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srikanta.narayanaswami at yahoo.com
Mon Feb 21 00:34:16 CST 2011
The interesting points which you mentioned are not as per saMpradAya. First of
all, linking the “sunaka” word to Vaiswadeva, Vaishwanara & Saunaka Muni is
Some of the scholars without knowing the srauta siddhanta ascribe the “vi” and
“shwa” with vaishwadeva to be insects & dogs. The sAstra is very clear here
that says “viswedeva devata asya vaiswadevah”. Among the pancha pAka yajnAs,
vaiswadevah is one among them which is related to 12 Viswedevatas.
Taking the “shwa” from Vaishwanara is sAstra-viruddha and there is no sAstra
pramaNa for this. It is related to “vishwa” and hence “vaishwanara”. Going as
per your finding, then the term “vishwam” of Vishnu Sahasranama should have been
“krimi-kItaKa-sunaka-maya tattva” which is blasphemous.
As regards the name of Saunaka Muni, he is a great sage who is ever immersed in
atma tattva. There is a special characteristic which is ascribed to Saunaka
Muni and that is “sabda grahaNa sakti”. Whatever may be the distance and
wherever he was, Saunaka Muni used to assimilate the tattva jnana from His Guru
Suta Mahamuni. Saunaka with tremendous concentration and rapt attention used
to assimilate the vidyas from Suta Muni. It is this special attribute of
“sadba grahaNa sakti” which is also present in Sunaka. Sunaka (Dog) can grasp
the distant sounds; can smell and trace out the culprits.
As regards the Dattatreya Tattva, it has been rightly perceived that 4 vedas are
4 sunakas but if we go further deeper, they are a-kAra, u-kAra, m-kAra &
ardha-mAtrAs respectively. This was told to me by great mimAmsaka scholar of
Sringeri Mahamahopadhyaya VK Dongreji.
I mentioned these points to know how the word "Sunaka"and the rishi
"Shaunaka"are connected by padautpatti,and not to discuss whether they are
sastraviruddha or not.Further,I have seen the orthodox pundits in our family
circles why they perform "Vaishwadevam"ritual,and they gave the explanation I
have cited.I have also consulted many mimamsaka pundits who are performing this
ritual.I am interested to know how this originated in our daily rituals,that is
all.It is a well known fact that etymologically the particle,"Shwa"denotes a
dog.I am not saying that the word,Vishwam'in vishnusahasranamam as
'krimi,kita,sunaka maya tatva"which as per your finding is blasphemous is not my
interpretation.It is well known that the dog breathes with its toungue
protruding outward.The Mandukya Upanishad and the Gaudapada karika,defines
Vaishwanara as "ekonavimsati mukhah".What I am interested is etymologically what
is the connection between Sunaka and Saunaka.That is all.
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