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The hatred towards Sanskrit has nurtured for decades and it has grown into poisonous tree bearing poisonous fruits.
It's a barrier stopping common people from getting our ancient wisdom. #Sanskrit
2/3 Sanskrit no doubt would be a unifying force for sanatan which is a rich language now in poor state. English language has been given so much importance in India that even if we talk in our native language we are degraded by the society
3/3 But The students in India should learn the basics of the Sanskrit language and its prime terminology about knowledge and education. Otherwise India's great dharmic civilization will remain distorted by wrong terminologies and contrary ideologies.
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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.

@ShashiTharoor अति स्नेहः पाप शंकी
(Abhignana Shakuntalam)

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

@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.

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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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Ingenious Trickery – Draft National Education Policy 2019…
Excuse me for the Self Retweet...
The reverse counting has begun to pass this dangerous law. #Nep2019
नई शिक्षा नीति 2019 लागू की जाती है तो यह सरे आम होगा...

डॉ कस्तुरीरंगन समिति की स्पष्ट सिफारिश है कि शिक्षण संस्थानों को पूर्ण स्वायत्तता दी जाए.
और शिक्षा को फिलान्थ्रोफी के माध्यम से निजी संस्थानों को सौंप दिया जाए.
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Sir ,
Duality of mind , bewilderment, confusion and inability to take a side often result in- Jara-Sandh जरासंध in society.
Please read , from Mahabharat this short Story of Jara-Sandh. You must include it in your show. Moral is given in last tweet.This is not in #Sanskrit 1/n
Raja Brihadartha had two queens but no child. The sage gave him apple and in order to keep a balance between both and to not displease either of them, he cut the apple into two halves and fed both his wives. 2/n
As a result of eating half an apple, each queen delivered half body of the same child. Terrified mothers threw the both half bodies into jungle. The witch Jara, joined both the halves and thus united so kid got name Jara+sandh (a joint by witch Jara/ चुड़ैल ज़रा की संधि). 3/n
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तपस्स्वाध्यायनिरतं तपस्वी वाग्विदां वरम् ।
नारदं परिपप्रच्छ वाल्मीकिर्मुनिपुङ्गवम् ।।1.1.1।। 

कोन्वस्मिन्साम्प्रतं लोके गुणवान्कश्च वीर्यवान् ।
धर्मज्ञश्च कृतज्ञश्च सत्यवाक्यो दृढव्रत:।।1.1.2।। 

#रामायणम् #बालकाण्डम्
चारित्रेण च को युक्तस्सर्वभूतेषु को हित: ।
विद्वान्क: कस्समर्थश्च कश्चैकप्रियदर्शन: ।।1.1.3।।

आत्मवान्को जितक्रोधो द्युतिमान्कोऽनसूयक: ।
कस्य बिभ्यति देवाश्च जातरोषस्य संयुगे ।।1.1.4।।

#रामायणम् #बालकाण्डम् #Sanskrit
एतदिच्छाम्यहं श्रोतुं परं कौतूहलं हि मे ।
महर्षे त्वं समर्थोऽसि ज्ञातुमेवंविधं नरम् ।।1.1.5।। 

श्रुत्वा चैतत्ित्रलोकज्ञो वाल्मीकेर्नारदो वच: ।
श्रूयतामिति चामन्त्त्र्य प्रहृष्टो वाक्यमब्रवीत् ।।1.1.6।।

#रामायणम् #बालकाण्डम् #Sanskrit
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Mirza Khan (17th Century) considered #Sanskrit as dev-bāni (language of gods) and akash-bāni (language of the skies), #Prakrit as Nāg-bāni (language of snakes) and Pātāl-bāni (language of the underground), and #Braj or Bhākhā as the language of the world in which we live.
Mirza khan wrote this in his encyclopedic book Tuḥfat al-hind (gift from/to India) which he composed around 1674-75 for Muhammad Azam (son of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb). Mirza khan also regarded Brajbhasha as afṣaḥ-yi zabānhā (i.e. most eloquent of all languages).
The book is organised with an intro to Braj alphabet & 7 chapters. The 7 chapters-
1. Prosody (pingal)
2. Rhyme (tuk)
2. Tropology and metaphorics
4. The amorous mood in literature (singār-ras)
5. The combined arts of music, dance and dram (sangīt)
6. Erotology
7. Physiognomy
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Most people think "Abhyaas" - अभ्यास means practice.
In reality, Abhyaas is closer to "HABIT". Abhyaas and Vyasan come from same root word.

