[Advaita-l] Need information on learning Vedas online

Sudhakar Kabra sudhakarkabra at yahoo.com
Thu Aug 22 09:49:41 CDT 2013


The topic of the thread is learning vedas, and hence the need for sanskrit language.
What percentage of population is really interested in this learning in the present day busy life.
IMHO that if the language has to increase its base, its utility in other fields has to be increased.
This will automatically draw people and teaching methods / teachers / scholars will develop for the demand to be fulfilled

In middle school (1968) sanskrit was taught as an optional third language and there were takers as well. The marks scored were added for grade purpose. I took it up but because of non usage it is almost lost and forgotten. This could be the case with many.

Only a few years back (2002) on wards I sincerely took up interest in Vedanta and am reviving it back again but may not be the case with many others who may not find much use...

sudhakar kabra

 From: Dr D Bharadwaj <dr.d.bharadwaj at gmail.com>
To: A discussion group for Advaita Vedanta <advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> 
Sent: Thursday, August 22, 2013 4:58 PM
Subject: Re: [Advaita-l] Need information on learning Vedas online

Very well said, Sir.

A healthy, harmonious alignment between knowledge of the scholars and  the
huge fluid energy, the enthusiasm and the dedicated executive cadre of
Samskrita Bharati (and the like) would be a great combination..

While the youthfulness of the zealous dedicated executive energies are
indispensably necessary for any 'good work of worth', it is the close
regulation of these energies from a maturity of a steady & unwavering,
wisdom that refuses to be carried away by the currents of the moment, can
reign in where it is needed, that ensures that the energetic 'work' is
'good and worthy'.

One day, or the other, this has to happen, in some form, in full measure,
going by the noble, laudable and impeccably good intentions of SB.


Dr. D. Bharadwaj

On Thu, Aug 22, 2013 at 3:41 PM, <rajaramvenk at gmail.com> wrote:

> I'm a supporter of samskrta bharathi. The volunteers stay at our place in
> India. I think scholars should improve their methods rather than criticise
> samskrta bharathi. Also, traditional scholars should be open to criticism
> from scholars such as Dr. Bhardwaj, whose intention is right.
> Even if I heard it wrongly due to inattention, I will be able to correct
> it my self if I knew the roots and derivation. Is that not right? We can
> also develop spelling and grammar checkers as we have for English. You may
> have noticed the errors in my sanskrit mail to Mani Dravid Sastrigal and
> Lance. I had to use Sanskrit as it is the only common language between
> them. Let's understand why I got it wrong? a. I'm of low intelligence or b.
> negligent or c. it genuinely takes hard work to get sanskrit right or d. we
> don't have the right tools. I think it is the last.
> Scholars also need to understand rules and apply them correctly to create
> new words. How do we really talk about fracking, chocolates, boson, iPad,
> scooter etc. If I have to say scooteryanam, its weird.
> Sent from my BlackBerry® wireless device
> -----Original Message-----
> From: V Subrahmanian <v.subrahmanian at gmail.com>
> Date: Thu, 22 Aug 2013 14:56:43
> To: Rajaram Venkataramani<rajaramvenk at gmail.com>; A discussion group for
> Advaita Vedanta<advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org>
> Subject: Re: [Advaita-l] Need information on learning Vedas online
> On Thu, Aug 22, 2013 at 1:48 PM, <rajaramvenk at gmail.com> wrote:
> > I went to Samskrta Bharathi's kshibhiram for a few days and it is very
> > good pedagogy. My parents completed up to Kovida and speak, read and
> write
> > fluently. My mother taught me to speak family matters in just one week
> flat.
> >
> It is not the mistake of Samskrita Bharati if you have not even got the
> name of the course you attended right :-) It is 'shibiram' and not the
> word/spelling you have invented.  If you did not care to even put that much
> effort how can you fault the institution and their method?  I was awestruck
> to hear a homemaker, a Tamilian, address us in fluent Sanskrit at the end
> of the ten-day course.  She reported to us how she saw the Ad for the
> course a year ago in the newspaper, joined the course and was deeply
> impressed and started speaking at home with her three year old daughter and
> husband.  To my knowledge she did not take up advanced courses.  She stands
> as a model for others to emulate since SB invited her to address us.  I
> urged upon her to post her talk on the YouTube so that many can get
> influenced.
> As Ajit said in his last (latest) post, most people do not move forward.
> In my own case, even if I did not go the paNini-text learning way, the
> two-year course of SB was of immense use.  I had the opportunity to pursue
> the Vedanta bhAShya-s and texts and the SB course contributed to the
> understanding.  As it is the case with acquiring skills in any discipline,
> here too the student's effort in exploring newer opportunities to express
> himself in Sanskrit is a must.  He should try writing, speaking in whatever
> ways possible and learn that way.
> Coming to getting expertise I have seen scholars trained and teaching
> grammar for decades too use certain prayoga-s cautiously, often checking
> with others in the audience openly if their usage is 'sAdhu'.  I have
> reported here earlier that the Sringeri Jagadguru has corrected the usages
> of such scholars who come to make presentations.  Just like any other
> discipline, senior scholars disagree among themselves about certain usages
> and the application of the pANinian rules.  Perfection is a lifelong effort
> and not easily achieved.
> regards
> subrahmanian.v
> > But one of my friends who is a paninian expert thrashed my confidence in
> > speaking and  termed it as "prakrtam". I didn't pursue samskrta bharathi
> > further because he convinced me that I will have to unlearn a lot.  My
> > parents are of the view that I am at a loss because of that.
> >
> > My friend's view is that sanskrtam is a created language and therefore we
> > should first learn panini. We should learn usage only as an example of
> > paninian sutras.  Couple of friends are teaching through texts such as
> BhG,
> > Ramayana etc. All these
> >
> > IMO, scholars should come together to support samskrta  bharathi
> > correcting any flaws they may have.
> >
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