Saturday, November 21, 2009

Samskrit Learning Post 15: Videos, Listings And More..

Universities, organizations, inidividuals are propogating their love for Samskrit language devotedly through course materials, internet lists, videos and more.

Below is a glimpse of the notable examples of 'Samskrit knowledge centers'
with mission as "Learn Sanskrit! Love Sanskrit!! Live Sanskrit!!!"
created with goal to consolidate various links related to Samskrit.

Video by an Enthusiast: How To Use Samskrit in Your Daily Life

Study Of Spoken Samskrit In Australia:
simple yet noteworthy and consistent diary writing, explainations and reporting in Samskrit.
intention to bring out and spread Knowledge within Samskrit Language

Video Series : Learn To Read Samskrit

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Samskrit Learning Post 14: Samskrit Resources (Online)- Dictionaries....

Powerful virtual world of internet is getting richer and richer in reality of having Samskrit resources available to Samskrit enthusiasts.

Individuals and groups have been contributing in their ways to make Samskrit more and more interesting to learn. They range from sages to students, trainers to youtubers, dedicated teams of volunteers to curious learners.

Following are few of the notable resources available for help.

14.1 Online Samskrit Dictionaries

14.1.1 Bidirectional Dictionary (Devanagari <--> English)

14.1.2 Dictionary in 'PDF, TXT' and More Formats

14.1.3 Apte's Dictionary

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Samskrit Learning Post 13: Samskrit Resources - Chimaya International Foundation

13.1 About Chinmaya International Foundation
Chinmaya Mission is a non profit worldwide organization which was founded in 1953 with the aim to spread the wisdom of Vedanta to any seeker, of any nationality, or group, and to enrich and enable individuals to become positive contributors to society.
Chinmaya International Foundation is the academic front of Chinmaya Mission worldwide.

13.2 Samskrit Courses by Chinmaya Foundation
Some of the ways Chinmaya Foundation offers Samskrit learning are, as follows:

13.2.1 Direct Learning Courses:
Chinmaya Foundation offers various in person learning courses across various locations in the world.

13.2.2 Online Easy Samskrit Learning Course:
This is an easy Samskrit Online Course is for beginners who are interested to start their journey into Sanskrit language. As the organization indicates, it has been designed in a manner that any individual regardless of their mother tongue, location could master Samskrit basics. Course is good for anyone above age 10.

13.2.3 Postal Samskrit Course:
This Samskrit Home Study Course is designed to facilitate learning through correspondence with 40 lessons. This course aims to impart an elementary knowledge of Samskrit to students, using English as the medium of instruction.

12.2.4 Easy Samskrit Study Kit:
This is a convenient method that supports Samskrit self-study. The kit provide self-study tools, Study Book, work Book, Interactive CD.

Apart from above, foundation also offers options for deeper learning.
Chinmaya Foundation also works on various projects worldwide, for revival of Samskrit and of knowledge embedded within Samskrit language.

12.3 References

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Samskrit Learning Post 12: Samskrit Resources - Friend called 'Samskrita Bharati'

12.1 What's Samskrita Bharati ?
Samskrita Bharati is a nonprofit, worldwide organization working for Samskrit revival.
Its mission is to bring Samskrit back to mainstream as a widely spoken language once again; and to bring about a social change through the medium of spoken Samskrit.
Samskrita Bharati functions as an umbrella organization for various global organizations working for promotion of Samskrit.

It has developed simple and practical methods to enable Samskrit speaking in daily life.

12.2 'Speak Samskrit' Offerings
Samskrita Bharati offerings include but are not limited to:
12.2.1 Concise Courses for Adults
12.2.2 Classes For Kids
12.2.3 Samskrit Camps
12.2.4 Samskrit Learning Via Phone Conference
12.2.5 Samskrit Correspondence Course/Distance Education
12.2.6 Samskrit Via Video/Audio Material
12.2.7 Various Projects Relating to Samskrit.

For Example:
Speak Samskrit in 10 Days (with 'L1')
Spoken Samskrit Class (L1) is conducted in an interactive and joyful way.
L1 is the fundamental level. It does not assume any prior Samskrit/script knowledge.
Typically 'L1' involves total about 16 hours in 10 days. This is followed by hourly study group meetings every week thereafter.
Usually timings and pace suitable for attendees.
At the end of day 10, you are out with ability of using Samskrit in daily conversations.

12.3 Learning Literature
Samskrita Bharati backs up 'Speak Samskrit' movement by simple and clear yet outstandingly powerful and diverse literature library.
12.3.1 Monthly Family Magazines
12.3.2 Books, Songs, Visual Audio Kits For Children
12.3.3 Books For Spoken Samskrit
12.3.4 Books On Samskrit Grammar
12.3.5 Samskrit Books On General Science
12.3.6 Various Samskrit Language Dictionaries
12.3.7 Samskrit Kits

12.4 For You To Know

12.4.1 Samskrita Bharati has taught Samskrit to over 2 million individuals worldwide, and has helped to transofrm 4 villages in India to completely Samskrit speaking communities.

12.4.2 You do not need to know Samskrit to be Samskrita Bharati's volunteer. Just email to

12.5 Resouorce

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Samskrit Learning Post 11: Reasons That Have Deprived You From Learning Samskrit

Most of us have been hearing about Samskrit language at various occassions. Some of us are genuinly interested in learninig it.
Following are some hurdles/reasons that keep depriving individuals of learning Samskrit during their lifetime.

11.1 Reasons Out of Ignorance
11.1.1 Samskrit learning is very difficult
11.1.2 Samskrit language is outdated
11.1.3 Learning Samskrit language is not necessary to me
11.1.4 Samskrit does not affect me being happy
11.1.5 Learning Samskrit has nothing to do with my understanding of Indian culture
11.1.6 Me learning Samskrit will not influence next generations in my home
11.1.7 (For person of Indian origin) Learning samskrit is nothing to do with my being an Indian
11.1.8 Learning Samskrit language is like accepting Hinduism; and I am not a Hindu
11.1.9 I already learnt Samskrit in school, and did not find much use outside academics.

