[Advaita-l] Sanskrit grammar and bhiksha
ajit.krishnan at gmail.com
Thu May 2 10:10:02 CDT 2013
"[he] bhavati ! [tvam] bhikShAm dehi' is gramatically correct. The
sambodhana word is effectively a separate sentence. Also, note that the
sambodhana for mAtR is "mAtaH" ... it does not follow the pattern for other
In the gita (2.26) we have "[he] mahAbAho ! na tvam shocitum arhasi".
The exact phrasing "bhavati bhiksham dehi" is expected by the sutrakAras.
The bodhayana dharma sutras (1.2.17) say that the phrase has 7 letters.
(bhavat-pUrvAm bhikShAmadhyAm yA~ncAntAm caret, satpAksharAm).
If you use dadAtu instead of dehi, you will end up with 8 letters.
On Thu, May 2, 2013 at 4:57 AM, Ravi Chandrasekhara <vadhula at yahoo.com>wrote:
> But then the vatu should say: He Mate, tvam bhikshan dEhi. Based on
> grammar, bhavati should match with dadhatu.
> Just like in Hindi, Ap matches with dIjiye and tum with dO.
> Ravi Chandrasekhara
> Sent from my iPhone
> On May 2, 2013, at 12:02 AM, Sunil Bhattacharjya <
> sunil_bhattacharjya at yahoo.com> wrote:
> > Namaste,
> > Mother is the nearest. When one asks mother one may say : "Ma, mujhe
> do", but when one asks father one may say "Pitaji, mujhe dijiye". Does any
> such thing apply here?
> > Regards,
> > Sunil KB
> > From: ravi chandrasekhara <vadhula at yahoo.com>
> > To: A discussion group for Advaita Vedanta <
> advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org>
> > Sent: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 8:56 PM
> > Subject: [Advaita-l] Sanskrit grammar and bhiksha
> > Pranam to all,
> > During the Upanayana, the vatu begs for alms from female relatives
> "bhavati bhikshan dEhi". My understanding is that dEhi is an imperative:
> you give, to be used for familiar/informal "you".
> > e.g.
> > 1.Skt: tvam dEhi
> > 2.Hin: tum dO
> > 3.Kan:; Neenu koDu
> > Hence, is it grammatical correct for the vatu to state: " bhavati
> bhikshan dadhatu " ?
> > Ravi Chandrasekhara
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