I have a few names, Vraja Kishor, Vic DiCara, and a few others according to my grandparents, kids, mom, wife, etc. ;). I fell in love with Sanskrit at first sight, about 20 years ago. Previous to that I was in love with Tolkien’s Elvish scripts – and the first time I saw a Sanskrit alphabet I felt like I discovered where the magic of Elvish came from!
Until very recently, I never actually “studied” Sanskrit in a proper manner, which I think is an important qualification for being able to present it in a simple manner, “for the rest of us.” I know what I know of Sanskrit simply spending about 20 years reading and reciting it in classical spiritual literature like Bhagavad Gita and Srimad Bhagavatam; figuring out how to use Monier’s dictionary (no easy task!), and reading a book or two on grammar and structure here and there.
Currently, I am studying more formally and systematically with Śrī Satyanārāyaṇa dāsa Bābājī, in the Bhakti Tīrtha courses held at JĪVA Institute in Vṛndāvana.
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