[Advaita-l] knowing sanskrit

Anbu sivam2 anbesivam2 at gmail.com
Mon Aug 14 15:39:42 CDT 2006

There is no power greater than Guru's Grace and no one can achieve Brahma
Gnanam without losing his intellect!  I believe this the message of the

On 8/14/06, Onkar Joshi <onkar.zoshi at gmail.com> wrote:
> Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by
> the means of language.
> - Wittgenstein.
> Language obfuscates the unity between jnAna, jnAtA and jneya.
> So, to put it without offending anyone, Sanskrit is the least
> obstructive language in the inquiry into the brahman, and labouring
> through verses, breaking sandhis and expanding samAses with a
> dictionary is sometimes worth the effort for that thunderbolt of
> knowledge that strikes you, towards which end, sometimes, a
> translation, no matter how well intentioned, falls woefully short.
> And though I myself have been guilty of this, many a times you run
> into someone who, by virtue of possession of a sanskrit dictionary and
> the ability to deconstruct sandhis, takes on the garb of a wise man.
> Knowledge without devotion is like power without strength, says
> Jnaneshvara, and there have been those who, on the basis of their
> bhakti, have begotten the jnAna that ends all other sources of jnAna.
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