[Advaita-l] Generalizing the rule : 'n' sound changing to 'N'

Balasubramanian Ramakrishnan rama.balasubramanian at gmail.com
Fri Mar 3 10:53:02 EST 2017

Dear Shrinivas,

We can't willy-nilly invent rules. There are rules that already exist in
the case of vedas. For example, the taittiriya praatishaakhya has a whole
chapter on change of nakaara to Nakaara. Namely chapter 7 which begins with
atha nakaaro Nakaaram. Every veda will have its own rules in its own
praatishaakhya, Sometimes there are additional rules from other shikshA
texts or just tradition which may either supplement the praatishaakhya or
in rare cases over-rule it. uccaahaaraNam is learned by going to a guru who
has done kramaanta-svaadhyaayam, and not picking up a book/books and
inventing rules.


On Tue, Feb 28, 2017 at 2:14 AM, Shrinivas Gadkari via Advaita-l <
advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:

> Namaste Shri Praveen,
> Thanks for confirming that there is no such standard rule.
> May be, to make sense of some mantras we may have to invoke
> such non-standard rules which seem phonetically reasonable.
> For example, we know that 'indha' and 'indra' can be
> interchanged in mantras (Br. Ar. Up. 4.2.2 ).
> This is in some ways continuation of an old thread - making
> sense of mantras by splitting them into smaller sounds - sometimes
> individual sounds. May be, some people who have participated
> in those discussions will say - oh no! not again. :)
> Regards,
> Shrinivas

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