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Season 9 - Episode 4

Masculine Prounouns

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Anuradha, with the help of our friend Clark, explains and demonstrates the intricacy of masculine pronouns in the third person in the Sanskrit language.
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I'm so happy to have with us today, Kira's father, Clark. Clark, thank you very much for accepting to be a model on this show, and it's a privilege to have you here. Clark is going to help us discover the intricacies of Sanskrit pronouns for the masculine gender. All right, so here we go. Clark, when I'm away from him, I would say sa-ha-clark, sa-ha-clark.

Now I am exaggerating the a-h, the aspirate sound at the end, but it's actually sa-ha-clark. So just for you to hear it clearly, sa-ha-clark with an exaggeration could be sa-ha-clark, sa-ha-clark. If I may ask you, ca-ha-clark, ca-ha is who is, so who is Clark, ca-ha-clark, and we would say sa-ha-clark, brilliant. Once more, I'll ask you and you answer, ca-ha-clark, did you say that right, sa-ha-clark, brilliant. So that's when I'm indicating an object of the masculine gender which is far, sa-ha.

So it tells me distance as well as it tells me about the gender. Now if I go close to the person, becomes a-sha-ha-clark, a-sha-ha-clark, got that? If I go away, it is sa-ha-clark and if I come close, it is a-sha-ha-clark, did you get that? Now I'll show it to you both together. So if I come close to my guru, Sri Aravindo, I would say sa-ha-clark and a-sha-ha-shri Aravindaha.

In Sanskrit, we prefer having vowels at the end of the word. It makes it easy to give it the different forms. So with Clark's permission, I will give a little Sanskrit ending to his name. So that would be sa-ha-clark-ha, sa-ha-clark-ha and this would be a-sha-ha-shri Aravindaha, a-sha-ha-shri Aravindaha and you would actually feel the masculine quality of this because it is sa-ha, it's like sa-ha-clark-ha. So I hope you've got that right, sa-ha, a-sha-ha and the question, ka-ha.

Once more sa-ha, a-sha-ha, ka-ha. So just doing this with you once again to get it clear in English as well, we would say sa-ha-clark-ha. That is Clark and if it is closed by, you would say a-sha-ha-shri Aravindaha. This is Shri Aravindoh and the question is ka-ha-clark-ha. Who is?

But the who because it is ka-ha gives the listener the idea that we are talking about a male object or a male person. So ka-ha-clark-ha, join sa-ha-clark-ha, brilliant, thank you.


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