Soma in Vedas

Shrinivas Gadkari sgadkari2001 at YAHOO.COM
Fri Sep 6 13:57:10 CDT 2002

On Thu, 5 Sep 2002 13:15:06 -0700, Srikrishna Ghadiyaram
<srikrishna_ghadiyaram at YAHOO.COM> wrote:

>> In vedic literature we often encounter the term
>> "soma".
>> Some people take it to mean sap of some plant.
>> "soma" = "s" + "om", that which accompanies "om", or
>> that which we take in with "om".

>If that is the case it should have been 'Som'; why
>should it be 'Soma' ??
>Om Namo Narayanaya !!


My guess is, keeping it "som" would give it a mantra like
dynamic character. Adding "a" and making it "soma" imparts
stability making it suitable for use in a language.


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