[Advaita-l] Re: Questions on Isavasya

Shyam Subramanian shyamsub at gmail.com
Wed Aug 9 14:28:31 CDT 2006

On 8/7/06, Vidyasankar Sundaresan <svidyasankar at hotmail.com> wrote:
> It helps to have some basic Sanskrit knowledge, but I don't see why not.
> e.g. when one sees the sentence "vedo nityam adhIyatAM" (example from the
> upadeSa pancaka, which Sri Abhishek posted recently), it helps if one
> knows
> that the word vedaH gets transformed to vedo when followed by specific
> kinds
> of consonants.

Namaste Sri Vidyasankar,

Sorry for nitpicking on something completely peripheral to your excellent
posts: I hope you don't

IMO, it is not correct to say that "vedaH gets transformed to vedo when
followed by specific kinds
of consonants" .  Simply because the transformation process resulting in
(vedas -> vedar -> vedo when followed by specific consonants or "a" )
does not involve the generation of "vedaH" at any stage. As I understand it
as I am sure you know), a visarga is generated (r -> H) only when either a
pause follows or a
"khar" (kh, ph, ch, Th, th, c, T, t, k, p, S, sh, s).

My knowledge of sanskrit grammar is limited to sandhi rules, so
feel free to correct me if I am wrong.  If you meant otherwise,
do excuse me for taking a "literalist" interpretation of your
statement :-).


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