Vedic philosophy of language

  • CG90.
  • In his introduction to the {f}gveda, {s}AyaRa describes the {v}edas as the breath exhaled by the great lord thereby situating speech between the unmanifest absolute and the manifest world. A number of hymns in the {f}gveda describe speech as creating all things, with a range that extends deep into consciousness below the level of expressed speech anticipating the identification of speech with brahman by {B}artfhari. This course surveys these Vedic passages and elucidates how they present a coherent concept of the central position of speech in the manifestation and knowledge of the absolute.
  • Instructor: Peter M. Scharf.
  • Prerequisite: It is advised but not required to take CG80 prior to this course.
  • Schedule: To be announced.
  • Course fee: $500.
  • Express interest.
  • Course materials:
    Scharf, Peter M. “Determining the ancient Vedic conception of speech by samanvaya of hymns of the R̥gveda.” Annals of the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute 97 (2020). Forthcoming.
Lecture Topic
1 Introductory comments on Vedic interpretation and the meaning of {s}AyaRa verse.
2 Some essential concepts and terms.
3 {f}gveda 10.125 The {v}AksUkta.
4 {f}gveda 10.129 The {n}AsadIyasUkta.
5 {f}gveda 1.164 The enigma hymn.
6 {f}gveda 1.164 The enigma hymn.
7 {f}gveda 10.71–72.
8 {f}gveda 10.71–72.
9 Speech and creation.
10 Speech and knowledge of the absolute.