11.2 Reasons Based Upon Laziness
11.2.1 I already have so many problems in life to tackle. Where is time for Samskrit ?
11.2.2 I wish to learn but I don't have time.....May be later.
11.2.3 I wish to learn but where are resources to learn Samskrit

11.3 Reasons Based Upon Lack of Awareness
11.3.1 There is no one to teach me Samskrit
11.3.2 I will not be able to learn Samskrit language
11.3.3 There are no Samskrit language resources around
11.3.4 I am not in position to go out of home to learn.
11.3.5 Samskrit learning is costly and I don't have funds
11.3.6 Samskrit learning is not going to change my life a bit
11.3.7 Learning Devanagari script is must for Samskrit learning

11.4 Reason Due To Extreme Passion For Specific Things
11.4.1 I have decicated myself for other things.

11.5 Reason Due To Constraints
11.5.1 I am physically constrained

We will try to address some of above hurdles in following few posts, in hope to help us on way to learn Samskrit language.

11.6 Thought of The Day For you
11.6.1 “First we make our habits, then our habits make us” ...Charles Noble.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Samskrit Benefit 10: Samskrit Is Much Easier To Learn

Samskrit language appears to be difficult to learn because of the innumerable rules and regulations.
But it is not so.

10.1 Much Easier To Master:
English is very difficult to master, but we do not realize it, as we spend years and years learning it. One can master Samskrit by putting 25 % of this effort.

10.2 Derivative Power Of Samskrit Words:
The derivative potential of Sanskrit words is rational and breath-taking. Every single Sanskrit word has a meaning built into itself;
The root hidden in a word contains the meaning of that word. Hence a Sanskrit scholar seldom runs for a dictionary to find out the meaning of any new or a strange word one may come across.

10.3 No Uncertainties with Samskrit:
There are no uncertainties and contradiction between the spoken and written word. For e.g.: in English a spoken `see' can be a written `see' or `sea' with totally different meanings. It is not so in Samskrit.

10.4 Samskrit Words are easy to remember:
Word 'Samskrit' is break down of 2 words 'samyak krutam'...i.e. well done.
As its name itself explains, it is systematized and perfected. Its alphabets are impeccably arranged.
They are easy to remember and help in memorizing textual stanzas. This helps explain why the oral tradition of Indian wisdom is so popular and long-standing in the entire world.

10.5 Learner has freedom to compose the sentences:
Sanskrit sentence structure is flexible. The declensions and the conjugations have a wide range.
Hence every student has more freedom in composing sentences in Sanskrit.

10.6 For you To Find Out:

10.6.1 Find out How many months you had English literature as a compulsory part of your education system.

10.6.2 Imagine the purpose of including English vocabulary in major way as a part of GRE (Graduate Record Examination )

10.6.3 Guess how much percentage of English which you learn, do you use in your personal & professional life combined together.

10.7 Some References

Monday, August 31, 2009

Samskrit Benefit 9: Samskrit Makes The World A Livable And Lovable Place

9.1 Let Universe be A Happy Place

Tens of thousands of years before the concept of 'religion' was born....
Samskriti (Culture) was flourishing and shaping the humanity stressing that
‘we only have the right to pray for others and never for seeking favors for ourselves’.

Tens of thousands years before imperial theologies ran around and robbed Europe, Asia, Americas offering 'peace and life' on conditional basis (of accepting their faith) ....
sages and rishis were engaged in unconditionally praying for all universe via Samskrit language.
Their hearts were praying not only for humanity, but also for animals, plants and all creation....

9.2 Living Link Between Ancient Past And Presence

Samskrit is not just a language, it is living energy.
Many of world’s ancient cultures like Egyptian, Mayan or ancient African cultures have died or got destroyed; but Samskriti, marked by Samskrit language and embodied in way of Indian life (referred to as Hinduism) is the only solid link that connects the ancient times, and modern world. It has witnessed and survived through different streams of inhumanity; It has shaped key streams of humanity.

9.3 Samskrit is All Inclusive
Variety, quality and quantity of timeless literature in Samskrit language has been phenomenal and incomparable.
Buddhism, Jainism and many other faiths founds place in the motherly lap of Samskriti represented by Samskrit language.

9.4 Samskrit Represents Vishwa Dharma, Religion of Universe

The culture shaped by Samskrit language (Hinduism) never forced a single book, never made discrimination based upon a single ideology. All kinds of ideeologies and theologies were welcome and allowed to flourish within it.

Samskriti marked by Samskrit language truly represents Vishwa Dharama (religion of the universe) since time immemorial. No wonder Samskrit language is called Dev Vani (Divine Language)

9.5 Motherland
"India was the motherland of our race, and Sanskrit the mother of Europe's languages: she was the mother of our philosophy; mother, through the Arabs, of much of our mathematics; mother, through the Buddha, of the ideals embodied in Christianity; mother, through the village community, of self-government and democracy," - 'The Case for India' By Will Durant

9.6 For You...

9.6.1 Think About This"
Why do the words 'world peace', 'brotherhood' seem to have lost their meaning in the modern times ?

9.6.2 More importantly, Answer This..
What Would You like to pass to your kids as global citizen ?

9.7 Some References HinduWisdom

Monday, August 24, 2009

Samskrit Benefit 8: Foundation For India's Glorious Future

8.1 Samskrit And India:

8.1.1 Dr. C. V. Raman (A Nobel Prize Winner Indian laureate)
"Sanskrit flows through our blood. It is only Sanskrit that can establish the unity of the country."

8.1.2 Saeed Naqvi (Journalist, Winner of Indian National Integration Award 2003)
"May be if Sanskrit had been designated the official language of the country, there would have been none of the rabid opposition to it as there is to Hindi, the country would have a unifying language and may be a national soul."

