consonants, when contemplating divine names would be great to heartoo. There seems to be important energetic di
erences between vowelsand consonants and the ancients seemed to play with changing vowelsounds a lot. Where else can such questions be asked and answered buthere, LOL. A Plethora of Thanks!!!! July 20 at 11:40pm
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Often apparent 'ancient'changing of vowel sounds has nothing to do with any real change thatoccurred, but is due to the fact that the writing or pictographic systemused to communicate the Holy Name used NO VOWEL ANNOTATIONS ORSYMBOLS AT ALL, and thus all later speculations about the LOCATION of vowels, and particular vowel sounds in any name, were / are just that,more-or-less educated guesses. For example, the primal HR / HL HolyName was once commonly written as HOR by Egyptologists. Now manyexperts render this same Name as HERU. However, if they would admitthe obvious historical and theological connections of this Deity to GreekHELI-OS, Semitic ELI-YAHU, and to Vaishnava Indic HARI, like some otherearlier Egyptologists who rendered this Name HERI, they would simplychoose the 'ee' sound, as in 'HAREE' for the second vowel sound in thisHoly Name.
Some ancient writing systems had no vowel annotation. This may be whyimportant words and Holy Names are expanded or contracted as to thenumber of sylables and their locations. For example consider the manyforms of the Holy Name NARAYANA. The ancient Biblical Name forMesopotamia, the Land of the Two Rivers, the Tigris and the Euphrates,was NHRYM, which Hebrew scholars render as NHR for River or FreshWater, plus the Semitic Su
x YM / YN for 'of, from or related-to'something or someone. Please note that this YM/N su
x is identical tothat of the Sanskrit YN, JN, GN as in NARA-YANA, HARI-JANA or SURA-GANA. In English we have similar related-to word-endings like AryAN,EuropEAN, NazarEAN, MongolIAN, PhliadelphiAN, sacristAN, citizEN,partisAN, musiciAN, museUM, see also endings like -cian, -sian, -tionetc.
So, the usual Semiticist's or Hebraist's translation of the Name / wordNHRYM is 'of the Rivers' ie the Land OF THE Tigris and Euphrates. Of course, Sanskritists have two Traditional Vaishnava ways of interpretingand/or translating Hari's (Vishnu's) Holy Name NARA-YANA. These twoways are due to theSanskrit NR NARA pun, in which NR means both(young) Man and WATER. Thus traditionally Sanskrit NARA-YANA maymean either 'Of Man' or 'Of Water'. The ﬁrst interpretation identiﬁesNARAYANA as BORN of MAN. He is the God Who INCARNATES! This isidentical to the Judeo-cCatholic concept of the Messiah, Who is the 'SONOF MAN'. Thus NARA-YANA is the Deity Who IS the 'Son of Man'.