If you start studying Sanskrit, you find a lot of rules that must be mugged up. Rules for different types of verbs, different use of verbs, different nouns, etc etc.

Beyond a point, most of these rules are arbitrary. For example division of verbs in Parasmaipad, Atmanepad, Ubhayapad. You will find written in Sanskrit courses that this division is based on Lok Vyavahar – how people use it. You will also find the mention that Vedic Sanskrit is different from Laukik (Public) Sanskrit. One verb formation occurs only in Vedas. You will find a lot of emphasis on Ashtadhyayi by Panini by many purists.

What Panini did was that he made a lot of rules that he summarized in a short book. His goal was to create a rule-base that standardizes different ways Sanskrit was used by different people. He also created compilation of verbs and other words that follow similar patterns.
Then someone wrote Siddhant Kaumudis to explain Panini’s works.

All these texts assumed that Sanskrit is popularly used and having access to an expert is easy job. But today, things like “Lok Vyavahar” make no sense because Sanskrit is no more popular. There is no need to obstruct access to Sanskrit for masses because they cannot assimilate these complicated rules. Further, most of these rules are flouted by most ancient texts. More older the text, more these rules are flouted. In Vedas, rules are so different that Ashtadhyayi is hardly useful. It just says that in Vedas there are exceptions.

What does all this mean:
It means that when we have to revive Sanskrit, we need not get into complications that have no divine purity about them. All these rules are just what was popularly used once upon a time. A Sanskrit grammar book during Ramayan era would have been different from Mahabharat era to Kalidasa era.

Our goal must be multi- fold:
– Revive that Sanskrit that is common across most eras
– Revive that Sanskrit that can be easily learnt by most
– Revive that Sanskrit that can be used to study most texts (especially old ones). Our focus must be books like Vedas, Gita, Yoga Darshan as benchmarks.

And then, depending upon one’s interest, one can specialize in grammar of a particular era, and master more esoteric topics without needing much help. But if you know the fundamentals, you can do even without knowing all that. For example, if you know basics of free body diagrams and Newton principles, you can keep enjoy mugging and solving millions of problems and formulae. Or study the concepts and move ahead to learn other topics.

My purpose for reviving Sanskrit
is to enable masses to associate their intellect and emotions with shlokas and mantras they speak. To be able to cross-question those who just recite a random verse and say:”Look Rigveda 16.22.33 says : Hiranya Garbhe ….. . It asks one to have sex with deer!” (This is a real incident that happened with me!!! ). Today most Hindus just listen like dumbs and start hating their culture.

Further, Sanskrit is a very structured language.
It is perhaps the best language to provide tonic to brain and improve pronunciation. In fact, promotion of
Sanskrit as a brain tool is need of hour.

Once you provide easy access to the roots, you would see a lot of people globally willing to reject the modern day blind-fanaticism and adopt ways of wise.

All this demands
a quick and deep approach to Sanskrit. Something that is as quick to learn as C in first semester of college, or riding a bicycle. Rather than making wheeling or other stunts as necessity for learning Sanskrit, let us master the fundamentals beyond which 99.99% people do not need to go. Those who want to be stuntman can always entertain us with cool stuff. And we will clap.

– Shri Sanjeev Newar

Learn Sanskrit in simple┬ámanner –
1. Video Tutorial – Youtube Playlist
2. Lessons in Hindi, English

Spend few minutes daily on one of these and you will be able to learn basics of conversational Sanskrit in simple manner.

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