The 6-verse Prelude of the Gaudapada Karika

 The following link is the text of the Gaudapada Karika embedded in a book length commentary by Shri Raghunath Damodar Karmarkar. As discussed in the preface commentary, the style of the text is in terse Sutra style and the text has not evolved over the ages - it has been reprinted from an original manuscript. In the book, the full Gaudapada Karika is explained page by page starting from (PDF) page 60 with a literal line-by-line English translation (as can be easily verified)

Page 60 of the PDF version of the book looks as follows (red-emphasis mine): 

The 6 verses of the prelude are clearly visible before the start of Chapter 1. Their numeric annotations are added to indicate that they are in the clear style of the Gaudapada - in tight sutra with numerical meanings attached.

My interest in the 6 verses of the untranslated prelude stem from a link to standard Number Theory in mathematics, where the indicated cycle lengths are the typical cycle lengths associated with the respective Sutra number. The cycle length associated with two primes is 11 (Sutra 1), the cycle length of a Turing Machine accepting the sequence between two primes is 10 (Sutra 6) and the constraints between them are of cycle lengths 5, 7, 7, 11 and 9 in a relationship that I don't yet fully understand. It is interesting to note that the sum of the cycle lengths of the first 4 Sutras are 30 (which is 1 more than the 29 sutras in Chapter 1, the Mandukyo Upanishad), Chapter 2 has 38 verses (which is 1 less than the sum of all the lengths of the sutras 2-5 = 5 + 7 + 7 + 11 + 9 = 39), Chapter 3 has 48 verses (which is 1 less than the length-product of the 3rd and 4th Sutra = 49) and Chapter 4 has 100 verses (which is 10*10). 

These can all be considered to be numerical coincidences, however, the probabilities of that happening by chance are low in a tightly structured, well controlled script as in the above (anywhere between 6/100 = ~6% to 6/20 = ~30%, in all cases < 50%). For this reason, it is more likely than not that the prelude was and has been part of the structure of the Gaudapada Karika. In addition, as stated in the linked source, there is no reason to doubt the full authenticity of the reproduction of the text.

In the preface to the linked book, the following is said (box emphasis mine):

Since the main point of contention in the Wikipedia edit is solely, do the 6 sutras of the prelude exist  in the original manuscripts (Mss) (regardless of any links to Number Theory), the primary source from the book says that they do (even if they are untranslated in the English editions of the text or by subsequent translators and authors). Unless we have a primary source where a full text is reprinted and the prelude sutras are missing and an explicit claim of completeness is made, it would be better to indicate that the Sutras exist and resolve this edit in favor of being retained. 

I understand that editing Wikipedia is voluntary work and that the Gaudapada is a work of high precision and worthy of respect. To this end, to the senior editors of the Wikipedia page on the Gaudapada - I hope this provides sufficient information to help close the edit request in its favor. I'm reverting the revert with a link to this post. If this post and its clarification text is found insufficient and the text is reverted again, I will refrain from requesting a re-revert. Conversely, if this text is sufficient and persuasive, I request further moderators to refrain from reverting the edit. If the situation is somewhere in between, please do leave a comment here or reach out to me on the Wiki talk page and I will do my best to respond. Thank you for the time. 


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