'Sandhi' –
its epistemological and
ontological foundations

The concept of 'SANDHI' is based on the integration of four concerns or SEEDS (see diagram on Language based pedagogy). The concerns correspond to the realization of 'Vak',the sacred cosmic word as encoded in the Vedas. The integration is based on a hierarchy – an integration of 'Vak', which stands for the cosmos and every level and variety in it. It may be noted that the four levels of VAK and its manifestation are conceptually delineated in the above Figure, which provides the epistemic domain and the ontological network of science-heritage interface, required for the outlining of a future pedagogy. It is like a tree with the roots above and the branches below (urdha mulam addwa sakham) which also is an inside-outside relationship (antara-bahi or micro-macro).

The ancient realization of the Vedic seer-wisdom is evident in different historical period – in India and in other cultures. The Sanskrit grammarian, Bhartrihari, states in his Vakyapadiya 1.112: 'vageva viswa bhuvanani jajne' (i.e. It is Vak which has created all the worlds). Similarly, in Tantra, it is said that the Universe was set in motion by the primordial throb (adya-spanda) and that all objects of the Universe are created by sound – 'artha-srsteh puram sabda-srstih' (sound precedes the formation of objects). Lastly, we find in the Bible the verse, 'In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God' [St. John 1:1]. Thus through a fundamental understanding of the hierarchy of cosmic manifestation, from the highest unmanifest to the gross manifest, the seer formulates the basis of a 'conjunction' or 'a unified recovery' of Science-Heritage interface'. The thread or the interface of the two – the analytical (external) and intuitive (internal) worlds is called 'Sandhi.