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From: krish (krish_at_astro.ge.com)
Date: Sun Dec 17 1995 - 04:18:20 PST
That is good. Thanks, Sadagopan for the definitions. prof.A.S-- , I recall the name. Did he tech in Vivekananda for a short while? I think I had him as an English Prof. I am reading the book "The Tamil Veda" by John Carman and Vasudha Narayanan, a translation of Pillan's Intepretation of Tiruvaymoli. (tiru-wai-mozzi) Uof Chicago Press. It is scholarly with an excellent bibliography. Yhe early chapters coverUbhayaVedanta, Alwars, Vedanta in Sanskrit according to Yamunacharya and Ramanuja. I find it tough going and can see the need for an acharya. John Carman is professor of comparative religion at Harvard. vasudha Narayanan is associate professor in religion at U of Florida. I feel I should have the Tamil text to follow thru. I do hope to do this study leisurely when I retire, here and in India. The need for an Acarya, especially in interpretation of poetry is vital. One does need a lot of study to get the most. An example is Kampan's verse introducing Vishwamitra to Dasaratha. ( this is from Indira Parthsarathy's new Novel Ver-Patru. He is an outstanding Tamil Novelist educated in Tamil and English. His real name is S.Parthasarathy and hes has taught at Delhi and abroad. His works have been translated in English and Polish). Kamban: on Vishwamitra "enn-ilaa-arumthavathon" meaning Un-enumerable or uncomparbly great (rare) tapaswi" or enn-ill aa(cow or Kamdhenu) varumthavathon one who did suffer tapas over kama denu or en-nila ( many fortnights? ) -- The problem is that I did miss out learning good Tamil since my dad wanted me to study Sanskrit, which was not in depth even though I had it upto Inter. ( Many students still take Sanskrit to score well in the easier tests compared to other Indian Languages like tamil or Kannada) Thanks again.