Discover the story of Shivam and Mansha, who learnt the “shudh recitation” of the Sanskrit shlokas from the Shrimad Bhagavad Gita under the guidance of Sanskrit expert – Dr Shweta Jain.
How did you get to know about the Bhagavad Gita? What kindled your interest in learning the Sanskrit shlokas?
Shivam & Mansha: While watching episode 72, 73 and 74 of the Mahabharat on television, we observed Krishna conversing with Arjun. That’s when our mom explained that the entire conversation between Lord Krishna and Arjun is compiled in the Bhagavad Gita. It consists of 700 shlokas and is written in Sanskrit – which is also known as “Dev Bhasha”( the language of Gods). This developed our interest in learning more about the Sanskrit language and the Bhagavad Gita shlokas.
What were the difficulties you faced before starting with the Sanskrit Shlok Ucharan course?
Shivam & Mansha: We used to recite Vedic mantras like the Gayatri mantra and a few other Sanskrit mantras, but our recitation was not very accurate. Also, we used to speak the words with our lips closed or barely open.
What were your expectations from the Sanskrit Shlok Ucharan course?
Shivam: Being able to recite the Sanskrit words effortlessly was my primary goal. Mansha: I was okay to learn the correct recitation slowly and gradually. My main inclination was towards experiencing the after-effects and benefits of having a healthy mind and mental stability.
How did the Sanskrit Shlok Ucharan course help you?
Shivam: The Sanskrit words seemed very different from other languages and were difficult to pronounce, but Shweta Mam and Hemlata Mam patiently corrected our mistakes during the live sessions and helped us learn the correct recitation. Also, me, mom and Mansha dedicated 30 mins daily to practicing on our own, because of which we could catch the words with ease. I would personally spend 20 mins more in practice to improve my pronunciation. Mansha: Whenever we got stuck with difficult and long words, we would watch Shweta Mam’s pronunciation videos and then practice the shlokas. Besides correct recitation, we also learnt many life lessons like being patient and persistent, managing time, not to get stuck with perfection but constantly keep learning and moving forward in life.
Which is your favorite shlok?
How was your overall experience?
We can now recite long and difficult words with ease and experience a lot of mental peace. I loved the different stories that were taught to us – they all were very interesting and insightful. – Shivam Patel
I used to have frequent headaches due to migraine which would be eased by sleeping only. Now when I recite the Sanskrit shlokas, my headache just vanishes and I feel happy about it. We would like to thank Shweta Mam and Hemlata Mam for being patient with us and putting their wholehearted effort into teaching us. – Mansha Patel