Wednesday, 24 October 2012 14:51

Sanskrit Terms?

Questioner: Hello brothers and sisters. I wish to know more about Brahmanism and Advaita. In my study of Zen and Buddhism, I have come across many words in sanskrit. Shunyamurti also uses sankrit words in his teachings. I wish to find the origins of these words and concepts. Can anyone direct me in my search? Are the Vedas and Upanishads my best options? Thanks you. Namaste.

Shunyamurti's Reply: The reason Sanskrit words are used is that often there is no adequate English translation. The Indian sages developed such a deep understanding of consciousness that no other language has corresponding concepts. But there are many books with glossaries that explain the Sanskrit terms. In fact, it is not only Sanskrit, but sages who speak other languages influenced by the same yogic approach to spirituality tend to employ terms directly from those languages. Thus, Ramana's books also use terms in Tamil. Many Buddhist books use terms from Pali or Tibetan or Japanese, but those terms are usually derived from Sanskrit. Most books by Ramana or his close disciples have glossaries. One of the best is in a book called Guru Vachaka Kovai. The book I Am That, by Nisargadatta, also has a glossary. There are many others, and there are many websites that have them as well. All blessings.

Namaste,
Shunyamurti

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