[Advaita-l] Onion and Garlic
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Wed Jan 19 07:29:19 CST 2011
The astrology of romans in sanskrit is called romaka siddhanta.
On Wed, Jan 19, 2011 at 11:21 AM, Raghav Kumar <raghavkumar00 at gmail.com>wrote:
> the fact that garlic was imported from Rome in ancient india makes for
> interesting reading.
> 1.Can you give any historical/literary references to back up this idea of
> import of garlic, please ?
> 2. another quesiton - in the Jaradgava-vakya the word rumayam is taken to
> 'in Rome' ( as we know it). Can you again show some reference to show that
> ancient Rome was called Rumaa in sanskrit ?
> all in all, an interesting shloka and piece of information.
> On Mon, Jan 17, 2011 at 12:34 PM, Srikanta Narayanaswami <
> srikanta.narayanaswami at yahoo.com> wrote:
> > The story of Ramana telling his mother regarding Onion is true.Once it
> > seems the
> > devotees who visited the Ashram brought bags and baga of onion.On a
> > day
> > which was auspiciously special he made fun about thyis with his mother.He
> > said:Mother,today they have brought only onions.I suppose the shrubs of
> > onion
> > will not entangle to your legs thus preventing your going to Kailas or
> > vaikunta!.
> > But,both onions and garlic are prohibited for the sathwik foods.In the
> > olden
> > days(now also)the traditionalists and orthodox refrain from taking
> > onions.As for
> > garlic,according to Ayurveda it has thraptic values.It is supposed to
> > for
> > gastric disorders(vayu).Asafoetida(hing) is replaced in the place of
> > to
> > cure gaseous disorders.It seems this garlic was imported from Rome.In
> > Sanskrit,it has the name,"Lashunam",and in latin this has the
> > name,"Lasnia".There had been commerce from India to Rome during the Chola
> > period.The colour of garlic,extremely white, shows that probably it was
> > imported
> > from Rome.It was used for garnishing.It has a pungent smell and used as a
> > medicine,both for external and internal usage.
> > In the Sabara bhashya(quoted in the Padmapada's Panchapadika),we read
> > interesting couplet.
> > This is called "Jaradgava vakya".It reads:
> > "Jaradgavah kambalipadukabhyam dwaristhite gayati madrakani!
> > tam prcchati Brahmanih putrakama"'Rajan,Rumayam lashunasya ko agrah"?!!
> > Which means ,a aged Ox wearing velvet footwear stands at the door singing
> > songs
> > of Madra desha.
> > A Brahmani who is desirous of progeny asks him,"Oh Rajan,in Roma what is
> > the
> > price of garlic"!
> > This is quoted by Padmapada,to show as long as the implication of the
> > statement
> > and its context are not clear,it will remain just like the
> > "Jaradgava"vakya.This
> > is quoted by Pamapada while explaing the "Adhyasa Bhashya"of Shankara.
> > N.Srikanta.
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