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Season 1 - Episode 2

Heart of Sanskrit

5 min - Talk


Hridaya is the Sanskrit word for heart. With an interest in demonstrating the wonder and precision of the language, Dr. Anuradha Choudry breaks the word down into smaller parts which individually mean, "that which receives," "that which gives," and "that which moves."
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Namaste friends. I'm here to share with you about the wonder that is Sanskrit. Of the many unique features that this language has, one of them is the value or the meaning that each of the sounds of this language contains. So we have words that can be all broken down to root sounds. Let's take the word heart in English. If I tell you heart, does it give you an idea of what that object heart might be doing if you didn't know what it meant? Not really. Now let's take the word heart in Sanskrit. The word heart itself has its origin in the Sanskrit Hrith. Another word to describe the heart is Hridaya. I'll write it out for you. You see this word Hrithaya is composed of these three syllables. In Sanskrit each of these syllables means something. So Hrith means that which removes, the is that which gives and here is that which moves or circulates. So in these three sounds or these three syllables put together, you almost have the representation of what the heart actually does. So the heart removes the bad blood Hrith. It gives fresh blood in the and here it helps it to circulate. Now how fantastic can that get?


Kate Smith
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This is so LOVELY. Short and sweet sweet sweet.
Anuradha Choudry
Thank you Kate! Am glad you like these special treats that Sanskrit offers :)
Tessa Y
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I almost started crying. How deeply beautiful. What a lovely way to start this series. Two minutes in and I'm astounded.
Anuradha Choudry
Dear Tessa, happy that you are touched by the beauty of Sanskrit! Let's enjoy the journey into its wonders together :)
Lizzy R
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Fascinating and beautiful!
Anuradha Choudry
Dear Lizzy, this is only a minute fraction of the wonders that are contained in this language! Enjoy :)
Peggy L
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I appreciate the essential simplicity of the language - lovely!
Sati F
Thank you Anuradha, One of my favorite words and the Name of my Art and design shop... I learned to simply read and write years ago and it has changed my life profoundly... please see my work and enjoy ! Blessings! :)
Likhita Japa
Anuradha Choudry
Thank you Sati, for sharing about your interesting and beautiful work! 😊
Tina P
This is beautiful. I'm thankful I found this course and you Anuradha Choudry.

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