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Introduction to Sanskrit Part 1

Introduction to Sanskrit provides both students and teachers with the perfect tool with which to start the study of the basics of Sanskrit, one of the oldest known and used languages. Often referred to as the origin of Indo-European languages, Sanskrit has a wide and varied histroy. It is a 2 volume set. Part 2 is available here.


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Introduction to Sanskrit Part 1


Why should one study Sanskrit?

There are several reasons to study the subtle and refined language of Sanskrit. The sound, script, grammar and systematic nature of the language are something of great beauty. The study of Sanskrit creates clarity within the mind, as Sanskrit is a highly systematic language, reflecting the orderliness of nature itself.

Most students who study Sanskrit also have an interest in the content of the Sanskrit literature. This large body of literature is enermously diverse, including such fields as philosophy, science, art, music, phonology, grammar, mathematics, architecture, history, education and logic (to name just a few). The literature can be understood in greater depth when it is studied in its original language.

Even a little Sanskrit will give you control over English translations of Sanskrit literature, so you will be able to decide if a crucial word has been mistranslated. While you may not become an expert translator of the Sanskrit literature, you'll find that an introductory knowledge of Sanskrit has great worth.

Vedic and Classical Sanskrit

Sanskrit means "perfected," or "put together" ("put," krta and "together," sam). Sanskrit is divided into two principal parts: Vedic Sanskrit and Classical Sanskrit. The older language is Vedic Sanskrit, or Vedic, the language of the Samhita and Brahmana. Vedic Sanskrit begins with Rk-Samhita. Classical Sanskrit, which includes several aspects, is the language of the Bhagavad Gita, Ramayana, and the rest of the Sanskrit literature.

This text focuses on Classical Sanskrit, although several quotations are in Vedic Sanskrit. Normally Vedic Sanskrit is studied after Classical Sanskrit is learned.

Features of this Text:

This text is written to fulfill a need that still remains, which is to make the introductory study of Sanskrit simple, concise and systematic, thereby making it more accessable and enjoyable for a beginning student. The text is not a complete survey of Sanskrit grammar, or even a primer. It is meant to be a "pre-primer," a step-by-step introduction to the fundemental aspects of the language.

Some features of this text are:

  • Small, learnable steps
  • Sequential organization
  • A balance between alphabet, grammar and vocabulary in each lesson
  • As few unecessary complications as possible
  • Gradual integration of sandhi rules

After completing this text you should be able to study any of the more advanced Sanskrit textbooks more comfortably, or...

* Begin part II of Introduction to Sanskrit *

Reader's Review

This book is enough for people who want to learn Sanskrit from scratch to the advanced level quickly as is needed these days.

 

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 4 of 5 Stars!  Sanskrit: Dictionary
By Ma-Sarada Priya on August 26, 2013 
This is a shorter copy of what yogis had to memorize, and it is extremely interesting to just read. I know it will help my Sanskrit practice. Thank You!This is a shorter copy of what yogis had to memorize, and it is extremely interesting to just read. I know it will help my Sanskrit practice. Thank You! Read less

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 5 of 5 Stars!  Sanskrit: Dictionary
By Norman Daw on March 06, 2014 
Great service, thank you and Hare Krishna! पूर्णम् अस्ति धन्यवद NormanGreat service, thank you and Hare Krishna! पूर्णम् अस्ति धन्यवद Norman Read less

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 5 of 5 Stars!  Sanskrit: Dictionary
By Dev Bhattacharyya on November 02, 2015 
Amarasara is a must-have book for anyone who wants to enhance his skills in Sanskrit. This is an established book in Sanskrit grammar and usage and teaches through examples. This book has an unusual w... Read more Amarasara is a must-have book for anyone who wants to enhance his skills in Sanskrit. This is an established book in Sanskrit grammar and usage and teaches through examples. This book has an unusual way of page numbering along with a small footprint that deceives the eye - this book is exhaustive and self contained. Cons: The book uses very cheap paper, which makes for obscured prints and twisted pages. Overall, five stars for the price and contents. Read less

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 5 of 5 Stars!  Sanskrit: Dictionary
By Dev Bhattacharyya on December 03, 2015 
A must for all Sanskrit translators (advanced or amateur). This is an abridged version of Amarakosh which once was the only Sanskrit thesaurus. This comes very close to the parent. The only cons I can... Read more A must for all Sanskrit translators (advanced or amateur). This is an abridged version of Amarakosh which once was the only Sanskrit thesaurus. This comes very close to the parent. The only cons I can think of is the arbitrary page numbering. I have to keep several bookmarks to figure out where I would want to return. Other than that, this is a very useful book. Of course, for the price, it is unbeatable. Read less

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 4 of 5 Stars!  Sanskrit: Dictionary
By Frank Quintero on April 14, 2012 
A good dictionary it looks like-if you can read Sanskrit!-there are no Roman transliterations....that was my oversight,not a lack on the books part.A good dictionary it looks like-if you can read Sanskrit!-there are no Roman transliterations....that was my oversight,not a lack on the books part. Read less

     

 5 of 5 Stars!  Sanskrit: Dictionary
By Catherine McNabb on April 22, 2012 
Will be learning to read sanskirt soon so this will come in handy. I am happy to have found it on here. Not to many bookstores in my area have such.Will be learning to read sanskirt soon so this will come in handy. I am happy to have found it on here. Not to many bookstores in my area have such. Read less

     

 4 of 5 Stars!  Sanskrit: Dictionary
By Ma-Sarada Priya on August 26, 2013 
This is a shorter copy of what yogis had to memorize, and it is extremely interesting to just read. I know it will help my Sanskrit practice. Thank You!This is a shorter copy of what yogis had to memorize, and it is extremely interesting to just read. I know it will help my Sanskrit practice. Thank You! Read less

     

 2 of 5 Stars!  Sanskrit: Dictionary
By hanka adamus on November 18, 2015 
It is very nice pocket dictionary but of no use to me as I do not know to read Sanskrit and there is no English transliterationIt is very nice pocket dictionary but of no use to me as I do not know to read Sanskrit and there is no English transliteration Read less

     

 5 of 5 Stars!  Sanskrit: Dictionary
By Avinash Polra on March 05, 2021 
Something I needed to upscale my learning in Sanskrit. Great asset to have when needed. Thanks!! राधे राधे जी।❤️Something I needed to upscale my learning in Sanskrit. Great asset to have when needed. Thanks!! राधे राधे जी।❤️ Read less

     

 5 of 5 Stars!  Sanskrit: Part 1
By Tiffany Cooper on October 21, 2015 
A fantastic way to start a Sanskrit education! I love the approach of this book!A fantastic way to start a Sanskrit education! I love the approach of this book! Read less

     

 5 of 5 Stars!  Sanskrit: Part 2
By HAMZA ÖMER CELİK on September 03, 2014 
An alternative work for those who want to learn this languageAn alternative work for those who want to learn this language Read less

     

 5 of 5 Stars!  Sanskrit: Part 2
By Tiffany Cooper on October 21, 2015 
The most comprehensive Sanskrit book I've seen. It's also fun to use! I'm looking forward to using it more!The most comprehensive Sanskrit book I've seen. It's also fun to use! I'm looking forward to using it more! Read less

     

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