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St. James on globalhinduism.com

Postby actuallythere » Mon Aug 27, 2012 6:53 am

http://www.globalhinduism.com/article/2 ... ompulsory/

In the heart of London, a British school has made Sanskrit compulsory subject for its junior division because it helps students grasp math, science and other languages better. Warwick Jessup, head of Sanskrit department, says: “This is the most perfect and logical language in the world, the only one that is not named after the people who speak it. Indeed the word itself means perfected language.” Paul Moss, headmaster of the school, says: “The Devnagri script and spoken Sanskrit are two of the best ways for a child to overcome stiffness of fingers and the tongue. Today’s European languages do not use many parts of the tongue and mouth while speaking or many finger movements while writing, whereas Sanskrit helps immensely to develop cerebral dexterity through its phonetics.”

Leon Maclaren, who was trained as a barrister but was in essence a philosopher, founded the St. James independent schools in 1975. Education at the schools he established caters for the intellectual, physical, emotional and spiritual needs of children, and the curriculum is wide-ranging, including science, mathematics, languages, music and fine art. And at its junior school, students must learn Sanskrit as a second language for six years. The school’s meals also are fully vegetarian.

Although it draws on some Indian traditions, the school is also roped in the Christian ethos. School supports the Christian tradition of the nation, but seeks to discover and teach the unifying principles common to all great faiths of the world. Maclaren was influenced by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and his technique of Transcen-dental Meditation. He also drew upon the teachings of the Shantananda Saraswati, the Shankarachrya of the North. As a result, many philosophy courses of the school began centering on Advaita Vedanta.

Maclaren also founded the school of Economic Science more than half a century ago. The school offers courses in philosophy and economics to adults. American authority on civilization Dr. Will Durant wrote that Sanskrit is the mother of modern languages. San-skrit helps students in their overall cognitive development. Paul Moss, says: “Sanskrit is the mother of most Indo-European languages.”


Warwick Jessup has taught Sanskrit in St. James Independent School for the past 20 years. He explains: “Sanskrit in its most ancient form predates both these (Latin and Greek) languages.” All Indo-European languages, including English and many languages that are spoken all the way from the Americas to Iceland to the Bay of Bengal descend from Sanskrit.

Sanskrit is the culmination of millennia of endeavor to refine speech and thought so that the human race can aspire to the heights of civilization and fathom the depths of philosophical profundity. It is the pinnacle of achievement of people of enormous intellect. A line of scholars consciously refined the language. Panini was at the end of this line. Panini mentions in his “Ashtadhyayi” 64 grammarians before him. Hanuman is considered the ninth grammarian. All these grammarians have perfected Sanskrit. That is the main difference between Sanskrit and modern languages and even other classical languages.

Sanskrit, thus, is an Indo-European heritage, and students from seemingly diverse backgrounds are united as they realize that the different modern languages that they speak are intimately related. Of perhaps even great significance than all the benefits is the opportunity to imbibe deeply the universal ideas that have been enunciated by great poets of antiquity. Sanskrit is a perfectly phonetic language, unlike English. In English, the spelling of words is not a consistent guide to their pronunciation, but in Sanskrit, once students learn the sounds, they are able to read words easily, and that gives them a lot of confidence. “It is one of our most popular subjects at the junior level” says Sanskrit teacher Jessup.



Some linguists of the old school of Max Muller still mention that an Indo-European language very similar to Sanskrit is the mother of languages. This theory is out now because they have never been able to find such a language.


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Re: St. James on globalhinduism.com

Postby Ahamty2 » Tue Aug 28, 2012 1:00 am

The above article reads like it was written by the SES as a publicity article to promote St James Independent School to attract pupils.
While there is nothing wrong with Sanskrit as a language and that Hindi is derived from it (like English from Latin) and it uses the Devanagari script, I have been told that by an Indian teacher that in fact like Latin, Sanskrit is a dead language and few people in India understand it themselves.
But for those of us who are old enough to remember, all the above hype about Sanskrit has been said before by another follower of the “old school of Max Muller”, none other than Heinrich Himmler who was nicknamed “the Nazi Hindu” and how they were the descendants of the Aryan race. It is said that he carried Max Muller’s German translation of the Bhagavad Gita with him and believed they were of the old Indian Kshatriya Caste, which Leon McLaren said was the caste the SES belonged to as well. The School will be Plato’s “Guardians of Society and pass on the hidden knowledge, very occult stuff really.
All this sends chills down my spine, so enough said!
See:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/history/worl ... -yoga.html

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Re: St. James on globalhinduism.com

Postby actuallythere » Tue Aug 28, 2012 6:21 am

Exactly. As with the GQ article on Hugh Jackman, it might be worth writing complaint letters.

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Re: St. James on globalhinduism.com

Postby morrigan » Tue Aug 28, 2012 8:42 am

Some people in India learn Sanskrit and teach it to children in schools etc. They like it as a "nice language" not to use it as SES does and did.

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Re: St. James on globalhinduism.com

Postby woodgreen » Tue Aug 28, 2012 9:38 am

HI all
Ahamty2 wrote:The above article reads like it was written by the SES as a publicity article to promote St James Independent School to attract pupils.
While there is nothing wrong with Sanskrit as a language and that Hindi is derived from it (like English from Latin) and it uses the Devanagari script, I have been told that by an Indian teacher that in fact like Latin, Sanskrit is a dead language and few people in India understand it themselves.
But for those of us who are old enough to remember, all the above hype about Sanskrit has been said before by another follower of the “old school of Max Muller”, none other than Heinrich Himmler who was nicknamed “the Nazi Hindu” and how they were the descendants of the Aryan race. It is said that he carried Max Muller’s German translation of the Bhagavad Gita with him and believed they were of the old Indian Kshatriya Caste, which Leon McLaren said was the caste the SES belonged to as well. The School will be Plato’s “Guardians of Society and pass on the hidden knowledge, very occult stuff really.
All this sends chills down my spine, so enough said!
See:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/history/worl ... -yoga.html


I never knew this, thanks Ahamty. Scary. Hidden warped beliefs of the School emerge all the time! Thankfully in the real world, the Indian Army bravely fought with the allies against nazism during WW2.

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