[Advaita-l] shankara as suhastaH

D.V.N.Sarma డి.వి.ఎన్.శర్మ dvnsarma at gmail.com
Wed Jul 20 00:18:33 CDT 2011

An interesting post. But Sankara's birth is later to vedas therefore we
cannot expect
a reference to him in the vedas either covertly or overtly.
Such things are like Bacon's signatures in Shakespeare's dramas.


On Tue, Jul 19, 2011 at 12:12 PM, Venkata sriram P
<venkatasriramp at yahoo.in>wrote:

> Namaste Anselmo,
> Inspite of my several posts on “suhastaH”, it seems all the
> Mails are getting spammed.  Hence, a new thread on
> “suhastaH”.
> I forgot to reply regarding the Atmananda's interpretation
> of the word "suhasta".  You have rightly pointed out that Atmananda
> interprets this as "sankaracharya".
> Let us see the mantra in original first:
> upahavyE sudhugAm dhEnuM etAM
> suhastO godhug uta dohad enAM
> shrEShTaM savaM savitA sAvisan no
> bhiddho gharmas tad u su pra vocham .......26
> The explanation runs as:
> I call hither the cow easy to milk. And the one who
> can milk a cow with "dextrous hand" has milked her.
> May the Sun inspire us with the noblest inspiration.
> The oven is kindled.  This verily i speak out.
> There is another interpretation:
> I invoke this milch cow which gives plenty of milk that the milk-man
> with "deft hands" may milk her.  May Savitr grant us this
> excellent milk (for our soma yaga).  The pravargya (sacrifice)
> is lighted.  Therefore i earnestly pray.
> Here, "suhasta" is taken as dextrous hands of the milk man who
> is milking the cow (kAmadhEnu).
> Shri Atmananda interprets the Cow (dhEnu) to be Veda (shruti) and
> compares the Milk Man with Sankara because it is Sankara
> who gave prasthAna traya bhAshyAs (the Milk) which is the
> essence of vedas.  So, if the vedas are cows, then the
> prasthanatrayas bhashyas are the milk and the Sankaracharya
> is the milk man who has "dextrous hands".
> While interpreting this, Atmananda deciphers a code
> in this mantra which is quite interesting to note.
> suhastaH> sukhahastaH > sukhakaraH > sankaraH
> hastaH denote the arms that indicate action. su implies sukhaM (bliss
> etc.).
> So, su replaced with sukha. hastaH replaced with karaH (arms).
> "su" also means "saM" and karaH when joined with "saMkaraH".
> Who is none other than Sankara Bhagavatpada.
> regs,
> sriram
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