[Advaita-l] [advaitin] Question on time spent learning Sanskrit Grammar post-50 years old vs. Sadhana

Sanju Nath sanjivendra at gmail.com
Sun Mar 6 22:40:49 CST 2016

Pranams Shri Aravinda Rao-ji,

Thank you for the recommendation on the CDs.  

Yes, self study is futile without guidance.  And incidentally your lectures on BG and Kathopanishad have been very helpful in understanding Shankar Bhasya which you are following and explaining word for word - thank you very much for that.

But there are many others available and it is the balance between learning grammar vs listening to pravachans.  30 minutes per day for 120 days seems doable but am sure will have to memorize quite a bit of rules.


> On Mar 6, 2016, at 10:18 PM, Aravinda Rao karavind09 at gmail.com [advaitin] <advaitin at yahoogroups.com> wrote:
> My strong commendation is for the set of 30 CDs produced by the Rashtriya Samskrit Samsthan, New Delhi (info is on the net) for learning Sanskrit. Time needed is half an hour a day, for 120 days - because each CD has four lessons of half an hour duration.
> My another submission is that one should not read the texts on his own but listen from a teacher, live or from the net. One outstanding teacher I hear is late Akandananda Saraswati whose talks are in 
> http://www.maharajshri.net/mp3/OnlinePlayer/index.htm
> Aravinda Rao 
>> On Mon, Mar 7, 2016 at 8:22 AM, Sanju Nath sanjivendra at gmail.com [advaitin] <advaitin at yahoogroups.com> wrote:
>> Pranams:
>> Given the advice in BhajGovindam (reproduced below) how much time should we prioritize for learning Sanskrit versus meditation/reading English translations/Svadhayaya/other Sadhana?
>> 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.
>> Thanks,
>> Sanju.
>> *************
>> 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 ।
>> श्रीमच्छम्कर भगवच्छिष्यै
>> 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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