[Advaita-l] Re: DukR~nkaraNe (was Re: Questions on Isavasya)

Abhishek RK rkabhi at gmail.com
Sun Aug 13 08:22:10 CDT 2006


I agree. Many concepts in the Vedanta, not to mention the Vedic
mantras, are completely distorted if it is attempted to translate them
into English. I feel this is so because the two languages (Sanskrit
and English) are at the diametrical opposites in development and


On 8/13/06, S Jayanarayanan <sjayana at yahoo.com> wrote:
> Quite a needless worry! How many people do you know who are "stuck"
> at the advanced stage of having studied all the upanishhads in the
> Sanskrit original?!
> It is absolutely imperative to undertake the study of Sanskrit
> grammar if and when possible so as to understand the scriptures, as
> the following extract from "Dialogues with the Guru" reveals.
> Note: HH = His Holiness Chandrasekhara Bharati Mahaswamigal
> Chapter 5, Section 4: "Study of Sanskrit"
> -----------------------------------------
> HH: ... I want you to make the best use of your present Brahmana
> birth and undertake the study of Sanskrit.
> L: But why insist on the study of Sanskrit?
> HH: There are many things in the Sanskrit sacred literature,
> especially the concepts of Dharma and Brahman, an accurate conception
> of which you can never get through translations or
> adaptations...There are concepts which can be conveyed by a single
> word in Sanskrit, but which can never be defined accurately in other
> languages...Brahman is one of them, as it is said to be
> "aupanishhada" or capable of being known only through the Upanishads.
> Let those, who are not authorised or are otherwise incompetent to
> read the Upanishads in the original, resort to translations or
> adaptations.
> (I don't have the time to type any more, but the point couldn't have
> been better made.)

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