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Introduction to Samskrtam(Book Only)


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Title: Introduction to Samskrtam(Book Only)
Author: N. Ramasamy & C.J. Simpson
Item Code: ISBN9781881338444
Publisher: Nataraj Books, VA
Edition: 2nd ed., Date: 2006, 158 pp., PB
Description: This is an introductory text book of Samskritam or Sanskrit intended for a student who wants to study Vedanta. A highly structured approach has been used to understand how to form a word and how to use it. This textbook can be used independently or with the 9 class MP3 audio program by the same author. This comprehensive 158 page textbook includes a glossary of grammatical terms with English to Sanskrit and Sanskrit to English sections, a dictionary of the vocabulary used in the book, and an answer key. 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. In preparation for the study of Panini, it includes a complete description of Sanskrit grammar including the rules for the formation of finite verbs and words from verbal roots. It also includes the formation of compounds, the use of primary and secondary affixes, and governing rules and Vedic usage which were formalized by Panini. Panini’s work resembles a highly sophisticated, elegant, and powerful computer program. The Panini Sutras 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 also prepares the student for the study of Vedanta including the Upanishads and Gita and the commentaries written on them.This course provides 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, as well as transitive and intransitive roots.