129. sarvAnavadyA

Charles Wikner WIKNER at NACDH4.NAC.AC.ZA
Mon Sep 7 03:09:25 CDT 1998

On Sat, 29 Aug 1998 "Ravisankar S. Mayavaram" <msr at ISC.TAMU.EDU>

> 129. sarvAnavadyA
> SHE  has faultless attributes of knowledge and wealth. avadya
> means ignorance, that is, without knowledge. It indicates mithyaa
> or falsehood and it can be destroyed by knowldge. anavadya means
> "not avadya"  SHE is anavadya because, SHE is existence,
> knowledge and bliss. This is opposite to mithyaa or falsehood.

??? vadya (dhAtu vad) is a viSeshaNa meaning "to be spoken".

a-vadya means "not to be spoken" (i.e. unspeakably shocking).
PANini 3.1.1 gives the sense of avadya as garhya (contemptible, vile).

an-avadya thus has the sense of not-vile, irreproachable, without
blemish, faultless, blameless -- in other words, perfect, in the
sense of pUrNamadaH pUrNamidaM ... (That is perfect, this is perfect).

TaittirIya Upanishad 1.11.2 gives:

      yAnyanavadyAni karmANi | tAni sevitavyAni | no itarANi |
      Whatever deeds are irreproachable - those are to be practiced -
      and not others.

You could also pick up a sense of "totally beyond speech" (nirguNa)
or "worthy of praise" (saguNa).

Regards, Charles.

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