Vakyapadiya of Bhartrihari

by K. A. Subramania Iyer | 1965 | 135,314 words

Summary: The English translation of the Vakyapadiya by Bhartrihari including commentary extracts and notes. The Vakyapadiya is an ancient Sanskrit text dealing with the philosophy of language. Bhartrhari authored this book in three parts and propounds his theory of Sphotavada (sphota-vada) which understands language as consisting of bursts of sounds conveying their meaning, as opposed to the theory of Varnavada (varna-vada) which states that language is interpreted as a combination of indivdual letters.

This edition of the Vakya-padiya includes commentary extracts with English translation, notes, original Sanskrit verses and transliteration.

Source: archive.org

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The full text of the Vakyapadiya of Bhartrihari in English is available here and publically accesible (free to read online). Of course, I would always recommend buying the book so you get the latest edition. You can see all this book’s content by visiting the pages in the below index:

This book contains Sanskrit text which you should never take for granted as transcription mistakes are always possible. Always confer with the final source and/or manuscript.

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