[Advaita-l] Question on time spent learning Sanskrit Grammar post-50 years old vs. Sadhana
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Mon Mar 7 06:06:49 CST 2016
Truth you seek is in sruthi.Sruthi is in Samskrutham.To understand the correct import of the sruthi vakyas you need the grammar for correct Padha s Chedham.That is the root of the word which gives the correct meaning so that your interpretation is faithful to the sruthi .So it is a step to under stand the sruthi correctly and that will lead to knowing the Truth.Grammar has a role but it is like a ladder or a boat to cross over.R.Krishnamoorthy.
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> On 07-Mar-2016, at 4:22 PM, Ryan Armstrong via Advaita-l <advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:
> Namaste Sanju Nath
> From experience, I have a few comments and observations.
> Firstly, (and since I have no Hindi I can only really comment on English)
> "lesser" languages cannot convey the essence of a subject in the same way
> that Sanskrit can.
> When approaching scriptures, Sanskrit provides a clear and unambiguous
> Where it is not clear, the great sages have provided clarification.
> It is my opinion that Sanskrit is the purest vehicle for expressing Truth.
> I have a personal love for the Panini system of grammar and study it
> However, in studying a subject so fine, with its insights into the universe
> and its structure, it is easy for ahankara to claim the knowledge.
> It is easy for one to become "big headed", "holier than thou" or simply
> believe that one is in some way "better".
> And it seems that this is what Adi Shankara is warning against.
> The first verse of the work you quote is :
> भजगोविन्दं भजगोविन्दं
> गोविन्दं भजमूढमते ।
> सम्प्राप्ते सन्निहिते काले
> नहि नहि रक्षति डुकृञ्करणे ॥ १॥
> Worship the Lord, Worship the Lord, Worship the Lord - You of deluded mind!
> When death's fateful time approaches, the recitation of grammatical
> rules will not help you!
> I have taken to reciting this when I embark on the study of Sanskrit.
> This serves as a reminder that the study is not an end in itself, but a
> tool for understanding Truth.
> There is a place for all things in creation.
> But claiming knowledge, no matter how fine, is nonetheless a claim and
> something tying one to avidya and samsAra
> I would not advocate against learning the grammar, but not as a direct
> means to Truth.
> I hope that this helps you...
> Kind Regards
> On 7 March 2016 at 04:52, Sanju Nath via Advaita-l <
> advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:
>> 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.
>> 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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