[Advaita-l] ṛg ved hymn

yajvan yajvan at san.rr.com
Wed Jan 6 10:17:29 CST 2010

Namasté Vidyasankar 

Thank you for your insight and help... Very useful.


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> One word I am having difficulty with is ṣṛṇvannūtibhiḥ. I can see 
> various components of the word i.e. :
> ūti is help , protection , promoting , refreshing favour vat 
> technically termed vati - added to words to imply likeness or resemblance , and generally translatable to 'as' , 'like'
> van to gain , acquire , procure , to be come master
> Yet, overall, I cannot discern the total word or its compounds ( tat-puruṣa ) or definition.

It is not one word, but two, connected by simple sandhi - shR^iNvan + UtibhiH = shR^iNvannUtibhiH.

shR^iNvan derives from dhAtu shru - to hear. shR^iNvan = having heard, just like gacchan = having gone, tiShThan = having stood, pashyan = having seen, etc. UtibhiH = Uti + bhiH = plural instrumental case form of noun Uti (with meaning 1 above).


> That said, I have also seen this word spelled two ways:
> 1. ṣṛṇvannūtibhiḥ - as mentioned in the hymn offered
> 2. śṛṅvattūtibhiḥ

The second spelling is wrong. Any publication that has it has not been proof-read properly before
printing. This R^ik is never recited that way.




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