Varńa Vicitrá – ” Various Uses of Letters “
”Who knows my grammar, knows God!”
Panini, great philologist of ancient India, paid this tribute to the mathematical and psychological perfection in Samskrta.
“He who would track language to its lair must indeed end as omniscient.”
It seems that our PRECEPTOR truly wants us to end as Omniscient, for our PRECEPTOR tracks language to its lair.
Rarely satisfied with derived meanings and usages, OUR PRECEPTOR guides us, in this and in HIS other language books, to sometimes-forgotten sources of language, that we might taste the purity of the source.
PRECEPTOR had already written extensively on various topics of language prior to the preparation of this book.
1983 had seen the publication of Varńa Vijiṋána (“The Science of Letters”),
Varńa Vicitrá (“Various Uses of Letters”) Part 1, 2, 3 were dictated in the year 1984
Varńa Vicitrá (“Various Uses of Letters”) Part 4, 5 , 6 were dictated in the year 1985
1985-1990 Shabda Cayaniká (“A Collection of Words”),
1989 Vyákárańa Vijiṋána (“The Science of Grammar”).
The series of discourses that comprise the present volume were transcribed from talks given by OUR PRECEPTOR over a period of time that extended from June to November of 1983. The title given was Varńa Vijiṋána, which translates into English as “The Science of Letters”.
However it could just as easily be rendered as “The Science of Language”, for in it, PRECPETOR binds the myriad and often mystifying threads of language into a single tapestry and demonstrates with remarkable clarity how they obey the laws of pure science.
In a lucid and entertaining style, laced with anecdotes and stories, Our PRECEPTOR uncovers the fundamental principles which govern linguistic expression and blends this with an historical perspective that throws new light on the origins of human language. Many of the ideas that inform these discourses are new to the study of linguistics and are sure to provide ample material for future research.
While Varńa Vijiṋána takes the Saḿskrta language as its initial point of reference, it ranges far and wide across a landscape that includes most of world’s major languages. Time and again OUR PRECEPTOR points out the common factors at work in seemingly disparate idioms. In this way, PRECEPTOR uses linguistic science to demolish some of the barriers that separate different communities and races.
Those readers who are interested in delving further into the studies in language will be glad to know that they have ample material to choose from. After completing Varńa Vijiṋána, our PRECEPTOR embarked upon an eight volume series called Varńa Vicitrá, “Various Uses of Letters” and after that a twenty-six volume series entitled Shabda Cayaniká, “A Collection of Words”. Together they comprise a body of work that is unsurpassed in the field of linguistic studies.
PRECEPTOR SHRII PRABHÁT RAIṊJAN SARKÁR lifelong dedication was to the development of a human society worthy of the name. To our understanding of our PRECEPTOR, a necessary prerequisite for the unfoldment of this vision was a Vishva Bháśa, a World language that all peoples would study in parallel with their own mother tongues.
PRECEPTOR considered English most suitable to serve as the World language for the present age, and our PRECEPTOR laboured tirelessly to promote its use.
One purpose of PRECEPTOR’s English Grammar and Composition was that it would serve a new way of elaborating and interlating English to other language existing and also revealing the origin of English language. As ÁNANDA MÁRGA is the GLOBAL mission, which PRECEPTOR established for the development of human society. Yet PRECEPTOR’s English Grammar and Composition Book will be the model textbook for other languages of the world. It will be found to be a valuable reference book for all those who wish to use the English language. And it is more and more interesting way to know English language in true spirit. It is more than just grammar and composition: it is Philology, etymology, and comparative linguistics as well.