Random observations

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Random observations

Postby muktibhukti » Mon Feb 27, 2017 7:21 am

Regarding gender, the word "neuter" is Latin for "neither" (ne = "not" + uter = "either"). Thus, "neuter" = neither masculine nor feminine.
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Re: Random observations

Postby gautampradhan1228 » Sun Mar 05, 2017 10:20 am

Yes you are right. The neuter gender is neither male nor female. It is used neither for ''she'' or ''he'' but is used for ''it'' meaning that most non living things are referred to in the नपुंसकलिंग​/neuteral gender.
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Re: Random observations

Postby VarunKhanna » Mon Mar 06, 2017 10:07 pm

muktibhukti wrote:Regarding gender, the word "neuter" is Latin for "neither" (ne = "not" + uter = "either"). Thus, "neuter" = neither masculine nor feminine.


Dear muktibhukti,

Hari Om!

Thanks for this observation. While it is true that the word neuter only means "neither masculine nor feminine", in Sanskrit, napuṁsakaliṅga means more than just "neither masculine nor feminine", which is why that word doesn't really hit at the essence of napuṁsaka.

In Sanskrit grammar philosophy, we discuss gender in a different way than we do in the world. The way gender works in our daily lives is not the way gender works in grammar. For example, we have words to mean "wife" that are actually puṁliṅga! All objects in the world would be neuter if gender in grammar followed worldly gender. But they are not. So, what is it about the objects of the world that make them one of the genders? We say that each thing in the world (including people) have a ratio of "masculine" and "feminine" qualities. Those things that are more "masculine" (which has nothing to do with being male, in the lay sense of the word) are called "puṁliṅga", those things that are more "feminine" are called "strīliṅga", but then those things that have a balance of these two qualities are called "napuṁsakaliṅga". So napuṁsaka actually includes both qualities, rather than excludes them...

Just some food for thought!

All the best,

Varun
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Re: Random observations

Postby szn » Wed Mar 29, 2017 8:25 am

It is the word itself which has the attribute puṃliṅga, strīliṅga, napuṃ.. not the action, nor the person who may be associated with it. Once I understood that, all confusion about gender vanished.
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Re: Random observations

Postby vsrks » Fri Apr 28, 2017 11:00 am

Dear Acharyaji,
Hari Om. Pranaam.
Probably the attendance sheet entries have gone wrong. First column shows entries, Lesson 11, 12 & 13 instead of 10, 10.5 and 12, respectively, as I gather from contents in Discussion Forum. Am I correct? Also, there are no updates in Google Drive for Lessons 10.5(interrupted session) on 16 April 2017 and Lesson 12 on 23 April 2017. Was the video of session on 23 April 2017 on You Tube? I missed attending the live session and would like to catch up in preparation to next session.

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