Ongoing Open Sanskrit Classes
• MARCH 2020 UPDATE: ANANDA ASHRAM IS CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
Daily 11:00 AM, class length ranging from 45 to 90 minutes
Tuition: By donation, or included in Ashram overnight guest rate
Instruction in the Sanskrit language is available daily for resident students, guests and the interested public. Knowledge of Sanskrit grammar as "science of vibration" gives a genuine understanding of the language and more independent access to the meaning of the ancient scriptures. It is taught here through the unique, interactive method developed by Ashram Founder Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati. With its emphasis on chanting and rhythm, this method also functions as a meditative discipline and an energizing holistic therapy.
Classes may include chanting of the Sanskrit alphabet and word forms, reading and writing of the devanāgarī script, grammar, translation, philosophy/psychology of language and conversational exercises. At least the first part of each session is of introductory or general nature, with no prior knowledge required. Depending on the level of participants, the second part of class may be intermediate-advanced level.