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Re: bandus and jantus

From: Krishna Susarla (
Date: Sat Jun 27 1998 - 12:45:09 PDT

It would be ridiculous of me to recount to you all the story of Gajendra,
Vibisheena or Draupadi. The details are so well known that even children in
Indian homes learn to retell it with consummate ease by the time they are
old enough to cease lisping. But a few elements in the stories are so very
relevant to our present discussion on "bandhus", "jantu-s" "akinchinyam"
and the "cosmic orphan" that, with your permission, they will bear
repetition here in this post.

Hare Krishna! Although I can guess from context, can you provide an explicit
definition in English of the Sanskrit terms "bandhu," "jantu," and
"akinchinyam?" That would help he to better follow these discussions. Also,
thank you for posting them. I especially found the quote from the Upanishads
by Yajnavalkya to be quite enlightening.


-- HKS