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SHORT-TERM SANSKRIT COURSE

Just in a span of 80 days learn the basics of reading and understanding Sanskrit verses and their commentaries.


January 10 to March 31, 2016

Learn :

• Sanskrit Pronunciation and Meter.

• Sandhi (Euphony).

• to get a clearer understanding of the structure of Sanskrit verses by rearranging them in prose order ( i.e. doing their anvaya ).

• some frequently used terms in Sanskrit commentaries.

• the most common senses in which the different cases of a noun are used.

• the most important indeclinables (avyayas), pronouns and compounds.

• some commonly used suffixes.

• basic usage of verbs in all the tenses.

The course is based on Sri Hari-namamrita-vyakarana by Srila Jiva Gosvami. Prospective candidates need not have any previous knowledge of Sanskrit.

For a deeper understanding of the language candidates can continue their study with our Advanced Sanskrit Course.

For addmission please contact: 081 26 277 275 / vihe.courses.admissions@pamho.net.

SRILA PRABHUPADA ON SANSKRIT

• Yes, Sanskrit is spoken not only on Krishna Loka but also in higher planets, of the demigods.

Letter to Madhusudana, Los Angeles, Feb 1, 1968.

• Anyone serious about studying the Sanskrit language should first learn grammar. It is said that simply to finish studying Sanskrit grammar takes at least twelve years, but once one learns the grammatical rules and regulations very nicely, all other scriptures or subject matters in Sanskrit are extremely easy to understand, for Sanskrit grammar is the gateway to education.

Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta (Ādi 15.5, purport)

• Formerly Sanskrit schools first taught grammar very thoroughly, and this system continues even now. A student was supposed to study grammar carefully for twelve years in the beginning of his life, because if one is expert in the grammar of the Sanskrit language, all the çästras are open to him.

Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta (Ādi 16.31, purport)

• If you understand Sanskrit grammar, then you can read all the Vedic literature without any translation. Simply by studying. Therefore the Sanskrit scholars are first of all taught grammar. And when one is expert in reading grammar properly, then all Vedic literature becomes very simplified.

Conversation, May 6, 1975

• Your teaching of Sanskrit pronunciation has been very much successful. I was just thinking of teaching our students the pronunciation of the Sanskrit verses in the Bhagavad-gītā, Śrīmad Bhāgavatam, etc. and by Kṛṣṇa's will you have already begun this. It will be a great help for me if the students are taught to pronounce in Sanskrit vibration. It will be another effect of transcendental sound vibration.

Letter to Pradyumna, Apr 5, 1970

• I think in the very near future you will be required to move from center to center to teach this verse vibration. So in each center, by hearing your tapes and by your personal presence they will become very expert in pronouncing the Sanskrit verses.

Letter to Pradyumna, Los Angeles, 5th Apr, 1970.

• I am very glad to learn that you have begun to teach Sanskrit pronunciation to our students. Please see that they can pronounce very nicely the Sanskrit verses in Bhagavad-gītā, Śrīmad Bhāgavatam, Isopanisad, and Brahma Samhita, and teach them to chant conjointly as they chant Hare Krishna Mahamantra.

Letter to Balmukundji, Apr 17, 1970

• Sanskrit should be compulsory for all our children to learn, and anyone who has elementary knowledge of alphabet and grammar can begin to teach it.

Letter, Feb 28, 1972