[Advaita-l] Question on time spent learning Sanskrit Grammar post-50 years old vs. Sadhana
sanjivendra at gmail.com
Sun Mar 6 20:52:59 CST 2016
Given the advice in BhajGovindam (reproduced below) how much time should we
prioritize for learning Sanskrit versus meditation/reading English
In the time it takes to read grammar, one can use English/Hindi
translations to understand better some slokas too. There is no dearth of
reflection and understanding opportunity here.
The fear is that I'm being a mudha when I choose to pickup a grammar book
in comparison to other options.
During his stay in Kashi, Adi Shankaracharya noticed a very old man
studying the rules of Sanskrit by Panini. Shankara was touched with
pity at seeing the plight of the old man spending his years at a mere
intellectual accomplishment while he would be better off praying and
spending time to control his mind.
मूढः कश्चन वैयाकरणो
डुकृञ्करणाध्ययन धुरिणः ।
बोधित आसिच्छोधितकरणः ॥ ३२॥
Thus a silly grammarian lost in rules cleansed of his narrow
vision and shown the Light by Shankara's apostles.
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