Introduction to Sanskrit

Author: Thomas Egenes
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publ.
ISBN: 8120811402
Release Date: 1996
Genre: Sanskrit language

Introduction to Sanskrit, in two volumes is designed to open the door to India`s rich spiritual literature. This self-teaching guide presents Sanskrit pronunciation, grammar, and vocabulary in simple and systematic steps, allowing students to easily master the fundamentals of this enchanting language. The text gently leads the beginner through small steps with clear, concise explanations. Each lesson includes instruction in alphabet, grammar, and vocabulary, with easy practice exercises at the end. Also included is a reading from the Bhagavad-Gita and Sanskrit quotations from the R.K. Samhita, Upanisads, Yoga Sutras, Brahma Sutra, and Manu Smrti.

Introduction to Sanskrit

Author: Thomas Egenes
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publ.
ISBN: 8120816935
Release Date: 1996
Genre: Sanskrit language

Introduction to Sanskrit, in two volumes, is designed to open the door to India`s rich spiritual literature. This self-teaching guide presents Sanskrit pronunciation, grammar, and vocabulary in simple and systematic steps, allowing students to easily master the fundamentals of this enchanting language. Each lesson includes instruction in alphabet, grammar, and vocabulary, with concise explanations and easy practice exercises. Also included in Part One is a reading from the Bhagavad-Gita and sanskrit quotations from the Rk Samhita, Upanisads, Yoga, Sutras, Brahma Sutra, and Manu Smrti. Part Two uses verses from the Bhagavad-Gita to teach principles of grammar, and includes additional essays on Sanskrit pronunciation and grammar.

The Cambridge Introduction to Sanskrit

Author: A. M. Ruppel
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107088283
Release Date: 2017-03-21
Genre: Foreign Language Study

This book uses modern pedagogical methods and tools that allow students to grasp straightforward original Sanskrit texts within weeks.

A Sanskrit Grammar for Students

Author: Arthur Anthony Macdonell
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publ.
ISBN: 8120805054
Release Date: 1974
Genre: Sanskrit language

The aim of this book is to provide the student with that grammatical equipment which is necessary for reading a Sanskrit text with ease and exactness. The book is divided into seven chapters and three appendices. Chapters 1-2 deal with Sanskrit alphabet and euphonic combinations-external and internal sandhis. Chapter 3-4 describe the stytem of Sanskrit declension and conjugation. Chapters 5-6 are related to indeclinable words, nominal stem formation and compounds. Chapter 7 deals with syntax. The three appendices contain: (1) list of verbs, (2) metre in Classical Sanskrit, and (3) chief peculiarities of Vedic Grammar. The book is fully documented. It comprises: (1) Introduction with a History of Sanskrit Grammar; (2) Table of Devanagari letters; (3) Sanskrit Index; and (4) General Index.

The Language of the Gods in the World of Men

Author: Sheldon Pollock
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520245006
Release Date: 2006-05-23
Genre: History

"The scholarship exhibited here is not only superior; it is in many ways staggering. The author's control of an astonishing range of primary and secondary texts from many languages, eras, and disciplines is awe-inspiring. This is a learned, original, and important work."—Robert Goldman, Sanskrit and India Studies, University of California, Berkeley

The Sanskrit Language

Author: Walter Harding Maurer
Publisher: Taylor & Francis US
ISBN: 0415491436
Release Date: 2009
Genre: Foreign Language Study

Now available in paperback, this grammar offers a completely new approach to the study of Sanskrit, aimed at students with no previous specialist knowledge of the categories of grammar. It is a stimulating and infectious approach, designed to cultivate rapid and lasting enthusiasm for Sanskrit. Important features of the work are the use of connected passages for exercise which are intrinsically more interesting and challenging than the unrelated sentences found in other grammars; the great deal of attention given to the explanation of the Devanagari system; and the extensive appendices and glossaries.

