Simple Sanskrit – Lesson 10

Simple Sanskrit – Lesson 10

सरलं संस्कृतम् – दशमः (१०) पाठः |

Towards the end of previous Lesson 9, three aspects were mentioned for proceeding further. I propose to proceed with आत्मनेपदी धातु-s.

As mentioned in previous lesson, धातु-s in Sanskrit are परस्मैपदी, आत्मनेपदी or उभयपदी. Actually these names of classes of धातु-s have some meaning. The meaning can be deciphered as follows –

  • परस्मैपदी धातु-s mean such धातु-s, whereby effect of the “action” is seen to influence someone or something else.
    • In the word परस्मैपदी there are two parts परस्मै and पदी. परस्मै means unto another. पदी can be interpreted to mean “having influence”. So परस्मैपदी would mean “having influence unto another”.
    • For example when saying अहं पाठशालां गच्छामि (I go to school), the school is going to have a new element there, i.e. myself.
    • Even when saying अहं वदामि (I say) my saying is going to cause new reverberations in the environment around me.
  • आत्मनेपदी धातु-s mean such धातु-s, whereby effect of the “action” is seen to influence  the doer, the subject.
    • The word आत्मनेपदी also has two parts आत्मने and पदी. आत्मने means unto oneself and पदी as above can be interpreted to mean “having influence”. So आत्मनेपदी would mean “having influence unto oneself.
    • When saying चन्द्रः क्षीयते वर्धते च (moon waxes and wanes) the actions of waxing and waning influence the moon, the subject itself.
  • In turn उभयपदी धातु-s mean such धातु-s, whereby effect of the “action” is seen to influence either the doer, (i.e. the subject) or someone (or something) else.
    • Eminent example of उभयपदी धातु is धातु ‘कृ’ (to do). An action of doing something has an influence both on doer and on something, that is done.
    • This brings to mind a line from गीता where it is said, “करणं कर्म कर्तेति त्रिविधः कर्मसंग्रहः” (१८-१८) meaning, “the tools, the action itself and the doer are three types of repositories of action”.
  • The idea in citing the quote from गीता, is simply to detail that the consideration of which धातु is परस्मैपदी, आत्मनेपदी or उभयपदी seems to be very, very subtle. The nomenclatures परस्मैपदी, आत्मनेपदी, उभयपदी do have specific meaning. But it is difficult, at least for me to explain the concept very clearly. But there is no problem once one accepts whatever the पद of a particular धातु is. Practise will make it easier. Couple of examples given above are my own attempt to understand the concept. Admittedly the examples provide some help to understand the concept, but do not make it entirely clear.
    • For example it is difficult to explain how the verbal root स्था in सः तिष्ठति or सः उत्तिष्ठति is परस्मैपदी.

We have studied inflections of some 25 परस्मैपदी धातु-s in simple present, imperative and लिट् and लङ् past tenses. Here are inflections of a commonly used आत्मनेपदी धातु “लभ्”.

Table 10-1

Inflections of आत्मनेपदी धातु “लभ्”

No. धातु (गण) Meaning काल / अर्थ पुरुष एकवचनम् द्विवचनम् बहुवचनम्
1 लभ् (१) To get, to obtain, to gain लट्-वर्तमान प्रथम मध्यम उत्तम लभते
लोट्-आज्ञार्थ प्रथम मध्यम उत्तम लभताम्
लिट्-भूतकाल प्रथम लेभे लेभाते लेभिरे
लङ्-भूतकाल प्रथम मध्यम उत्तम अलभत

Actually at they have facilitated obtaining inflexions for a large number of धातु-s in ten types of काल / अर्थ options, known as लकार-s. Of these ten लकार-s four are noted above under the column काल / अर्थ.

The ten लकार-s are described in Table 10-2.