When Krishna says, with Abhyaas you can control mind, he means one must make it a HABIT to constantly try controlling mind...
The difference is subtle but crucial. When you do Abhyaas, you don't mechanically practice. You work hard to make the activity your Sanskar. You make it a HABIT. And once you have made anything your HABIT, things get easy. And you can focus on building newer worthy habits.
In other words, you can conveniently replace "Aadat" of Urdu with Abhyaas of #Sanskrit. For bad habit, you can use Vyasan व्यसन.
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Amazing beauty of #Sanskrit language-
To me the unparallel, the most classical , most amazing literature in all languages ever produced is
Raghav-Yadviyam by Sri Venkatadhvari in 17th centuary. What is so unique about it ?
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These slokas, when read left to right tell the story of Ram, when read in the reverse, letter by letter, narrate an episode from the life of Lord Krishna. Unbelievable !!? See one shloka below
वन्देऽहं देवं तं श्रीतं रन्तारं कालं भासा यः ।
रामो रामाधीराप्यागो लीलामारायोध्ये वासे ॥

When read in reverse

सेवाध्येयो रामालाली गोप्याराधी मारामोरा ।
यस्साभालंकारं तारं तं श्रीतं वन्देहं देवं ॥
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It is a fact that both Indo-Aryan & Dravidian languages have morphemes with similar semantic & grammatical properties. One of them is #Hindi / Urdu भी bhī which derives from #Sanskrit अपि api. Interestingly Sanskrit api is a calque of #Dravidian –um. Of course -api (< IE ∗epi)
The 4 senses of भी bhī in Hindi or similar morphemes in other Modern Indo-Aryan languages viz ''coordination; inclusion; generalization & indefiniteness; and concession'' have been shown to be similar in use with Dravidian -um particle (which exhibits a spectrum of 5 senses)
While #Sanskrit api & #Dravidian -um both have 5 senses: “also”; “and”; “even” or “even if” or “even so” or “even though”; “without exception'', as in sarve pi “all of them , without exception”; &, with an interrogative pronoun or derivative, “all who”, as in ko ‘pi 'whoever”.
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I have said this earlier and will do so again:
Our country India has achieved independence from the British since 1947, but English still plays a big role in our life.
Why is that?
First of all, there is no one, uniform Indian culture. Our country is a mixture of cultures, where each culture has its own language. We have Marathi, Hindi, Tamil, Telegu, Bengali, Malayalam, Kannada, Mizo, Meitei, Kashmiri and all their dialects.
Many people hail the fact that despite this diversity, we are still United. But then how do people from two cultures who can't speak each other's language communicate? Through English ofcourse. A man from Maharashtra who knows Marathi won't be able to communicate
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Its Friday afternoon. The news is depressing. I'm going to do a little THREAD on the lighter side, sharing some moments in my career of studying Sanskrit. #Sanskrit
I started studying Sanskrit when I was 18 years old. I was an undergraduate at the University of Chicago, a notably nerdy place (unofficial motto - Where Fun Comes to Die). Taking Sanskrit seemed normal. Some people just find their niche, I guess.
In my first Sanskrit class there were 20 of us. By the second class, we were down to 10. By the fourth class, we were down to 5. I have always loved a challenge, so I was hooked.
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Time for a #thread about why I never ate meat.
My mum is a staunch #Hindu woman with strong principles, upstanding morals, and very much attached to traditional values. For fucks sake, she will not eat in a restaurant that serves eggs, let alone meat.
In her spare time, she is the official family travel agent for guilt trips.
My dad is a laid back coasterian whose views are drastically liberal compared to mum. As they say opposites attract and he is exactly that of my mum. He drinks alcohol, and his view on non-vegetarian food is simple; the only thing with 4 legs he will not eat are table and chairs.
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I feel anxious for my children because tomorrow if mob surrounds them and asks, “Are you a Hindu or a Muslim?” …they will have no answer, says actor #NaseeruddinShah
#Tathya with Apoorvanand
In the context of the Sajjan Kumar conviction in the 1984 genocidal violence against Sikhs, we need to rethink about other incidents of violence that have happened in the country, says Prof. Apoorvanand.
We wish you a #MerryChristmas with the Christian Qawwals of Delhi.
"People look at me and wonder who I really am. I have only one answer for them. I am you," says Bernard Rufus, also known as Sahil Sufi Nizam, a popular singer of Christian Qawwalis.
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Beyond the Veil - The #Ayyappan Sankalpa — A Long Thread !
The #SabarimalaTemple is many centuries-old and hosts an ancient deity, Sastha — #Ayyappan the main Vigraha (idol) of the temple, the deity is worshipped in the form of a Naishtika Brahmachari
This temple is not a prayer hall but is an energy centre; the Vigraha of #Ayyappan is not the representation of a God who is omnipresent, but as a source of energy (Chaithanya) from a mystical dimension.
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Small steps to protect #Dharma
1. Take time to teach your children or those in neighbourhood what you know about #tradition & make them do something related to it practically.
2. Follow daily #Achara , at least few of them (स्नान &सन्ध्या ) with devotion & concentration.
3. Contemplate on the ill effects of following what most people take as norm of modernity. #Depression and #anxiety are almost synonymous to the "modern lifestyle"
4. Put some effort to practice non-greediness if you feel greed of prestige, power or penny is ruling you
5. Take time to look into the inner core of yourself. Is it full of gratefulness for what you are doing/ the life you have got to live ? If answer is no, then something more important is missing in your life. May be you are doing what is not suitable to your #स्वभाव/ #स्वधर्म
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While *most* South Asian Muslims use #Persian terms for religious concepts, Muslims in #TamilNadu & #Kerala (who trace their roots to Arab trading communities) have distinct traditions also reflected in their terminology, which freely draws from #Tamil/#Malayalam & #Sanskrit.
Instead of rozā, the #Persian term for Islamic fasting (itself a translation of #Arabic ṣawm) used in #Urdu, #Bengali, #Gujarati etc, #Tamil & #Malayalam speaking Muslims use nōmpu, lit. ceremonial fasting. The word is from a proto #Dravidian root meaning to do penance. #Ramadan
Sanskrit is used too. #Malayalam speaking Muslims commonly refer to #Ramzan as puṇya māsam, #Sanskrit for month of good merit. Nimskāram, the Malayalam counterpart of the #Persian namāz (Islamic prayer), is from #Sanskrit namaskāra (lit. prostratration, here, to a god). #Ramadan
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Another example of why you should always read the small print. Despite the #ClickBait title, the author himself agrees that the effect is not #Sanskrit specific.
Beats me as to why you would say one thing in the title and another in your article.
Better controls for testing the validity of #sanskrit being the cause for the enlarged hippocampi would've been #Buddhist monks who have similar chanting practices.
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I'm often asked to recommend books on Indian history, culture, etc. but am unable to respond to each request individually.

