Journal of Indian Philosophy

, Volume 39, Issue 4, pp 461-477

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The Argumentative Value of Āgamic Quotations in the Sphoṭasiddhi by Bharata Miśra

  • Alexis PinchardAffiliated withCNRS, UMR 7528 “Mondes indien et iranien” Email author 

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In a rare book published in Trivandrum (1927), entitled Sphoṭasiddhiḥ Bharatamiśrapranītā, we find an interesting argument in defense of sphoṭa-theory, based on āgamic quotations, especially RV X, 71, 4 (the stanza where the poet describes his own activity in perceiving the essence of Speech as like a beloved woman naked). The main idea is that the numerous word sphoṭas, as an atemporal multiplicity, free from any sensuous quality, were the objects of the Ṛṣis’ primordial intuition. So the internal diversity of the Veda is not a mere subjective convention in order to adapt the highest truth to limited human minds. The absolute brahman has an objective cosmogonical power of which the temporal mutiplicity is only the very last result. There is also an intermediate ideal multiplicity, which the Veda, as eternal and transcending the guru-śiṣya transmission, consists in.


Sphoṭa Dhvani Āgama Jāti Ṛṣi Bharata Miśra Veda Ontology Universal