FORGOTTEN INDOLOGIST W H ROBINSON (Post No.4966)

Compiled by London Swaminathan 

 

Date: 1 May 2018

 

Time uploaded in London – 13-54 (British Summer Time)

 

Post No. 4966

 

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When I was looking for Bhartruhari’s Ntisataka with full commentary at the SOAS library of University of London, I came across an interesting book explaining the The Story of Sunashcepa in English verse  form from the Aitareya Brahmana of the Rig Veda, I read the brief profile of William Henry Robinson. His profile shows that some people are hooked to ancient Sanskrit under some strange circumstances.

The footnotes under the verses are very informative; This shows his good understanding of the Vedic literature. This is the first time I read the story of Sunashepa in full.

Here is the profile of W H Robinson

 

 

THE STORY OF SUNASHCEPA

Sunahsepa was bought for sacrificing to Varuna in place of Rohita, son of Harischandra, the 28th King of Solar race. But seer Vishwamitra rescued him. Sayana, the most popular Vedic commentator, says no animal or no living being was sacrificed in the fire, but they are all released immediately after the fire was taken around the vedic Yupa posts where they were tied. Without Sayana we could not understand any hymn and so what Sayana says must be correct.

Hindu law makers made it compulsory to recite the Story of  Sunahsepa in every coronation and Rajasuya yajna.

 

–SUBHAM–

 

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