In order to acquire command over the knowledge of Speech and its Meaning, I bow down to Parvathi and Parameshvara, mother and father of the world, who are as inseparable as Speech and its Meaning.
[vAgarTHAviva samprkthau vAgarTHaprathipaththayE / jagathaha pitharau vandhE pArvathIparamEshvarau –
वागर्थाविव सम्पृक्तौ वागर्थप्रतिपत्तयॆ / जगत: पितरौ वन्दे पार्वतीपरमॆश्वरौ]
[Note: This is the first verse of Kalidasa’s epic poem, Raghuvamsham.
Curiously, vAk, in Sanskrit belongs to the feminine gender and arTHa to the masculine gender. In Sanskrit, gender is not determined by the object denoted by the word.)