Sanskrit is the divine speech set forth by the Great Sages.
"Sanskrit and prestige go together in India… Ideas must be taught in the language of the people; at the same time, Sanskrit education must go on along with it, because the very sound of Sanskrit words gives a prestige and a power and a strength to the race." - Swami Vivekananda.
"The Sanskrit language, whatever be its antiquity, is of wonderful structure; more perfect than the Greek, more copious than the Latin, and more exquisitely refined than either; yet, bearing to both of them a stronger affinity, both in the roots of verbs and in the forms of grammar, than could possibly have been produced by accident; so strong indeed that no philosopher could examine all three without believing them to have sprung from some common source which perhaps, no longer exists". - Sir William Jones.
Many people nowadays are interested to read and understand the sublime ideas and values found in our Sanskrit scriptures and literature. The traditional method of learning Sanskrit involves a lot of memorization of usages and grammatical rules of the language. However, people in general do not have the time and patience required to learn Sanskrit through this rigorous process. Therefore, we have adopted the functional method of teaching/learning Sanskrit, based on modern interactive techniques of teaching and learning. In the beginning, the method develops the skills of listening, speaking reading and writing directly through use of interesting passages, stories, dialogues, shlokas, hymns and verses from the Bhagavad Gita etc. It tries to make the subject learner friendly by reducing the grammar technicalities. At the higher levels of the course, various aspects of the Indian philosophy and poetry and prose selections from Sanskrit literature are introduced to enable the students to read and understand them on their own. Efforts are being made to awaken and intensify the desire to learn and use the Sanskrit language and thus have access to the sublime and lofty teachings of scriptures through this divine language.
SYLLABUS FOR SANSKRIT - FIRST JUNIOR
- Alphabet - Origin of Letters and their Sub Divisions
- Mahesvara Sutrani
- Declensions of Nouns and Pronouns
- Numbers And Persons
- Tenses- Present, Past, Future and Imperative Mood of Parasmaipadi and Simple Present of Atmanepadi
- Selected Stotras
- Niti Slokas
- Bhagavad Gita: Bhakti Yoga chapter dealing with Saguna and Nirguna Brahman styles of Bhakti
- Sanskrit Subodhini Part 1
- Gita 12th Chap.
- Abhyasa - Pustakam (For self study)
SYLLABUS FOR SANSKRIT - SECOND JUNIOR
- Usage of Cases
- Usage and Kinds of Persons
- Conjugations - Present, Past, Future and Imperative & Potential Moods
- Niti - Slokas
- Gita - Purushottama - Yoga Chapter 15 describing the Supremacy and Nature of Paramesvara.
- Sanskrit Subodhini Part 2
- Bhagavad Gita - 15th Chap.
- Vibhakti Vallari (for self-study)
SYLLABUS FOR SANSKRIT - FIRST SENIOR
- Stotras and Mantras
- Pronouns and their uses
- Concept of ganas. 1, 4, 6 & 10th ganas
- Conjugation (Lut & ashisling)
- Gita - Dhyana Yoga chapter where the nature, techniques and fruits of meditation have been explained.
- Yaksha Prashnas
- Bhagavad Gita 6th Chap.
- Pancatantra (Sanskrit Bharati Publication)
- A Higher Sanskrit Grammar (for reference)
- Abhyasa - Darsini (sor self-study)
SYLLABUS FOR SANSKRIT - SECOND SENIOR
- Active and Passive voices
- Ganas - 5th, 7th, 8th & 9th
- Selected Poetry and Prose
- Bhagavad Gita - Gunatraya Vibhaga Yoga - deals with Nature and functions of the three Gunas viz. Sattva , Rajas and Tamas
- Kathopanisad - 1st Chapter dealing with perishable and imperishable nature of material enjoyments and Pure Conscious respectively.
- Kathopanisad 1st Chap.
- Dasha Kumaracaritam (Selections)
- Bhagavad Gita 14th Chap.
- Raghuvamsham (1st canto)
- Sambhasana Sopanam (for self study)
SYLLABUS FOR SANSKRIT - FIRST DIPLOMA
- Study of taddhita
- 2nd gana
- Congugation - ling lakara
- Nature of the Self according to Kathopanisad
- Bhagavad Gita -2nd Chapter dealing with psychology of a man who is deluded about right conception of dharma
- Nyaya Style of Sanskrit Language
- Kathopanisad 2nd Chap.
- Bhagavata Gita - 2nd Chap.
- Bhajagovindam -Selected
- Tarka -Sangraha -Selected
SYLLABUS FOR SANSKRIT - SECOND DIPLOMA
- 3rd gana
- Conjugation - Lit lakara
- Nature of means to Attain Liberation; Eligibility of a man longing for Liberation, Nature of Brahman and Vedic Dictum (Mahavakyas)
- Concept of Karmasannyasa Yoga leading to Liberation.
- Compound Style of Sanskrit Language
- Vedanta Sarah - Sadananda
- Bhagavata Gita - 18th Chapter
- Yoga - Sutra - Patanjali (Chapters 1 & 2)