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Pannini and the Lion - Grammar of Lions

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  • nrao
    A very informative post from Pakistan about the end of Pannini, the great Sanskrit grammarian.
    Message 1 of 2 , Feb 12 4:31 PM
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      A very informative post from Pakistan about the end of Pannini, the great Sanskrit grammarian.

      http://www.thefridaytimes.com/beta3/tft/article.php?issue=20130208&page=16

      -Naveen
    • nrao
      ... 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
      Message 2 of 2 , Feb 14 6:41 PM
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        --- In JatHistory@yahoogroups.com, "nrao" wrote:
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        > A very informative post from Pakistan about the end of Pannini, the great Sanskrit grammarian.
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        > http://www.thefridaytimes.com/beta3/tft/article.php?issue=20130208&page=16
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        > -Naveen
        >

        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:

        The verse, found in some recensions of the Panchatantra as II.33, but also sometimes ascribed to Vallabhadeva [1], 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.

        -Naveen
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