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There is an interesting story in the preface of Panchantantra, a work from 4th century. There was a king who had teenager princes, and they were not very inclined to classroom activities. They were wasting their peak youth time and were not fit to be a future king. The worried king asked the pundits of the court on how to make them worthy of being a future king? While some suggested 12 years of grammar followed by few years of logic, governance, literature, arts and the like, one minister said:
That is, the world of learning is endless; short is the life and many are the obstacles. Hence one should take the essence and discard the fluff, just like the swan takes the milk out of water.
There is a metaphor used in India about the swan's ability to separate milk from water, that is, separate unreal/fluff/useless/husk from the real/essence/useful/grain. To do justice is said to 'separate milk from water'.
The classic work of Panchatantra then goes about giving wisdom about politics, governance, administration, people management and the likes of practical wisdom via stories involving animal characters, while teaching the language as well. First example of edutainment!
Come Curious. Go Wise.
While it may take many years to master a language to perfection, and that too Sanskrit with its complexities and vast grammar, why should you have to wait to gain and grow from its wisdom? Not just 'translated in some other language', but in full glory in original Sanskrit itself!
The approach in these online modules is that no matter how much or less, fast or slow you pick up the language, you will always be growing with its wisdom; and slowly learn the language as well - in context, as it comes. Not straight-in dry grammar classes, but easy bites, fun activities, quizzes, practice reciting, reading and writing Devanagari script ...
Of course, it will need your sincere effort!
There is no end to learning, but we got to start somewhere!
Here is to a less painful path to the journey of Sanskrit learning - fun, relaxed, yet wise and sincere.
You are the music, not the instrument. You are the fragrance, not the flower. You are the atma, not the body. Wake up. Realize it. Experience it. Live it.
Shashi Joshi न च विद्या समो बन्धु - No friend like knowledge.
Shashi has a long passion and exposure to Sanskrit from school days. He holds a Bachelors degree in Computer Science from the prestigious IIT Kharagpur, India and a Master degree in Computer Science from University of Minnesota, USA. He has almost three decades of industry experience as a technical expert. He uses his analytical and teaching skills to present Sanskrit in a way that is easy to understand, interesting to absorb, and enlightening for living a better life in big and small ways.
Most of our problems are caused by our way of thinking which reflects in our way of studying, working, relationship, parenting, managing, leadership, behavior, motivation and inspiration.
Sanskrit works have almost every aspects of human thought and mind covered in its vast literature. Hence his mission - "Ancient Wisdom Modern Times" - Find help for today's problems with the wisdom of the ages!
He has authored a very well received book 'Attitude Shift - Sanskrit Maxims for Contemporary Life and Leadership', created workbooks, an audio CD, edited a magazine - all promoting Sanskrit wisdom for modern times.
His motto - - Simple Sanskrit, Great Ideas. - Come Curious. Go Wise.
Without the mystery, but with all the awe!
No bundles have been created yet.
Beyond the mist ...
While the goal may be grand, the journey starts with a single step. Learning a brand new language can be a daunting task.
It can be intimidating if the language of the content is of higher difficulty level. It can be very boring if the matter of the content is of lower value level.
For many who start Sanskrit later in life, there is a need to have quality content in simple language. And,
go at their own pace
with a pinch or pound of spirituality,
and a hint of inner peace in a world they have not yet renounced
that also needs external action and success.
Simple Sanskrit. Great Ideas.
Why learn here?
Ancient Wisdom. Modern Times
There is a lot of wisdom in ancient Sanskrit works. Many of our modern problems are a result of our own thinking or lack of it. There are many Sanskrit works that contain absolute gems of thoughts that can (re)set our perspective correct, give us guiding light to conduct ourselves, live a better life, all through our attitude and thought process. Such wisdom lies in many areas, spiritual to practical.
Simple Sanskrit. Great Ideas.
The full study of Sanskrit works is immense and not needed for everyone. And one doesn't need the complex constructs to be scared of Sanskrit either. There are plenty of great wisdom expressed in simple enough Sanskrit that one can use it to learn the language as well.
Simple. Not diluted.
There are many who simplify the ancient wisdom to the point of diluting it to suit the modern reader. That is disservice to both! The intent should be to raise the level of the reader instead of lowering the level of the wisdom. Practical Sanskrit is careful not to dilute things, but only simplify, and make relatable for today's times. Without the mystery, but with all the awe.
Grow with wisdom, Learn the language.
Learning the language does take time, any language. But why should we wait to benefit from its wisdom? Why not learn Sanskrit while growing with its wisdom? Why not learn in context? You get instant returns to your efforts. And you can learn the language at your pace, slow or fast.
It is essential to learn the script of the language, usually right upfront, or as soon as possible. Only for Sanskrit it is such that people keep studying and teaching it without even knowing its script. Knowing the script also opens up lot many resources written in Sanskrit by ancient writers as well.
Go at your own pace.
When you have other responsibilities in life as well, it may not be possible to stick to a classroom schedule. Online courses offer you the flexibility to pursue at your own time and passion. Of course, the returns are only proportional to your own efforts.
For whom the bell tolls?
Though anyone can benefit from these classes/courses, they are created with one specific audience in mind - Grown ups who have life responsibilities and don't have the luxury of time or effort like young students to pursue dry grammar classes, but who do value and can benefit from life wisdom. Anyone over 15 years should be able benefit from these. There will be specific courses for younger audience as well.
What kind of works?
Shlokas and mantras covered are from various fields like practical, spiritual, yoga, health, and specific works like Panchatantra, Hitopadesh, Patanjali's YogaSutra, Chanakya's works, Works of Adi Shankara, Srimadbhagvad Gita, Ramayana, Mahabharata etc. that keep your interest and attention.