[Advaita-l] praNava

Michael Shepherd michael at shepherd87.fsnet.co.uk
Tue Aug 11 06:01:18 CDT 2009


My own feeling, every time I meet the suffixes pra- or para- , is that their
'intention' is to point towards that which is unsayable.

So they sometimes appear almost unnecessary : e.g. how can a 'paramatman'
exist when atman is ultimate in itself ?

So whether 'full of' or 'beyond' or 'pointing towards', the verbal intention
is transcendent.

This may be a very personal interpretation; but I find it practical; so that
when saying, for instance, Om paramatmane namah, I don't have to try to
engage my imagination over 'paramatman' !


-----Original Message-----
From: advaita-l-bounces at lists.advaita-vedanta.org
[mailto:advaita-l-bounces at lists.advaita-vedanta.org]On Behalf Of
Shrinivas Gadkari
Sent: 11 August 2009 06:45
To: Advaita-l List
Subject: [Advaita-l] praNava


Until now we have three additional interpretations of praNava as being
derived from:
1. pra + nava
2. pra + nu (praise)
3. pravaNa - to slide towars something
4. praNAma - surrender

To pin down the most relevant meaning, we also need to consider that
praNava and prANa are closely related.

To inquire from another angle, how do we dervive the meaning of prANa?


----- Original Message ----
From: Shrinivas Gadkari <sgadkari2001 at yahoo.com>
To: Advaita-l List <advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org>
Sent: Monday, August 10, 2009 1:45:16 PM
Subject: praNava

Shri Bhattacharjya's interpretation of praNava = pra + nava is very
Any more comments/ references on this?
Yes "pra' prefix is for reinforcing or emphasising. For example in "Pranava"
the prefix of  "pra" is added to
"nava" ie new and the word "Pranava" means the Eternal or ever new or
ageless or beyond time ie.
the Brahman.
Sunil K. Bhattacharjya

Archives: http://lists.advaita-vedanta.org/archives/advaita-l/

To unsubscribe or change your options:

For assistance, contact:
listmaster at advaita-vedanta.org

More information about the Advaita-l mailing list