Learning Sanskrit: A Mail Correspondence Course

Posted on January 26, 2007
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In addition to books and online resources, there is also a wonderful correspondence course to learn Sanskrit.

Samskrita Bharati started as an experiment in 1981 in Bangalore, India to bring Samskritam back into daily life. Not surprisingly, they offer live courses in the US and India, and supplement it with an excellent correspondence course on Sanskrit.

The course assumes no prior knowledge of Sanskrit, and starts from the very basics. They make good use of audio cassettes(though maybe it is time to move up to Audio CDs :) ). In addition, they have a neat feature where one can call a telephone number in the USA and leave a voice message with a question, and have a volunteer answer it, for free!

Learning is accomplished through four “grades”. The fee for each grade is a paltry $100!! Each grade consists of 12 lessons with tests to measure comprehension. Passing a grade will get you a certificate and the right to enter the next grade.

For details on this correspondence course, visit the Samskrita Bharati correspondence course page.

Option One.

Samskrita Bharati. (www.samskrit-bharati.org), offers Sanskrit lessons, via
correspondence both within India and abroad.

Post enrollment, I have just received my first set of lessons, which are both in
booklets and in casettes. We are encouraged to follow the text in the booklet,
listening to the casette. There are four level, each having a duration of 6
months. After completing each level, the student is expected to mail the
completed exercises back to S-B for verification and subsequent certfication.

I am currently in Atlanta, and have enrolled myself in the first i.e. Pravesha
Level, of the said course.

Where Do I Begin?

Posted on January 24, 2007
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In starting this weblog, my goal was to write down my thoughts regarding Eastern philosophy so it may benefit myself and others. But increasingly, I have come to realize a very big problem that was not so apparent before I started this endeavor:

Where and how do I begin to talk about something so vast, profound and endless as Hindu philosophy? Just as importantly, where do I stop?

One thought leads to another, and everything is connected, so even before I try writing about one topic, say, the Vedas, or the sound “Om”, I get overwhelmed by the amount of knowledge that is available about them. Before I start to tell a story, I see that the story will run into many, many pages.

I have a many a story to tell, but each of the stories runs into hundreds of words, and I am not sure any of the people who visit this weblog will have the patience to read something that long!

So I ask for your help, visitor – do you have any thoughts as to what I can do to overcome my problem? What should I write about? Answering readers’ questions(even if I have to do some research to find the answers) seems much easier than writing about boundless topics!

Learning Sanskrit Online

Posted on January 21, 2007
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Earlier we had seen the books that are good for learning Sanskrit. However, since not everyone who wants to start with learning a new language might be willing, or able, to invest in books, this article will provide a free online option for learning Sanskrit.

The first, and in my opinion, best online resource for learning Sanskrit is IIT Madras’ excellent Sanskrit Tutor website – Acharya. You can complete the lessons online, or evern download the lessons and read them offline. The Sanskrit text could be clearer, but that should stop no one from learning the language. If you need motivation to get started with Sanskrit, the “why should one learn Sanskrit” page can help you out, too.

Good luck with learning the mother of all languages!

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