Time travel

Some pictures…

First of a book from my home library shelf…

books

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Look at the brown book in the middle, with the initials KSV at the bottom…

Its a Sanskrit-English dictionary…

Here’s a pic of the first page…

apte

Noticed the date on the binding? And the published-date on the page above?

Yes, it is 1912.. The book is a hundred years old!

Whenever I see it, I feel a sense of reassurance, a warmth, a sense of resilience. It is a token of timelessness.

In the edition (above) Prof Apte concludes his preface (28-Dec-1890),  saying ” In conclusion, I may be permitted to express the hope that the Practical Sanskrit-English Dictionary, which has attempted to give in 1200 closely printed pages of this size matter at least equal in point of quantity to that given by Prof. Monier Williams in his Dictionary, but in, point of quality more reliable, varied and practically useful, in my humble opinion – will serve the purpose I have had in view in compiling it; namely, to render to the student of Sanskrit nearly the same service that Webster’s or Ogilvie’s Dictionary does to the student of English.”

Students of Sanskrit know well that the Apte’s dictionary is available right till this day.

One understands form the Net (Click here to read), that Prof Apte was born in 1858, lost his father when he was merely 8 years old, and himself lived a  short life of 44 years. But in these 44 years, he rendered outstanding service to the cause of education. When he published the dictionary, he was the Principal of Fergusson College, Poona…

Here is a picture of Prof Apte (from the site above)…

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Rounding off this post with another picture…

Taken today, in Chennai. Of a congregation of Veda-adepts, participating in Ati-Rudram. This Vedic-rite requires a total of 14,641 repetitions of the Mantra-s Sri Rudra and Chamakam from the Veda. This number actually amounts to 11 to the power of 4. In the function at Mandaiveli in Chennai today, there were 11 groups of 11 Vedavit, who chanted the Rudram 11 times each, along with one anuvaka of Chamakam each time… And there were an additional 11 Vedavit who did Homa (oblations into the fire)… And over above these adepts, there were others with knowledge of Rudram/Chamakam who joined the chanting. For the period of several hours, one was transported in time, to timelessness.

Here’s the pic.

atirudram

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Om Namo Bhagavate Rudraya!

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5 Responses to “Time travel”

  1. Jayanthi Says:

    Very informative Tnx.
    Could u pl prioritise the shlokas from the Geethai also and interpret it for the benefit of the class.

  2. Jas Baku Says:

    It sounds like a beautiful feeling you get when you see that familiar old book🙂 But really I came here as part of search to find a Sanskrit – English dictionary as a present for my friend. He wants the closest form of Sanskrit that the Buddha would’ve used 2,500 years ago. Would you know anything about that? (Sorry veer off subject slightly, but you sound like you know what you’re talking about)

  3. Jas Baku Says:

    * Congrats on those stats, BTW🙂

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