[Advaita-l] Brief speech in Sanskrit

GOPALAKRISHNA Sankaran SGopalak at covansys.com
Sat Jun 9 02:56:16 CDT 2007

Also please let me know, how to prepare a Brief speech in Sanskrit.
Say a brief on Sri Sankara.
My approach is 
First prepare in region language and convert into Sanskrit.
Please share your views.
Jaya Jaya Sankara and Hara Hara Sankara.


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Subject: Re: [Advaita-l] Learning Sanskrit

On Fri, 8 Jun 2007, prem d p wrote:

> namaste...
>  dear sri vidyasankarji and other list members,
>  i would like to request you to kindly suggest the best way forward for
>  a self-study of sanskrit. the purpose is primarily to be able to read
>  our scriptures in general and shankara in particular, in original.
>  i have practically no knowledge of the language but has a rather
>  good familiarity with the vocabulary from my mother tongue and also
>  quite at home with devanagari.
>  i have recently actually embarked on this self-study using the CBSE
>  sanskrit textbooks and guides starting from Class V and working
>  my way slowly up. Is this the best way?

That's certainly one way to do it.  However I think it is better to pick
one work and translate it word by word with a dictionary and grammar at
your side.  The Bhagavadgita or Hitopadesha are two good choices as the
Sanskrit is fairly simple yet the subject matter is interesting.  I think
this makes the inevitable memorization of vocabulary and syntax more fun
and thus more likely to stick in the mind than the random passages and
exercises found in the textbooks.

Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>
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