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Starting a thread on #कामसूत्रम् (1/n)

I will dismantle vile propaganda to denounce this wonderful text as a sex manual

Before I start, read this article by me to understand कामसूत्र as a शास्त्र
indiafacts.org/kamashastram-o…

Hindi version - indiafacts.org/kamashastram-o…
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Lack of basic information leads to false propaganda (see the tweet in the image)

कामसूत्र is not written by Richard Burton. Authorship is with वात्स्यायन (~300 BCE) - a well known fact

Person who doesn't know such basic info has made a video to denounce this text !!
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In fact, title of Burton's translation work in 1883 was - Kamasutra of Vatsyayana

Burton himself has acknowledged that this is not his work but is of वात्स्यायन and Burton has just translated it

So, saying "Burton written Kamasutra" is an agenda driven white lie.
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Thread. What is the link between #red & worms? Why is there an insect whose Latin name is '#worm little worm'? Let's start with a Sanskrit term: "krimija", "worm-made". (I know no Sanskrit, so please feel free to offer better translations). This was borrowed into Persian as قرمز.
2... qermez (contemporary Tehran pronunciation: ghermez), meaning 'red'. Above, popular Iranian children's TV character kolah ghermezi, 'red hat'. This appears to have happened in early Islamic times; in Middle Persian 'red' is 'sukhr' (New Persian sorkh). What about the worms?
3. Well, before the advent of synthetic #chemistry in the 2nd half of the 19th century, #dyes & pigments were mostly obtained from plant roots, or in certain cases, animals. The most famous is the 'imperial purple' obtained from the glands of Mediterranean sea snails.
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#IndoAryan faunal etymology!

#Khowar òhc /ôht͡s/ ('bear'), loan from a #Nuristani language like #Waigali.

Although cognate to #Sanskrit ŕ̥kṣaḣ, the Khowar form is probably not descended from it, i.e., not native to Khowar. Sanskrit kṣ regularly corresponds to c̣ʰ /ʈ͡ʂʰ/ ...
... in Khowar & other northern Indo-Aryan languages, and not to c /t͡s/.

Instead c /t͡s/ is seen in the neighboring Nuristani languages, cf.
- #Waigali ōc
- #Kam ic
- #Kati ic

The presence of c /t͡s/ in this (class of) word(s) is significant because it marks the uniqueness ...
... of Nuristani languages within Indo-Iranian (or Aryan for those who believe that Nuristani "split off" first from the Aryan linguistic mix while Indo-Iranian was still unified, thus distinguishing the bigger "Aryan" from the subgroup "Indo-Iranian").

In the Nuristani ...
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श्रीमद्वाल्मीकीयरामायणम् बालकाण्डम् सप्तदशः सर्गः Srimad Valmiki Ramayanam Bala Kandam, Chapter 23
Playlist: youtube.com/playlist?list=…
#chanting #parayanam #sanskrit #learner
श्रीमद्वाल्मीकीयरामायणम् बालकाण्डम् चतुर्विंशः सर्गः Srimad Valmiki Ramayanam Bala Kandam, Chapter 24
श्रीमद्वाल्मीकीयरामायणम् बालकाण्डम् पञ्चविंशः सर्गः Srimad Valmiki Ramayanam Bala Kandam, Chapter 25
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VOTE! 1/5
Should British be SUED for BAD maths?

It's said only 'smart people' understand maths.

WRONG!

Failing to understand BRITISH MATHS is the CORRECT COGNITIVE RESPONSE!

WHY?

Colonial maths is built on Greek maths from 300 BCE missing negatives, one and zero as numbers!
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For example the British multiplication DEFINITION is an INCORRECT translation of a 300 BCE Greek definition. (@jcrabtree research @ j.mp/BV1570)

Brahmagupta's 7th Century LAWS of negatives, positives and ZERO the British BURIED were a MILLENNIUM MORE ADVANCED! Image
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FACT!

The British used Greek, Latin and Arabic manuscripts to assemble its elementary maths.

Yet, ONLY #SANSKRIT described the laws of negatives, positives and zero!

