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If abhivādana or bowing down to elders and superiors is obligatory for the youngsters and inferiors, it is equally obligatory for the latter to respond to it appropriately. This response is called pratyabhivāda.
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This generally takes the form of a blessing like ‘āyuṣmān bhava’ (‘May you live long!’), ‘saubhāgyavati bhava’ ([To a woman] ‘May you remain dear to your husband!’). The name of the person is also added at the end and the last vowel is lengthened to pluta (three mātras). For instance: ‘āyuṣmān bhava devadattā3.’
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It is interesting to note that social hierarchies are meticulously kept up in this act, the way of response being dependent upon the social status of the
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respondent vis-a-vis the person who bows down first.
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* The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore
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== OLD CONTENT ==
 
pratyabhivāda (‘returning the salutation’)
 
pratyabhivāda (‘returning the salutation’)
 
If abhivādana or bowing down to elders and superiors is obligatory for the youngsters and inferiors, it is equally obligatory for the latter to respond to it appropriately. This response is called pratyabhivāda.
 
If abhivādana or bowing down to elders and superiors is obligatory for the youngsters and inferiors, it is equally obligatory for the latter to respond to it appropriately. This response is called pratyabhivāda.

Revision as of 09:20, 12 October 2014

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Pratyabhivada, PratyabhivAda, Pratyabhivaada


pratyabhivāda (‘returning the salutation’)

If abhivādana or bowing down to elders and superiors is obligatory for the youngsters and inferiors, it is equally obligatory for the latter to respond to it appropriately. This response is called pratyabhivāda.

This generally takes the form of a blessing like ‘āyuṣmān bhava’ (‘May you live long!’), ‘saubhāgyavati bhava’ ([To a woman] ‘May you remain dear to your husband!’). The name of the person is also added at the end and the last vowel is lengthened to pluta (three mātras). For instance: ‘āyuṣmān bhava devadattā3.’

It is interesting to note that social hierarchies are meticulously kept up in this act, the way of response being dependent upon the social status of the

respondent vis-a-vis the person who bows down first.


References

  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

OLD CONTENT

pratyabhivāda (‘returning the salutation’) If abhivādana or bowing down to elders and superiors is obligatory for the youngsters and inferiors, it is equally obligatory for the latter to respond to it appropriately. This response is called pratyabhivāda. This generally takes the form of a blessing like ‘āyuṣmān bhava’ (‘May you live long!’), ‘saubhāgyavati bhava’ ([To a woman] ‘May you remain dear to your husband!’). The name of the person is also added at the end and the last vowel is lengthened to pluta (three mātras). For instance: ‘āyuṣmān bhava devadattā3.’ It is interesting to note that social hierarchies are meticulously kept up in this act, the way of response being dependent upon the social status of the respondent vis-a-vis the person who bows down first.