School of Philosophy & Economic Science
Understanding this ancient language
Sanskrit is an ancient Indian language which is at the source of all Indo-European languages including English and Irish. It has a rich literature which includes the Bhagavad Gita, the Upanishads and Yoga Sutras, works which inspire the work and studies of the School of Philosophy & Economic Science. This language is without comparison in the beauty of its structure and the breadth of its literature.
Sanskrit is studied in the School primarily to understand the wisdom contained in the major philosophical works of the East, such as the Bhagavad Gita and the Upanishads. The philosophy of ‘Advaita Vedanta’ often called ‘monism’ in the West is best expressed in Sanskrit and we borrow many of the words from Sanskrit in our philosophy classes to avoid ambiguity or just because there are no words in the vernacular to express some philosophical concepts. We also practice reflection using Sanskrit phrases as well as mantra meditation.
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