[Advaita-l] Structured approach in studying Advaita

Vidyasankar Sundaresan svidyasankar at hotmail.com
Sat May 28 11:29:47 CDT 2011

> I beg to disagree with the statement below:
> /////
> If the goal is to become a teacher, or a well-versed scholar, or perhaps enjoy reading rare texts of Masters which have yet to be translated or even enjoy the beauty of the original prose - it is certainly useful, but if self-knowledge is the only goal for study - as it 
> should be - I dont see any need whatsoever for a thorough study of Sanskrit
> //
> IMHO, the lack of sanskrit knowledge is always a handicap.  

The distinction is between whether a little knowledge of the Sanskrit language is
useful or a deep, thorough grounding in the language is needed. I think  what Sri
Shyam is saying is that the latter is not essential, and I agree. Some familiriazation
at a basic level with Sanskrit terms is nice, but one does not have to be able to 
read Kalidasa and Bhasa in the original Sanskrit, if one's goal is to study advaita
vedAnta at a personal sAdhana level.

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