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October 6, 2012 / A

Restarting, once again

Three months ago I wrote a post crowing over how much of the Ashtadhyayi I had managed to memorize. Shortly after, I completely stopped. I can’t quite say why. Was it the demands of everyday life overtaking a humble pursuit of knowledge? That’s a convenient narrative, but it’s also totally false. In a phrase, I lost my enthusiasm for the text.

In any field, true excellence comes from unwavering dedication. That dedication is easier to summon if the task is enjoyable. But once again I turned the task of memorizing the Ashtadhyayi into something unenjoyable. Perhaps I was done in once again by a need to quantify my progress.

So here we go, once again.

This is a record of my attempt to memorize the Ashtadhyayi. I have tried before, and I failed to complete even the third book. I failed because the text was overwhelming and because I lost my enthusiasm for the text. But my enthusiasm is renewed (if only a little bit), and now I am trying again.

I will here record my struggles and failings, of which there will probably be many. I will make notes of how I am memorizing these texts, what techniques I found useful, and what insights I’ve gleaned from spending so much time with them. I will commit time to this task every day, if only a minute. And I will continue for as long as I can.

Of course, thousands of other people have memorized this text before. Nothing makes my task unique or extraordinary. But I have a poor record of completing things, and just for once, I’d finally like to do so.


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  1. Kartik / Oct 9 2012 11:02 am

    Good. Please keep up the enthusiasm and carry on.

  2. polyglossic / Oct 11 2012 11:42 am

    It’s good to see you back. I really appreciate your honesty about your struggles, and I definitely sympathize with wanting to finally complete something. I’m that way too, as I’m sure quite a few people are.
    I hope this blog continues to serve you as an encouragement and accountability. Best of luck!

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