The Greek, Latin and Arabic maths texts NEVER agreed with our laws of physics. India's Sanskrit maths DID! Image
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Only an insecure citizen will vilify a period of history, as rich and complex as #Mughal rule.

This demonstrates a vacuum of confidence and an inherent inadequacy in their own ability, to accept or understand the dynamics that created modern #India.

A #thread on the #Mughals:
1. The #Mughals, as they are erroneously called, were descended from Temur (aka Tamberlane, Tamerlane), in a direct patrilineal line and from Chengiz Khan in a direct matrilineal line.

They identified themselves with their Timurid heritage.
#TheGreatMughals
2. Babur, like all Mughals felt a legitimate claim on Hindustan after its conquest in 1398-99, by Temür, which effectively ended the already tottering Tughlaq Sultanate, following the fall of Delhi.
Not until 1451 and the rise of the Lodis (under Bahlul Khan), did Delhi recover.
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Sorry, we had technical issues with Samskrita Bharati Live Show today.

But here are some constructive ideas to take #Sanskrit's mission forward:

1. Add to Vyavahara Sahasri to create a much larger database (x n) that can be helpful in developing a Automatic Translator.

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from English and Indian languages into/from Sarala Sanskrit.

2. Take 100 popular books from world literature at school level and translate abridged versions into Sarala Sanskrit. (As points of comparison, there are books in Simplified Chinese and even Simplified English.)

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3. Have Indian universities introduce one or two courses on History of Indian science. This should not be a matter of controversy.

4. Consciousnesss is now center-stage in science & Sanskrit is the greatest resource for atma-vidya, it will be more important than ever.

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श्रीमद्देविभागवतमहापुराणम् Srimad Devi Bhagavata Mahapuranam skandha 8, ch 1, slokas 1-18
(p 419 Gita Press publication)

Playlist "III-Srimad Devi Bhagavata Mahapuranam" youtube.com/playlist?list=…
श्रीमद्देविभागवतमहापुराणम् Srimad Devi Bhagavata Mahapuranam skandha 8, ch 1, slokas 19-48
(p 420)


#chanting #parayanam #sanskrit #learner
श्रीमद्देविभागवतमहापुराणम् Srimad Devi Bhagavata Mahapuranam skandha 8, ch 2, slokas 1-31
(p 421)
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I was asked for an English translation of my thread on #Prakrit an Sanskrit. Here it goes (well, at least partially!

#StartOfThread 1/n #Sanskrit #Kannada #Prakrit #Prakrta #Linguistics
2/n #Sanskrit #Kannada #Prakrit #Prakrta #Linguistics

The relation between Samskrta #Sanskrt and various Prakrtas #Prakrit is a subject that has been debated widely. Since #Kannada in its long history has been influenced by Samskrta and Prakrita(s), I thought of this note.
References in Sanskrit state " प्रकृतिः संस्कृतम्, तत्र भवेत् पाकृतं" - implying it is Samskrta that was the originator, or natural language, and those varieties (of it) that arose from it were called Prakritas.

3/n #Sanskrit #Kannada #Prakrit #Prakrta #Linguistics
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#ಸಂಸ್ಕೃತ ಮತ್ತು #ಪ್ರಾಕೃತ ಭಾಷೆಗಳ ಸಂಬಂಧ ಬಹು ಚರ್ಚಿತ ವಿಷಯ. ಈ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಟಿಪ್ಪಣಿ ಹಾಕೋಣವೆನ್ನಿಸಿತು. ಸಂಸ್ಕೃತ ಪ್ರಾಕೃತಗಳೆರಡೂ #ಕನ್ನಡ #ಭಾಷೆ ಯ ಬೆಳವಣಿಗೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಒಂದು ವಿಶಿಷ್ಟ ಪಾತ್ರ ವಹಿಸಿರುವುದು ತಿಳಿದ ವಿಷಯವಷ್ಟೇ.

