Lesson 20. Step 1. Commanding with the लोट् लकार |

Lesson 5. Dost thou remember Jagadeesha asking us who we were with a, "भवान् कः ? भवती का ? "



Ram has come home. I'd like him to drink some water. I offer him some water and say, "राम, त्वं जलं पिब " Skip the त्वं, the sentence becomes " राम, जलं पिब |" The पिब  lets you know that राम is  younger than i am OR even though my age or older, so close to me that i feel comfortable with the usage of त्वं when talking to him.

If the same Ram were to come to my home, i may say, "राम, भवान् जलं पिबतु " OR "राम, जलं पिबतु "  This lets you know that Ram is someone i respect....he could be younger, my age or older.......it doesn't matter...by the use of पिबतु, i have conveyed respect.

Go back to our Lesson 13. Welcome Tritiya, and go through the prayer picked from the शिवकवचम् .

Now you will understand the form of the verb used. It is a request to the Lord and the beauty about it is that there is no तु at the verb's end which means that the sadhaka feels close enough to the Lord to address Him as त्वम् |
There are many who refer to everyone, young and old as भवान् and भवती  | And there are just as many who prefer using the त्वम्  group as well. The choice is completely yours.

Interesting custom:
It is obvious that certain people will always be spoken to in the प्रथमः पुरुषः .... one's parents, teachers etc. So how does one address Parama Pujya Swamiji?
Parama Pujya Swamiji commands greater respect than ordinary folk and as such, will be addressed in the प्रथमः पुरुषः बहुवचनम् form " भवन्तः " So verb forms that match the प्रथमः पुरुषः बहुवचनम्  must be used. For example , कृपया भवन्तः जलं पिबन्तु |
The most respectful word to use to address or refer to our Guru is the word श्रीचरणाः |
For the moment we needn't know the complete tables of भवत् and भवती| We must get on with our understanding of the लोट् | But to help you with translations  in the exercises, here are the first vibhaktis  of both.

प्रथमा वि॰  







प्रथमा वि॰    भवती     भवत्यौ     भवत्यः

Let's work with the मध्यम पुरुष next.

त्वं जलं पिब| युवाम् अत्र उपविशतम् | यूयं फलानि खादत  |
That was fairly simple , wasn't it? So at Step 1, we have learned the usage of the words भवान् , भवती , त्वम् , युवाम् and यूयम्  along with the लोट् |

The Supplement section  Supplement 8 has been fattened with many लोट् forms . Use them along with the above words, to build your fluency.
                                     Over to Lesson 20 Step 2 . There, let's deal with the उत्तम पुरुष and the प्रथम पुरुष along with the लोट् लकार |

Prev Lesson 19 ---- सम्बोधन लोट् लकार च | (सम्बोधन) Next Lesson 20 ---- Step 2. Commanding with the लोट् लकार | (Commanding Step 2)