Author: Dharmendra Nath Shastri
Publisher: DAV Publication Division
ISBN/UPC (if available): N/A
The present work is intended to teach Sanskrit in a simple and scientific way by the well-known Sanskrit scholar of his time, Dharmendra Nath Shastri. It was inspired by no less a person than Jawaharlal Nehru who regarded Sanskrit as ‘the greatest treasure’ and the ‘finest heritage’ of India.
Not only that, he was keen to learn Sanskrit which he could not do owing to his multifarious activities-and also because no easy method to do so was available at the time.
Division of the work :
The work is divided mainly in two parts –(1) the principal work, i.e., the 30 lectures, and (ii) the three Appendices. Besides, there is a detailed chapter entitled ‘Introduction.’
It is essential that before starting the study of this work, one should carefully read the introduction which gives. (i) in some detail the importance and significance of the study of Sanskrit, (ii) a critical note on Panini’s and other Sanskrit grammars written in European or India Languages, and (iii) the details of the plan of the proposed method which makes o neo-scientific approach to the study of Sanskrit with emphasis on the study of participles.
First six lectures:
As for the principal work of the thirty lectures, the first six lectures give general information regarding Sanskrit and its grammar, dealing with (i) Sanskrit in the classification of languages, (ii) Sanskrit alphabet, (iii) Nature of euphonic changes, (iv) Structure of Sanskrit and general classification of its words, (v) Voices and Participles, and (vi) Conjugation.
If it was asked what is the greatest treasure which India possesses and what is her finest heritage, I would answer unhesitatingly it is the Sanskrit language and literature and all that it contains. This is a magnificent inheritance, and so long will the basic genius of India continue.
There is yet another feature of Sanskrit which differentiates it from all other ancient classical languages. It has been used for poetic and other literary work in all the periods of Indian history. And continues to be so used even today.
Contents A Preliminary Note
Abbreviation Of Terms
Abbreviation Of Works
1. Importance of Sanskrit
2. Irresistible charm of Sanskrit
3. Scientific outlook in Sanskrit
4. Some uncritical ideas in Sanskrit
5. Study of Sanskrit
7. Modern Sanskrit Grammars
8. Sanskrit for mature and educated persons
9. The proposed method
10. Neo-scientific approach
11. Emphasis on participles