[Advaita-l] Gradations in establishment in brahmavidyA
svidyasankar at hotmail.com
Fri Mar 2 05:17:58 CST 2007
In the context of the current discussion, please see the above post (Yoga
and Advaita Vedanta -10). muNDakopanishat 3.1.4 has a reference to
"brahmavidAM varishThaH". I have briefly highlighted what Sankara
bhagavatpAda says about this in the corresponding bhAshya.
As also pointed out in posting 9 on that series, the word varishTha presumes
vara - varIyas - varishTha, i.e. a gradation in excellence. In the Sanskrit
language, applying the suffixes -Iyas and -ishTha to a root has the same
intent as suffixing -tara and -tama, to denote comparative and superlative
degrees. Various examples are given in
Incidentally, the word tAratamya is itself derived from -tara and -tama.
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