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interpretations of praNava

From: Kasturi Varadarajan (kvaradar_at_cs.uiowa.edu)
Date: Wed Oct 11 2000 - 19:11:12 PDT

Friends,
  I really enjoyed reading the articles by Dr. VN Vedantadesikan. Thanks
to Sri Sadagopan for posting these. 

He writes about "adhering to canons of linguistics, etymology, and
diction" while interpreting the pranava. He also describes the
standard interpretation in our tradition -- A for Brahman and M
for the jiva.

I wonder what is systematic about this interpretation. In fact why
should there be a systematic way of interpreting a short word
like the praNava. Could someone shed some light on this?

I understand that the standard interpretation is very useful for
the purpose of contemplation. I only wonder why the interpretation
is systematic.

-Kasturi


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