To address those numerous requests, here's a thread on India-specific book recommendations.
Philosophies of India by Heinrich Zimmer.

A book that was edited and published by Joseph Campbell after the author's death.

Excellent both as an in-depth resource book & as an overview to understanding Indian spirituality.

Virtue, Success, Pleasure, and Liberation by Alain Daniélou

Reveals the foundations of India's culture and the four aims of human life as they are viewed in traditional Hindu society: Dharma, Artha, Kama, Moksha.

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1/ Manu (The progenitor of Humankind)
All different races of Mankind are derived from Manu and Shradha. The current Manu is Vaivasvata Manu.
2/ The word Manu literary means man but it is a title given to the progenitor of mankind. According to Hindu Puranas there are many kalpas (One day of Lord Brahma the creator) and each Kalpa has 14 manvantara and each manvatara has one manu. So basically each Kalpa has 14 Manus.
3/ The current manu of the present manvantara is Shraddhadeva or Vaivasvata Manu of this current Kalpa. He is the son of Vivasvat (Probably Surya) and is therefore also known as Manu-vaivasvata.
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Devi Mahatmya ManuScript in #Sanskrit on palm-leaf, Bhujimol script, Bihar or Nepal, 11th century.
Rigveda (padapatha) Manuscript in Devanagari on paper, early 19th century.
Indian miniature painting of Bhagwan Varaha, avatar of Bhagwan Vishnu, Chamba circa 1850.
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