जन्मना जायते शुद्र:| संस्कारात् द्विज् उच्यते|

‘Janmana Jayate Shudrah, Sanskaraat dwij uchatye||’

This is a Sanskrit couplet which means, “By birth one is Shudra (Not knowledgeable) but by the purification, enrichment & education one becomes a Dwija (knowledgeable)”
Dwija means born again but this second birth is not the physical one rather it is a change in one’s mind & soul, the inner change.

Think about cotton, diamond etc each one undergoes certain procedures to become the presentable final product. The process of transforming these items into the fine product is nothing but ‘The Sanskaras’ for them. These items would be of less or of no use if they don’t undergo these procedures, changes. 
In short, Sanskar means to purify, to enrich & to educate. Sanskar is a learning process, a practice which teaches a person to be confident, respectable, knowledgeable & presentable.

In my opinion, every child is like a seed rather a magical seed that has all the power &  potential to grow into a beautiful, big tree. Only if we parents, teachers know the methods of good gardening, parenting. There are two lasting bequests we, as a parent, can give our children: One is roots, the other is wings.

We can also compare our children with the wet clay which has a power to mould into any shape , its in the potters hand to use that moulding power & convert it into a beautiful shape.  We  parents need to mould our children’s magical powers into something great & beautiful. We need to mould them daily with our actions, words, emotions & knowledge. This daily routine will leave a subtle impression in their mind as a permanent record and these are called Sanskaras. Teaching or learning these Sanskaras is not an overnight task instead it is a slow & gradual process. That’s why it is said in the Sanskrit couplet that, with such sanskaras one can acquire all the happiness & the prosperity in life.

जन्मना जायते शुद्र:| संस्कारात् द्विज् उच्यते|


12 Responses to जन्मना जायते शुद्र:| संस्कारात् द्विज् उच्यते|

  1. S says:

    I liked it, thanks

  2. Aai.baba says:

    Well written Aparna, very true that sanskaras play an important role in life. Good work.

  3. Bhagyashree Deshpande says:

    Hi Aparna, I really liked the way you have defined and described Sanskaaras. The word Sanskaar doesn’t have an English substitute. I can related very well with you since even I am an engineer and an MBA in HR. But currently I am running a school for the marginalized children (kids of the farmers) near Nagpur, Maharashtra. My parents have also been active in organizing Sanskaar varg. When i was a child my mother used to take this varg on all Saturdays. The kids from our apartment used to come for around 2 hours. She used to teach us Sanskrit Shlokas and used to tell us wonderful stories. So there are many similarities between us except the fact that you articulated the concept in such an amazing way and you are actually doing a brilliant job.
    Me and my husband are planning to take up a 10 day camp from morning 8 to 11 for the kids here in Nagpur this summer. I would be very thankful to you if you could just guide me in terms of what all topics can be covered and how do we decide on the age groups and the batches. Thank you so much 🙂

    • sanskarvarg says:

      Thank you Bhagyashree for the wonderful comment and happy to know that you could relate to it. You are doing a great job.
      I would be happy to help you, please let me know more about what you are planning, your program outline for three hours etc..
      Once again thanks for the comment.

  4. Bhagyashree Deshpande says:

    Hey thanks for the quick response Aparna. 🙂
    Our objectives for the Sanskaar varg are: Development of sensory and visual skills, cognitive and social skills, concepts of health hygiene and personal safety, creative art experiences, importance of environment, about Indian festivals and Great Indians. We would also like to teach some Sanskrit Shlokas which can be recited the entire day (after waking up, before lunch, before bathing, before studying, before going to bed). To develop the overall skill development we are planning of some activities.
    Since this would be for the first time for us, I am unsure about how to conduct, which age group should i go for first, how to plan the three hours for 7 days. Then i will have to arrange for the right faculty (non expensive yet creative one 😉 ). I would like to learn from you about the above points that i have mentioned. The money which we would get from this varg would be utilized for the school that we run in a rural area. So basically the idea is to transfer the money from the rich to the poor so that even the marginalized children get good quality education. So I am thinking of charging Rs. 500 /- from each participant.
    Want your help :). Thank you so much.

  5. sanskarvarg says:

    Thanks for sharing your objectives Bhagyashree… btw: if you wont mind, I would like to know the name of your school and where it is located…

  6. Bhagyashree Deshpande says:

    Ya sure…My schools’s name is Abhyudaya Global Village School and it is located around 40-45 kms away from Nagpur. We have our agricultural land there and the children from various near by villages come there.

  7. sanskarvarg says:

    Thanks Bhagyashree, Your outline looks good but based on my experience I can say, it’s difficult to cover each and every topic mentioned above in seven days. Although you can take one topic each day for two hours and have related activity at the end of the session per day. It will be fun and with this approach, kids will surely get an overall idea about the particular topic…
    Everyday first 15 min you can teach them couple of Sanskrit shlokas and recite it everyday & by end of the camp kids will be fluent in those shlokas…
    As you are doing this summer camp for the first time I would say go for 8-12 yrs age group, success rate and satisfaction is guaranteed. Below 8yrs need more patience, preparations, more creativity to come up with the age appropriate tasks, need extra help etc… Once you get this experience you can surely go for the younger group later on…. I am pretty sure you will do excellent in that too…
    Money (500/-) its totally up to you… as you are planning to use the collected money for the good cause…. final decision is yours…
    I am in the process of making Sanskarvarg booklets per batch/age group and it will be ready by June, if you are interested please let me know & I will update you on the same…
    Please feel free contact me if you need any further help, I will be happy to help you.

  8. Bhagyashree Deshpande says:

    Thank you so much Aparna 🙂 This is of good help. I would love to have those booklets. And will contact you soon regarding my final plan for you to just take a look at it and advice.
    Thank you soooooooo much 🙂

  9. Harish says:

    Dear, do you mind if i copy and use parts of the write up? Good analysis and understading presented in nice language.

    catur-varnyam maya srstam
    tasya kartaram api mam
    viddhy akartaram avyayam

    • sanskarvarg says:

      Glad to know that you liked the Sanskrit couplet and its explanation on my blog. Thank you Harish for seeking my permission to copy some parts of my write-up from my blog, appreciate it.
      It would be really nice if you could please acknowledge my efforts either by inline citation or in-text attribution in your work where you will be using contents from my write up and send me the link too.

  10. Vaibhav Anil Kunar says:

    Thanks for sharing it

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