8.1.3 Jawaharlal Nehru (First prime minister of post British free India)
"If I was asked what is the greatest treasure which India possesses and what is her finest heritage, I would answer unhesitatingly - it is the Sanskrit language and literature and all that it contains"

8.1.4 Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam ( 11th President of India, served during 2002-2007)
"Sanskrit has enriched our society from time immemorial"

8.2 What's Root Behind India's Current Problems?

Symptoms of India's Problems:
Few symptoms of India's current problems are...
- uneven distribution of resources
- worldwide anti-Indian powers
- illiteracy
- inter state differences
- inter faith complexities

8.3 Deep Connection To Unity:

In one way or the other the symptoms are related to...
the lack of long sustainable common ground that individuals can agree upon, and be proud of, and be passionate about , as Indians.

In simple words, it is lack of unity as Indians.
Unity is a foundational principle on which the great nations are built.

8.4 What will Bring Unity ?

8.5 Self Esteem will Bring The Unity:

May it be an individual or a nation, self-esteem is crucial for survival, prosperity and happiness.
Further, for all great nations, 'self-esteem of individuals' is deeply interconnected with 'national pride'.

Factors which will strengthen
-'an individual self esteem' as well as
-'national pride' at the same time,
....will boost immensely to the unity of the nation.
This foundation of unity, will secure the bright future of a nation.

8.6 What Will Raise 'Indian Self Esteem' ?

India, Highly Privileged Nation:
India is a highly privileged nation, which has nectar's cultural riches since time eternal. And Samskrit language embeds it securely.

"Sanskrit is the language of Indian inspiration. It is the language in which India's all past greatness, her rich thought, and her spiritual aspirations are enshrined. Samskrit has been the principal vehicle of our nation's aspirations and cultural traditions." - First President of post British free India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad

8.7 Foreign Invaders Broke The Link:

The foreign invaders continued to deprive Indian society from its rich source of self esteems for several centuries. However in recent century, the rejunuvating nation is starting to realize the this broken link.
Example, M.K. Gandhi
"I deeply regret that I was not able to acquire a thorough knowledge of the Sanskrit language. I have since realized that every Hindu boy and girl should possess sound Samskrit learning"

8.8 Samskrit And Glorious Future Of India

Samskrit is not just a language.
It is Samskriti.

'Samskrit is the soul of India, the symbol of its unity. Knowledge of Samskrit will bring Indians closer together as a nation. Learning Samskrit will help them gain immensely beneficial insights into their rich cultural, literary and scientific heritage. Samskrit will build the solid foundation which will guide India to a glorious future' as SamskritaBharati sees it.

8.9 Transformation

When modern Indian mind resumes the timeless Samskrit song, times will not be far when dreams of glorious India will start to transform into reality.

8.10 Some References: Samskrita Bharati Voice of dharma Himalayan Academy Village with Samskrit Sholkas after noon namaaz Indian History: part I Unesco Indian Heritage Timelss India Kalam about Samskrit National Anthemn Land Everyone desires to see.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Samskrit Benefit 7: Samskrit is Timeless Source of Human Values

7.1 Traits of Indian Culture
Indian culture is marked with two outstanding traits
- Human values
- Continuity of Traditions

Samskrit literature of numerous kind has been home to human values in beautifully diverse forms

7.2 Samskrit Literature
May it be Vedas, Upanishads, Ramayan, Mahabharata, Geeta or Brahma Sutras...Samskrit literature has been guiding the Indian way of life, since time eternal.

7.3 Human Values
Righteousness, bhakti, social interdependence, self-restraint, respect to elders, obedience, unselfish love, harmony, moral character, steadfastness, service, dutifulness, truthfulness, bravery, .........Samskrit has been the source of fragrance and experience of such human traits in Indian way of life.

India - Pride -III

Considerable amount of Samskrit literature has been in fact translated in many child languages of Samskrit. Commentaries have been written by seers and scholars.

7.4 Flow In Way Of Life
These values have been flowing like mountain-river in Indian life in form of stories, recitations, religious readings, day to day practices, traditions.

7.5 For You To Find Out

7.5.1 Zoroastrian community Finds Home In India
Upon escaping the persecutions by Muslim invaders, and after trying to find asylum in many surrounding countries, Zoroastrian community in Iran region (modern day Parsi) found the permanent home in Gujarat in late 9th century.
- why they had to leave their country
- why they found home only in Bharat

7.5.2 Toughest Battle In Life Of Alexander:
Which was the toughest battle in Alexander the Great's life ?
What was it's impact on his Army and his own life ?
What virtues does it relates to ?

7.5.3 Some Origins of Shivaji's Virtues
Shivaji Maharaj has been inspiration of thousands of modern Indians.
Learn how his mother Jijabai helped to shape him into an ideal King.

7.5.4 Power of Gandhi
M.K. Gandhi's contribution to end the british rule in India is a known fact.
Identify what Gandhi had, that shook the British rule in India (if possible go beyond Satya and Ahimsa).

7.5.5 Invasions For Religious Reasons
Find a list of rulers who invaded other kingdoms/countires for religious reasons. See if any of them is a Hindu king.

7.6 Some References by Vilayanur S. Ramachandran, UC San Diego Director, Center for Brain and Cognition, "40/40 Vision Lecture: Neurology and the Passion for Art"

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Samskrit Benefit 6: It's Heaven of Scientific Wealth

6.1 Whom is this benefit for ?

An atheist, scientist, student, engineer, doctor, musician, housewife, artist, philosopher, health conscious person, non spiritual person........

6.2 Take This Quiz First

In the history of human evolution.....

6.2.01 When and where are properties of metals, alloys, their usage, first documented and utilized ?
6.2.02 What is the root for the word 'Trigonometry' ? Where did it come from ? Where are the principles of trigonometry found in original form?
6.2.03 What is that literature which first indicated the velocity of light, or the values of 'Pi' ?
6.2.04 When and where was so called 'Pythagoras Theorem' first mentioned ?
6.2.05 Where are the most ancient examples of 'encoding' and 'encryption' principles be found ?
6.2.06 Who and when first found facts about various planets and Sun? Who first knew the diameters of these planets ?
6.2.07 Why do Indians worship cow ?
6.2.08 When and where are the first advanced methods of Mathematics, algebra, Geometry found ?
6.2.09 Where is origin of Numeric system ?
6.2.10 What is Ayurveda ? What is significance of Ayurveda ?
6.2.11 What is origin of 7 notes of music ?
6.2.13 What really does 'Yoga' mean?
6.4.14 What is origin of the english word 'Heart'? How can this 'source word' be broken down ?