Table 10-2

The ten लकार-s



काल / अर्थ

Tense or mood




Simple Present



अनद्यतन भूतकाल

Simple Past



परोक्ष भूतकाल

Past unseen by the speaker



तृतीय भूतकाल

Aorist (or Imperfect) Past



द्वितीय-भविष्यत्काल also known as ‘स्य’-भविष्यत्काल

Simple future or future with certainty of action



प्रथम-भविष्यत्काल also known as ता-भविष्यत्काल

Future indicating ‘likelihood’ of action



Conditional mood ‘might’








Potential mood ‘should’




Benedictive mood i.e. ‘may’ as in “May God bless you”

I could not find an apt Sanskrit explanation for item 7 लृङ्. Actually various tenses and moods detailed above indicate only their general usages. There are also optional usages.

For example Simple present has optional usage

  1. for Immediate past, e.g.
    • “When did you come ?” कदा त्वं आगतोऽसि
    • “Here I am” अयमागच्छामि
  2. and also for immediate future e.g.
    • “When will you go to town ?” कदा ग्रामं गमिष्यसि ?
    • “Here I go” एषः गच्छामि
  3. Both these optional usages are not just colloquial, but very much endorsed by Sanskrit grammar by Panini’s aphorism वर्त्तमानसामीप्ये वर्त्तमानवद्वा (पा. सूत्रम् ३-३-१३१) meaning “when present is close-by” or “when tense is similar to present tense”.
  4. The लकारार्थप्रकरणम् (chapter on meanings of लकार-s) in आशुबोध-व्याकरणम् by तारानाथ तर्कवाचस्पति discusses as many as 49 सूत्र-s detailing various usages of different लकार-s. I wonder whether there is a readily available translation of such a useful and important chapter as this.
  5. Actually the usages will be clearer when clarified by examples. The examples under para (1) are from this very book आशुबोध-व्याकरणम्

शुभमस्तु |


Simple Sanskrit – Lesson 9

Simple Sanskrit – Lesson 9

सरलं संस्कृतम् – नवमः (९) पाठः  |

Mention of past tense was made in the previous Lesson 8,

  1. in the context of the question, “How many people were there ?” कति जनाः आसन् ?
  2. also in the context “The proposal was accepted by some people.”  प्रस्तावः कतिभिश्चित् जनैः स्वीकृतः |
  3. There is past tense also in the sentence विष्णुः त्रेधा निदधे पदम् i.e. विष्णु put his foot at three places.
  4. Also in “I had wings grown on me” संजातपक्षः अभवम् |
  5. Also in “In how many pieces did the wood-cutter break the log ?” दारुकर्मिणा दारुः कतिशः विभक्तः ?

Past tense in these five examples can be classified into 2 classes,

  • In sentences 1, 3 and 4 there is a verb inflected in past tense.
  • In sentences 2 and 5, स्वीकृतः (= was accepted) and विभक्तः (literally, ‘was broken’) are verbal derivatives, which serve the function of verb. Hence no verb is explicit.

This concept of verbal derivative धातुसाधित is a great concept. It makes the construction so crisp and simple !

As can be seen, स्वीकृतः (= was accepted) and विभक्तः (literally, ‘was broken’) have passive voice in-built. Such verbal derivative धातुसाधित with past tense and passive voice in-built is called as Past Passive Participle (ppp). Even in sentence 4 there is a ppp संजात. Use of ppp’s is quite commonplace in Sanskrit. It is often readily recognizable from the ending त. The word धातुसाधित is itself a ppp 🙂 !

In passive voice actual doer, the subject of active voice is mentioned with the preposition ‘by’. For example,

  • “The proposal was accepted by some people.” The subject doing ‘accepting (or acceptance)’ is ‘some people’. In passive it gets the preposition ‘by’. So, here we have ‘by some people’.
  • In Sanskrit, function of the preposition ‘by’ is served by Third case तृतीया विभक्ति. कतिभिश्चित् जनैः are in Third case, here plural.
  • In “दारुकर्मिणा दारुः कतिशः विभक्तः ?” (In how many pieces was the log broken by the woodcutter ?) ‘by the woodcutter’ दारुकर्मिणा also is in Third case.

As can be seen, ppp’s are adjectives.

