20 Weeks - March 12-July 30, 2018 on Monday evenings from 6-7:30pm Pacific
Approved PACE program by NAMA: 28 credits
The Sanskrit program is intended to introduce Sanskrit at the beginner's level to Ayurvedic students so they can easily read Ayurvedic texts such as the "Ashtanga Hridayam."
The course focuses on listening, reading, and writing, and introduces speaking. No familiarity with the language is assumed - we start with the fundamentals, beginning with the basic sounds and the alphabet of the Devanagari script. Students progress further by learning to read and write their own names, transliterate simple words, and then build up towards reading Ayurvedic words and sentences. At the end of the program, students will be capable of reading the Ayurvedic sutras on their own and have the foundation to pursue further study in spoken Sanskrit.
At the end of this program, you will be able to:
Write your name in Devanagari
Literate simple English sentences in Sanskrit
Read & write over 100 common Ayurvedic words
Read simple sentences from Ayurvedic texts
Set the necessary foundation for further studies in spoken Sanskrit
Detailed Program Overview
Module I - The Sounds and Alphabet of Sanskrit
4 Classes: March 12, 19, 26, April 2
We set the foundation for the course by sounding out the alphabet and end this first Module by writing our names in Sanskrit.
Introduction to the alphabet: vowels & consonants, grouping based on the human vocal system, and importance of pronunciation: duration (short and long vowels), aspiration (or not) of consonants - 2 classes
Literation: the Devanaagarii alphabet - 2 classes
Write your name in Devanaagarii - at the end of the module
Quick intro to available transliteration mechanisms and key (e.g Google) - final class in module
Module II - From Sounds to Words
3 Classes: April 9, 16, 23
In Module II, we begin to literate simple sentences to help you internalize the alphabet. We do this so you don't have to think about Sanskrit sentences, but only use the script.
Consonant modifications and conjunct consonants - 1 class
Literating English sentences using Devanaagarii script (written, not typed) - 1 class
Intro to available transliteration mechanisms and key (e.g. Google) - 1 class
Module III - Ayurvedic Vocabulary
4 Classes: April 30, May 7, 14 & 21
Now that you understand the alphabet and devanaagarii script, we study about 50 common Ayurvedic words to prepare you for the Ayurvedic texts. Here onward, homework assignments will require both writing and typesetting using a transliteration mechanism.
Read and write some common words: introduction to common Ayurvedic words, and internalize proper pronunciation - 1 class
Usage of transliteration convention and mechanism: write words using English script - 1 class
Introduction to grammatical rules for conjoined words - 1 class
How to dissect conjoined words into their constituent words, and how to combine words into larger words - 1 class
Module IV - Introduction to Ayurvedic Texts
3 Classes: June 4, 11, 18
Combining your knowledge of the Sanskrit alphabet and Ayurvedic vocabulary from Modules I-III, we start reading simple sentences from Ayurvedic texts.
Expand Ayurvedic vocabulary beyond Module III - 1.5 classes
Read and write sentences from the texts - 1.5 classes
Module V - Towards Experiental Sanskrit
6 Classes: June 25, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Going beyond the alphabet, script and word meaning, we dive deeper into understanding the full meaning of more complex sentences.
Introduction to basic sentence structure - 1 class
Identifying nouns and verbs in sentences, introduction to number and tense - 1 class
The beginnings of Spoken Sanskrit - 3 classes
Review, discussion, feedback - final class in module
Srinivas Kadaba lives and works in the Bay Area, California. He first began studying Sanskrit by chanting its Slokas in childhood, then learned grammar forms during high school. A love of classical Indian knowledge systems such as music, Ayurveda, Yoga, and philosophy motivated him to learn spoken Sanskrit when he came across Samskritabharati in the Bay Area, and he has been a student since the summer of 2012. Discovering the profound ability to speak even simple Sanskrit, which has greatly enriched his Vedic experiences, led him to teach the first level spoken Sanskrit class for adults in Fremont. He greatly appreciates the opportunity to share his experience and help the students of Kerala Ayurveda Academy familiarize themselves with Sanskrit for enriching their Ayurvedic studies.
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