Sanskrit Glossary »A special feature at Ananda Ashram is the direct approach to the ancient teachings through the in-depth study of the Sanskrit language and its original texts.
The vast body of literature in classical Sanskrit encompasses all branches of knowledge and culture, and the Ṛig-Veda (in Vedic Sanskrit) is widely acknowledged as the oldest written record of mankind. This is a legacy felt to belong to the entire human race.
The love of Sanskrit here at the Ashram was inspired by founder Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati himself, a recognized master of the language. In his teaching he prominently used the medium of Sanskrit, emphasizing the chanting and study of mantras, hymns and scriptural texts as well as the study of the language itself as "science of vibration."
Yoga-Vedanta Studies through Sanskrit
Scriptural studies at Ananda Ashram focus on important texts that form the foundation of the science of Yoga and the universal, non-dualistic Vedanta philosophy. Included are the Bhagavad Gītā, the Yoga Sūtras, some of the major Upanishads, works by Shankaracharya and other classical, Vedic and traditional sources. They are concerned with truths that are independent of time, place, culture or society, found to be deeply connected to the universal experiences encountered in the process of meditation.
The texts and mantras come to life through chanting, word-by-word translation, reading of commentary, and discussion of their timeless relevance. The combination of a meditative approach with clarification of the philosophical context as well as grammatical explanation helps bring out the inner meaning of the texts, including their significance for healing and self realization.
These scriptural sessions are scheduled most mornings from 9:45am until 10:30 or 10:45am. Taught by Ashram teachers and open to all, tuition is by donation.
For more on the history of our School of Sanskrit, click here to see a past brochure.