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First Conversation in Sanskrit - Part II

Devi makes an inquiry as to how you are doing:

Bhavatah kushalam asti va? – Your welfare is (taken care of)?

There’s bhavatah – your for a man – again. You answer:

Mama kushalam asti – my welfare is, to indicate you are fine.

You ask Devi, in turn, using bhavatyaah because she is a woman:

Bhavatyaah kushalam asti – your welfare is? She answers:

Mama kushalam asti – my welfare is.

You realize that Devi might have other obligations, and that you might as well. So, though you do not rush, but are calm, still you take leave with a standard closing:

Punar milaamah. – Until we see each other again.

Punar milaamah, she answers.

Devi smiles, turns, and disappears down the path. You sense that it is time for you to return as well, and head back along your path.

As you go, you replay the conversation in your mind, first translating the ideas, if not the words, to keep it straight in your mind:

Namo namah – Greetings

Namo namah – Greetings

Bhavatyaah naama kim? – What is your name? (to a woman).

Mama naama Devi. – My name is Devi.

Bhavatah naama kim? – What is your name? (to a man).

Mama naama… your name. – My name is…

Bhavatah kushalam asti va? – How are you? (to a man).

Mama kushalam ast. – I’m fine.

Bhavatyaah kushalam asti va? – How are you? (to a woman).

Mama kushalam asti. – I’m fine.

Punar milaamah. – Goodbye.

Punar milaamah. – Goodbye.

And as you keep walking, you replay it one more time, just in Sanskrit:

Namo namah.

Namo namah.

Bhavayaah naama kim?

Mama naama Devi. Bhavatah naama kim?

Mama naama… your name.

Bhavatah kushalam asti va?

Mama kushalam asti. Bhavatyaah kushalam asti va?

Mama kushalam asti.

Punar milaamah.

Punar milaamah.

And just now, you are getting back to where you started, and your lesson is just about over. So smile. You have just had your first conversation in Sanskrit. And now you are ready to resume your day on the count of 1… and 2… and 3.