6.3 Science Embedded Within Samskrit:

As a glimpse of scientific heritage of Samskrit language, consider some branches of modern science, the knowledge of which is embedded in Samskrit, centuries before science was known to the Western world.

6.3.01 Physics
6.3.02 Chemistry
6.3.03 Mathematics
6.3.04 Engineering
6.3.05 Aeronautics
6.3.06 Metallurgy
6.3.07 Geometry
6.3.08 Trigonometry
6.3.09 Arithmetic
6.3.10 Medicine
6.3.11 Ayurveda
6.3.12 Botany
6.3.13 Agriculture
6.3.14 Irrigation
6.3.15 Ecology
6.3.16 Cosmetics
6.3.17 Art And Culture
6.3.18 Yoga
6.3.19 Geography
6.3.20 Architecture
6.3.21 Politics
6.3.22 Warfare
6.3.23 Computers
6.3.24 Astronomy
6.3.25 Phonetics
....................list continues....

There is yet more wealth of scientific knowledge scattered in various Samskrit works, that if realized, can lead one to the higher level of learning.

6.4 For You To Think
Why Have Foreigners been Keen On Samskrit Learning ?

Why is study of Sanskrit language and Indian culture, a matter of deep interest for foreigners ?

May it be Pythagoras in past times, or Macaulay, or a modern day 'professor' such as Michael Witzel,
why have these kind of westerners been deliberately spending significant part of their lives, tapping into India's riches ?

Why would anyone maintain and grow an interest in Sanskrit language in modern times ?
What kind of benefits is their 'persuit of learning' for ?

6.5 Some References:
"Science In Samskrit" A Glimpse into Scientific Heritage of India, Samskrita Bharati Publications Vedic Mathematics Tutorial
Vedas Charak Samhita
"Pride of India" Samskrita Bharati, MWN Press

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Samskrit Benefit 5: It Helps To Purify Mind

5.1 Consider following 2 facts:
Fact 1 : "It is easy for brain to imagine things incorrectly, even though the eyes are working properly" (The Oxford Children's Book Of Science, Oxford University Press)

Fact 2 : "If you want to heal your body, heal your mind first." (Time Magazine, Issue Jan 30, 2003)

Mind is important . Any transformation that happens within an individual, mind is involved.

5.2 Samskrit Mantra
Now let's consider Samskrit language and one of its riches........ called 'Mantra'.

The word Mantra ('Manana + Trayate') means,

as you chant it, it
- preserves sanity of your mind and body
- helps your mind and brain to come out of false perceptions
- cherishes your being
- protects your soul and the surrounding

Mantras in Samskrit....are much beyond the cadence and poetry.

5.3 Our Definition of Mantras
"Energy amplifying formulae, which, when chanted produce enormous positive effects on body, mind, soul and surroundings."
Mantras are unique to Samskrit language.They are the best mind purification techniques any language has ever produced.

5.4 Notes
5.4.1 Why does the concept similar to 'Mantra' not exist in any other language ?
Going back to basics, sound is base of Samskrit. Each of its sound characters has meaning.
Due to its phonetic connection and most systematic grammer, no other language can represent the power and energy of the sound so closely.

5.4.2 Exploring Mantra for just purification of mind, is like 'Scratching The Surface':
Concept 'Mantra' has much deeper significance related to pure knowledge that Sansrkit has embedded within itself. This article considers effects of chanting of mantra merely in context with mind purification. It also considers mainly simple mantras such as chanted by yoga practitioners, peace seekers.

5.5 For You To Try:
Chant the mantra in video below, before going to bed tonight. Do this for coming 10 nights.

5.6 Some References Commentary by Dr. Acharya Yogesh of Yogesh Ashram, Riverside, California, USA
Time Magazine Article "How Your Mind Can Heal your Body"

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Samskrit Benefit 4: Your True Friend Through Your Journey

This benefit is about one's personal exploration as a human being, or one's spiritual journey.

4.1 Two thoughts for pondering to begin with...

4.1.1 On one hand, there is a sense in modern times (specially in the west) that the spiritual experience is separate from day-today experience.

4.1.2 On the other hand, there are certain historical religious philosophies which ask for 'renunciation' or 'sacrifice' in this life (without any human experience or understanding)....... for better life in 'Heaven'.

4.2 Coming back to normalcy...
Recognized scholar of many cultural traditions, theoretical physicist and entrepreneur Dr. Dean Brown indicated "When it comes to human cultures, while there have been different types of streams (such as Hebrew, Mian, American Indian, African, Polynesian, Chinese, Samskrit), they have one core thing in common....they are all based on 'experience'."

In one's spiritual journey , or
in personal exploration of being. ...
......'Progressing through experience' is the key.

In fact, Dr. Brown further mentioned that going through experience by vedic (Samskrit) way is 'nicer' because it is thouroughly developed.

Let's elaborate the above point a bit further...

4.3 Referring to experience, it is generally said that as one starts to reach new heights and new peaks (of achievements, awareness), he/she feels more and more lonely.... ..(in this context -lacking capable resources)
Well, Not true at least for a seeker who has Samskrit's company.

4.4 For 'Sholkas' and 'Sutras' (let's call them Samskrit Poetry for simplicity)...
For a beginner in personal exploration, there will be wonderfully straight, and correct meaning.
For an advanced seeker, the same Samskrit text will offer a deeper and yet equally correct meaning.
As you evolve in spiritual journey, Samskrit reveals more profound meanings to you.

Samskrit holds your hand all the time through your journey.

