Warrier's Collage 28082020 : Deva Bhasha
Warrier's Collage 28082020 : Deva Bhasha See D 1 RBI's reserves. E 1 Life's twists and turns : Warrier E 2 Speaking Tree article : Narayani Ganesh M G Warrier Swami Chinmayananda's discourse https://youtu.be/imavqFvdPWk A Interaction PKK Nair " By listening to this video*, I feel that I have repaid all my debts to the great Warrier’s Collage! That is all, nothing more! PKKNair" (*Video about Sanskrit Language. Frankly, I've not understood, Sir. Relying on my trust that you will say something good only, copied your response here -Warrier) AA Military Jokes https://www.rd.com/jokes/military/ B Sanskrit and our Samskruti 1) Sanskrit in schools https://youtu.be/rzy5YWT7sQ0 2) Lead Article Salutations to Devabhasha! Vathsala Jayaraman Sanskrit has the highest number of vocabularies. Many words have more than 150 meanings. It is not 'content' based, but 'context' based. Even in 1987 Forbes declared Sanskrit as the best computer friendly language. There are so many Vaignaanik Sastra including Vaimaanika Sastra records in Sanskrit. Learning Sanskrit improves brain functioning and develops sharp memory. Of late so much is talked about the greatness of Sanskrit, even Warrier's Collage today. From High School, my second language has been Sanskrit and I had opportunity to read many kavyas in Sanskrit and appreciate the literary and lingual aspects of Sanskrit. I love to read Sanskrit epics and do appreciate the authors. For long Sanskrit has been elevated to the level of Deva Bhasha or divine language with heaps of statistics to justify the same. But except the ancient Bhakthi literature and astronomical works, the pride of Sanskrit, for the past 500 years nothing concrete has been done either to popularise and introduce it in common schools, but for a few Bhashans by some Mutt Swamijis and oath taking paraphernalia by a few M. P. s Sanskrit has had an influence over the literary and technical cultures of nearly every region of India — it would not be surprising if Indians "celebrated" it. But there is no notice of any such evident celebration also. A healthy culture must be aware of its history, and at least some people must continue to engage with its classical works. English culture would be poorer if no one read Shakespeare or Milton. French culture would be poorer if no French person read Rabelais or Voltaire; and Indian culture in general is poorer when no one "celebrates" the classical works in Sanskrit (and in Pali, Prakrit, Tamil, Bengali, Hindi, etc). If at all any significant number of people were really "celebrating" Sanskrit — reading Kālidāsa or Patañjali or Āryabhaṭa, say — it would be a good thing. But that doesn't seem to be happening much anyway. It is an undeniable fact that there is a 'fall' of Sanskrit inspite of 'perfection, divinity and greatness'. Sanskrit definitely helped to spread 'knowledge' But it is culture and 'prestige' that can withstand shocks, upheavals and political struggles. Evidently that has happened to Sanskrit inspite of our tall claims that it is the most suited language for Computer programming. Recently we learn that there more schools and Universities in Germany that offer advanced courses in Sanskrit. Why can't it happen in India? Historically, Sanskrit was the language for the upper castes. So, demographically, there was limited scope for it overshadowing colloquial languages. Over time, it became the language of literature than of conversation. It is the language of the slokas and hymns, which are still used as it is. So appreciating the importance of Sanskrit as a very basic language of Hinduism holds its own uniqueness. Strictly speaking a computer language is used to program a computer. Hence it is made up of a finite number of words only. This kind of finite-word computer language could be done with the words from any language, not necessarily from Sanskrit. English being one with the least alphabet set and popular keyboards being of the Roman/English alphabet set, the words chosen are English. If any other language is used there would be one more stage for conversion before going on to machine language. When someone says/claims that Sanskrit is suitable as a Computer Language, what is meant is that Sanskrit Language as in day-to-day use is directly capable of generating the machine instructions to the Computers as they exist today. It is necessary to first prove the capabilities of Sanskrit on paper first, only then attempts to machinize them could be “successfully” attempted. To my knowledge this itself has not yet been done. Once this is done only, one could make the claim. As of now this is all untested. Unless this is done end-to-end such claims are premature. It may not be impossible, but it is also to be noted that it is far from easy and calls for a few years of dedicated research. It is possible that almost insurmountable problems are encountered before a final shape is given. There are and will be several open problems and sub-problems in the process. As per the present situation it is a great question whether Sanskrit will revive its past glory, unless extra ordinary special efforts are taken in this regard. Until such time Sanskrit is likely to remain a Devabhasha only. ( not to hurt the sentiments of Sanskrit