[INDOLOGY] Sanskrit in ChatGPT

Madhav Deshpande mmdesh at umich.edu
Mon Nov 27 20:58:40 UTC 2023

I have also tried the free ChatGPT with Sanskrit and Marathi, but I notice
that there are too many errors in the output. I hear that students are
already beginning to use Google-Translator to do their Sanskrit homework.

Madhav M. Deshpande
Professor Emeritus, Sanskrit and Linguistics
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
Senior Fellow, Oxford Center for Hindu Studies
Adjunct Professor, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, India

[Residence: Campbell, California, USA]

On Mon, Nov 27, 2023 at 12:36 PM Eli Franco <franco at uni-leipzig.de> wrote:

> Dear List Memebers,
> I wonder whether it is well known that ChatGPT "knows" Sanskrit.
> For your amusement I copy below the response of the software to the
> request to write a short love story in Sanskrit. I should add that I
> used the simple, free-of-charge version.
> With best wishes,
> Eli
> तत्र काचित् सुन्दरी यौवनस्था कुमारी अस्तीत्। सा नाम्ना लीला। तस्याः
> मनोहराणि नयनानि अस्ति, या चन्द्रमण्डले समीक्ष्यते।
> सा लीला एकां सान्द्रम् वनं गच्छति, तत्र एकः केदारश्च युवकः निवसति।
> तस्य नाम सुरेशः। सुरेषोऽपि लीलामनुसरन्तः वनं गच्छति।
> एकदा, लीला वने चरन्ती सुरेषं पश्यति। सा अनुरूपं प्रेमस्य स्फुरणं महत्
> अनुभवति। सुरेषः भीतः प्रतिस्पन्दते, किञ्चिदन्यत्र नगरे वा विद्यते त्वं
> नाम किं इति प्रश्नयति।
> लीला हृदये नृत्यति इति उत्तरम् ददाति, "त्वं सुरेषः, मम इतरया न त्वया
> दृष्टोऽस्मि।"
> सुरेषः आनन्दविह्वलः तस्या वचनं शृण्वन्, "मया त्वया सह भवामि इति ईषत्।"
> इत्थं तौ सुरेषः लीलायाः प्रति प्रेमाभिपूरितः भवति। वने चरन्तौ, सहसा
> एकस्मिन स्थले वृक्षः अस्ति, यत्र सुरेषः लीलाया अपेक्षितं पुष्पं
> प्राप्नोति।
> तत्र पुष्पं हृदये धारयन्, सुरेषः लीलायाः समीपं गच्छति और भगिनी इति
> उद्बोधयति। लीला हृदये हर्षं अनुभवति और सुरेषस्य प्रति तन्मनस्कं
> प्रकटयति।
> इत्थं तौ प्रेमिकौ एकत्र सञ्चरन्तौ वनं आनन्देन पूरयन्तौ भवतः।
> Translation:
> In a certain place, there is a beautiful young maiden named Leela. Her
> captivating eyes are compared to the moon. Leela ventures into a dense
> forest where a young man named Suresh resides. Suresh, too, follows
> Leela into the woods.
> One day, as Leela is wandering in the forest, she spots Suresh. The
> powerful stirrings of love resonate within her. Suresh, taken aback,
> hesitates and asks if she has seen anyone else in the forest or in the
> town.
> Leela, dancing in her heart, responds, "You are Suresh, I have never
> seen anyone like you before."
> Overjoyed, Suresh, hearing her words, says, "I wish to be with you
> forever."
> In this way, Suresh and Leela become deeply immersed in love for each
> other. As they wander in the forest, they come across a tree where
> Suresh finds the awaited flower for Leela. Holding the flower close to
> his heart, Suresh approaches Leela, calling her his beloved, and she,
> filled with joy, expresses her affection for him.
> Thus, the two lovers, walking together in the forest, fill it with
> happiness.
> --
> Prof. Dr. Eli Franco
> Hegergasse 8/15
> Wien 1030
> Austria
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