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Damyata:

from T.S. Eliot – The Waste Land on Rap Genius

Meaning

“Damyata” ~ Sanskrit: Control

Taken from the first line of the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, considered the most important of the 13 Principal Upanishads that compose the Vedanta, “Damyata” is one of the three main imperatives from which “The Three Principal Virtues" of Hinduism originate.

According to this Upanishad, the third monosyllabic “Da” issued by the thunder is interpreted by the Demons as the imperative “Damyata,” or “Control.”

Since the construction of the imperative “Damyata” is reflexive, the Demons interpret it as “Control the self,” or “Practice self-control,” or “Restrain desires.”

“Control” is the last of three such commands discerned from the monosyllabic speech of the thunder. Here, again, it relates to the passage that follows, but this time with some possible irony (see note below).

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