Author: Dennis WaitePublisher: Sundeep PrakashanYear: 2005Language: multilingualPages: 222ISBN/UPC (if available): 8189320009
An Essential Guide to Sanskrit provides a two-level introduction to the Sanskrit language. Level one introduces the transliterated (Anglicised) alphabets used by books and the Internet for reproducing Sanskrit. Level two teaches the Devanagari script used for the true language and describes the main rules for combining letters and words. Correct pronunciation and writing are explained. A number of examples from Hindu scriptures are used to illustrate simple translation. There is a comprehensive glossary of commonly encountered spiritual words.The book will appeal to all serious spiritual seekers interested in Eastern scriptures (Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, etc). The aim is to teach the reader sufficient to enable them to be able to look up Sanskrit words in a dictionary and to pronounce and write them correctly. In this respect it is analogous to a guide for the traveller in a foreign country wishing to learn sufficient to get by.
INTRODUCTIONGENERAL INTRODUCTION TO THE LANGUAGELEVEL 1 - THE TRANSLITERATED ALPHABETA. The Five Basic VowelsB. The Five Main Groups of ConsonantsC. The Long VowelsD. The Complex Vowels and Additional SoundsE. The Semi-vowelsF. The SibilantsG. hH. The Complete AlphabetLEVEL 2 - THE DEVANAGARI SCRIPTA. The Five Basic Vowels, Short and LongB. The Five Main Groups of ConsonantsC. The Remaining VowelsD. Table showing the 16 mAtRRikAE. The Remaining Letters (semi-vowels, sibilants and h)F. The Complete AlphabetG. Conjunct Consonants or LigaturesH. Some Special CharactersI. The NumeralsLEVEL 3 - SOME PRACTICAL EXAMPLESA. shivasUtrANiB. Words and SandhiC. The Four MahAvAkya-sD. Some Vedic Prayers and QuotationsRESOURCES ON THE INTERNETA. General ResourcesB. Learning the LanguageC. Dictionaries and Grammar ToolsD. Documents in SanskritGLOSSARY OF SANSKRIT TERMSDICTIONARY OF COMMON SANSKRIT SPIRITUAL WORDSAPPENDIX 1 - TRANSLITERATION SCHEMESAPPENDIX 2 - ALTERNATE LETTER FORMSAPPENDIX 3 - VOWEL FORMS, WITH AND WITHOUT CONSONANTSAPPENDIX 4 - WRITING THE SCRIPTAPPENDIX 5 - ANSWER TO FINAL EXAMPLEBIBLIOGRAPHYINDEX