  • In प्रस्तावः कतिभिश्चित् जनैः स्वीकृतः the ppp स्वीकृतः is adjective of प्रस्तावः.
  • In दारुकर्मिणा दारुः कतिशः विभक्तः the ppp विभक्तः is adjective of दारुः.
  • Between adjective and qualified noun the rule यल्लिङ्गं  यद्वचनं  या  च  विभक्तिर्विशेष्यस्य । तल्लिङ्गं  तद्वचनं  सा  च  विभक्तिर्विशेषणस्यापि ।। applies.
  • As I have been emphasizing, in प्रस्तावः कतिभिश्चित् जनैः स्वीकृतः the noun प्रस्तावः is at the beginning and the adjective स्वीकृतः is at the end. But that does not matter. Which noun is qualified by the adjective is obvious from the fact that both प्रस्तावः and स्वीकृतः are masculine, first case, singular.
  • Likewise, in दारुकर्मिणा दारुः कतिशः विभक्तः both दारुः and विभक्तः are masculine, first case, singular.

Another interesting point about ppp. Will there be a ppp of an intransitive verb ? The question arises, because in English, there cannot be passive voice of intransitive verbs. This is no problem in Sanskrit ! A commonplace example is of verb ‘to go’. In English ‘to go’ is intransitive. Sanskrit धातु for ‘to go’ is गम्. Its ppp is गत. In Sanskrit the place which is gone to or the way or path which is gone by are taken as objects. For example, for the sake of understanding the charm of Sanskrit ‘I went to school’ should be put in passive voice as ‘The school was gone to by me’. Then it becomes simple to put it in Sanskrit. मया पाठशाला गता | So we have a sweet, simple sentence in Sanskrit for translation of ‘I went to school’ by using a ppp, combining therein the past tense and the passive voice.

This brings to mind an interesting quote महाजनो येन गतः स पन्थाः This quote has been discussed in detail in Lesson No. 58 at In the context of ppp, we have in this quote गतः which is adjective of पन्थाः. Actually this quote is interesting, because except for येन, all the other 4 out of 5 words are masculine, first case, singular पुंल्लिङ्गम् प्रथमा विभक्तिः एकवचनम्.
महाजनो येन गतः स पन्थाः –

  • महाजनो = महाजन: masculine, first case, singular of noun महाजन
  • येन = masculine, third case, singular of pronoun यत्
  • गतः = masculine, first case, singular of ppp गत
  • स = स: = masculine, first case, singular of pronoun तत्
  • पन्थाः = masculine, first case, singular of noun पथिन्. Note this is a consonant (न्)-ending प्रातिपदिक, meaning ‘path, way’

Meaning of महाजनो येन गतः स पन्थाः can be interpreted in two different ways, depending upon two different modes of syntax or two different sequences for arranging the words.

  1. महाजनो येन गतः, स पन्थाः = The path or the way, the great people went, is (the path).
    • meaning The way (to go by) is the way (by which) great people went.
  2. महाजनो येन स पन्थाः गतः = Great is the person, who went that way.

The quote is actually from an episode in श्रीमन्महाभारतम् It is the answer given by युधिष्ठिर in reply to a question “कः पन्थाः ?” by यक्ष, who claimed to be the master of a lake and would not allow thirsty युधिष्ठिर to partake of the water, unless युधिष्ठिर would answer a few questions. Complete answer of युधिष्ठिर was –

तर्कोऽप्रतिष्ठः श्रुतयो विभिन्नाः ।

नैको मुनिर्यस्य मतं प्रमाणम् ।

धर्मस्य तत्त्वं निहितं गुहायाम् ।

महाजनो येन गतः स पन्थाः ॥

(Meaning – Science of Logic is not definitive; the scriptures are many and varied; there is no one sage, whose saying can be taken as the norm; code of righteous conduct is enshrined in cave (or in mystery). Hence the way to go is the way a great person has gone by.)

