French scholars translations
Ravisankar S. Mayavaram
msr at ISC.TAMU.EDU
Fri Oct 9 09:45:34 CDT 1998
I agree with shrI Subhanu Saxena on using the original
saMskR^itam.h words instead of translations. It is frustrating
when authors use the terms "soul", "self" etc, very loosely. I
also agree that attempting learn in original saMskR^itam.h is
Another thing I think about the example quoted by Guy is this.
The word pUrNam.h is more close to full or complete. pUrNatvam.h
is a state of completeness in which there is no lack of anything
and no more want, as there are no desires left unfulfilled.
Translating that into "infinite" or "infinite plenitude", I think
will give only a false sense of intellectual satisfaction.
Complex verses like "pUrNamadaH .." should be learnt and
understood under a good teacher. Reading that on one's own is
I remember a quote on quantum mechanics which says that if one
does not get shocked after learning quantum mechanics, (s)he does
not understand it at all. I think the same applies here. I have
read that when a guru instructs the mahAvAkyam to the disciple
(at appropriate time), he will get realized. These days we see it
written and read everywhere (I hope not on the back of
T-shirts!), with no realization.
Key is acquiring necessary background and learning from a
AUM brahmavidyAyai namaH
"bhava shankara deshikame sharaNam"
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