[Advaita-l] Modern Grammarian - An Online Course Taught by Sri Mani Dravid Sastrigal
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From: *Rajaram Venkataramani* <rajaramvenk at gmail.com
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Date: Fri, Nov 6, 2015 at 6:09 PM
Subject: Course Structure
To: पाणिनि <panini-grammar-course at googlegroups.com
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Hari: Om! Welcome again! This 18 month course will lead us to a
traditional title "Modern Grammarian" or "अभिनववैयाकरण:". It will give us
an expert level understanding of Sanskrit Grammar that eludes post
graduates and for that matter many professors in Sanskrit at Harvard,
Oxford or even Indian Universities. However, such an expertise does not
come without intense hard work. If we are not committed to give at least
600 hours for this, we cannot achieve the title. This commitment is also
the best guru dakshina we can give to*Sri Mani Dravid Sastrigal, who has
volunteered his time in spite of his busy schedule to teach us*. In the
past, students spent years learning kavyas and vyakarana in gurukula
before proceeding to study Nyaya and Mimamsa. The course has been
simplified significantly to suit modern audience using modern
technologies but the outcome will be the same. At the end of 18 months,
each one of us would have memorised 4000 sutras of Panini, 2000 dhatus
from which all words are derived, hundreds of word forms and be able to
confidently read, write, speak and listen . We will be able to use
Paninian sutras to grammatically analyse any complex Sanskrit text.
The first module is to familiarise us with Sanskrit. If Sanskrit is the
only language, we will learn it like children learn their mother tongue
by associating sounds with objects and actions. The first module is
designed to teach Sanskrit as a mother tongue. However, this module will
not be delivered for this batch for two reasons. One, there is a lot of
content available from Samskruta Bharathi and other organisations to
give language familiarity. Second, we as a group have enough knowledge
to understand Sanskrit lectures and should help each other. We will
straight away start with Module 2.
The second module is 9 lectures in simple Sanskrit for 2 hours each by
sastrigal. He will explain nine topics - Letters and Euphonic
Permutations, Verbs, Nouns, Declensions, Indeclinables, Cardinals,
Compounds, Conjugations and Tenses - along with important sutras. The
students will have to help each other to understand these lectures.
There will be a 2 hour interview in Sanskrit by Sastrigal to check if we
have memorised the sutras taught and understood the concepts correctly.
The lectures themselves will have questions that will be posed during
the interview. We considered doing short lectures for 5 - 10 minutes but
decided against it as we want students to learn to concentrate for a few
hours at a time by immersing in the lectures. This module is expected to
take 3 months to complete.
The third module is Ashtadhyayi Moola Parayanam in addition to self and
group study of different Sahasranamams, Bhagavad Gita, Ramayanam,
Bhagavatam and texts of personal interest. The students *may *be
requested to assemble in one location in India for 18 days to do
parayanam of Ashtadhyayi, Sahasranamams, Bhagavad Gita, Ramayanam and
Bhagavatam. In preparation for that every one should have practised
well. This module is expected to take 3 month to complete.
The fourth module is made of 8 lectures of 4 hours each. Each lecture
will cover one adhyaya and explain the sutras in that Adhyaya with
examples from different texts. In addition to the listening to the
lectures, the students should also study Mahabhashyam and one of the
texts of their choice - Bhagavad Gita, Ramayanam or Bhagavatam. There
will be a 2 hour interview to check that the students have memorised the
Paninian Sutras and understood the key concepts. This module is expected
to take 3 months to complete. To achieve this, the students should have
been listening to Ashtadhyayi daily from the start of the course and
also been reading their text of choice for the thesis.
The fifth and the last module is the thesis. Here a group of 4 students
is expected to write a 100 page grammatical analysis of the text of
their choice. The students have to defend their thesis in front of other
students and sastrigal for 2 hours. This is expected to take 6 months to
complete and should demonstrate proficiency in Sanskrit.
The lectures for Module 2 will be posted on a private You Tube channel
for this group. Please invite as many serious students as possible to
take up the study of Ashtadhyayi. In general, the discussions on this
forum should be in Sanskrit but leniency will be shown initially.
The purpose of teaching Ashtadhyayi is that language should be used
accurately and it is very auspicious to do so. It will prepare students
to learn nyaya and mimamsa as well as defend our sanatana dharma from
hostile attacks. There is no age limit but please encourage youngsters
to join. As training many students cannot be done by Sastrigal alone,
each one us here should also aim to teach others in addition cultivating
our own knowledge. Please go through the attached presentation and let
me know if there are questions. Until the course starts, read and
discuss in Sanskrit as much as you can.
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