Pannini and the Lion - Grammar of Lions
- A very informative post from Pakistan about the end of Pannini, the great Sanskrit grammarian.
- --- In JatHistory@yahoogroups.com, "nrao" wrote:
>The specific quote that is cited by Salma Mahmud in this excellent write up where she is quoting panchtantr, regarding death of Panini at the hand of a lion seems accurate:
> A very informative post from Pakistan about the end of Pannini, the great Sanskrit grammarian.
The verse, found in some recensions of the Panchatantra as II.33, but also sometimes ascribed to Vallabhadeva , runs:
siṃho vyākaraṇasya kartur aharat prāṇān priyān pāṇineḥ / mīmāṃsākṛtam unmamātha sahasā hastī muniṃ jaiminim // chandojnānanidhim jaghāna makaro velātaṭe piṅgalam / ajñānāvṛtacetasām atiruṣāṃ ko'rthas tiraścām guṇaiḥ //
"A lion killed Pāṇini, an elephant madly crushed Jaimini, Pingala was killed by a crocodile: What do senseless beasts care for scholarly attainments?
This was found in Wikipedia. Seems like his brother Pingala, a renowned mathematician died in a similar fashion, killed by a magar. This line, as most of panchtantr, conveys an absolutely beautiful teaching, although it also talks about an absolute tragedy.