Is this too much of ppp and the passive voice in-built therein ? One need not be overawed by the passive voice of ppp. Sanskrit provides an option of an active voice participle also, and in past tense. Active Past Participle (app) is derived from ppp by affixing a suffix वत् to the ppp. For example गतवत् is app derived from ppp गत. The procedure is simple.

Table 9-1

Use of ppp and app

English active voice

English passive voice

Using ppp

Using app

I went to school

School was gone to by me

मया पाठशाला गता

अहं पाठशालां गतवान्


  • in मया पाठशाला गता the noun-adjective pair is पाठशाला गता
  • In अहं पाठशालां गतवान् the noun (or pronoun)-adjective pair is अहं गतवान्.
  • This is perfectly according to the passive and active voice constructs.
  • गतवान् is masculine, first case, singular of गतवत्.
  • गता is feminine, first case, singular of गत.
  • गत, गता, गतवत्, गतवान् seem to be similar to ‘gone’ in English. However there is a difference. In English ‘gone’ is not complete by itself, nor can it stand by itself. It is an appendage as in “is gone”, “has gone”, etc. As against this, गत, गता, गतवत्, गतवान् when inflected are complete; they can stand by themselves. They are adjectives. I do not know what ‘gone’ is in English grammar. Possibly ‘gone’ is a participle. In Sanskrit dictionaries also गत is mentioned as a participle, pp, possibly following the style set by English grammarians.
  • Truly speaking गत is an adjective कर्मणि-भूतकालवाचक-धातुसाधित-विशेषणम् (क. भू. धा. वि.) Certainly क. भू. धा. वि. is far better refined than a ‘participle’. That is what Sanskrit is – ‘refined’ ! Note, कर्मणि stands for Passive (Voice प्रयोग)
  • By that token, गतवत् is कर्तरि-भूतकालवाचक-धातुसाधित-विशेषणम् (क. भू. धा. वि.). Note, कर्तरि stands for Active (Voice प्रयोग)

Having said, “gone’ is an appendage as in ‘is gone’, ‘has gone’ etc. brings into discussion the aspect that in English all tenses, Past, Present, Future have four sub-types, such as Present Simple, Present Continuous, Present Perfect and Present Perfect Continuous. Now that we are discussing Past Tense, question arises about Sanskrit equivalents of Past Simple, Past Continuous, Past Perfect and Past Perfect Continuous.

Table 9-2

Sanskrit equivalents of Past Simple, Past Continuous,

Past Perfect and Past Perfect Continuous


Type of Past Tense

Example in English

Sanskrit equivalents


Past Simple

He went

सः अगच्छत् or

कति जनाः आसन् or

संजातपक्षः अभवम्


Past Continuous

He was going

सः गच्छन् आसीत्


Past Perfect

He had gone

सः गतवान् आसीत् or सः गतः आसीत्


Past Perfect Continuous

He had been going

सः गच्छन् आसीत्

As can be seen the four types of Past Tense still do not cover the Past Tense as in विष्णुः त्रेधा निदधे पदम्
Actually there is a fundamental conceptual difference in Sanskrit connotation of types of Past Tense. This is one reason why my attempt at giving Sanskrit-equivalents for Types 2 and 4 in above table led me to coin them identical.

It comes to mind that possibly English type ‘Past Continuous’ implies some continuity of another action apart from given one of ‘He was going’. For example, ‘As he was going, his friend came by.’ सः गच्छन् आसीत् तदा एव सुहृदः आगतः or तस्य गच्छतः सुहृदः आगतः The latter style तस्य गच्छतः सुहृदः आगतः wherein तस्य and गच्छतः are both in Sixth case is called as सत्-षष्ठी construct.

If one action has already just happened and another action takes place, e.g. ‘He went and his friend came by.’ or ‘After he went, his friend came by’, or ‘As he went, his friend came by’; then one would say, तस्मिन् गते सुहृदः आगतः Here, तस्मिन् and गते both are in Seventh Case. This is called as सति-सप्तमी construct.

