Greek Logos and Vedic Vac

by Nicholas Kazanas


This stimulating essay starts off by examining the Greek and Christian concept of Logos — Speech — and the corresponding Vedic concept of Vāc. Reaching deep into the origin of language, it concludes that the latter alone denotes creation through speech and leads to a philosophical and grammatical system based on Vāc as a creative deity.

Dr. Nicholas Kazanas is a Greek Indologist and a scholar of ancient Greek as well as Sanskrit. Some of his papers can be found on the website of the Omilos Meleton institute.

The paper was published in 2007 in Sanskrit Across Cultures, ed. Shashiprabha Kumar (New Delhi: D.K. Printworld); it is reproduced here with the author’s permission. It is available for download as a pdf file (210 kB) so as to preserve its diacritics.

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