Introduction to Sanskrit, the Ancient Language of the Vedic Rishis

Course Overview

This course is designed for Sanskrit teachers and Philosophers of Language. It is meant to highlight the linguistic paradigm and the use of language for the spiritual experiences by the Vedic Rishis and Sri Aurobindo. It introduces the relations of meaning and word in the Vedic Mantras, presenting the fundamentals of Sanskrit Etymology in the light of Sri Aurobindo.

This course is every Friday for 10 weeks.

Each session is 1-hour and recorded and available to participants. 

COURSE STARTS September 13 and ends November 15.  HOWEVER YOU MAY REGISTER AT ANY TIME AND RECEIVE PREVIOUS RECORDED SESSIONS.

Offered By: La Grace, Sri Aurobindo Integral Life Center

Hosted By: La Grace, Sri Aurobindo Integral Life Center

Join this course to learn

  1. the understanding of the Vedic Mantras, The Vision of the Word in the system of Vedic Knowledge;
  2. a deeper understanding of the fundamentals of Sanskrit Language, and the intrinsic relation between language and knowledge.
  3. an introductory overview of Sri Aurobindo’s Vedic and Philological Studies.

Methodology

Presentations of the topics, and Q&A sessions. 
Reading the recommended material.
Discussing the topics among the students in groups.

Evaluation

Reflective Quizzes on different topics
Short essays of about 600 words at the end of the course

Suggested reading

  • Vedic and Philological Studies,  VOLUME 14 THE COMPLETE WORKS OF SRI AUROBINDO, Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust 2016, Published by Sri Aurobindo Ashram Publication Department Printed at Sri Aurobindo Ashram Press, Pondicherry
  • The Secret of the Veda,  VOLUME 15 THE COMPLETE WORKS OF SRI AUROBINDO, Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust 1998, Published by Sri Aurobindo Ashram Publication Department Printed at Sri Aurobindo Ashram Press, Pondicherry
  • Theory of Transparent Etymology, by Vladimir Yatsenko, a research paper, Sept., 2021

The Concept of the Word in the Veda. The Vedic Rishis and their Mantras.

Philological and Psychological Methods of the Vedic Rishis. The Fundamentals of Etymology.

Varna-Mala, Alphabet and the System of simple roots or Sound-Ideas and Basic Etymological system. Sri Aurobindo the relation of Artha, meaning, and Vak, sound.

Three levels of meaning and three powers of the Word in Tantra. Varna Mala as the basic etymological system of meanings

Fundamentals of Sphota theory as a ‘discloser of meaning’

The building blocks of relation of sound and meaning in the light of Sri Aurobindo

Basics of morphology in relation to grammatical significance and meaning of the word in general. Analysis of prefixes, roots, suffixes and endings their roles and meaning.

The Varna Sphota, fundamentals of articulation and related meaningful state of consciousness. Simple root-ideas, the System of Etymons in Sanskrit Language

Fundamentals of Sanskrit: Nouns and Verbs and their grammatical role and significance

Fundamentals of Sanskrit: Verbs and Adverbs. Swadhyaya; a spiritual practice.

Speakers

Dr. Vladimir Yatsenko is the Director of the Institute for Applied Research in Integral Studies at the Sri Aurobindo Integral Life Center. He holds a master’s degree in Linguistics and

Introduction to Sanskrit, the Ancient Language of the Vedic Rishis

Jan 10 2023 - Mar 14 2023

9:00 am - 10:00 am (New York Time)

Tuesday

Price 195

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