4.5 Examples:
4.5.1 Commentary on Bhagvad Geeta (one of the most important Hindu scriptures) has been written by numerous enlightened souls from Dnyaneshwara to Chinmayananda, to Shree Prabhupada. They all are beautifully different, yet all of them in sync with the original Samskrit source.

4.5.2 In fact, you may come across a few seekers (if you have not yet so), who will mention something like this....
'I read this Sholka in Geeta after a few years. Now I understood it much better.'

4.6 What's the Fact ?
The fact is that the progressive journey of an individual seeker is not a generic one. It is unique to him, based upon his experience, consciousness in his being, his willingness (as key factors).

Contents of Samskrit language do not rush a seeker into a 'non-logical' or 'commanding' philosophy that his progressive mind has not consumed. They help his consciousness to reach a new level of awareness through his experience; thus making him ready for a richer experience of enlightenment...starting from where he is.

Isn't it like a true friend who does not give up on you, wherever and however you may be ?

4.8 Something For You to Try:

If you do SuryaNamaskara (yoga to do 'Sun Salutation')...Try to do the following next time...
Do them with Surya (Sun) least different names of Surya (the Sun).

Notice the difference. ....Don't forget to share if you do :)

Some References

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Samskrit Benefit 3: Samskrit Works On You ! (Even if you may not understand Samskrit)

Most languages are created with obvious goals of transmitting ideas, thoughts, logic. Samskrit created to transmit "Vibrations" also.

Vibrations have phonetic importance. They will work on you.
Very vibration embedded in Samskrit language character, would transform your state of mind.

Linda Sparrowe, renowned writer, mentor and yoga practioner in her article 'Joy of Sanskrit' published with 'American Sanskrit Institute', mentions ,"The design of a Sanskrit is such that the sounds perfectly express the vibrational essence of that (object or theme) which they describe."

Example: Most of people who chant Mantras, do not know the full meaning of a mantra;
But still feel happy, relaxed while chanting them.
Ever wondered... Why ?

Let's try to understands this.
While usual conversational languages help us connect with the outside world, their forming characters do not have thought connected to them.
Example...In English, character 'A' does not have any meaning (beyond the fact that it's first Roman alphabet)

In Samskrit, each character
- has a meaning and
- represents a unique sound.

in Samskrit, sound character 'A' means creation. 'A' is connected to the sound of generation.
Eventually, 'dhatus' (basic words)...which are based upong 'sound characters' ....have meaning.
Hence words.... which are...based on dhatus....have the specific meaning and function.

Samskrit was formed with deep and profound understanding of sound,thought and being.
No surprise, vibrations on Samskrit positively work on you, even if you do not understand them.

It's worthful to understand Samskrit; but even if you do not understand, it will create its own effect on your being....not just linguistic, but phonetic also.

Experiment for you to try:
Consider an infant (below 2 years) that cries in the beginning when it gets up from the sleep, even though you try to soothe it...say 'X' number of times.
Try to talk some simple Samskrit to it, when it gets up crying next few times, or even otherwise..

Some References: Why Samskrit for mantras ?
"A critical study of Sanskrit phonetics" by Vidhata Mishra Published in 1972, Chowkhamba Sanskrit Series Office (Varanasi) Significance of Samskrit Alphabets, AUM

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Samskrit Benefit 2: Most Scientific Language On Earth

2.1 Samskrit is based upon sound. (Most languages are text-centric or pictographic in nature). If sound changes, meaning changes.
36 consonants, 12 vovels and root-words(called 'dhatu') are core to Samskrit.

2.2 Each root has a meaning. Morphology of Samskrit for word formation is unique and of its own kind. A word is formed from a tiny seed root (called dhatu) in a precise grammatical order.
'Dhatu' is a feature unique to Samskrit.
Each word can be broken down to the root, in similar way a computer algorithm would parse a word.
Ex. word 'Guru' : This is divisible into 'Gu' and 'Ru'. 'Gu' means darkness and 'Ru' means removal. 'Guru' is therefore he who removes darkness(i.e. ignorance)

2.3 Samskrit is self contained. Sequence of words does not matter in Samskrit sentence. Each Samskrit word is beautifully rule bounded.
In English, 'Rama goes to Village'. Now if we re-shuffle the words a little, then 'Village goes to Rama'.
Second sentence is absurd in English, and equivallent sentence would be similarly so in Latin, Greek etc.
Now in Samskrit,
'RamaHa gramam Gachhati' Vs 'Gramam RamaHa Gachhati' Vs 'Gramam Gachhati RamaHa'
Change of sequence does not alter/invalidate the meaning of Samskrit sentence.

2.4 Samskrit is not time-bounded. It is systematically timeless.
There has never been any kind, class or nature of change in the science of the Sanskrit grammar as it is seen in other languages of the world as they are passed through one stage to another of time or of locations.
Meaning and pronunciation of any word ( say 'Aham') spoken thousands of years back in Indonesia, remains exactly same, when it's spoken today in remote villages in India.
The Samskrit is bounded by around 4000 rules, which help it to be timeless.
Samskrit has finest level of grammar any language can have.

2.5 Rick Briggs, a NASA scientist, published a paper on how Sanskrit is the only natural language that could be used to program artificial intelligence.

2.6 NASA is not the only scientific organization to have accorded the outstandingly scientific nature of Samskrit language. The structure of grammar is likened to computer science terminologies and is said to have the computational power of a theoretical computer.

The phonology and morphology of Sanskrit Grammar has been admitted by European Linguistics to be superior to its modern counterparts.

Some References: Paninian Grammer And Computer Science

Friday, July 3, 2009

Samskrit Benefit 1: Samskrit Is Brain Development Tonic ! : Cognitive Capacity, Creativity, Competitiveness

(Part Of Samskrit Learning Series: Why Learning Samskrit Is Benefitial To You, Hurdles On THe Way and How To Overcome Them...)

