Pranava as the primordial shout of joy

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–From Chris Chapple’s Yoga and the Luminous
Yoga and the luminous: Patañjali's spiritual path to freedom - Page 152
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the sacred syllable "om"; from
pra (before, forward) + nava, from \nu (sound, shout, exult) Its expression is pranava (put). 1.28 taj japas tad artha-bhavanam tat (n. nom. sg. pron.) that japas (m. nom. sg.) repetition, repeating in a ...

verb (used without object)
1. to show or feel a lively or triumphant joy; rejoice exceedingly; be highly elated or jubilant: They exulted over their victory.
2. Obsolete . to leap, especially for joy.
exult at


pra-áva [p= 659,3] [L=131108]
pra-° áva [p= 660,3] [L=131284]
(or prá-°) (ifc. f(ā). ) the mystical or sacred syllable om VS. TS. S3Br. Mn. (ifc. also -ka) &c (-tva n. Ra1matUp. )
pra-° áva [L=131284.1]
a kind of small drum or tabor = (and prob. w.r. for) paana L.


(H3) mf.
(H3B) m.

nava - shout of joy or triumph


nāvá 1 [p= 538,1] [L=106170]
( √ nu4) a shout of joy or triumph RV.
nāva 2 [L=106171]
nau , a boat , a ship (in comp. cf. ardha-n° , dvi-n° Pa1n2. 5-4 , 99 , 100)


(H1) =


pra-° āda [p= 659,3] [L=131072]
a loud sound or noise (esp. expressive of approbation or delight) , shout , cry , roar , yell , neigh &c MBh. R.


&c ) , SuS3r. ??

of a cakra-vartin DivyA7v.


[L=131073]a murmur or sigh of rapture
[L=131074]noise or buzzing in the ear (from thickening of the membranes


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