[Advaita-l] SRI SUKTAM - Meaning
subramanya.uh at in.yokogawa.com
Fri Feb 13 00:22:46 CST 2009
Dear respected members,
There are lot of hot discussions going on, on the subject. Dr. Kamesh had
earlier given the meanings of Shiva ashtottara as well as Lakshmi Ashtottara
As pointed out by Dr. Yadu, discussions are on the pronunciation, swaras ,
gm, M , pluta, udatta, anudatta, swarita, dirgha swarita, etc.than on the
I am reminded of a stanza from the great advaita text "Viveka chudamani"
"shabdajalam maharaNyam chittabhramaNa kAraNam, ataha prayatnA jnatavyam
tatvajnai tatvamAtmanah" -60.
Hence I request the members to examine whether the meanings given are
correct, convey the thought meant to be conveyed etc instead of getting
stuck in the web of shabdajalam.
Here I quote a few names where I doubt the translation, ( only a few quoted
, just for example, there may be many).
Indu sheetalya namah - pure like moon ( translation) where as sheetal means
cold like moon (Coolness like chandra- shila- read the last stanza of
soundarya lahari- chandropajalai arghya is quoted)
Preeta pushkarinye namaha - Pushkarini doesnot mean eyes which Dr. K Rao
Siddhiye namaha - meaning given as 'protector' where as Siddhi means
Pinakine namaha - meaning given as lord who gaurds the path of dharma where
as it means one who is holding Pinaka in his hand.(Pinaka hasta)
Nila lohitaya namaha - you have given as lord - red as rising sun whereas
nila means blue hue.
lalatakshaya namaha- meaning given as 'sports of creation' - Actually it
should be one who has eye on his forehead.
Ardra is given as wet; Though the verbatim meaning is correct, the same
refers to Goddess who is compassionate who liquifies (drava) for the
May I request the learned members to discuss on the contents and meanings
than on the grammar, gm, M etc
However I appreciate Dr K Rao's efforts in translation. We can expect few
more translations from his stable like Purusha sukta, durga sukta, soura
sukta, navagraha sukta and other shlokas whose meanings are not available
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