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Some Words Similar/Familiar in Sanskrit & English


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Some Words that are similar/familiar in English & Sanskrit:

Go –> Cow (the “G” and “C” are interchangeable)

Jaya (modern form: Jai) –> Yay!

Mrt/Amrit –> Mortal, Immortal (the word “murder” might also be from the “mrt” root)

Matr/Pitr/Bhratr/Swastr –> Mother/Father/Brother/Sister, in Sanskrit

Nau –> Nautical (also naval, navigation, etc.), as in “Navasana” (Boat Pose)

Pada — Pedestrian, Podiatrist, etc… as in Pada Hastasana, Eka Pada Raja Kapotasana, etc.

Para –> Beyond (“Paramatma” — Great Soul or Oversoul. Perhaps influenced the Greek, or borrowed from the Greek. For example, the Greek word “Paradox” means “Beyond Belief.”)

Tat –> That (as in “Tat Tvam Asi” — Thou Art That!)

Tri –> Three (as in “Trikonasana” –> Triangle Pose)

Ud –> as in “Ujjaiyi” (Ud + Jaiyi) –> Up

Vira –> Hero, as in the English word “virile” (and the word “hero” itself could come from “vira” if the “v” and the “h” are interchangeable)

Yoga –> Yoke (to join together, root is “yuj”)

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