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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Time = Space Series. Part 4 – Tamil is a scientific language

One of the main reasons I believe as to why our wisdom has degraded so much in the last century is our ignorance and reluctance to learn our rich language. Our language offers richness not just in literary sense but is supremely scientific too. I am going to touch upon just 3 to 4 aspects of it which I knew and understand at a fundamental level and exhort you to learn your mother tongue well.

Many of my friends don’t exhibit a sense of remorse when they say ‘I can understand Tamil but can’t read or write it”. I wanted to tell them how much in life do they miss in terms of knowledge and richness. This is not just about Tamil but every major Indian language is rich in its own way. Since my mother tongue is Tamil, I am going to articulate some of the science in it.

Vigyan / Vigyanam  (விண் ஞானம்) means Science:
But most importantly for this series I wanted to take the word called Science as meant in Tamil and Sanskrit. A word always can be broken down to its dhatus for its exact meaning in Tamil and Sanskrit. Some examples below:

·         Science in Tamil is Vigyanam and in Sanskrit is Vigyan. This is split as Vin and Gnanam / Gyan. Vin means space and Gyan means knowledge. Hence according to Indian system science means it is the nature / knowledge of the space. This has very deep significance since western science has not agreed the existence of space for a long time and their gross and materialistic approach prevented them from seeing the most subtle component and its nature. We were masters of it ages back. Most of the questions in part 1 would be answered based on the knowledge of space – Vigyan.

·         Universe is called as Brahmanda in Sanskrit. Brahma + Anda which literally means a big egg. This means we knew that the galaxy is elliptical in shape ages back and it required hubble telescope in 1950 to tell us that.

·         Bhoogol means Earth (Study of) / Geography – This Splits as Bhoo +Gol. Bhoo means Earth and Gol means round. We did not throw stones at scientist as late as 17th century when he said that earth is round and not flat. We would have laughed our heart out / ignored him.

Be it the age of the universe, all of the astronomical measurements, health, spirituality etc etc, many of us need a white skin with blue eyes to tell us that what we knew was right and they have certified it. When we decide to come out of this mentality then the process of reclaiming our rich heritage shall start.

One letter words:

In the last blog we saw that letters form to become a word and every word has a meaning. Can you tell me any letters in English which independently forms a word and has a meaning to it. I can give you one example “I”. This is a letter and a word. I can’t think of anything else. In tamil its called “One letter word” and I have listed about 40+ here. I am sure the languages Hindi and Sanskrit are as rich.

ஓர் எழுத்து ஒரு சொல் ! ஒரு எழுத்து சொல்லாகி தருகிற அர்த்தங்களோடு பார்ப்போம்.

- பறவை
- இறைச்சி
- கணை
- தலைவன்
- வியப்பு
மா - பெரிய
மீ - மேல்
மூ - மூப்பு
மே - மேன்மை
மை - இருள்
வை - வைக்கோல்
வௌ - கைப்பற்றுதல் தா - கொடு
தீ - நெருப்பு
தூ - தூய்மை
தே - தெய்வம்
தை - மாதம் சா - சாதல்
சீ - இலக்குமி
சே - எருது
சோ - மதில்
பா - பாட்டு
பூ - மலர்
நொ - துன்பம்
து - உணவு
பை - பசுமை
போ - செல்
நீ - முன்னால் இருப்பவர்
நே - அருள்
நை - இகழ்ச்சியை குறிப்பத்து
நோ - வலி
கா - பாதுகாப்பு
கூ - வெல்
கை - ஒப்பணை
கோ - அரசன்

I shall address the other 2 interesting aspects that include a Chicken and Egg analogy for Energy and matter in the next blog.

Happy reading!

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