#thread #oldstuff #FBmemories 1/n #Sanskrit #Kannada #Prakrit #Prakrta #Linguistics
ಹಿಂದಿನ ಸಂಸ್ಕೃತ ಗ್ರಂಥಗಳಲ್ಲಿ "ಪ್ರಕೃತಿಃ ಸಂಸ್ಕೃತಮ್, ತತ್ರ ಭವೇತ್ ಪಾಕೃತಂ" ಅನ್ನುವ ವಿವರಣೆಯನ್ನು ಕಾಣಬಹುದು.ಈ ಮಾತಿನ ಅರ್ಥ ಸಂಸ್ಕೃತ ಭಾಷೆಯ ರೂಪಗಳಾಗಿ, ಅದರಿಂದ ಪ್ರಾಕೃತವು(ಗಳು) ಬಂದಿತು(ಬಂದವು) ಎಂದು. ಮಾತಾಡುವುದಕ್ಕೂ ಪುಸ್ತಕದ ಭಾಷೆಗೂ ವ್ಯತ್ಯಾಸಗಳಿರುವುದು ಹೆಚ್ಚಿನ ಭಾಷೆಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಕಂಡುಬರುವ ವಿಷಯವೇ

2/n #Kannada #Prakrit
ಕಾಲ ದೇಶಗಳಿಗೆ ತಕ್ಕಂತೆ ಭಾಷೆ ಸ್ವಲ್ಪ ಸ್ವಲ್ಪವಾಗಿ ಮಾರ್ಪಾಡಾಗುವುದೂ ಗೊತ್ತಿರುವ ಸಂಗತಿಯೇ.ಹಾಗಾಗಿ, ಒಂದು ಭಾಷೆಗೆ (ಅಂದರೆ ಇಲ್ಲಿ ಸಂಸ್ಕೃತಕ್ಕೆ) ಹಲವಾರು ಮಾತಾಡುವ ರೂಪಗಳಿದ್ದರೆ (ಅಂದರೆ ಶೌರಸೇನಿ, ಮಾಗಧಿ, ಪಾಲಿ, ಮಹಾರಾಷ್ಟ್ರೀ ಇತ್ಯಾದಿ ಹೆಸರುಗಳಿಂದ ಪ್ರಖ್ಯಾತವಾದ ಪ್ರಾಕೃತಗಳು) ಅದರಲ್ಲಿ ಅಚ್ಚರಿ ಪಡುವಂಥದ್ದೇನಿಲ್ಲ . 3/n #Thread
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1/7 Hidden Maths Easter Egg!

For most of the past 2300 years 'maths' = Euclid's of Alexandria. Alexandria was named after Alexander the Great & Greek was spoken throughout the Roman Empire at the time of Jesus. So, Ancient Greek & Latin were the churches' language of 'science'.
2/7 Early Christian bibles were written in Greek. Catholic Church is Roman. Roman Numerals promoted.

No room for #Sanskrit in science! Bharat loved #ZERO and #INFINITY. SACRILEGE! Only (western) God is infinite and zero (the void) is the realm of the devil. HINT Bharat = Devil.
3/7 #ZERO must not be a 'void/shunya'. We will use it ONLY as a placeholder. Think! Bharat's 'opposite numbers' are called NEGATIVE numbers = bad! #Brahmagupta wrote rules of positive, NEGATIVE and the VOID. Horror!
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How to understand "clock timing" in #Sanskrit ? A short thread 👇

Let us start with few basic words -

• O'clock = वादनम्

• Numbers = एक, द्वि, त्रि, चतुर् , पञ्च, षट् , सप्त, अष्ट, नव, दश, एकादश, द्वादश (1 to 12)

1/n
2/n

So,
• 1 o'clock = एक-वादनम् ।
• 2 o'clock = द्वि-वादनम् ।
...
• 12 o'clock = द्वादश-वादनम् ।

Simple. Isn't it ?
3/n
Now,
how to understand 2.15, 3.30, 4.45 and so on ? Again, two basic words -

