Learn the rudiments of Sanskrit to enable you to read the script, pronounce words and look them up in a dictionary. Sanskrit for Seekers utilises the ITRANS transliteration scheme commonly found on the Internet.
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An excellent guide to Sanskrit for those who wish to read, write and pronounce Sanskrit terms, which covers the transliterated Sanskrit terms and teaches the Devanagari script / alphabet, as well as teaching the main rules for combining Sanskrit letters and words. The book uses examples from Hindu scriptures and includes a glossary of Sanskrit terms, with a clear and precise explanation of the pronunciation vowels and consonants. Highly recommended. ~ Martin Gill, Yoga Magazine: http://www.yogamagazine.com/whats-hot-september/
I went through the whole book several times and even started to read in detail the first chapters and even some of the other chapters of special interest to me.
My first global impression is very positive and there is no doubt that the book fully covers the objectives you mention in the beginning.
Personally, I wish I should have had such a book at my disposal a long time ago; it could have prevented me to learn alone, the hard way and to do time-consuming search both in a lot of books and more recently on the Internet.
Although not a specialist nor a scholar, but an average seeker with no authority, this is definitely a book that I can strongly recommend to all spiritual seekers and to everyone interested in Sanskrit, not only beginners, but also to more advanced learners who could wish to brush up their knowledge of the language. ~ Guy Werlings
This lovely book provides two levels of Sanskrit instruction. It is a wonderful guide to all those individuals that would like to know the basic Sanskrit religious vocabulary and how to read, write, and pronounce Sanskrit terms. The book introduces the transliterated Sanskrit alphabet and secondly, it teaches the Devanagari script/alphabet. The second level also teaches the main rules for combining Sanskrit letters and words – which is often a headache for the beginner. Many examples are provided from the Hindu scriptures to illustrate these two levels of teaching. As well, there is a comprehensive glossary of the most commonly encountered spiritual terms. This useful book will appeal to all serious spiritual seekers interested in the Hindu scriptures and Sanskrit terminology. Its aim is to teach the reader so as to be able to look up Sanskrit words in a dictionary and to write and pronounce them correctly. I am sure that all ‘beginners’ or even more advanced seekers of Hindu wisdom will find this a wonderful guide. ~ John Grimes, author of 'A Concise Dictionary of Indian Philosophy'
What a great work! ~ Alan Jacobs, President Ramana Maharshi Foundation UK and well-known author
It is a pleasure to acknowledge Dennisji's 'Labor of Love' and his trusting me with the task of making a few helpful hints along the way. As the Gita assures us, no good deed ever goes to waste, and even if human beings ignore this work, Dennisji will be blessed for it. ~ Sunder Hattangadi, moderator for Advaitin Elist, Sanskrit scholar
My humble praNAms and Congratulations for a fantastic work done. It is going to be useful as long as man lives on this Earth. ~ Professor V. Krishnamurthy, well known Advaita scholar