IIHS’ Huge Collection of Audio Lectures on Hindu Practices

Posted on December 31, 2006
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I happened across this collection of mp3 files with audio lectures on Hinduism, and Indian Tradition. I would love to see the speeches transcribed, since I can read faster than I can hear. The difficult thing about audio files is that you have to listen at the pace of the speech, and can’t skim over the less interesting parts.

Maybe, someday, I will listen to the audio files and transcribe them, but till then this post will act as a placeholder.

Good Books to Learn Sanskrit (Samskritam)

Posted on December 22, 2006
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In the beginning, when I wanted to learn Sanskrit, I started looking for useful websites that teach the language. I came across a great many websites, and some were exceptionally useful, but I was frustrated after a short while. For one, to learn using websites, you need to be online and use your computer. Another reason for my frustration was that no website offered a comprehensive tutorial or an easy to follow plan. I will write about the websites I encountered in another post. This post will concentrate on the best books money can buy to learn Sanskrit. A rudimentary knowledge of Sanskrit is essential for those interested in Hindu culture. It will open doors of understanding into yoga, tantra, the karmas needs to ensure happiness and the principles of hindu dharma. Even with the availability of many guides in English, there is nothing like learning the principles from the source. So I hope this article will be handy for those starting out with their yoga practice, vedic learning, and those looking for advice from the Vedas on how to live the complete life.

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