[Advaita-l] shankara as suhastaH
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Wed Jul 20 07:09:17 CDT 2011
The Vedas are not only coval with Creation and are also Eternal - beyond Time, the latter itself being a creation alone. Hence there is no question of the Vedas being before or after anything.
In every cycle of Creation Lord Narayana's Grace will manifest in the form of a KrishnaArjuna samvAda, as will Lord DakshinamUrthy's Grace in the form of Shankara BhagawatpAda.- finding these, and other, transcendent personalities mentioned in the VedAs is hence quite appropriate.
Shri Gurubhyo namah
On Jul 20, 2011, at 12:18 AM, D.V.N.Sarma డి.వి.ఎన్.శర్మ<dvnsarma at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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
>> 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
>> 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.
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