[INDOLOGY] (still) no distraction from the coronavirus...

Jan E.M. Houben jemhouben at gmail.com
Fri Mar 27 13:31:20 EDT 2020


Dear Madhav, Thanks, and of course !

अवश्यं णत्वमत्रापि  व्याकरणेन कल्पितम् ।

णत्वेन हि विनाकस्मात्   काणकः कानकीभवेत् ॥

Best, Jan


On Fri, 27 Mar 2020 at 17:02, Madhav Deshpande <mmdesh at umich.edu> wrote:

> Dear Jan,
>
>      Beautiful verses and an informative message.  My only correction to
> your verses is मनुष्यानां > मनुष्याणां.  With best wishes,
>
> Madhav
>
> Madhav M. Deshpande
> Professor Emeritus, Sanskrit and Linguistics
> University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
> Senior Fellow, Oxford Center for Hindu Studies
>
> [Residence: Campbell, California, USA]
>
>
> On Fri, Mar 27, 2020 at 8:56 AM Jan E.M. Houben via INDOLOGY <
> indology at list.indology.info> wrote:
>
>> कश्चिद् गोमूत्रमादत्ते   ‘ वैटामिनाञ् ’ च कश्चन ।
>> हरिद्राप्रचयान् कश्चित्   सर्वे कोरोणकातराः ॥
>>
>> तिष्ठन्त्यभ्यन्तरे सर्वे   कोरोणाख्याणुभीरुकाः ।
>> इदं दुःखं मनुष्यानां   किं भवेद् भूमिभूतये ? ॥
>>
>> उपप्लवेऽस्मिनायान्ति   भिषजादय ऊतये ।
>> नमस्तेभ्योऽस्तु ये नूनं   लोकत्राणसमुद्यताः ॥
>>
>> Dear Madhav and Christian (and dear Walter),
>> As the impact on our daily lives is only growing, and as long as
>> worldwide the mortality curves are, although perhaps slowly flattening, not
>> yet really coming down, it is difficult to get distracted for long from the
>> "coronavirus"...
>> Your verses with epic and mythological references are fascinating even in
>> translation; since the ślokas I have composed simply describe the current
>> situation and what people do and believe, I guess a translation will
>> neither be interesting nor required.
>> Incidentally, the first professor of Sanskrit in Europe (the continent
>> having a name which perhaps suggests it should have a "broad outlook", *urvī
>> prekṣā*), Antoine Léonard (de) Chézy (partly latinized name: Apud-y),
>> specifically appointed for the academic study and teaching of Sanskrit in
>> Paris in 1815, was also, or so it seems, the last one for whom Sanskrit was
>> not only an object of study but also a medium of scientific expression: in
>> his *Théorie du Sloka*, Paris, 1827, he summarized his conclusion on
>> Sanskrit metrics in a Sanskrit verse which illustrated the theory he had
>> extracted from his large reading samples.
>> For the last few centuries, however, "expressive Sanskrit" and
>> "functional and communicative Sanskrit" constitute glaring lacunae in the
>> occidental Sanskrit teaching of interested students, even though a little
>> training in these domains can contribute significantly to a basic mastery
>> of Sanskrit and even to the critical study of "archival Sanskrit".
>> To conclude, for those who have not yet rushed away from my longish
>> message, I would therefore like to commemorate in a simple descriptive
>> sragdharā, also by way of distraction away from the corona virus, this
>> forgotten pioneer, de Chézy, who passed away prematurely 188 years ago due
>> to the cholera pandemic in 1832:
>>
>> प्राद्यौत् शाकुन्तलात्मा  यदुपकृतितया  शोधिते शास्त्ररूपे
>>
>> श्लोकस्यौघान् पठित्वा  रचनविधिमकार्षीत् कवीनां प्रसिद्ध् यै ।
>>
>> वाचः प्राध्यापकत्वे  प्रथमत उपदेष्टाभवत् संस्कृतायाः
>>
>>   सोऽ“न्त्वन् लेव् नार्द् द शेज़िः”  “परि”- नगर “उरुप्रेक्ष”-खण्डे समस्ते
>>>>
>> Stay well,
>>
>> N.B.
>> Dear Christian, Thanks for your verse with special qualities.
>> Apart from स्पृशतु in the first pāda,
>> or else मा पिस्पृशत् but then you have to give up न which you obviously
>> like to keep after करो, to harmonize with the current Hindi orthography
>> of कोरोन ,
>> I would suggest for the second line: कोरोनाख्यातदेवारिः  कामदेवेन
>> हन्यताम् ॥
>> --
>>
>> *Jan E.M. Houben*
>>
>> Directeur d'Études, Professor of South Asian History and Philology
>>
>> *Sources et histoire de la tradition sanskrite*
>>
>> École Pratique des Hautes Études (EPHE, Paris Sciences et Lettres)
>>
>> *Sciences historiques et philologiques *
>>
>> *johannes.houben [at] ephe.psl.eu <johannes.houben at ephe.psl.eu>*
>>
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*Jan E.M. Houben*

Directeur d'Études, Professor of South Asian History and Philology

*Sources et histoire de la tradition sanskrite*

École Pratique des Hautes Études (EPHE, Paris Sciences et Lettres)

*Sciences historiques et philologiques *

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