Now that our suffixes are in place, it is time to apply any rules that are conditioned by these suffixes. For sārvadhātuka suffixes specifically, there is one particular operation we should learn about: the replacement of the root vowel with its guṇa form. Here is an example:
नी अ ते → ने अ ते
nī a te → ne a te
In this lesson, we will learn more about guṇa and some of the rules that use it.
The first six rules
The first six rules of the Aṣṭādhyāyī are all about guṇa and vṛddhi. The first two rules define the terms guṇa and vṛddhi, and the next four then define how guṇa and vṛddhi interact with other terms:
The vowels ā, ai, and au are called vṛddhi.
The vowels a, e, and o are called guṇa.
इको गुणवृद्धी। १.१.३
iko guṇavṛddhī (1.1.3)
guṇa and vṛddhi replace the ik vowels,
न धातुलोप आर्धधातुके। १.१.४
na dhātulopa ārdhadhātuke (1.1.4)
na dhātulope ārdhadhātuke
but not when followed by an ārdhadhātuka that causes [partial] lopa of the dhātu,
क्ङिति च। १.१.५
kṅiti ca (1.1.5)
or when followed by [terms that are] kit or ṅit,
or when applied to [the roots] dīdhī and vevī, or [the augment] iṭ.
Let's set some of these rules aside. We saw rules 1.1.1 and 1.1.2 in a previous lesson, so we don't need to dwell on them further. And rules 1.1.4 and 1.1.6 are minor, so we can set them aside as well. That leaves us with rules 1.1.3 and 1.1.5.
Rule 1.1.3 defines the basic function of guṇa and vṛddhi vowels: they replace the ik vowels (i, u, ṛ, ḷ). And rule 1.1.5 restricts this substitution: the substitution is blocked if the following term is ṅit or kit.
Which kinds of terms are kit or ṅit? As a small example, the common suffix -ta is stated as kta in the Aṣṭādhyāyī. Because kta is kit, it will not cause guṇa or vṛddhi changes.
There are also several suffixes that are treated as if they are ṅit suffixes. Those suffixes are defined in the following four atideśa (“analogy”, “extension”) rules. All of these rules are useful, but rule 1.2.4 is our focus here:
gāṅ-kuṭ-ādibhyaḥ a-ñ-ṇit ṅit
The following are ṅit: [a term] after gāṅ and the root list starting with kuṭ, if the term is not ñit or ṇit;
विज इट्। १.२.२
vija iṭ (1.2.2)
the iṭ after the [root] vij;
optionally, [the iṭ after the root] ūrṇu;
and sārvadhātuka [suffixes] that are not pit.
More plainly: a sārvadhātuka affix that is not pit will be treated as ṅit. And since it is treated as ṅit, it will not be able to cause any guṇa changes to the root sound.
Since śap is pit, rule 1.2.4 will not apply to it, and it will still be able to cause guṇa changes by rule 7.3.84, which we discuss further below.
There is one relevant adhikāra here:
Of an aṅga, …
And what is an aṅga?
यस्मात् प्रत्ययविधिस्तदादि प्रत्ययेऽङ्गम्। १.४.१३
yasmāt pratyayavidhistadādi pratyaye'ṅgam (1.4.13)
yasmāt pratyaya-vidhiḥ tat-ādi pratyaye aṅgam
If a rule introduces a pratyaya after some specific term, everything from that term up to the pratyaya [is called] an anga.
So if a pratyaya is introduced after a dhātu, that dhātu is called aṅga with respect to the pratyaya.
Replacement by guṇa
Rule 7.3.84 contains the word guṇa by anuvṛtti from a previous rule:
[An aṅga is replaced with guṇa] when followed by a sārvadhātuka or ārdhadhātuka suffix.
But to properly understand this rule, we must refer to two other rules. First, we know from rule 1.1.3 (iko guṇavṛddhī) that guṇa and vṛddhi sounds can replace only an ik vowel. But which ik vowel do we replace? We can decide which vowel to replace by referring to a new paribhāṣā:
येन विधिस्तदन्तस्य। १.१.७२
yena vidhistadantasya (1.1.72)
yena vidhiḥ tat-antasya
[A term] by which a rule [is specified refers to an item that] ends in that [term].
In other words, the rule applies to the final sound of the aṅga. If we use rules 1.1.3 and 1.1.72, we can properly understand rule 7.3.84:
[An aṅga's last ik vowel is replaced with guṇa] when followed by a sārvadhātuka or ārdhadhātuka suffix.
Then we can continue with our prakriyā:
- nī a ti1.3.3 halantyam
1.3.9 tasya lopaḥ
- ne a ti7.3.84 sārvadhātukārdhadhātukayoḥ
laghu and guru
There is another important instance where guṇa can apply. If we define the terms laghu:
हलोऽनन्तराः संयोगः। १.१.७
halo'nantarāḥ saṃyogaḥ (1.1.7)
halaḥ anantarāḥ saṃyogaḥ
Consonants without an interval between them are called saṃyoga (conjunct).
ह्रस्वं लघु। १.४.१०
hrasvaṃ laghu (1.4.10)
A hrasva (short vowel) is called laghu,
संयोगे गुरु। १.४.११
saṃyoge guru (1.4.11)
but it is called guru when followed by saṃyoga.
दीर्घं च। १.४.१२
dīrghaṃ ca (1.4.12)
And dīrgha is also [called guru].
अलोऽन्त्यात् पूर्व उपधा। १.१.६५
alo'ntyāt pūrva upadhā (1.1.65)
alaḥ antyāt pūrvaḥ upadhā
The sound before the last sound is called upadhā (penultimate).
Then we can understand rule 7.3.86, which follows rule 7.3.84 (sārvadhātukārdhadhātukayoḥ):
पुगन्तलघूपधस्य च। ७.३.८६
pugantalaghūpadhasya ca (7.3.86)
And [the last ik vowel of an aṅga] ending with pu̐k or whose upadhā (penultimate sound) is laghu (a light syllable) [is replaced with guṇa when followed by a sārvadhātuka or ārdhadhātuka suffix].
Let's set aside pu̐k, since it is a minor point. Then the rule has a plain meaning: if the penultimate sound of the aṅga is laghu, then we can replace that sound with its guṇa.
Together, rules 7.3.84 and 7.3.86 cause guṇa in a variety of roots:
नी + शप् → ने अ
nī + śap → ne a
भू + शप् → भो अ
bhū + śap → bho a
शुच् + शप् → शोच् अ
śuc + śap → śoc a
and leave others alone:
निन्द् + शप् → निन्द् अ
nind + śap → nind a
(upadhā is not a vowel.)
जीव् + शप् → जीव् अ
jīv + śap → jīv a
(upadhā is long.)
We now have all of the essential components we need to complete our prakriyā. In the next lesson, we will generate all eighteen forms of the root nī in the present tense (laṭ) with kartari prayoga.