this sort of
transformation. But, one doesn't hear of many children with this name.
From: "Michael Witzel" <witzel at FAS.HARVARD.EDU>
Sent: Monday, March 08, 2010 11:44 AM
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Subject: Re: "Saisha" as the name of a goddess?
> Naciketas / Naciketā < na ciketa, -- well he learned something...
> sāman = sā + ama : sā = eye, ama = mind (in Brahmana texts, ChU
> On Mar 8, 2010, at 11:22 AM, Dominik Wujastyk wrote:
>> ko jānāti?
>> On 8 March 2010 15:39, Deshpande, Madhav <mmdesh at umich.edu> wrote:
>>> Dear Indologists,
>>> Recently I met a Brahmin family from Karnataka who have a newborn
>>> named "Saisha". They asked me what the word means. I could not think
>>> of a
>>> Sanskrit word close to "Saisha." Then the grandfather said that this
>>> is a
>>> name of goddess Lakshmi used in a Sanskrit stotra popular among
>>> followers of
>>> Ramanuja. The line from the stotra he recited was: saiṣā devī
>>> sakala-bhuvana-prārthanā-kāmadhenuḥ. It was immediately apparent to me
>>> the "Saisha" was simply sā eṣā, and not a name of the goddess, but I
>>> was not
>>> able to convince the grandfather of the child, who fervently argued
>>> "Saisha" was an authentic name of the goddess. I wonder if others have
>>> across similar examples.
>>> Madhav M. Deshpande
>>> Professor of Sanskrit and Linguistics
>>> Department of Asian Languages and Cultures
>>> 202 South Thayer Street, Suite 6111
>>> The University of Michigan
>>> Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104-1608, USA
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