As can be seen, both सत्-षष्ठी and सति-सप्तमी constructs are equivalents of the sub-clauses ‘As he was going’, ‘After he went’. As can be seen, ‘he went’ is Past Simple. But significance of ‘After’ in ‘After he went’ is not brought out in the Types of Past Tense in English.

We should bear in mind that every language has some unique concepts. So, exact equivalent of every other construct in one language may not be available in another language.

In Sanskrit there are three types of Past Tense

  1. अनद्यतन (also called as लङ्) e.g. He went (in recent past) सः अगच्छत्
  2. परोक्ष (also called as लिट्) e.g. He went (long ago) सः जगाम
    1. Dictionary meaning of परोक्ष is out of or beyond the sight (of the speaker).
    2. For example, if I should be telling “Pandava-s went to forest”, the way to say would be पाण्डवाः वनं जग्मुः
    3. In Mahabharata, Muni Vyasa would have written पाण्डवाः वनं अगच्छन् using अनद्यतन (or लङ्) past tense, because he had himself seen it all.
    4. At this initial stage of learning ‘Simple Sanskrit’, one need not worry much about the fine difference between अनद्यतन (or लङ्) past tense and परोक्ष (or लिट्) past tense.
    5. Even when saying so, it comes to mind that the concept of परोक्ष (or लिट्) past tense, “out of or beyond the sight (of the speaker)” is improbable for first person (I, we) and second person (you) pronouns. So, inflections in परोक्ष (or लिट्) past tense are irrelevant for these pronouns. That makes learning परोक्ष (or लिट्) past tense also simple. One needs to primarily learn the three inflections of only the third person.
  3. लुङ् (for which English grammarians have given the name Aorist) e.g. सः अगमत्. Use of Aorist past is rare in Sanskrit itself. So, one need not worry much about it, at least at this initial stage of learning ‘Simple Sanskrit’.

At this initial stage of learning ‘Simple Sanskrit’, it is adequate to learn only the अनद्यतन (or लङ्) past tense and the three inflections in परोक्ष (or लिट्) past tense for third person pronouns. The detailing here is primarily to appraise of these details, so that one would not become askance, if one comes across these usages when reading Sanskrit literature.

All inflections in अनद्यतन (or लङ्) past tense have an adjunct अ. Now, here is an interesting logic that comes to mind for अ to have been chosen as an adjunct. The letter अ is used as an adjunct also to make opposites, antonyms of positive concepts, e.g. असत्य (untruth, falsehood) is negative, opposite, antonym of सत्य (truth). When plotting a time-scale, if we place zero for ‘now’ or for the present tense, everything of the past would be plotted on the negative side of ‘zero’. So past tense is negative side the अ-side of present tense. So, अ becomes a good adjunct to obtain inflections in अनद्यतन (or लङ्) past tense !

It would be good to enlist three परोक्ष (or लिट्) inflections and all nine inflections in अनद्यतन (or लङ्) past tense for all the 25 धातु-s listed in Lesson 1 and 2.

