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Is the concept of Ṛta mentioned/found in EBTs?

Does anyone know if the concept of ṛta is mentioned/found in EBTs?

:anjal:

Ṛta is a Vedic concept which was overshadowed by the development of the word “dharma”, which is why it isn’t in the EBTs, although you can find some related words.

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Indeed, you don’t find it as a general concept. In Pali it becomes utu which just means “weather, season”.

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I would have thought that utu comes from ṛtu rather than ṛta…but still related?

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See ‘niyama’ in Buddhism :

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Yes, I believe so.

I’ve sometimes suspected whether artha = Pali attha is related, but I don’t think so.

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That was my suspicion and somehow the reason behind my question…
How did you come to rule that out bhante?
:anjal:

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I may be wrong! I just remember looking into it some years ago with no concrete results. But do the dictionaries say anything on this?

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I don’t know :man_shrugging:
:anjal:

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PTS dictionary says:

Utu Utu (m. & nt.) [Vedic ṛtu special or proper time, with adj. ṛta straight, right, rite, ṛti manner to Lat. ars “art”, Gr. damar(t), further Lat. rītus (rite), Ags. rīm number; of *ar to fit in, adjust etc. q. v. under appeti]

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…The Pāli word sacca might also be related to ṛta, but showing it is slightly beyond the scope of the time I have available. And Avestan…is not within my skillsets.

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[Take 2 as in my previous deleted post I misunderstood Bhante Sujato’s post]

Ved. ṛtá- is to be connected with an IE root *h2er- meaning ‘to fit’.
Ved. ártha- is most likely connected with an IE root *h1er - meaning ‘to reach’