Benefit 1. Samskrit Is Brain Development Tonic : Cognitive Capacity, Creativity, Competitiveness
Various studies in brain sciences and multilingual systems have demonstrated that a multilingual brain develops more densely, enhancing problem sloving, cognitive, diverse thinking skills. An individual with added multilingual capacity outperforms similar person with lesser capacity.

But then why Samskrit in this context ?
Consider the fact that Samsrkit has indirectly or directly influenced many languages in the world , including more than 85% of languages in Indian subcontinent.
Learning Sanskrit, you are considering a greater capacity.

Some of the benefits attached to learning Samskrit:
- clarity in speech
- perfection in pronunciation
- articulation in conversation
- sharpness in memory
- flow in thinking
- logic in analysis
- rationality in understanding
- accuracy in communication
- familiarity with a wide variety of concepts
- broadness in views
- politeness in behaviour
- quickness in grasping other languages and scripts


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Worldwide academia inclduing most famous western universities, are studying Samskrit as an inevitable part of the study of Linguistics.


Some Refernces: .

Samskrit Learning Series: Why Learning Samskrit Is Benefitial To You, Hurdles On The Way and How To Overcome Them...

Goal of this Series
This series is a modest attempt to facilitate the awareness... irrespective or race, religion, gender, location... of Samskrit language, and possible benefits it has to offer to a progressive mind. While there are significantly unique benefits to specific professionals, individuals, seekers, and groups, details of them beyond a brief mention, are considered outside the scope of the series.

The series focuses on factors that are of common interest of all rational thinking individuals in the modern world.
It is expected to be covered in series of 15 small posts.

(Samskrit is also spelled as Sanskrit, Samskrut, Sanskrut)

Some References Samskrit Bharati MIT, Stanford, University of Maryland, CMU/U Pitt, UPenn, Purdue, CalTech and PSU Collaboration for Samskrit American Sanskrit Institute Good collection of Sanskrit Documents Sanskrit Blog with very useful information and links More Samskrit Resources About various dimensions of Sanskrit

Friday, June 19, 2009

Religious Conversions: Three Factors Dominating Religious Self, And Their Significance To Hinduism

1. What Governs Conversions ?

Domination of following 3 Factors Above Religious Self:
Survival Factor, Greed Factor, Love Factor

('Love Factor' in this context is defined as 'Perception or Illusion or Awareness or combination of these'
'Religious Self' in this context is defined as 'Positive Consciousness or Life Energy derived from or related to Religion')

2. Some Questions To Ponder Over

2.1 How did Christianity Spread in Europe, and British/French/Portuguese Colonies ?

2.2 What is History of Islam related to Conversions ?
How did it start from zero in 7th century, to become the second largest religion in the world within the span of few centuries ?

2.3 Red Indians in USA, before Europeans came here, had their own way of life, Faiths. Where are their Faiths now? Did all Native Americans get converted to Christianity by love factor ?

2.4 Back home in India, what factors came into play to convert 26% of Goa citizens, 19% Kerlalites to Christianity within just a few centuries?

2.5 One may say, times have changed now.... ... Hold...
So have Methods. The Principles have not changed. Principles have remained the same.

Ok, for Change of Flavor,

2.6 Why did Sikhism survive, when Punjab is historically at the gate of Barbarian invasions?

2.7 Why did Marathi State spread from a tiny kingdom after killing of Sambhaji in 1689, into one of the biggest Empire of BharatVarsha in 1758 ?

3 Three Factors

Coming back,
There are new means by which people are likely to get converted.

3.1 Survival Factor:
Historical... example Muslims in India....Why they were forced to Islam
Another example...People struggling to satisfy their basic life needs...ex. in Africa, some parts of India

3.2 Greed Factor:
How people in India and in modern countries are getting converted...
One of persons I know in India is a typical middle class family leader. Around the time of his conversion to Christianity, his physical assets got doubled for unexplainable reasons. The new assets acquired (within span of days) had all praise for 'Jesus' written all over them.

3.3 Love Factor (Illusion, Positive Awareness, Perception):
Example. How Michael Jackson got into Islam. Works on 'intellectual' level...

4 What is Significance of Conversions ?

4.1 History has shown that a person who goes away from a religion for any cause, has higher chances of doing damage to his old religion, than the person still being part of that religion. The extent of damage done to the old religion is roughly inversely proportional to time spent in new religion.

4.1.1 Why were Islamist rulers able to conquer good part of India,and damage the backbone of long living Bharatvarsha? Were all the cruel soldiers of Islam imported from somewhere else ? No. Refer to the above statement.

4.1.2 Why did Christianity start spreading left and right, when Empire of Rome was converted in late 4th century ? Why did long living original Roman Civilization break down so fast after that? Refer to the above statement.

4.1.3 In modern world, ex. in Orissa or Kerala and now in parts of Maharashtra, why are new-converts (to Christianity) working much harder than traditional Christians, to get people converted into Christianity ? Refer to the above statement.

4.2 There are other obvious factors such as principles of the religion itself....the way they are laid out to the community. If the religious foundation is faulty but religious self esteem is higher, and the head count is higher, it forms a hazard like a living human bomb. And that is liability to Mother Earth.

5 Why Conversion From Hinduism Is Damage To Hinduism ?

5.1 The Conversion Pattern:
Relating to a conversion activity in context with Hinduism, Chances of finding that a person is getting away from Hinduism is much higher than a chance of finding that someone is getting to Hinduism.

5.2 Damage to Relgious Self:
For any religion to live, a religious self-esteem in minds of people is very important. That goes beyond traditional rituals and personal practices. Hinduism has mainly lived since has been a way of life. Its principles have been traditionally in the blood of people. Ex. Compassion, Peace, Human Tolerance, Service; And their connection with the fact that diverse set of creeds (Jainism, Buddhism etc. ) existed within Hindu civilization. These have directly fed the body of Hindu society to flourish its religious self esteem.

5.3 Traditional Way Of Life And Modern Social Dynamics:
Changes to modern societies have been inherently bringing the changes in ways of life. Religious rituals are still useful, but they are partly becoming inconsistent with new styles of day-to-day living.
The old traditions of Bhikshuk Student earning 'intellect' or Dnyana by going door to door and saying 'Om Bhavati Bhiksham Dehi~' is long gone. These things are increasingly seeming artificial.