Table 9-3

Inflections in लिट् and लङ् past tenses for 16 धातु-s listed in Lesson 1


Verbal root धातु


Inflections in लिट् and लङ्



to go

लिट् – जगाम जग्मतुः जग्मुः

लङ् प्र. पु. – अगच्छत् अगच्छताम् अगच्छन्

म. पु. – अगच्छ: अगच्छतम् अगच्छत

उ. पु. – अगच्छम्  अगच्छाव अगच्छाम



to say, to speak

लिट् – उवाद ऊदतुः ऊदुः

लङ् प्र. पु. – अवदत् अवदताम् अवदन्

म. पु. – अवद: अवदतम् अवदत

उ. पु. – अवदम्  अवदाव अवदाम


आ + गम्

to come

लिट् – आजगाम आजग्मतुः आजग्मुः

लङ् प्र. पु. – आगच्छत् आगच्छताम् आगच्छन्

म. पु. – आगच्छ: आगच्छतम् आगच्छत

उ. पु. – आगच्छम् आगच्छाव आगच्छाम


प्रति  + गम्

to go towards, to go unto

लिट् – प्रतिजगाम प्रतिजग्मतुः प्रतिजग्मुः

लङ् प्र. पु. – प्रत्यगच्छत् प्रत्यगच्छताम् प्रत्यगच्छन्

म. पु. – प्रत्यगच्छ: प्रत्यगच्छतम् प्रत्यगच्छत

उ. पु. – प्रत्यगच्छम् प्रत्यगच्छाव प्रत्यगच्छाम


प्रति + आ + गम्

to return

लिट् – प्रत्याजगाम प्रत्याजग्मतुः प्रत्याजग्मुः

लङ् प्र. पु. – प्रत्यागच्छत् प्रत्यागच्छताम् प्रत्यागच्छन्

म. पु. – प्रत्यागच्छ: प्रत्यागच्छतम् प्रत्यागच्छत

उ. पु. – प्रत्यागच्छम् प्रत्यागच्छाव प्रत्यागच्छाम



to do

लिट् – चकार चक्रतुः चक्रुः

लङ् प्र. पु. – अकरोत् अकुरुताम् अकुर्वन्

म. पु. – अकरोः अकुरुतम् अकुरुत

उ. पु. – अकरवम् अकुर्व अकुर्म



to eat

लिट् – चखाद चखादतुः चखादुः

लङ् प्र. पु. – अखादत् अखादताम् अखादन्

म. पु. – अखादः अखादतम् अखादत

उ. पु. – अखादम् अखादाव अखादाम



to drink

लिट् – पपौ पपतुः पपुः

लङ् प्र. पु. – अपिबत् अपिबताम् अपिबन्

म. पु. – अपिबः अपिबतम् अपिबत

उ. पु. – अपिबम् अपिबाव अपिबाम



to be

लिट् – बभूव बभूवतुः बभूवुः

लङ् प्र. पु. – आसीत् आस्ताम् आसन्

म. पु. – आसीः आस्तम् आस्त

उ. पु. – आसम् आस्व आस्म



to be, to become, to be present

लिट् – बभूव बभूवतुः बभूवुः

लङ् प्र. पु. – अभवत् अभवताम् अभवन्

म. पु. – अभवः अभवतम् अभवत

उ. पु. – अभवम् अभवाव अभवाम


उप + विश्

to sit

लिट् – उपविवेश उपविविशतुः उपविविशुः

लङ् प्र. पु. – उपाविशत् उपाविशताम् उपाविशन्

म. पु. – उपाविशः उपाविशतम् उपाविशत

उ. पु. – उपाविशम् उपाविशाव उपाविशामि



to stand, to halt, to stop

लिट् – तस्थौ तस्थतुः तस्थुः

लङ् प्र. पु. – अतिष्ठत् अतिष्ठताम् अतिष्ठन्

म. पु. – अतिष्ठ: अतिष्ठतम् अतिष्ठत

उ. पु. – अतिष्ठम् अतिष्ठाव अतिष्ठाम


उत् + स्था

to stand up

लिट् – उत्तस्थौ उत्तस्थतुः उत्तस्थुः

लङ् प्र. पु. – उदतिष्ठत् उदतिष्ठताम् उदतिष्ठन्

म. पु. – उदतिष्ठ: उदतिष्ठतम् उदतिष्ठत

उ. पु. – उदतिष्ठम् उदतिष्ठाव उदतिष्ठाम



to give

लिट् – ददौ ददतुः ददुः

लङ् प्र. पु. – अददात् अदत्ताम् अददुः

म. पु. – अददाः अदत्तम् अदत्त

उ. पु. – अददाम् अदद्व अदद्म


ग्रह् or गृह्

to take, to receive, to accommodate

लिट् – जग्राह जगृहतुः जगृहुः

लङ् प्र. पु. – अगृह्णात् अगृह्णीताम् अगृह्णन्

म. पु. – अगृह्ण: अगृह्णतम् अगृह्णत

उ. पु. – अगृह्णम् अगृह्णाव  अगृह्णाम



to know, to become aware

लिट् – जज्ञौ जज्ञतुः जज्ञुः

लङ् प्र. पु. – अजानात् अजानीताम् अजानन्

म. पु. – अजानी: अजानीतम् अजानीत

उ. पु. – अजानाम् अजानीव  अजानीम

Before proceeding with the balance 9 धातु-s listed in Lesson 2, we should make note of some interesting and important observations.