The Battle for Sanskrit Is Sanskrit Political or Sacred Oppressive or Liberating Dead or Alive

Author: Rajiv Malhotra
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 9789351775393
Release Date: 2016-01-10
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

There is a new awakening in India that is challenging the ongoing westernization of the discourse about India. The Battle for Sanskrit seeks to alert traditional scholars of Sanskrit and sanskriti - Indian civilization - concerning an important school of thought that has its base in the US and that has started to dominate the discourse on the cultural, social and political aspects of India. This academic field is called Indology or Sanskrit studies. From their analysis of Sanskrit texts, the scholars of this field are intervening in modern Indian society with the explicitly stated purpose of removing 'poisons' allegedly built into these texts. They hold that many Sanskrit texts are socially oppressive and serve as political weapons in the hands of the ruling elite; that the sacred aspects need to be refuted; and that Sanskrit has long been dead. The traditional Indian experts would outright reject or at least question these positions. The start of Rajiv Malhotra's feisty exploration of where the new thrust in Western Indology goes wrong, and his defence of what he considers the traditional, Indian approach, began with a project related to the Sringeri Sharada Peetham in Karnataka, one of the most sacred institutions for Hindus. There was, as he saw it, a serious risk of distortion of the teachings of the peetham, and of sanatana dharma more broadly. Whichever side of the fence one may be on, The Battle for Sanskrit offers a spirited debate marshalling new insights and research. It is a valuable addition to an important subject, and in a larger context, on two ways of looking. Is each view exclusive of the other, or can there be a bridge between them? Readers can judge for themselves.

A G ndh r Version of the Rhinoceros S tra

Author: Richard Salomon
Publisher: University of Washington Press
ISBN: 0295980354
Release Date: 2000
Genre: Literary Criticism

Prominent in several Buddhist traditions, the Rhinoceros Sutra espouses the virtues of solitude, explaining the dangers of attachments, prescribing a solitary spiritual life, and discussing the nature of friends and friendship. British Library Fragment 5B is the remnant of a scroll that originally contained a complete text of the Rhinoceros Sutra. A Gandhari Version of the Rhinoceros Sutra examines in detail the literary and textual background of the sutra, describes the condition of the scroll and its reconstruction, analyzes the text, comparing it with other extant versions, and presents a literal English translation. Although the original provenance of the British Library’s Kharosthi scrolls is uncertain, there are strong indications that they came from Hadda in the Jalalabad Plain of eastern Afghanistan, just west of the Khyber Pass. The scrolls were most likely written during the reign of the Saka rulers, in the early first century A.D., making them in all probability the oldest Buddhist texts ever found, as well as the earliest surviving manuscripts in any Indic language. The discovery of the British Library scrolls has brought to light a previously unknown realm of Buddhist literature and scholarship, and revealed that Gandhari was one of the major literary languages of Indian Buddhism. For more information go to the Early Buddhist Manuscript Project web site at

Yogavataranam The Translation of Yoga

Author: Zoë Slatoff-Ponté
Publisher: North Point Press
ISBN: 9781429955836
Release Date: 2015-08-04
Genre: Foreign Language Study

The traditional Indian method of learning Sanskrit is through oral transmission, memorizing texts first and then learning the meaning. The western academic approach methodically teaches the alphabet, declensions, grammar, syntax, and vocabulary building. Yogavataranam ?am integrates the traditional and academic approaches for a full and practical experience of Sanskrit study. Yogavataranam ?am approaches language systematically while at the same time allowing students to read important and relevant texts as soon as possible, while emphasizing proper pronunciation through its audio accompaniment. The first section teaches reading and basic grammar. The second covers more extensive grammar. By the third section the student can begin to read and understand even more complex texts such as the Upani?ads. Zoë Slatoff-Ponté's Yogavataranam includes: Step-by-step instructions on how to correctly write the alphabet Guides to pronunciation Exercises throughout the chapter along with review exercises for each chapter Sidebars on Indian philosophy, culture, etymology and more Vocabulary building based on important texts Consideration of translating techniques and challenges An extensive glossary of terms Original translations of passages from central texts such as the Yogasutra, Bhagavadgita, Hathapradipika, and various Upani?ads Web-based audio files which accompany each chapter to teach proper pronunciation Yogavataranam ?am is appropriate for all levels of study, whether a student is brand new to Sanskrit or already has experience in pronunciation, reading devanagari script, interpreting meaning and studying grammar--and whether the class is academic or based in a yoga course. This new approach conjoins theory and practice to invoke an active experience of the philosophy, the practice and the culture, that together inform the multiplicity of meaning contained within that single and powerful word 'yoga.'

