Sanskrit


Sanskrit - The Language of the Gods



What is Sanskrit?

Sanskrit is the ancient language associated with India. It is considered to be the oldest language in the world, being at least 6,000 years old, and probably much older. Sanskrit is considered to be the language of the Gods, as it is made up of the primordial sounds, and is developed systematically to include the natural progressions of sounds as created in the human mouth. Henry David Thoreau once developed what he thought would be the perfect alphabet, and ended up creating something remarkably similar to Sanskrit. NASA and others have been looking at Sanskrit as a possible computer language since its syntax is perfect and leaves little room for error. Joseph Campbell, the late, great mythologist refered to Sanskrit as, "The great spiritual language of the world."

The letters above are the vowels in Sanskrit. In total the language has 49 letters (shown at left) including vowels, consonants, semivowels, etc. and each letter has a particular vibration. Each consonant has included the vowel sound 'a' (pronounced as uh), and when the nasal sound of 'm' is added to any of the letters, it creates a bija or seed mantra which corresponds to a specific vibration of the absolute. Thus if you were to do the same with the English alphabet, you would have something like ' am bam cam dam em fam gam, etc. where the 'a' is pronounced like uh -uhm buhm cuhm duhm... The emphasis is on the resonance of the 'm' sound, which produces a resonance throughout the body as it is chanted, thus opening up various channels in the body, and creating a very open, relaxed consciousness.

Because each sound corresponds to a particular aspect of the Absolute, or creation, the written alphabet is referred to as devanagari, literally the cities of the gods. Each letter is a sound which is like a particular god who manifests as that sound, for the entire creation is made up of language. Everything that we relate to we relate to in language. This is a computer, this is the sky, this is up, this is good. It is all language. It is language that creates the concepts within which we live.

Sanskrit is also the language of mantra, word formulas that were discovered by the ancient sages of India as being a particular combination of sound vibrations that, when chanted or meditated upon, had a specific result on the mind, psyche, or even the natural realm. The mantra shown below is the Vasudeva mantra - Om namo bhagavate vasudevaya, which means salutations to God Whom is the Divine Source, the indweller of all.

 
  


Sanskrit with Aja

The problem with Sanskrit from the western model of learning is that it is considered an extremely difficult language to learn. However, that doesn't need to be the case. By abandoning the 'get it right' competitive model of learning, and utilizing a yoga model of learning, based on awareness and being present, individuals easily overcome fears and directly experience the power and beauty of Sanskrit while simultaneously learning to read and pronounce the original script - all in one weekend. This model, developed by Vyaas Houston of the American Sanskrit Institute, has done what no one else could. It has allowed  thousands of people, throughout the United States and abroad, to read and speak this ancient, spiritual language, and to be deeply affected by this single weekend, many calling it the most profound seminar they had ever attended. And more than just learning Sanskrit, they have found that they can apply these principles of awareness to every facet of their lives.

Aja was one of the first teachers for the American Sanskrit Institute, was Vyasa's foremost student, and was Senior Staff Teacher for ASI, teaching throughout the United States and Europe, and helping to form the National Sanskrit Support Network. For more than 10 years now, Aja has been teaching Sanskrit in yoga centers, ashrams, ayurvedic schools, and colleges, to yogis, teachers, music therapists, swamis, airline attendants, postal workers...people from all walks of life. And every one of them has gained immeasurably from 'The great spiritual language of the world.'


Quotes from Participants of
The Sanskrit Training

"Hard to believe we were reading script after one day!" - R.R

"I learned a lot more than 'just' Sanskrit. A meditation on the primordial sounds of Awakening of the root language that lives in all of us." - P.M.

"I have always wanted to learn Sanskrit. I feel like I can pick through a text now. You did an excellent job of getting learning through all of the blocks so that a lot got accomplished in a short time." - R.R.

"I'm impressed at Aja's thorough understanding of the language. There wasn't one question posed he could not answer. I've emerged with a greater commitment to continuing my Sanskrit education." - S.H.

"I was surprised to find that I learned on more than just an academic level - in addition to learning the beautiful letters & sounds, I felt a lot more open and centered." - L.H.

"Sanskrit seems to be some kind of doorway to other realms. It seems to be a multi level kind of learning, like on different levels of consciousness." - D.S.

"The melody of Aja's voice as he chants the Devanagari is spellbinding. You will feel your entire body mind consciousness moving into a state of balance as you repeat the sacred sounds. The symbols flow forth as if heard for the first time created from the void. Sitting at the feet of a master teacher is a rare and wonderful experience." - M.B.
 



 
 
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