[Advaita-l] Re: Birth Place of Shankara

Vidyasankar Sundaresan svidyasankar at hotmail.com
Mon Sep 8 13:31:07 CDT 2003

>Just as using the proverb "carrying coals to Newcastle" doesn't
>automatically mean you are from Northern England, a mention of
>Pataliputra (modern Patna in Bihar) doesn't imply anything by itself as it
>is a stock example in many Sanskrit sayings.

Indeed. So also with the name Devadatta. The statement, "so'yaM devadattaH" 
is made often, but does not refer to a real man named Devadatta. It is a 
stock name used in a stock sentence for analysis.


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