[Advaita-l] praNava

Michael Shepherd michael at shepherd87.fsnet.co.uk
Mon Aug 10 08:54:15 CDT 2009

There's an interesting word-play there : between 'nama' as bow and 'nama' as
name -- does a proper salutation evoke both bow and verbal salutation ? To
me, it does. As in 'The Lord, at whose name every knee shall bow'..

Well, justa poetic thought..


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> The common derivation for pranava as synonymous (more or less...) for
> omkara
> or udgitha is from the dhatu nu, to praise.

That's correct. pra + nu + suffix "ap" (The suffix needs double-checking).
prakarSheNa nUyate iti praNavaH.
I also remember seeing alternate derivations: praNaamayati iti praNavaH.
Apparently "Om" makes people offer their praNAms.

To geek out further, nu takes the form nauti, like stauti and has the same
meaning. To praise, worship.
The dhAtu nu is familiar to listeners of Karnatik music. One hears words
like "sannuta", "nuta" in many songs (one who is praised/worshipped).

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