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Re: "prapadyE"

From: Mani Varadarajan (mani_at_best.com)
Date: Mon Mar 10 1997 - 17:02:21 PST

I have also noticed that Desika regularly uses
the phrase "kimapi" in his stotras.  You of course
know

kimapi aadyam vande kamalaa gRhamedhinam

and

kimapi kamalaa bhUmi nILopadhaanam

Many other examples abound.

Kimapi is an expression of wonder, astonishment,
and surprise. When I think about it, this phrase
is the best way of summarizing the celebrated
vaakya from the Taittiriya Upanishad

yato vAco nivartante manasA apraapya saha |

>From which speech turns back, unable to reach
it, along with the mind.

It is the Absolute, the Divine Lord who defies
all description; words cannot but fail to describe
Its glory.

Can there be a better way of saying this succinctly
than ``kimapi''?

Mani