Understanding this ancient language

The major philosophical works of the East, such as the Bhagavad Gita and the Upanishads were composed in Sanskrit. This language is studied in the School primarily to understand the wisdom contained in these works.

"The Sanskrit language is there, pure and clean, unhampered or distorted by anyone; and it can mirror the laws of the universe to anyone. This is the good companion, the good guide and the great friend. Journey with it and the Veda is simple and sure."
Shantananda Saraswati

Om paramatmane namah

Why Study Sanskrit?

  • Understand the major philosophical works of the East
  • Understand spiritual concepts not capable of accurate expression in English
  • Appreciate the beauty and precision of its grammatical structure
  • Purify the mind through sound
  • More clearly understand the laws of creation
  • Learn much of value about our own language

Study Activities

The language department has developed a Sanskrit course for students in the school. This includes:

  • Exploring the spiritual knowledge embodied in Sanskrit
  • Studying the structural principles of the language
  • The practice of fine Sanskrit pronunciation and writing
  • The study of key Sanskrit texts

One example of the special nature of Sanskrit is its precise alphabet. Every sound in the alphabet is formed from a combination of a particular mouth position and a particular method of articulation. In consequence the written letters reflect the precision of the sounds, so that each symbol always represents a particular sound.

Study Activities

The Introduction to Sanskrit course includes:

  • Mantra (Yoga) Chanting
  • Grammar through Conversation and Songs
  • Writing the Sanskrit Script

No prior knowledge required. Discover how easy it can be to speak and write this ancient language.

"The Sanskrit Language is there, pure and clean, unhampered or distorted by anyone; and it can mirror the laws of the Universe to anyone."

Shri Shantananda Saraswati

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Course Details

Next Course

9 week Beginners course
Starting Tuesday 30th September 2014
Time: 7:30pm to 9:30pm


47/49 Northumberland Rd, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4




Philosophy students and JSS parents: €25


Enrolment takes place fifteen minutes before the lecture on the first day of your attendance. Fee payable at first class. Advance booking not required.

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Other Sanskrit Courses

Part 9

Starting Fri 3rd Oct 2014 - 6:30-8:30pm
Fee €50; Philosophy students and JSS parents: €25

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Sanskrit Chanting

Starting Tues 30th Sep 2014 - 6:30-7:30AM
Fee: No charge
Email for details if you would like to attend

Kathopanishad Week in Bangalore

28th Dec 2014 - 3rd Jan 2015
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