The traditional rituals (lightning lamp, bowing to elders) are also being challenged by 'intellectually' stubborn mind.
(Funny example: When people put their shoes at the temple door for their convenience irrespective of the fact that there is a shoe-rack outside the temple with instructions, and if someone keeps those shoes in the racks to help keep the dignity of the place or requests them to put shoes to appropriate place, people may feel it's getting into their personal zone. Some may educate you that it's democracy, and that you are not supposed to tell them so)

6 If So What Would Help Religion?

6.1 Raising One's Self Esteem as a Hindu:
So what are the ways beyond rituals with which religion can still live and Strengthen?
By the Principles which form the foundations... not only the foundations of the rituals, but the foundations of the religion itself.

Exploring and practicing the foundational principles with awareness in context with religion will help religious Self Esteem to grow.

6.2 Helping Fellow Hindus In Need:
One part of it would be helping the needy. Example...
Why to feel guilty helping a few Hindu Bhutanese refugees coming to USA who may loose their religion in the quest to service and improve ?
Who feels guilty when few billions of dollars are pumped from western Christian communities
in countries like India, Africa to 'Spread Love Of Jejus' worldwide ?
Does anyone share the guilt when petro dollars and Euro dollars are poured into Indian, Pakistani Madarasas to ensure young 'Allah Ka Banda' reads Quran and Hadith properly and is in good shape ?
(By the way if you have doubts about what's wrong in it, try reading some Quran and Hadith yourself. Yes I did try)

No no, wait....we are not getting into others' footsteps by helping other fellow Hindus . We are referring to helping people from our own religion, from loosing their religious self-esteem.
It not only goes to the great cause of helping them or religion, but also raising one's religious self, hence self-esteem itself.

6.3 Helping Any Needy:
Now I can hear global citizen inside you, about helping as a human being , rather than just a religious being ? ....
Sure go ahead and help Bhutanese Hundu/Buddhist refugees coming to USA in need of shelter and means to earn food.

Yes, case you feel helping the Hindus in need and helping a non Hindu in need are two 'exclusive' come back and say..'How about helping others non-Hindus in need....?
Of course it's an awesome human value. And this article should not stop you from playing your 'human being' part.

A Side note, Hindu Civilization has been a source for a diverse, rich literature of all kinds....Science, Religion, Art. Example... Yoga can be looked in all 3 of these ways. Vedas are assets to be forwarded thru next generations. Named here are just 2 out of many.
These assets and principles of life, are not to be lost like most of the rich literature at Nalanda university in 1193 A.D. which was burning at the hands of Invading powers for several weeks, and was lost upto significant extent for ever.

Of course gone are the 'old' days, where conversions happenned with the tip of the sword.
But history repeats itself. Methods change. Principles are the same.
Systematic conversions is new branch of study for those who do have skepticism about this fact yet who don't want to give up and do more research.

7. Religious Self Esteem
Coming back, the point is of Religious Self Esteem. If it is confined to my rituals and my interpretations of religions without quest to explore identify and quest for the deeper meaning, then it won't do much damage to the religion itself, but it won't do good too beyond it's mere survival and grand self illusion of the self.

On the other hand, putting oneself to test and reviving it against the principles of relgion and humanity would be an awakening experience.

And I am positive..... Raising religious self of a Hindu will hardly do any damage to any other religion, or society. It hardly has.

8. Some Referencecs: Things They Don't Tell About Christianity
Youotube on: Cultural Genoside of Hindus by Christian missionarys in India
Youtube on: 'India -- How Britishers (Christians) fooled the Hindus'
Youtube on: '
And the world remained silent - Part 1 (on Kashmiri Pandits)'

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Maharashtra Forts For Sale - II : Sihangadh

1. Government Funds' Allocation
Number of forts in Maharashtra are being allocated 'few crores of rupees' each for repairs.
Sihangadh is one of the first ones. Funds summing approx. Rs. 16 Crores have been allocated for doing the fort repairs. This is on top of a Pune Municipal Corporation's 'work' going on involving the total of Rs. 5 Crores for the slopes of the fort.

2. Significance of Sihangadh
Pune region is considered cultural capital of Maharashtra and historically one of locations of country carrying cultural pride.
Sihangadh 25 km west to Pune city, is a hallmark of bravery and valor displayed by Marathas against Muslim invaders.
No wonder, most 'Puneits and many history loving Maharashtrians and Indians have emotional and cultural bonding with the fort and the region.

3. What's Hurting?
Puneits are known for their awareness for the social, and public matters. But when it comes to watchfulness and awareness regarding how surrounding forts are being abused
- by government contractors
- by politicians
- by shameless social elements
Punekars seems to be conveniently ignorant.

4. Damaging Facts:
4.1 Sidetracking the Goal Of Repairs To Favor Politician's Relative
A relative of a currently co-ruling party in Maharashtra, NCP headed by Mr. Sharad Pawar
has been awarded with contract.

4.2 Misuse of The Fort for 'Repairs'
Although terms of contract make it clear that the resources of the fort itself such as sand stones, won't be used for any addition to civil real estate of the fort, tens of contractor's trucks are digging into different regions of fort's slope for sand and stones.
The snap in the article shows a local newspaper clearly describing that the trees are being killed in order to 'aid' the 'repair' work of the fort. It also mentions that the forest department does not position itself to act against this.
The contractor is freely using four wheeled vehicle on the fort itself for his mission, although it is clearly provibited by law to do so, even for contractors.

4.3 Corruption In Repairs
The stonework being done is not enough to sustain the stones beyond a few years. Stones will come apart from the set locations. Cement being put in the gap is insufficient. Watering is not being consistently.
It is quite easy to consume these failures, by explaining at later time that....'visitors were continuously using the roads stonework was being done on, during the construction'.

