Sanskrit Term "Sreshti"

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Sanskrit Term "Sreshti"

Postby ananda » Thu Aug 16, 2012 7:08 pm

I'm reading Dwight Goddard's "A Buddhist Bible". In the chapter titled "The Historic Buddha" there is a sentence that reads: "King Bimbisara, hearing of the arrival of the World-Honoured, went with his counsellors, generals, and myriads of Magadha Brahmans and Sreshtis to the place where the Blessed One was."

What are Sreshtis ?
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Re: Sanskrit Term "Sreshti"

Postby chokyi lodro » Thu Aug 16, 2012 7:31 pm

Sresti means master, as in master of a guild or trade. It is also the origin for the modern hindi name Shetty (mayor). In this case it means learned ones.
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