  1. Whereas the inflection of गम् is अगच्छत्् that of आ + गम् is आगच्छत्. This is because the adjunct अ is always to be affixed closest to the main verb, i.e. after the prefix उपसर्ग such as आ. So आगच्छत् is actually आ + अगच्छत्. One can appreciate that आ + अगच्छत् becomes आगच्छत््
  2. Similar is the case with
    1. प्रत्यगच्छत् which is प्रति + अगच्छत्
    2. उपाविशत् which is उप + अविशत्
    3. उदतिष्ठत्  for the verb उत् + स्था. It is to be appreciated that उदतिष्ठत् is उत् + अतिष्ठत्.
  3. These are all sandhi-s. In formation of verb-forms, especially for forming लङ्-inflections of verbs with prefixes, it is compulsory to form the sandhi-s.

Table 9-4

Inflections in लिट् and लङ् past tenses for 9 धातु-s listed in Lesson 2


Verbal Root


Inflections in लिट् and लङ्



to move about, to go about, to conduct oneself

लिट् – चचार चेरतुः चेरुः

लङ् प्र. पु. – अचरत् अचरताम् अचरन्

म. पु. – अचरः अचरतम् अचरत

उ. पु. – अचरम् अचराव अचराम



to meet

लिट् – मिमेल मिमिलतुः मिमिलुः

लङ् प्र. पु. – अमिलत् अमिलताम् अमिलन्

म. पु. – अमिल: अमिलतम् अमिलत

उ. पु. – अमिलम् अमिलाव अमिलाम



to read

लिट् – पपाठ पेठतुः पेठुः

लङ् प्र. पु. – अपठत् अपठताम् अपठन्

म. पु. – अपठ: अपठतम् अपठत

उ. पु. – अपठम् अपठाव अपठाम



to fall

लिट् – पपात पेततुः पेतुः

लङ् प्र. पु. – अपतत् अपतताम् अपतन्

म. पु. – अपत: अपततम् अपतत

उ. पु. – अपतम् अपताव अपताम  ु



to see

लिट् – ददर्श ददृशतुः ददृशुः

लङ् प्र. पु. – अपश्यत् अपश्यताम् अपश्यन्

म. पु. – अपश्य: अपश्यतम् अपश्यत

उ. पु. – अपश्यम् अपश्याव अपश्याम



to leave, to forsake, to cast off

लिट् – तत्याज तत्यजतुः तत्यजुः

लङ् प्र. पु. – अत्यजत् अत्यजताम् अत्यजन्

म. पु. – अत्यज: अत्यजतम् अत्यजत

उ. पु. – अत्यजम् अत्यजाव अत्यजाम



to write

लिट् – लिलेख लिलिखतुः लिलिखुः

लङ् प्र. पु. – अलिखत् अलिखताम् अलिखन्

म. पु. – अलिख: अलिखतम् अलिखत

उ. पु. – अलिखम् अलिखाव अलिखामु



to ask

लिट् – पपृच्छ  पपृच्छतुः पपृच्छुः

लङ् प्र. पु. – अपृच्छत् अपृच्छताम् अपृच्छन्

म. पु. – अपृच्छ: अपृच्छतम् अपृच्छत

उ. पु. – अपृच्छम् अपृच्छाव अपृच्छामतु


श्रु / शृ

to hear, to listen to

लिट् – शुश्राव  शुश्रुवतुः शुश्रुवुः

लङ् प्र. पु. – अश्रुणोत् अशृणुताम् अशृण्वन्

म. पु. – अश्रुणोः  अशृणुतम् अशृणुत

उ. पु. – अशृण्वम् अशृणुव/अशृण्व अशृणुम / अशृण्म

With the known pronoun-inflections and लिट् and लङ् inflections of 25 धातु-s as above, it would be possible to practise making many, many sentences in लिट् and लङ् past tenses. Inflections of pronouns in their first case serve as handy subjects for practising making crisp sentences. The inflections in first case, which we have already studied are –

