[Advaita-l] Theory of Language: Mimamsa, Advaita and Vyakarana - 2 of 3

Venkatraghavan S agnimile at gmail.com
Thu Dec 10 07:34:37 CST 2015

Namaste Sri Siva SenAni ji,

Thanks once again for your posts.

Re the below, I have a query:

On Thu, Dec 10, 2015 at 12:06 PM, Siva Senani Nori via Advaita-l <
advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:

> He interprets the sūtra 6.1.77 as a niyama sūtra which restricts proper
> usage to "dadhy" inplace of "dadhi" when a vowel follows. That is, when a
> vowel follows,the restriction is that the word dadhya (=dadhy, the final
> vowel is forease of pronunciation) only should be used.

If the interpretation of the vyAkaraNa sUtra is one of restriction of
usage, it would mean that the identity of the first sabda is dependent on
the the sabda that follows it, or something that occurs after it in time.
Such an interpretation would mean that the effect precedes the cause. How
can that be possible? Also, is nityatvam of the sabda not affected thereby
(because there is a cause effect dependency)?

Of course, one possible answer is that the first sabda and second sabda
always existed as dadhya and atra, and that the rule is merely observing
that the first sabda is not dadhi, but dadhya and is attributing the
exception (a different first sabda) to the start of the second sabda.


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