[INDOLOGY] A distraction from the Coronavirus

Dániel Balogh danbalogh at gmail.com
Tue Mar 31 03:16:21 EDT 2020


OK, can't resist getting on the bandwagon.
A little continuation to Christian's excellent earlier one about
Damayantī's svayaṃvara.

देवो वा मनुजो वेति च्छन्ने वक्त्रे किमन्तरम्।

दृष्टेरनिमिषायास्तु विजानीमहि तत्क्षणाद्॥

"God or man? What's the difference when their face is covered?"
"But we can tell right away by their unblinking gaze."

Daniel

On Tue, 31 Mar 2020 at 08:53, Christian Ferstl via INDOLOGY <
indology at list.indology.info> wrote:

> Here's an other one with a face mask:
>
> कोरोणाया भयात्सीता पद्मदलमुखावृतिः ।
> सुवर्णमृगमेवैच्छच् चीनपैंगोलिनं न तु ॥
>
> Out of fear of the Corona virus Sita, wearing a lotus leaf face mask,
> wanted a golden deer - not a Pangolin from China.
>
>
> Christian Ferstl
>
>
> Am 30.03.2020 22:58, schrieb Joanna Jurewicz:
> > Oh, I love this with mask, Christian. Frankly speaking, I enjoy all of
> > them.
> >
> > And I am amazed by the discussion these poems incited.
> >
> > Well, this is a perennial problem: Is poetry is free from rules or
> > not? Is there room for any innovation? For bold breaking rules?
> >
> > With best wishes to all,
> >
> > 3.062.14a     sómo asmábhyaṃ dvipáde
> > 3.062.14b     cátuṣpade ca paśáve
> > 3.062.14c     anamīvā́ íṣas karat
> >
> > I would not dare to compose the poems in Sanskrit. The only language I
> > can do that is Polish.
> >
> > Joanna
> >
> > ---
> >
> > Prof. dr hab. Joanna Jurewicz
> >
> > Katedra Azji Południowej /Chair of South Asia
> >
> > Wydział Orientalistyczny / Faculty of Oriental Studies
> >
> > Uniwersytet Warszawski /University of Warsaw
> >
> > ul. Krakowskie Przedmieście 26/28
> >
> > 00-927 Warszawa , Poland
> >
> > Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages
> >
> > College of Human Sciences
> >
> > UNISA
> >
> > Pretoria, RSA
> >
> > Member of Academia Europaea
> >
> > https://uw.academia.edu/JoannaJurewicz
> >
> > pt., 27 mar 2020 o 08:09 Christian Ferstl via INDOLOGY
> > <indology at list.indology.info> napisał(a):
> >
> >> Face masks would indeed be a problem at Damayantī's svayaṃvara:
> >>
> >> वरागतानां देवानां
> >> दमयन्त्याः स्वयंवरे ।
> >> न विशेषो ऽभवत् तेषां
> >> मुखचन्द्रकछादनात् ॥
> >>
> >> But the gods were the same to Damayantī anyway.
> >>
> >> Best,
> >> Christian Ferstl
> >> University of Vienna
> >>
> >> Am 26.03.2020 23:21, schrieb Valerie Roebuck:
> >>> Dear talented colleagues
> >>>
> >>> I am enjoying these topical verses so much. If only we had a
> >>> miniaturist who could portray these scenes, perhaps with the hero
> >> and
> >>> heroine wearing face masks!
> >>>
> >>> Valerie Roebuck
> >>> Manchester, UK
> >>>
> >>>> On 26 Mar 2020, at 19:59, Madhav Deshpande via INDOLOGY
> >>>> <indology at list.indology.info> wrote:
> >>>>
> >>>> 👏👏👏
> >>>>
> >>>> 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 Thu, Mar 26, 2020 at 12:30 PM Christian Ferstl
> >>>> <christian.ferstl at univie.ac.at> wrote:
> >>>>
> >>>>> And Arjuna says to Draupadi --
> >>>>>
> >>>>> करो न स्पर्शतु ह्यद्य तव
> >>>>> पद्मोपमं करम् ।
> >>>>> करोनाख्यातरक्षो ऽसौ
> >>>>> कामदेवेन हन्यताम् ॥
> >>>>>
> >>>>> Today my hand must not touch your lotus-like hand.
> >>>>> That demon called Corona must be killed by the God of Love!
> >>>>>
> >>>>> It seems I'm kind of infected by Prof. Deshpande's karona-kāvya
> >>>>> virus.
> >>>>>
> >>>>> Christian Ferstl
> >>>>> University of Vienna
> >>>>>
> >>>>> Am 26.03.2020 15:23, schrieb Madhav Deshpande via INDOLOGY:
> >>>>>> Draupadi says to Arjuna -
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>> मत्स्यं मा विद्ध्य
> >>>>>> कोन्तेय भविता न
> >> स्वयंवर:
> >>>>> ।
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>> कोरोनानिर्गमादूर्ध्वं
> >>>>>> पुनरायाहि सत्वरम् ।।
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>> O Arjuna, don’t shoot the fish [with your arrow, to prove
> >> that
> >>>>> you
> >>>>>> are the best archer], since the ceremony of choosing the groom
> >>>>> will
> >>>>>> not be happening. After the Coronavirus goes away, please come
> >>>>> back
> >>>>>> quickly.
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>> 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]
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