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Presenter: Hello I am ….
Our topic today is …
My guest today is …
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Guest: I am very glad to be here.
Presenter:It is a pleasure to be with you. You know I think many people who speak English do not realize that our own language as well as most western languages have their origins in what is sometimes called the proto-Indo-european language, which is really the same language from which Sanskrit and the Hindu traditions are derived.
Guest:Yes, English, Russian, Icelandic, French, Greek are all dialects of a mother tongue that is spoken very widely in India and many parts of the world.
Presenter:We think of our language as being western and we think of India and its culture as being eastern but actually they have not only a common linguistic origin but a common cultural basis as well.
Guest:Yes common thought. If we divide east and west I would put the boundary between India and China perhaps. India is western, by my way of thinking.
Presenter:Well, Buddhism which was born in India and then moved to China bridges that gap as well.
Guest: Buddhism is the west and went to the east.
Presenter: There we have an example of how we are much more intimately related to eastern culture than we realize. And many many words in the English language have Sanskrit origins or origins that are traceable to the Sanskrit tradition and the earlier proto-Indo-european language.
Guest: Yes, most of the words in English go back to the Teutonic northern European Icelandic root to the Indo-european root to the Sanskrit or the Vedic …
Listening for Gist
The two speakers speak slowly.You can listen to the conversation and understand most of it if you know the vocabulary. If you do not know vocabulary, it does not matter. You can still note patterns and phrases that are familiar and develop listening skill. Listen for phrases you understand:
we think of ..
the language in which ..
the great equation
is an artificial language
spoken in the wisdom traditions
spoken in the street
a synthetic language
not the street language
a formal language
used by the priests and the philosophers
what is actually spoken in the bazaar
concepts like …
the terms are so precise
they are used
the English equivalents do not exist
states of consciousness
precision for thought and consciousness
you have translated the Upanishads
you have described to me
and then they realized
if they are written down
an oral tradition
to give you an idea
the beginning of the
the sound of the universe
everything has come out
in the world
should be enveloped
only for performing good deeds
only thus and in no other way
it actually is in some ways reminiscent ..
there is something a little deeper
the word “sutra” is interesting
means a string
a string of pearls
nuggets of wisdom
if you pause
the word “human”
a Sanskrit word
the eternal sound
everything that is alive
humanity will ..
the Vedic tradition
better times are coming
a career in theoretical physics
how the universe came about
there is a sense
the depth of insight
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