ओम् श्रीगणेशाय नमः
om shriiganeshaaya namah
Om radiant Ganesh
As some of you know from my About Page, I have studied ancient languages (Latin and Greek) as well as modern language, languages, and linguistics. Last spring I had begun studying Sanskrit with a tutor for a few months, but had to set that aside for a while. Now I would like to get back to studying Sanskrit, but this time on my own here on the blog. (For those who have studied Sanskrit, feel free to critique my studies, as it would help me learn!) Since it will take some time to learn where all the Devanagari letters are on a phonetic alphabet keyboard, these posts may be slow in coming at first.
To study, I will be translating different mantras and threads of sacred texts. Today I will start with a gurustotram गुरुस्तोत्रम्:
गुरुर्ब्रह्मा गुरुर्विष्णु््र्गु्रुर्देवो महेश्वरः ।
गुरुः साक्षात् परं ब्रह्म तस्मै श्रीगु्रवे नमः । १ ।
(1) gururbrahmaa gururvishnurgururdevo maheshvarah
guruh saakshaat param brahma tasmai shriigurave namah
(1) The teacher is Brahma, Vishnu, and God the Supreme Being
The teacher is clearly the highest reality; praises in the name of the radiant teacher.
I actually want to study Sanskrit! How in the world do I start? :S I will be looking thru your stuff. If you have any suggestions about Sanskrit studies, please let me know 🙂 I loooooooove languages. I have had a weird calling to Sanskrit for a few years and my very first [and only] tattoo is in sanskrit. I can easily chant mantras…it comes very naturally. I actually believe I had a past life in India. I’m very drawn to it. I noticed your foto is Saraswati 🙂 My fav 🙂
Awesome! Have you studies any other ancient or complex modern language? If not, I’d suggest finding a tutor or teacher, especially if you are not familiar with conjugations, declensions, case, etc. If you have and are then finding a good Sanskrit grammar book (I found on through Barnes & Noble many years ago) and a dictionary (there are online ones too) will start you off well. First you have to learn the letters and script and pronunciation, which should be in a good grammar book or you may be able to learn thins online now too.
Do some research, but finding a tutor in your area, even if just for a little while, would be very beneficial.
Good Luck, and Namaste _/l\_
Thank you 🙂 I have a soul sis who learned Sanskrit growing up, she’s from India. I’ll ask her 🙂 🙂 🙂 Thank you so much. I really love Sanskrit, it soothes my soul. Namaste lovely.
Thanks Speedy (and Mom) 🙂
You are one very clever cookie my sweet and though I don’t understand it the beauty of the written word still translates to me 🙂 Fozziemum x
Thanks Bev! It is a beautiful script! 🙂
It looks beautiful and you can see it has a soul to it 🙂 most welcome Julianne 🙂
I wish I can hear what it sounds like. Ganesh is beautiful!
I don’t know Sanskrit but love to chant! Also wanted to say I like that you are using colored text 🙂
It adds a note to the content that only color can provide…
Thanks Linda! I like the color too. 🙂