  1. (उ. पु.) अहं आवां वयं
  2. (म. पु.) त्वं युवां यूयं
  3. (म. पु. पुं.) भवान् भवन्तौ भवन्तः
  4. (म. पु. स्त्री.) भवती भवत्यौ भवत्यः
  5. (म. पु. नपुं.) भवत् भवती भवन्ति
  6. (प्र. पु. पुं.) सः तौ ते तथा एषः एतौ एते तथा अयं इमौ इमाः तथा असौ अमू अमी तथा कः कौ के
  7. (प्र. पु. स्त्री.) सा ते ताः तथा एषा एते एताः तथा इयं इमे इमाः तथा असौ अमू अमू: तथा का के काः
  8. (प्र. पु. नपुं.) तत् ते तानि तथा एतद् (एनद्) एते (एने) एतानि (एनानि) तथा इदं इमे इमानि तथा अदः अमू अमूनि तथा किम् के कानि
  9. The list above makes 66 subject-words. With 25 धातु-s one can make 1650 sentences in लङ् past tense and
  10. Leaving out the 6 subject-words in items 1 and 2, we still have 60 pronoun subject-words and 25 धातु-s to practise making 1500 sentences in लिट्  past tense,
  11. total 3150 sentences in लिट् and लङ् past tenses together !

Sentences can also be formed with other pronouns as सर्व अन्यत्, etc. and संख्यावाचकानि such as एक द्वि त्रि, etc.

There is one more indeclinable of past tense, a verbal derivative धातुसाधितं भूतकालवाचकं अव्ययम् equivalent to the English construct of “after + gerund” e.g. after going गत्वा. The derivative is obtained by affixing a suffix त्वा and is hence called as त्वान्त-अव्ययम्

  • However, if there is a prefix with the verb, e.g. आ + गम्, then the suffix used is ‘त्य’ not त्वा. The धातुसाधितं भूतकालवाचकं अव्ययम् then is आगत्य

All the 25 धातु-s we have been practising with are of a class called as परस्मैपदी. The other class of धातु-s is called as आत्मनेपदी. When a धातु can be inflected by both classes, such धातु is called as उभयपदी.

For the 25 परस्मैपदी धातु-s we have studied

  • their inflections in present tense,
  • their inflections in imperative mood, and
  • in this lesson their inflections in लिट् and लङ् past tenses.
  • And we have been introduced to four types of धातुसाधित-s
    • ppp i.e. कर्मणि-भूतकालवाचक-धातुसाधित-विशेषणम् such as गत
    • app i.e. कर्तरि-भूतकालवाचक-धातुसाधित-विशेषणम् such as गतवत्
    • Use of a धातुसाधित such as गच्छत् to obtain some equivalents of Past Continuous or Past Perfect Continuous
    • धातुसाधितं भूतकालवाचकं अव्ययम् such as गत्वा or आगत्य. Note, that these are called as त्वान्त and ल्यबन्त respectively.

All these inflections and derivatives will be there for आत्मनेपदी धातु-s also.

There was also in this lesson a mention of सत्-षष्ठी and सति-सप्तमी constructs, since there is a tinge of past tense in these. These constructs do need use of धातुसाधित such as गच्छत् in sixth and seventh षष्ठी and सप्तमी cases.

This lesson thus prompts the study to proceed to study of

  • आत्मनेपदी धातु-s
  • धातुसाधित-s also called as कृदन्त-s.
    • By the way, there are more varieties of these apart from the four types mentioned
  • संधि-s, since they are compulsory in लङ् -inflections of धातु-s having prefixes.
    • Of course we have much more comprehensive use of संधि-s in Sanskrit.

शुभमस्तु !