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The Aruna Sanskrit Language Series provides a variety of levels of assistance for a wide audience of people in introducing the Sanskrit language, deepening their understanding, and developing a practical knowledge of one of the greatest spiritual text in this language.
The first title in The Aruna Sanskrit Language Series is The Aruna Sanskrit Grammar Reference. The Grammar Reference follows the reference style presentation of grammar. This will provide a logical, consistent and complete exposition of the grammar for reading only proficiency. The grammar uses minimal wording and presents the material in outline and chart form as much as possible to maximize your visual memory of the information. This method also greatly assists review and re-review of the grammar, necessary to master the subject.
Several of the charts have multiple forms within them that demonstrate simple, easy to remember patterns which are overlooked by many grammar books. This helps you to also logically remember the information. The grammar is presented in the Western style, which emphasizes analytic, reading skills, as opposed to the more difficult composition and speaking skills. As much as possible, the examples in the book are taken from the Bhagavad Gita, so your targeted vocabulary builds quickly.
This reference book is an excellent book for those who already have a knowledge or familiarity with Sanskrit. It provides one source book to reference any question they have about the grammar of a word or a sentence.
When combined with <a href="http://pothi.com/pothi/book/k-aruna-aruna-sanskrit-grammar-coursebook">The Aruna Sanskrit Coursebook</a>, they both provide a gateway to furthering a student’s knowledge in Sanskrit, and for beginners in Sanskrit who have some coaching assistance available. The Coursebook takes the complete second chapter of the Bhagavad Gita as its vocabulary and exercise material.
These two texts together are meant for adults, rather than children. The material is presented for logically understanding Sanskrit, not for simply memorizing.
Not in India? Or shipping costs too much? There is an electronic, downloadable version of this text at this link: <dt><dd><a href="http://pothi.com/pothi/book/ebook-k-aruna-aruna-sanskrit-grammar-reference-pdf"><em>The Aruna Sanskrit Grammar Reference - PDF Version</em>.</a></dd></dt>
It costs less and can be downloaded immediately. Being a searchable PDF it also can be an excellent companion to the print version for those who wish to quickly and easily search for any rule or word one wishes.
A.K. Aruna started his studies in Advaita Vedanta and the Sanskrit language in 1976 at an intensive three-year program in a traditional gurukulam, outside Bombay, India, under Shri Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati, the most renowned Sanskrit and Advaita Vedanta scholar of the past century. Stepping outside his academic background in Western philosophy, Aruna immersed himself in the deepest, oldest spiritual tradition in the world. This detailed study opened his eyes. In this ancient teaching, Aruna found a complete merging of the intellect and heart. From that point on, he dedicated his life to the inclusive vision of Vedanta.
Returning to his native United States, Aruna earned a master’s degree in South Asian languages and literature from the University of Washington. Aruna later studied computer languages, becoming a programmer and manager of information technology in San Diego, California. Retiring to India in 2000, Aruna dedicated himself to studies in Advaita Vedanta and the Sanskrit Language. He created a set of tools for those students interested in a thorough study of Sanskrit to better understand the Bhagavad Gita.
These tools consist of a five-book set under the title, The Aruna Sanskrit Language Series. They are: <a href="http://pothi.com/pothi/book/k-aruna-aruna-sanskrit-grammar-reference"><em>The Aruna Sanskrit Grammar Reference</em></a>; <a href="http://pothi.com/pothi/book/k-aruna-aruna-sanskrit-grammar-coursebook"><em>The Aruna Sanskrit Grammar Coursebook: 64 Lessons Based on the Bhagavad Gita</em></a>; <a href="http://pothi.com/pothi/book/k-aruna-bhagavad-gita-dictionary"><em>The Bhagavad Gita Dictionary</em></a>; <a href="http://pothi.com/pothi/book/k-aruna-bhagavad-gita-reader"><em>The Bhagavad Gita Reader: Sanskrit/English Parallel Text</em></a>; and <a href="http://pothi.com/pothi/book/k-aruna-bhagavad-gita-sanskrit-key"><em>The Bhagavad Gita Sanskrit Key: Verse-by-Verse Grammar & Vocabulary</em></a>. Additionally, there is now a reading and pronunciation guide, <em>The Sanskrit Reading Tutor: Read It, Click It, Hear It!</em> Using these tools, Aruna has been teaching Sanskrit at the Arsha Vidya Gurukulams in both South India and in the U.S.
Aruna has lived and studied in a traditional teaching gurukulam for over nine years in India and two years in the U.S. Wishing to help yoga students ground the traditional purpose of yoga in the revered scriptures of India, Aruna releases <a href="http://pothi.com/pothi/book/k-aruna-patanjali-yoga-sutras-1"><em>Patanjali Yoga Sutras: Translation and Commentary in the Light of Vedanta Scripture</em></a>. This presents the yoga discipline as its practitioners in the ancient scriptures understood and practiced. There is also a translation only booklet of these sutras, <a href="http://pothi.com/pothi/book/k-aruna-patanjali-yoga-sutras-translation"><em>Patanjali Yoga Sutras: A Translation in the Light of Vedanta Scripture</em></a>, useful for classroom introductions and repeated readings of this enlightening work.