A study that deepens understanding
Sanskrita is full of spiritual significance. It is measured, refined and ordered. The sounds of the language have a special power, purity, order and unity. The grammar reflects the laws of the creation and it has the power of conveying the truth fully. The study of Sanskrita allows for appreciation of wisdom at deeper levels.
The sheer beauty of the language and profound concepts stir the mind and heart to that which is pure and beautiful. The language has maintained its integrity over thousands of years. Its vast body of literature pays great attention to the inner life.
Śrī Śāntānanda Sarasvatī
The Sanskrita language is there, pure and clean, unhampered or distorted by anyone, and it can mirror the laws of the universe to anyone; this is the good companion, the good guide and the great friend. Journey with it and then the Veda is simple and sure.
The essence of all this is that one should get closer to the realm of understanding. This is possible only through study of language … Of course Sanskrita alone is capable to lead one to that Language. One should study it systematically. If one would try to water the leaves the tree will not get nourishment. One should water the root. So one first should understand properly the beautiful structure of the Sanskrita language and it will help the mind to come closer to understanding. When the light appears the darkness disappears. Similarly, when the study of Sanskrita will be achieved, all knowledge of worldly use and also of spiritual use will be purified and one’s life will be simple and good.
Śrī Śāntānanda Sarasvatī
All students start with the Introductory Course. The aim of this course is to provide a sound introduction to the language which will equip the student to proceed with further studies.
The aim is that the student will be able to sound the alphabet, write finely and have acquired basic reading skills.
The following topics are covered:
- Introduction to Sanskrit language
- Sounding the Sanskrit alphabet
- Principles of calligraphy
- Writing the Sanskrit alphabet
- Sounding measures, rhythm and accent
- Combined sounds
- Basic reading skills
After having completed the Introductory Course, the study of Sanskrita may be furthered in the following ways:
It is possible to write Sanskrit Examinations. Information about examinations is available upon request.
A more philosophical approach is available for students interested in the study of the Vedas, including the Bhagavad Gita and the Upanishads. This route includes basic Sanskrit grammar and the use of the Sanskrit/English Dictionary.
Advanced students would have the option to study the Panini grammar system at a later stage.
Annual Language Lecture 2019
Warrick Jessup - Sound & the Veda