“Spoken Sanskrit” is a new class to be offered at International House Davis on Tuesdays from 8 to 9 p.m. beginning in the New Year.
The class will be taught by Pushun Sheth, 20, a UC Davis student born and raised in California. The I-House class will begin on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, and will take place every Tuesday at 8 p.m. in the Hagan Room at 10 College Park.

“I am currently studying at UC Davis for a degree in engineering,” he said. “However, one of my passions in life has been the study
of Sanskrit, known as the mother of many Indian languages. Sanskrit is an essential tool for understanding the diverse culture and ancient heritage of India. As philosophies, disciplines, and other practices of India have traversed beyond Indian borders, knowledge of Sanskrit has become important globally. Several universities worldwide currently recognize the importance of studying Sanskrit and have reaped the rewards of their students improving in other subjects because of Sanskrit.”

Some say that Sanskrit is to India as Latin is to Europe.

“The sheer number and variety of Sanskrit texts alone reflect the depth of Indian thought encoded in the Sanskrit language. At least 5 million manuscripts exist covering a wide array of topics such as history, medicine, science, religion, philosophy, poetry and mathematics. Students equipped with the knowledge of Sanskrit can use these texts to understand the progression of India. Students can also use Sanskrit to understand the theories behind many internationally practiced disciplines, religions and philosophies, which have their foundations in Sanskrit texts. Yoga and Ayurveda, both of which originated in India, are in fact growing in popularity in many Western countries. These texts have also been deemed important sources for guiding principles for the management sector. Sanskrit has even found its way in computational methods. This wealth of knowledge, that knows no bounds, is readily available once the study of Sanskrit begins,” he added.

“I began to study Sanskrit seriously about five or six years ago, which led to proficiency in reading, writing, and even speaking — a skill that less than 1 percent of the world has,” Sheth added.
“I have been teaching for a nonprofit known as Samskrita Bharati for the past four years and counting, which has given me experience in teaching just about every type of person imaginable and every age.”
Sheth said he adapts his teaching style to each student and focuses on their needs.
For more information, email Sheth at p.sheth92@gmail.com.