• पाद = 15 minutes
(सपाद = +15 min. & पादोन = -15 mts)
• सार्ध = 30 minutes

So,
2:15 = सपाद-द्वि-वादनम्
3:30 = सार्ध-त्रि-वादनम्
4:45 = पादोन-पञ्च-वादनम्
... Go on like this.
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श्रीमद्देविभागवतमहापुराणम् Srimad Devi Bhagavata Mahapuranam skandha 5, ch 1, slokas 1-17
(p 205)

Playlist "II-Srimad Devi Bhagavata Mahapuranam" youtube.com/playlist?list=…
Previous playlist with 192 videos (Skandhas 1-4): youtube.com/playlist?list=…
श्रीमद्देविभागवतमहापुराणम् Srimad Devi Bhagavata Mahapuranam skandha 5, ch 1, slokas 18-41
(p 206)

Playlist "II-Srimad Devi Bhagavata Mahapuranam" youtube.com/playlist?list=…
Previous playlist with 192 videos (Skandhas 1-4): youtube.com/playlist?list=…
श्रीमद्देविभागवतमहापुराणम् Srimad Devi Bhagavata Mahapuranam skandha 5, ch 1, slokas 42-54; & ch 2, slokas 1-11
(p 207)
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Now, starting 2nd thread in the series of "#Sanskrit and #SilkRoute".

• Topic - Discovery of Sanskrit on Silk Route.

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Refer the map of #SilkRoute again. Do you see Takla Makan desert, North to Tibet ?

City of Kashgar at this desert separates the route in two parts - North & South.

See that Kucha town in the North route. Next tweets are related to Kucha. So, remember it.
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It was 1890 CE. India was under the British rule.

Hamilton Bower is a British army officer. He is sent to Kucha (China) on a secret mission in search of a murderer.

He goes to Kucha and takes help of a local person to guide him. Local guide takes him to an old place.
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Xinjiang region of #China (Image 1) was the most important region on #SilkRoute for travelers carrying #Sanskrit texts from #India.

Crescent Moon Lake (Image 2 & 3) site was the shelter for these travelers in this arid region.

Voyage of Sanskrit in China was not easy ! 🙂 ImageImageImage
The #SilkRoute in #China got bifurcated at Kashgar creating North and South routes ultimately meeting at Dunhuang (See the map below)

This route gave birth to "Central Asia", a logical unit on the physical map of Asia 🙂

On this route - Oasis, Kingdoms, Cities got established. Image
These kingdoms, cities and other places became the halting places for the travelers.

They helped transmitting #Sanskrit texts, thoughts, ideas, literature, art and culture from #India to not only Central Asia and #China but also to East Asia.
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@vrishchikan @NChozhan @zaynarifx @nyasarn @HRajaBJP Vedas...? Few used to say that ‘Vedas’ are the most ancient literature. Vedas comprises the spoken or sung literature, which continues with the oral tradition of the #Sanskrit epics. As Sanskrit does not have a script of its own it even not counted as a language.
@vrishchikan @NChozhan @zaynarifx @nyasarn @HRajaBJP #Sanskrit is an European language and Hindi's mother land is Turkey.
Still few people like you still believes that the Aryan invasion is myth, phys.org/news/2012-08-t…
@vrishchikan @NChozhan @zaynarifx @nyasarn @HRajaBJP Westerners became interested in it after Sir William Jones "discovered" #Sanskrit , as it were, and then extolled its virtues at a meeting of the 'Bengal Asiatick Society' in 1786. Taking cues from Jones, linguists began looking for links between Sanskrit and other languages.
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TO SEE A WORLD IN A GRAIN OF SAND
AND A HEAVEN IN A WILD FLOWER
HOLD INFINITY IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND
AND ETERNITY IN AN HOUR
-WILLIAM BLAKE
In the beginning was the logos, the Big Bang, the primordial OM. Image
Big Bang Theory says that the physical universe spiralled out of an unimaginably hot and dense single point called a ‘singularity’ billions of times smaller than the head of a pin.

It does not say why? Or how? Image
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@ShashiTharoor तन्मित्रम् यत्र विश्वासः
(Mahabharata, Shanti Parva 318-21-13)

A friend is a friend only when he is faithful and trustworthy.

