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Re: Digest Number 532

From: M.N.Ramanuja (
Date: Fri Feb 22 2002 - 05:00:53 PST

Dear Sri Venkatesan,

Regarding the roots of the word "Iyengar", my interpretation could be a
fancy also. I did not mean to offend by using the word fancy of
imagination. All interpretation are welcome as long as they satisfy basic
rules of sanskrit and Tamil grammar and history too. It is very common to
have multiple interpretations in the absence a deciding knowledge of
historical facts.

BTW, the word "Aiyyam" of tamil origin found in Tiruppavai and in
Tirukkural has several meanings like gift, hospitality to guests, doubt,
fear hesitation etc. Tamil pulavars in the list can shed some light on
whether it is possible to rope in any of these meanings to give plausible
explanation. Particularly after many philosophical opponents were
defeated, we were all looked upon as prativadi bhayankaras creating fear
in others. Or they very hospitable to guests etc.

Ramanuja dasan

           - SrImate rAmAnujAya namaH -
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