The Nighantu and the Nirukta

Author: Lakshman Sarup
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publ.
ISBN: 8120813812
Release Date: 1998-01-01
Genre: Vedic philology

The Nighatus are the glossaries or lists or rare and obscure words occurring in the Vedic hymns. According to Yaska they were collected and classified by the descendants of ancient sages for the easier understanding of the Vedic texts.The Nirukta is a famous work of Yaska. It is the oldest Indian Treatise on Etymology, Philology and Semantics. This being a commentary on the Nighantus collection of obscure words which tradition ascribes also to Yaska, follows the three-fold division of the contents of the Nighantus.

An Introduction to Swaminarayan Hindu Theology

Author: Sadhu Paramtattvadas
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107158672
Release Date: 2017-07-31
Genre: History

Since its inception over two hundred years ago, Swaminarayan Hinduism has flourished into a transnational movement described as one of the fastest growing Hindu groups in the world. Despite being one of the largest and most visible Hindu traditions both in India and the West, surprisingly little is known about what the Swaminarayan fellowship believes. An Introduction to Swaminarayan Hindu Theology provides a comprehensive doctrinal account of the Swaminarayan tradition's belief system, drawing on its rich corpus of theological literature, including the teachings of Swaminarayan himself and classical commentaries on canonical Vedāntic texts. Part I delineates the sources and tools of Swaminarayan Hindu theology, while Part II systematically expounds upon its distinctive five eternal entities - Parabrahman, Akṣarabrahman, māyā, īśvara and jīva - and mukti (spiritual liberation). In presenting these key themes theologically and lucidly, Swami Paramtattvadas makes the Swaminarayan Hindu belief system intelligible to scholars, students and serious readers.

Hindu Myths

Author: O' Flaherty
Publisher: Penguin Books India
ISBN: 0144000113
Release Date: 1994
Genre: Hindu mythology

These Tales Of Hindu Gods And Demons Express In Vivid Symbols The Metaphysical Insights Of Ancient Indian Priests And Poets. This Selection And Translation Of Seventy-Five Seminal Myths Spans The Wide Range Of Classical Indian Sources, From The Serpent-Slaying Indra Of The Vedas (C. 1200 Bc) To The Medieval Pantheon&Mdash;The Phallic And Ascetic Siva, The Maternal And Bloodthirsty Goddess, The Mischievous Child Krishna, The Other Avatars Of Vishnu, And The Many Minor Gods, Demons, Rivers And Animals Sacred To Hinduism. The Traditional Themes Of Life And Death Are Set Forth And Interwoven With Many Complex Variations Which Give A Kaleidoscopic Picture Of The Development Of Almost Three Thousand Years Of Indian Mythology. &Nbsp;

Literary Cultures in History

Author: Sheldon I. Pollock
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520228214
Release Date: 2003

"A superb collection. This pathbreaking book is sure to have wide and lasting interest not only for students of South Asian literature, but for anyone interested in the role of literature in cultural self-definition, conflict and change."--David Damrosch, President, American Comparative Literature Association and editor of The Longman Anthology British Literature "This tour-de-force might be not only a landmark in Indian cultural history, but a major accomplishment in the scholarship of global cultures, inviting us to think critically about forms of history and communities of literature."--Walter D. Mignolo, author of Local Histories/Global Designs: Coloniality, Subaltern Knowledges and Border Thinking