Foundations of Sanskrit

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HIB Sanskrit Sangha

The language that long ago established the certainty of freedom was Sanskrit. Like mathematics, Sanskrit is a language of infinite subtlety and functional precision. While the sciences of mathematics, physics, astronomy etc. continue to evolve, as scientists use them as tools to probe deeper into the nature of the universe, Sanskrit has not changed since 500 B.C., when it was meticulously codified by Panini. If the ultimate task of science, as well as the ultimate goal of life, had been to get a man on the moon, there would have been no need for science and mathematics to develop any further. It could have stopped right there. Sanskrit stopped being further refined precisely because it had become the sufficient instrument to facilitate human liberation, the ultimate purpose of human life.

~ Vyaas Houston of the American Sanskrit Institute

 

 


Audio —

The Prayers of the Tradition:

Evening Prayers with Pandit Rajmani:
1) Evening Prayers:
Guru Prayer: Verse 1
Peace Prayer, Asato mā
Prayer for Harmony, Sahanāvavatu
Śivaḥ Śaktyā Yukto – Verses from Śaṅkarāchārya’s Saundaryalaharī 1, 3, & 8
2) Morning Prayers:
Prayer at Dawn by Śaṅkarāchārya, Prātaḥ-smaraṇa-stotra
Prayer of Completion, Pūrṇamadaḥ

Complete Prayers with Stephen Parker (Stoma):
1) Morning Prayers:
Guru Stotram, Guru Prayer, Gurur Brahmā: Verses 1-3
Peace Prayer, Asato mā
Prayer at Dawn by Śaṅkarāchārya, Prātaḥ-smaraṇa-stotra
Prayer for Harmony, Sahanāvavatu
Prayer of Completion, Pūrṇamadaḥ
2) Brahmārpaṇam, Grace before meals
3) Evening Prayers:
Guru Stotram, Guru Prayer, Gurur Brahmā: Verse 1
Peace Prayer, Asato mā
Prayer for Harmony, Sahanāvavatu
Śivaḥ Śaktyā Yukto – Verses from Śaṅkarāchārya’s Saundaryalaharī 1, 3, & 8

Himalayan Morning Prayers sung in group at the Ashram

Chants from Nicolai:

1) Yā Kundendu, Prayer to Sarasvatī
2) Yadakṣara, Prayer for forgiveness of mistakes in chanting
3) Satyaṁ śivaṁ sundaraṁ, The Happy Birthday Song by Nicolai
4) Satyaṁ śivaṁ sundaraṁ, The Happy Birthday Song Instrumental
5) Chakra Mantra Meditation

7) Masculine Nouns Ending in a
8) Masculine Nouns Ending in i
9) Masculine Nouns Ending in u

10) First Person Pronouns
11) Second Person Pronouns

12) Neuter Nouns Ending in a
13) Neuter Nouns Ending in i
14) Neuter Nouns Ending in u

15) Feminine Nouns Ending in aa
16) Feminine Nouns Ending in ii
17) Feminine Nouns Ending in i

Other:

1) Brahmārpaṇam, Grace before meals with Nicolai
2) Mahāmṛtyuñjaya Mantra: Tryambakam with Pandit Rajmani
from the Rig Veda, used at the Shivratri Pūjā and Guru Pūrṇimā Havan
3) Gāyatrī Mantra: to the Sun as Creator with Nicolai
from the Rig Veda, used at the Agni Hotra Pūjā
4) The Sanskrit Alphabet with Pandit Rajmani
5) Class Movie!!
6) 108 Names of the Goddess Durga 1-54 (Tracy)
7) 108 Names of the Goddess Durga 55-108 (Tracy)
8) Download Sanskrit Class Kirtan
9) Sri Suktam with Pandit Rajmani SLOW
10) Sri Suktam with Pandit Rajmani FAST
11) Sri Suktam with Nicolai Bachman SLOW
12) Sri Suktam with T.K.V.Desikachar FAST (slightly different version)
13) Relax Receive Restore with Nicolai Bachman
14) Shiva-saṅkalpa Sūkta with Pandit Rajmani
15) Shiva-saṅkalpa Sūkta with the ASHRAM
16) Sanskrit Temple Prayer

Sutras for Chanting:

1 atha yogānuśāsanam
Now begins the instruction on the practice of yoga.

2 yogaś citta vṛtti nirodhaḥ
Complete mastery over the roaming tendencies of the mind is Yoga.

3 tadā draṣṭuḥ svarūpe’vasthānam
Then the seer becomes established in its essential nature.

4 vṛtti sārūpyam itaratra
Elsewhere the seer conforms to the roaming tendencies of the mind.

12 abhyāsa vairāgyābhyāṁ tannirodhaḥ
That [roaming] can be controlled through practice and non-attachment.

13 tatra sthitau yatno’bhyāsaḥ
Ardent effort to retain the peaceful flow of mind free of roaming tendencies is abhyāsa or practice.

15 dṛṣṭānuśravika viṣaya vitṛṣṇasya vaśīkāra saṁjñā vairāgyam
Vairāgya or non-attachment belongs to the one who is free from craving for sense objects and objects mentioned in the scriptures.

23 īśvarapraṇidhānādvā
Besides practice and non-attachment, samādhi [yoga] can also be reached by trustful surrender to God or Ishvara.

27 tasya vācakaḥ praṇavaḥ
Pranava (the syllable OM) is the denoter of That (Ishvara).

32 tat pratiṣedhārthamekatattvābhyāsaḥ
Meditation on one single reality is the way to overcome the obstacles on our path.


Binder Contents (Hand-outs) —

Syllabus 2020-2021

Class Plan 2020-2021

1. Alphabet
Chapter One Summary (Tracy)
The Sanskrit Alphabet (Tracy)
Shiva Sutras: Aṣṭādhyāyī of Pāṇini
Varna Mala (Stoma)
Vowel Sandhi Grids (Nicolai)
Sandhi Rules Synopsis
Chakras and Bija Matras (Nicolai)

2. Grammar (Tracy)
Chapter Two Summary
Noun Declension (masculine a, i, u)
Noun Decelnsion (neuter a, i, u)
Noun Declension (feminine ā, ī, i)
Pronoun Declension – 1st, 2nd
Pronoun Declension – 3rd, demonstrative, relative, interrogative
Verb Conjugation Present – parasmaipada – for another
Verb Conjugation Present – ātmanepada – for oneself
Irregular Verbs
Verb Conjugation Future
Agreement of Adjectives and Nouns

3. Vocabulary
Indeclinables
Everyday Expressions
Five Conversations

4. Mantra
Mantras to Study
Yā Kundendu, Prayer to Sarasvatī (Nicolai)
Prayers of the Tradition (Stoma)
Yadakṣara, Prayer for forgiveness of mistakes in chanting (Nicolai)
Mahāmṛtyuñjaya Mantra (Nicolai)
Gāyatrī Mantra (Nicolai)
Tvameva Mātā (Nicolai)
Viśve Devā Sūktam (HI)

Morning Prayer (HI)
Evening Prayer (HI)

108 Names of the Goddess Durga
Satyaṁ śivaṁ sundaraṁ, The Happy Birthday Song
Kirtan Songs

Śrī Sūkta
Shiva-saṅkalpa Sūkta
Temple Prayer: Offering Prayers to Sanskrit


Quick Links

The American Sanskrit Institute
Sanskrit Sounds with Nicolai Bachman
The Vedic Chant Center
The Omkarananda Ashram – download iTrans
Green Message – a treasure trove of word for word translations

 

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