The Truth About the Truth Act (Satyakriya)
Thu, October 27, 2011 • 3:30 PM • Meyerson Conference Room, WCH 4.118
A talk with Stanley Insler, Salisbury Emeritus Professor of Sanskrit and Comparative Philology at Yale University
In both Hindu and Buddhist narratives, there are occasions in which someone speaks a truth and by the power of that truth causes something miraculous or wonderful to occur. So, for example, in the Rāmāyaṇa, Rāma’s wife Sītā is able to enter a blazing fire and exit from it unharmed by means of the truth. Or again, in a Buddhist story, King Sivi restores his own eyes by uttering a truth. In this presentation, Professor Insler will explore how the storytellers of ancient India understood such Truth Acts to operate and why the truth had such power.