TEXT 5
gangadasa pandita-sthane padena vyakarana
sravana-matre kanthe kaila sutra-vrtti-gana
SYNONYMS
gangadasa—of the name Gangadasa; pandita-sthane—at the place of the teacher; padena—studies; vyakarana—grammar; sravana-matre—simply by hearing; kanthe—between the neck and the heart; kaila—did; sutra-vrtti-gana—the aphorisms and their definitions.
TRANSLATION
When the Lord was studying grammar at the place of Gangadasa Pandita, He would immediately learn grammatical rules and definitions by heart simply by hearing them once.
PURPORT
Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura says that the Lord was given lessons by a teacher named Visnu and another teacher named Sudarsana. Later on, when He was a little grown up, He was under the care of Gangadasa Pandita, who taught Him grammar of a higher standard. Anyone serious about studying the Sanskrit language should first learn grammar. It is said that simply to finish studying Sanskrit grammar takes at least twelve years, but once one learns the grammatical rules and regulations very nicely, all other scriptures or subject matters in Sanskrit are extremely easy to understand, for Sanskrit grammar is the gateway to education.

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