[INDOLOGY] A distraction from the Coronavirus

Madhav Deshpande mmdesh at umich.edu
Tue Mar 31 08:25:17 EDT 2020


Excellent verses, Christian and Dániel.

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 Tue, Mar 31, 2020 at 12:16 AM Dániel Balogh via INDOLOGY <
indology at list.indology.info> wrote:

> 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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