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