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Sanskrit Self Study Course

Knowledge of Sanskrit is the key to the ancient religious and secular literature of India, as well as to the Indian system of medicine, mathematics, architecture, sculpture, music, and art. For a student of Vedanta, the study of this classical language is a way to sharpen the mind and prepare it to delve into the scriptures.

The Sanskrit Self Study Course is designed to enable a student to proceed at his/her own pace without the presence of a teacher. The course consists of twelve and a half hours of instruction on nine audio cassettes and a comprehensive text book with a glossary of grammatical terms - English to Sanskrit and Sanskrit to English, a dictionary of the vocabulary used in the book, and an answer key.

Preparation for the Study of Panini

A complete description of Sanskrit grammar including the rules describing the formation of finite verbs and words from verbal roots, the formation of compounds, the use of primary and secondary affixes, governing rules and Vedic usage was formalized by Panini. Panini's work resembles a highly sophisticated, elegant, and powerful computer program. This "program" was evolved at least 20 centuries ago.

The Sanskrit Self Study Course provides one with the background necessary to begin the study of the Paninian system of grammar. The course provides a highly structured method of learning Sanskrit so that a student can gain a mechanistic insight into the language. This kind of analytical approach prepares the student for the study of Vedanta including the Upanishads and Gita and the commentaries written on them.

by Narayanan Ramaswamy and Candace Simpson
This first part in the Sanskrit Self Study Course gives:
a comprehensive overview of the language,
the fundamentals of the alphabet,
guidance in pronunciation,

declensional affixes - nominative, accusative, and instrumental case endings for masculine and neuter nominal stems ending in a and
feminine stems ending in a, declension of demonstrative, interrogative, and personal pronouns, the common sandhis, rules for euphonic combinations, conjugation of verbal roots of the first, fourth and sixth classes in present tense, parasmaipada, active voice, some indeclinables, some prefixes for roots, and introduction to adjectives and participles, and transitive and intransitive roots.

Ordering Information:

Please send a check for US $55.00 (COST: US $50.00 + S&H US $5.00 within US) made payable to --

Arsha Vidya Gurukulam, Attn: Book Store, P O Box 1059, Saylorsburg PA-18353.

For inquiries, call (570) 992 2339 ext. 567 or go to on-line bookstore.


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