Notes on Brahmasuutra-1

K. Sadananda sada at ANVIL.NRL.NAVY.MIL
Wed Aug 16 04:57:02 CDT 2000

Thanks Vidya for the corrections.   Please be watching so that errors do
not slip through.  I will wait for other inputs before making final
Thanks again for taking time.

>>  alpaaskharamasamdhigdham saaravat vishhvatomukham|
>It should be alpaaksharam....
>>The definition says sutra has to be  -
>>alpaaskaram - very concise - very brief
>alpa + akshara = little + syllables, implying conciseness/brevity,
>by virtue of using the minimum possible no. of words.
>>Visvatomukham - having many meanings or many facets if possible.
>vishvatomukha means, "facing all sides". Rather than "having
>many meanings," the intention is that the sUtra should address
>a given subject (vishhaya) from all possible angles/perspectives.
>As such, this aspect is important not so much for an individual
>sUtra, but with respect to the characteristics of the adhikaraNa
>in which it occurs. Thus, the goal of the sUtra is to set forth
>the vishhaya, to address the saMSaya (doubt) that arises from
>various pUrvapakshha-s (prior stance) originating from other kinds
>of thinking about the subject, by means of arguments that are
>connected to one another in a logical progression (saMgati), and
>finally set forth the conclusions (siddhAnta).
>Best wishes,
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