5. The Bigger Danger
5.1 If Sihangadh Can Be Victimized, Other Forts Are No Big Deal:
If Sihangadh, the fort alert citizens feel probably most about, can be used as a corruption field, it is no brainer how the funds that will be allocated to other forts will be consumed.

5.2 Sihangadh: First victim in be spoilled by destructive repairs via corrupt political system
It has been in news that gradually many more forts will get compatible level of funding for such 'repair works'. Rajgadh has been approved some Rs. 5 crores of such funding. Politicians are talking about rejunuvating Pratapgadh. Pratapgadh is the fort where Shivaji Maharaj killed the demon Afzal Khan.

5.3 Step In Killing Few More Of People's Pride Points:
Victimization of Sihangadh just shows the level of valueless politics and corruption the politicians are prepared to do.

5.4 Adding Shame To Indian Intellectual Society:
And this also robbery of government funds happening in daylight in the daylight points how shameless and coward, we are becoming as far as taking pride in efforts in preserving the history .....for creating which our ancestors laid their lives.

6. What Can Be Done?
6.1 Hundreds of People visit Sihangadh each week. They are thought, purpose, time and mission.
Can they gather together single time....with single demonstrate their disapproval to the 'witness of Glorious Indian history' victimized ?
- This will be a unity of good souls and representation that proud history lovers are watchful.
- Coming together of similar thinking citizens may give rise to the next level of action items , which may go long way in preserving well deserved history for future generations

6.2 Can the local groups such as 'RashtraSeva', Political parties and local citizens, come together and pressurize the ignorant and careless government not to mess up with the historical pride matters ?

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Maharashtra Forts For Sale - I : Korai Gadh

Had a chance to revisit Kori gadh (also called as 'Korai') in March 2009. The first visit was in 1997. (Fort was in pristine state at that time)

Fort Location
Ambavane village is approx. 80 mins to south of Lonavala by Bus.

Fort View
A flat top fort. Easy to climb.Around 1 hour from Amabavane to the top for beginner . Korigad is famous for its excellent fortification (‘Tatbandi’). There are two lakes and many cannons on the fort. Korai devi temple – the deity of the fort Korigad (4ft height). The surrounding forts of Tung, Tikona, Prabalgad, Matheran, Manikgad can be seen from the top.

Symptom Of Danger
Python of Amby valley/ Sahara City is tightening it's grip on the fort.- One can not make a circle around the fort. Most of south-east, south, southwest, and part of west has been captured by Ambi Valley.

The slope around the forts have been dug at many places. Sand and stones have been moved.

- Ambi Valley “Guards” will interrogate you on your way up to the fort. They will dare to ask you “where did you come from, how long do you plan to stay, how many people” etc
This particular guard even offered us to stay in the nearby 'Ambi Valley' resort that has been recently available !

While encrotching physical richness of Amby vally is quite evident, the temples on the forts are in bad shape. The forest deartment or tourism department did not have any presence around the fort.

Real Danger
I see this as an experiment. If the fort very near to population, and in the middle of two big cities, can be ‘swallowed’, it is easy for industrial and political pythons to ‘defeat’ the remote forts, and establish their imperial regime there.
I witness the forts representing great Maratha history are getting victimized in the face of industrial and political aggression. Korai seemed like a lion of jungle has just forced to join the circus.This is going in direction to obliterate the rich proud history. An irreconcilable damage the gospels of industrializations are doing to the History of Maharashtra.

The history is under indirect attack from new form of invaders, these are worse than Islamist invaders , much similar to modern Christian invaders.Christian Churches are gathering millions of dollars in the West saying they want to spread 'love of Jejus to poor people like Indian society'. In reality they are using these funds for brutal conversions of Hindu society. On similar lines, industrial pythons such as Ambi Valley wish to take 'fruits of modernization' to Indian society which they think is desperately seeking to modernize like the West..

This is treason.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

A Byte on the Issue Of Hinduism in North American Academia

#1 Youtube Following Keywords:
Teaching Hindu History in American Schools (Part 1/2)
Teaching Hindu History in American Schools (Part 2/2)

#2 There are certain action items at the end of video 2/2
If you are convinced, please spread the word.

#3 Social Studies textbooks for grades six and seven in California teach about the history of various religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. When it comes to a discussion of Hinduism, textbooks portray all social evils as Hindu beliefs and suppress all achievements of Hinduism.
Such portrayal will lead to the humiliation of Hindu children in the classroom and eventually alienate them from Hinduism.

I personally see this as a small part of continued 'hard work' going on by Anti-Hindus, to corner Hinduism hence Indian Culture, whenever and wherever possible to them.

Related websites:

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Islamization At Doorsteps

*1 See 2 images.

*2 What is It ?
This is news from 10th May, 2009 Pudhari (Marathi Newspaper)This is real. And this is this week's information.A racket of Muslim youths has been found out.Names came out so far are Muslims.

*3 Method Used
3.1 With no initial exposure of religion, focus on girls around colleges.
3.2 Get them 'involved'.
3.3 Onece in trap, use them, have Muslims in other parts of country use them.
3.4 Then force them for conversion to Islam.
3.5 Send some of them to Saudi Arabia.

*4 Purpose Of And Direction of This ?
4.1 I have been hearing for years but ignoring that Indian Muslim youth are paid to trap Hindu girls for conversions.I can not ignore this anymore.

4.2 I have also been ignoring the fact that in most of movies,the Hero is Muslim (XYZ Khan) and heroine is a Hindu one.I now have growing feeling that this is deliberate slow posioning the Hindu society.

4.3 I have been ignoring the question: Who controls Key Indian media houses ?I recently came across 2 links regarding Indian media. Even 25% of this video below is true, I am getting concerned where this is going.....

4.4 I knew that countries like England are facing challenges of Muslim terrorism (reference )

I am getting convinced that in midst of poverty and lack of unity in Indian peoplethis will get worse and worse in India.........if we do not play our part to do something about it.

While I have my doables, I welcome your suggestions as to what we can do in our capacity towards this.