lovers, I am also one among them) C Readers Write V Babusenan Uddanda Shastry and Kaakkassery Bhattathiri " Uddanda Sastri, a15th century Sanskrit scholar who considered himself a lion among Vedantins and a terror to all the poet 'Kunjaras' (elephants), especially of Kerala, found his adversary in a small boy. Uddanda Shastry could not believe his eyes when he looked at the person seated in front of him for the debate. He said contemptuously :"Aakaaro hraswa"(of short appearance). Pat came the refutation: "Nahi,nahi. Aakaaro deerghaha, Akaaro hraswaha." The word 'aakaara' has two meanings: 'appearance' and the second vowel 'aa'. The boy played on this. There was applause from the audience. For every statement of Sastri, there was refutation from the boy with telling effect. Shastry was greatly impressed. Out of sheer admiration, he said :"Maataa pati vrathaa" The boy refuted that also to the consternation of all. Then he explained : "According to the Rig Veda, a woman, on the first night of her marriage, should accept Soma as her husband. On the second and third nights she must belong to Gandharva and Agni respectively. That being the case, how can anyone say that my mother is a pathivratha?" There was thunderous applause. This wonder boy was Kakkasseri Damodaran Bhattathiri about whom Shri.C.V.Subbaraman made a reference in his very interesting write -up on Sandhiprayogam. When the debate concluded, Uddanda Sastri said: "Look here, boy. I have put six questions in three lines. The fourth line should be framed in such a manner that it should provide right answer to all the six questions. I showed this to so many in and outside Kerala, but none could satisfactorily fill the fourth line. Will you try?" "Let me hear the lines", said the boy. These were the lines: Ka khe charathi? kaa rammyaa ? (What travels in the sky? Who is the most pleasing?) Kim japyam? Kimnubhooshanam? (What to chant? What ornament to wear?) Ko vandya? Kee drisee Lanka? (Whom to revere? How Lanka looked like?) With ease the boy supplied the fourth line : "Veera markada kampithaha" It was an extremely clever thing to do. Answers were in the order of the questions: "Vee (birds), Rama(Vishnu's consort), Rk (Rig Veda Mantra), Kadakam (ornament on the feet), Pita (father) and the whole line indicating the condition of Lanka after Hanuman had shaken it hard. (It seems easier to believe that the questions were framed on the basis of the answer.) The extraordinary intellectual brilliance of the boy showed promises of a second Shankara, but that was not to be. Except a book 'Vasumatee Manavikramam' (most likely a eulogy on the king), Kakkasseri's literary efforts did not amount to much. In a way, it was to be like that only. The story is that, during the course of her pregnancy, his mother was regularly fed with food and butter soaked in mantras in order to produce a boy endowed with enough talents to defeat the non-Keralite scholar Uddanda Shastry in debates.That purpose was accomplished!" (This is one of the famous episodes in the "Tharka" (Argument) history. I've heard from my father this also : "When Kaakkassery and his team started that day from Illam in the early morning, several bad omens started appearing. A cat 🐈 crossed their way. Kaakkassery asked his friends to carry the cat. An old barber came from the opposite direction which was also considered a bad "Shakuna" (omen) when one is proceeding for some auspicious work. The team took the old man with them as desired by Kaakkassery. The story goes like this : After preliminary introduction etc the argument started. Shastry : " You small boy, first you argue with my parrot🦜. Defeat the bird and then we will argue." Kaakkassery : " Ok. My cat 🐈 will argue with the parrot 🦜not me" ( Hearing cat's meow, parrot retreated to the cage) S : "I'm more handsome" K : "Shastra says, one who looks exactly like his father is handsome. I am handsome" S : "I'm the oldest person present here" K : (Called the old man whom they brought to the front) "Here's the oldest person" Warrier) D Current Affairs 1) RBI's reserves The Reserve Bank of India has transferred an amount of Rs 73,615 crore to the Contingency Fund (CF) of the central bank this year to maintain the reserves at the lower end of the band of 5.5 percent to 6.5 percent of the Bank's Balance Sheet size recommended by the Jalan Panel last year (the recommendation was accepted). It'll take a few years to recoup the legacy deficit of Rajan Era when RBI didn't make any transfer to reserves (more details in the report) : https://indianexpress.com/article/explained/why-did-rbi-transfer-rs-76315-crore-to-the-contingency-fund-6570925/lite/ (Link received from S. Thyagarajan) 2) An Interview : For GenNext (Share with Civil Services aspirants) https://youtu.be/hFXNzYcNaK8 Interview with 2019 Civil Services Exam Topper (Rank 19) Please share with IAS aspirants. E Blogs and Links 1) Life's twists and turns : M G Warrier https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/readersblog/warriersviews/lifes-twists-and-turns-25187/ Profile of another friend who influenced me covered in this article. 2) Narayani Ganesh in Speaking Tree https://www.speakingtree.in/article/forced-positive-feelings-could-turn-toxic No need to "act" positive. Just be yourself.