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Namaste: The light in me honours that place in you which is the light in you !


In response to Padma's comment about alleged "intellectual dishonesty" - I would like to respectfully clarify....

The term "hindu" comes from the Persian invaders mispronoucing the name of the Sindhu River (in India), and thereby they misnamed the people of that location and their religion as "hindu". The true name of the spiritual path to which "hindu" now refers is actually SANATANA DHARMA. Never in the vedas will one find the bastardized term "hindu", though this term has been generally accepted as appropriate by the modern people who practice this path of spirituality, it would not necessarily be less "intellectually dishonest" to refer to Ayurveda or Yoga having their roots in "hinduism". However, SANATANA DHARMA is ancient, and the Sindhu River IS in India, so to say that Yoga and Ayurveda have their roots in ancient india is equally as accurate, in my opinion. Truly, however, it would be with the utmost accuracy to say that their roots are from Sanatana Dharma.

I am not sure whether Padma's contention comes from (perhaps) being an Indian by nationality and not wanting nationality confused with Spiritual Path or Religions affiliation. This, I would understand. There is no national religion of India, and even in ancient times, India was ripe with diverse religious populations. Nonetheless, Sanatana Dharma DOES indeed spring forth out of ancient India, and I do not believe that when people say that Yoga and Ayurveda have their roots in ancient india, that there is any "intellectual dishonesty" being perpetrated.


I just wanted to know what namaste meant, and I did not get the answer.


Not once have I read anywhere that Ayurveda (it is in the Hindu religious texts) or Yoga for that matter come from the Hindu (Vedic) teachings.

Why are people so damn intellectually dishonest?? It's not "ancient Indian" as Indian is a nationality and Yoga's roots are HIndu (Hinduism is a religion).


Ashrama ("that where effort is made"): a hermitage; also a stage of life, such as brahmacharya, householder, forest dweller, and complete renouncer (samnyasin)

Shram means effort, Ashram means letting go of the efforts, a place u go to let of efforts


This is a good glossary of Sanskrit words. The pronunciation will be challenging for Westerns. I'd suggest listening to Sanskrit or Hindi (national lang. of India and directly derived from Sanskrit) pronunciations. The most common issue is the pronunciation of the ending "a" that is often used in anglicized Sanskrit It is not used as much if at all in the real language. E.g.Yoga, Pranayama, etc . I'd suggest finding an audio site preferably with words pronounced by an Indian.

Rasoul Sobhani

I agree with Christine :) I also recommend The Language of Yoga by Nicolai Bachman. I teach my students from that book and has helped many yoga teacher to pronounce the word correctly ! because of the healing power of Sanskrit, it,s need to be pronounce clearly and correctly.

Thank you and blessing..........


There is a problem with the representation of Sanskrit terms here. It is neither a completely accurate phonetic rendering, nor an accurate transliteration. Unfortunately, many yoga instructors are now mispronouncing pose names based on inaccurate presentations such as this. The scripts in which Sanskrit is rendered contain more vowels and consonants than the English language does. The most popular transliteration scheme today combines diacritic marks with some western characters to compensate. These include the macron over a long 'a" on which Herb commented here. They cannot be casually discarded! The difference between the Sanskrit term for weapon and that for a commentarial text is just that macron. There are also transliteration schemes that can be used when one has a limited Western font (no diacritics); they may look somewhat odd to an untutored western eye, but do correspond to distinctions in both pronunciation and meaning.

Regarding Dani's request for a source for learning Sanskrit names, because of pronunciation issues, I suggest a book with CD called The Language of Yoga by Nicolai Bachman.

Doris Barrett

I need to hear visuddha pronounced so I can say it properly. Is there a dictionary for this and other words


Anyone can recommend a book to learn Sanskrit names?

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