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Question: Sanskrit & Amba Mata

Posted By Vicki Jerome (vjerome@clear.net.nz)
Sun, 13 Jul 1997 23:01:48 +1200

Please could anyone help me with a couple of questions (totally unrelated):

1. I notice that in Sanskrit, the letters m and n sometimes appear to be
used interchangeably - e.g. Sanskrit/Samskrit, and recently in a posting
someone referred to Ahinsa (non-violence, harmlessness) which I have always
seen written as Ahimsa. Are they indeed interchangeable, or are there some
rules? And how do you pronounce such words - with the lips closed (as for
m) or apart (as for n)?

2. Once I visited the Jain temple at Ranakpur, and walking nearby while
waiting for it to open, came upon a tiny village temple, where I meditated
for a while. The elderly Brahmin (whom I was later told was 100 years old)
presiding over the temple came to talk to me, and told me it was the temple
of Amba Mata. I could not discover any more about this goddess, of whom I
had not heard before, but presume her to be a goddess from the word Mata,
being Mother. Can anyone tell me more about this goddess?

Many thanks, and as a newcomer to the group (just under a month since I
subscribed) thank you all for your interesting and informative postings.
Greetings from New Zealand.
Vicki :-)

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