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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 fifth title in The Aruna Sanskrit Language Series is The Bhagavad Gita Sanskrit Key: Verse-by-Verse Grammar & Vocabulary. The Gita Key can be used as a quick answer key to the Aruna Coursebook exercises. By collecting the vocabularies of every verse together, this becomes a marvelous tool to study the grammar, syntax and meaning of the verses of the entire Bhagavad Gita.
The Aruna Sanskrit Language Series was arranged for the following reasons. The Grammar Reference and the Aruna Coursebook are meant to stand together as an introduction to Sanskrit, without needing the other three books. If the student wants to proceed in this learning of the Bhagavad Gita, then minimally the Gita Key is also required. The Gita Dictionary was separated from the other books as it is more convenient to have a separate dictionary that can be opened as a reference for the Aruna Coursebook, Gita Reader, and Gita Key, or as a reference tool apart from this series. If one is not interested in learning Sanskrit grammar and can read the Sanskrit script, yet wants to know the Bhagavad Gita and how its meaning is arrived, then just the Gita Key will more or less suffice, though its thousands of grammar rule references require the Grammar Reference. If one simply wants a very good translation of the Bhagavad Gita and can read the Sanskrit script, then the Gita Reader is complete in itself. If you cannot read the Sanskrit script, but still want to see this same good translation, then see this author’s The Bhagavad Gita: Victory Over Grief and Death. It has the same English translation of the entire Bhagavad Gita within it, with the number of Sanskrit words, in transliteration, retained in the translations greatly reduced from the Gita Reader version.
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-bhagavad-gita-sanskrit-key-pdf"><em>The The Bhagavad Gita Sanskrit Key - PDF Version</em>.</a></dd></dt>
It costs much 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 expression 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.