[Advaita-l] Sons known after their Mothers' names
Venkatesh Murthy (वेङ्कटेशः सीतारामार्यपुत्रः)
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Thu Jul 7 02:02:44 CDT 2016
Father of Sanskrit Grammar is Dakshiputra Panini. His mother was Dakshi.
Father of Kannada literature is Ambika Tanaya Datta. His mother was Ambika.
On Thu, Jul 7, 2016 at 12:09 PM, V Subrahmanian via Advaita-l
<advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:
> One more popular name is that of Garuda who is also known as 'vainateya'
> after his mother Vinatā.
> On Wed, Jul 6, 2016 at 10:46 PM, V Subrahmanian <v.subrahmanian at gmail.com>
>> A few more names:
>> Ānjaneya - son of Anjanā
>> Āditya - son of Aditi
>> Daitya - son of Diti.
>> On Wed, Jul 6, 2016 at 1:20 PM, V Subrahmanian <v.subrahmanian at gmail.com>
>>> In the Shruti/Smriti literature we have a number of instances where a
>>> son is referred to through the mother's name.
>>> What comes to mind immediately are: Kaunteya, Pārtha - names of Arjuna
>>> and sometimes applicable to his brothers too in the MB/BG.
>>> Kosaleya is Rama, son of Kausalya.
>>> Soumitrī is Lakshmaṇa, son of Sumitrā.
>>> Rohiṇeya is Balarāma, son of Rohiṇi.
>>> Rādheya is Karṇa, son of Rādha, his foster mother.
>>> In the Chandogya Shruti we have the famous name: Jābāla, Satyakāma, son
>>> of mother Jabālā.
>>> There is even a straight name: Devakīputra Kriṣhna in the Chandogya
>>> Upanishad 3.7.6.
>>> It is not that all the above named persons did not have a father or the
>>> father's identity was unknown. Yet they are popular by those names.
>>> In the Mahabharata serial, we have seen Gāndhāri addressing her husband
>>> Dhṛtarāṣṭra as 'Ārya putra'. It looks like the practice of uttering the
>>> husband's name was not present in the olden times.
>>> I heard a humorous story in a Madhva gathering for a 'aṣṭāvadhāna'
>>> presentation in the Uttarādi Maṭha recently. It was narrated by the
>>> 'aprasakta prasanga' person, part of the avadhāna, thus:
>>> The Swami of the Maṭha has influenced many of his devotees by saying that
>>> a chaste woman will not utter her husband's name. Once a census party
>>> visiting a house had this experience:
>>> They asked for the husband, the head of the family. He had gone out and
>>> his wife replied them. They asked for his name and she refused to utter the
>>> name saying 'Ask the Swamiji'. The officer replied: 'Madam, the Swamiji
>>> will be on tour somewhere and where can we find him to ask this?'
>>> Thereupon the lady said: I shall give a puzzle and you can find out the
>>> reply there.
>>> If he jumps from top to bottom it is eight feet. From right to left it is
>>> six feet and from left to right eight feet.
>>> The officer could decipher the hidden message: Her husband's name is:
>>> Hanumantha Rao.
>>> The above was said there and shared here only in jest.
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