#Sanskrit
@ShashiTharoor अति स्नेहः पाप शंकी
(Abhignana Shakuntalam)

Friendship beyond limits should be ominous of some guilt to take place ahead.

#Sanskrit
@ShashiTharoor न कश्चित् कस्याचीन् मित्रं न कश्चित् कस्याचिन् रिपुः
कारणेन हि जायन्ते मित्राणि रिपावस् तथा
(सुभाषित रत्न भंडागार)

No one is no one's friend. No one is no one's enemy. Friendship and enemity happen for certain reasons.

#Sanskrit
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श्रीमद्देविभागवतमहापुराणम् Srimad Devi Bhagavata Mahatmyam ch 1, slokas 1-20
(p 011 Gita Press publication)

Playlist: youtube.com/playlist?list=…
Srimad Devi Bhagavata Mahapuranam महर्षिवेदव्यासप्रणीतं श्रीमद्देविभागवतमहापुराणम् Srimad Devi Bhagavata Mahatmyam ch 1, slokas 21-48 (p 012 Gita Press publication)
#chanting #parayanam #sanskrit #learner
श्रीमद्देविभागवतमहापुराणम् Srimad Devi Bhagavata Mahatmyam ch 1, slokas 49-50, & ch 2, slokas 1-24
(p 013)
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Srimad Valmiki Ramayanam Sundara Kandam श्रीमद् वाल्मीकि रामायणम् सुन्दरकाण्डम् प्रथमः सर्गः slokas 1-9 (p 017 Gita Press publication)
#chanting #parayanam #sanskrit #learner
श्रीमद् वाल्मीकि रामायणम् सुन्दरकाण्डम् प्रथमः सर्गः slokas 10-35
(p 018 – p 019)
श्रीमद् वाल्मीकि रामायणम् सुन्दरकाण्डम् प्रथमः सर्गः slokas 36-60
(p 020 – p 021)
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#JustAsking #inequality
#attrocitiesbyASI #ASI was found in 1861 headed by director general. for the past 70 yrs, this post have been occupied by upper caste #Sanskrit scholars mainly #brahman.
why no one from #OBC, #SC or #ST?
If #tamil and #sanskrit are the oldest languages of the country.
recently it has been established that tamil is the oldest through #keezhadi #keeladi.why no importance has been given to the tamil language?
why ASI doesnot recruit tamil scholars for conducting studies in south?
#arikamedu is the first site of archealogical importance to be found in india. in 17th century by french.
In 1945, wheeler, then director gen of #ASI found out that it is a indo-roman trade town.c.1 BCE to c.2 CE.

next jean-marie casal in 1950 studied the site for 3 yrs.
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One of my favorite Sanskrit verses these days, from the Kashmiri author Shrivara. #Sanskrit
For those who asked, translation:

On this earth that is blanketed by darkness and lacks a master, who can shed light on the things of the past without the light of poetry?
Folks, I’m loving the debate, questions, and alternative translations here (I could do without some of the attitude, but no matter).

Translation is hard, and there aren’t easy, right answers. One rendering might be more literal, but another more poetic. Discussion is good.
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Started reading Srimad Devi Bhagwat Mahapuran (amzn.to/2NFU3Jh) - a 2 volume Granth of roughly 1000 pages each. Should be a good 1-2 year project to read it. Will share some snippets as I read. Seeking your blessings. Image
Devi Bhagwat Mahatmay which is actually from Skand Puran talks about the benefits of reading or listening of this Purana for the 4 Varnas - Dwij or Brahmins, dharnipati or kings, vaishya & Shudras as per their Varna dharma.

#devibhagwat Image
Like Ganga among rivers, Shankar among Devas, Ramayan among poems, sun among celestials, moon in pleasure giving things, fame for the wealthy, forgiveness for earth & depth is for ocean, Gayatri among mantras, memory of Hari to rid sins, so is #DeviBhagwat among 18 Puranas. Image
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