[Advaita-l] Rudra Prashna question

Ajit Krishnan via Advaita-l advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org
Mon May 5 17:00:04 CDT 2014

Dear Vidyasankar,

> Some usages have indeed been annotated as possibly bad renderings
(pramAda pATha).

Let's restrict the discussion to "good renderings". A mantra, with a single
mantra draShTA, may be present in several shakhas. In some cases, there are
minor changes in the text. In some cases, there are minor changes in
swaras. In some cases, though the text is the same, the pratishakhya
results in different renderings.

The most straightforward explanation is that a single "original" mantra
underwent change over time.



On Mon, May 5, 2014 at 12:30 PM, Vidyasankar Sundaresan via Advaita-l <
advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:

> Dear Ajit,
> >It is certainly marvelous that the transmission tradition has preserved
> the vedas as well as it has.
> >But, at the same time, it is difficult to accept that they have been
> preserved perfectly. The same
> >mantra is often found in multiple traditions with some variation (be it
> in the text, swara or
> >pronunciation). Minimal though it may be, it is reasonable to conclude
> that change has occurred.
> Yes, that is possible, and is acknowledged by some of the traditional
> commentators as well. Some
> usages have indeed been annotated as possibly bad renderings (pramAda
> pATha). Nevertheless,
> given the extent of the veda-s, such instances are still very small in
> number, relatively speaking.
> Especially in cases where there is an obvious word form that is close in
> sound and is also correct
> grammatically, but where the supposedly incorrect form has been handed
> down, one has to really
> hesitate to judge.
> Best regards,
> Vidyasankar
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