Dr. Ranjana Mitra is an alumna of the Aligarh Muslim University, where she completed her Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses with distinction and did her M.Phil. and Ph.D. in the field of Industrial Psychology. At present she is teaching Psychology in Mahila Mahavidyalaya and the department of psychology, Banaras Hindu University.
Dr. Oscar Pujol is an alumnus of Banaras Hindu University, where he completed his Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses with distinction and did his Ph.D. in the field of Paninian Grammar. He started his Sanskrit study in Vagyoga Chetanapitham and attended Vagyoga: Mnemonic Sanskrit course for six months. At present he is teaching Spanish language in the Linguistic Department, Banaras Hindu University.
The present book: 'Dr. Vagish Shastris's Vagyoga: Mnemonic Sanskrit' consists of six chapters: 1. Vagyoga: an over view, where the light its thrown on the Vagyoga Pedagogy, Vagyoga Mnemonics and the Natural law of Pronunciation. Vagyoga is the third level of the speech, where knowledge becomes unfolded. At the end of this chapter one article is composed: Sanskrit and its proper Pronunciation. Here at the end Pop singer Madonna's Sanskrit Pronunciation is criticised. The second chapter: 2. 'Teacher and his Institute' throws light on the life of the teacher of Vagyoga: Mnemonic Sanskrit Technique. Many other articles show various sides of the teacher's personality. Two articles describe about two books of Acharya Dr. Vagish Shastri and the distinctive goal of the Institute.
In the third chapter appear 3. 'Testimonies' of friends and disciples showing different types of speciality: Teacher's presentation of lessons, nature and Sanskrit. One article is written about Pop singer Madonna's Meeting with Acharya Dr. Vagish Shastri including a few editorials form newspapers. In the fourth chapter appears. 4. The Teacher's articles on Sanskrit. The fifth chapter presents 5. An account of Vagyoga: Mnemonics Sanskrit sessions and camps organized at different places with illustrations. The sixth chapter consists of 6. Vagyoga: Mnemonic Sanskrit students. Thus this book gives a total elucidation of the Vagyoga technique and the teacher.
I feel highly honoured and my heart is filled with gratitude for the Lord's blessings as I am writing the pref- ace for the book titled THE VAGYOGA : MNEMONIC SAN- SKRIT'. by Sadguru Maharaja, Dr. Vagish Sastri. Gurudeva's long years of learning and meditation has blessed him with the unique celestial Kundalini medita- tion and helped him to invent the Vagyoga : Mnemonic Technique for acquiring the Mantra Language, Sanskrit in just 180 days.
He is not only an eminent Scholar of oriental learn- ing but a yogi who has the power to enlighten the con- sciousness of his disci pies, makes them feel the celestial vibrations and purifies their creative intelligence. In this book Gurudeva describes how he was inspired by divine guidance so that he could develop this Vagyoga : Mne- monic Technique which unfolds the hidden powers and produces creative energy in the scholars to learn this clas- sical language in a very short period. Sadguru Vagish Maharaja applies phonetical, musical, philosophical, mathematical and natural laws in his teaching so that learning of Sanskrit becomes easy, simple and allows stu- dents to develop on their own thereafter.
Dr. Vagish Sastri, an eminent Sanskrit Scholar of International fame has written and edited 200 books on Sanskrit and written 200 research papers on Veda, Word- philosophy, Yoga- Tantra, Ayurveda and other oriental topics. It will be impossible for me to give the details of his versatile genius in the preface of this book. This is just a very smaIl part of the vast contributions of his learn- ing to the field of Sanskrit Pedagogy.
It is with a heart filled with wonder that I write these few words and pray that people across the globe will be able to benefit and enrich their lives by going through this book.
May the Almighty grant Sadguru Maharaja long and productive life for the enlightenment of mankind.
The Vagyoga method has been enriched by the dif- ferent and rich streams of Vedic philosophy, Yoga, Tantras, phonology, music, linguistics and philosophy. In this age marked by a scientific temper Vagyoga ac- quits itself well. Any person free from tensions aged be- tween 15 to 60 qualifies as a student provided he/she has the power to grasp the instructions of a meta language. Aided by the teacher, the student gets to know the basic principles governing the grammar and syntax through a process of self experience. So an alternate name of Vagyoga is 'self-improving system' language teaching. The reason for this name is that in this system there is no memorization of grammatical formulae, instead, the stu- dent dissolves his/her ignorance in stages as he/she dis- covers, how rules are formed in a natural way. To aid memory, all one has to do is meditate daily on the natural laws that he/she discovers for himself or herself.
No new technical terms are introduced in this sys- tem. The already well entrenched terminology is logi- cally explained far beyond the levels done in standard grammar texts instead of the Paninian pratyaharas, the alphabets of pre-Paninian era are taught. Since letters are the ultimate matrix of all languages a powerful imagery is created to fix them in proper relief. Herein, the 14 vowels, the two Ayogavahas and the 33 consonants are likened to 14 worlds, 2 Asvini Kumaras and 33 gods of the Vedic pantheon. In total the 49 letters are seen as a personification of the 49 Maruts (vital airs). The names of Sanskrit alphabet are I. Matrka : mother of the litera- ture; 2. Varna-Samanaya; 3. Varnamala and 4. Aksamala. All letters are abbreviated in' AHAM'. This symbolism drives home quite a lot of the properties of the letters. The Vagyogic system of teaching is divided into three parts:
(1) The changes of letters (Varna-kandam),
(2) Word derivation (Pada-kandam),
(3) Sentences (Vakya-kandam).
In the first part, the formulation of phonological rules, the correct pronunciation of letters and the evoluation of the Devanagari script are taught showing the close con- nection between them so that these ideas become well imprinted on the pupil's mind. Though Vagyoga tech- nique has rejected the Paninian pratyaharas (abbrevia- tion for groups of letters), their logic is retained and be- comes evident in this method.
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