gIrvANI (Spoken sanskrit in audio)

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AlOchanaamR^itaM

AlochanaamR^itaM The Plasticity of Indian Shastra As the Indian mind ... advances westward towards inevitable conquest, it must inevitably carry with it Yoga and Vedanta for its banners wherever it goes. But in order that the victory may not be slow, it is necessary that whatever India has to offer should be stated to the West in language that the West can understand... Europe will accept nothing which is not scientific... Undoubtedly, for practical purposes the West is right....

Indian knowledge possesses such a scientific basis, but ... expressed only in broad principles, compact aphorisms.
The aphoristic method has great advantages. It prevents the mind from getting encrusted in details and fossilizing there It allows a science to remain elastic and full of ever new potentialities for the discoverer. No doubt, it has disadvantages. It leaves much room for inaccuracy ...

For this [reason],
among other more important reasons, the Indian mind has thought it wise to give a firm and absolute authority to the guru...
In Europe, the manual replaces the guru; the mind of the learner is rigidly bound by the written rule and detail not by the more adaptable and flexible word of the guru.

- Sri Aurobindo (The Psychology of Yoga, from his notebook of 1911).


sa.ngItaM karNATaka hindusthaani lalita (telugu)
telugu purANAlu pravachanAlu sAhityaM toli velugulu
Miscellaneous Articles telugu Recipes sa.nskR^itaM digvijayii bhaarata (blog) padya kaumudi (blog)

gIrvANa priyAH! susvAgatam! (Sanskrit Lovers! Welcome!)

This webpage gives you a feel for sanskrit as a spoken language. Here we present a collection of audio renderings of simple spoken sanskrit in the form of short stories, speeches and other literature by various people for your listening pleasure.

In general, people are accustomed to hearing sanskrit only in Hindu devotional hymns (stotras). This webpage attempts to present another side of spoken sanskrit.

If you have any recordings of sanskrit in spoken form (anything other than stotras and devotional songs), or are willing to read out interesting articles/stories and record them, please let me know.

We inaugurate this webpage on the auspicious occasion of makara sankranti, Jan 14, 2002.

Contents

Name Vakta
Samskrita Bharati 'Haimavati' Sibira udghaaTanopanyaasaH Prof. Vempati Kutumba Sastry
abhij~naana Saakuntalam: samskR^ita prasangam Prof. Vempati Kutumba Sastry
Pujaa vidhi: The Vedic method of worship and its meaning Sri Udaya Bhaskara Deekshit Parasaram (Priest in Seattle Temple USA)
AIR recording of a Samskrita prasangam
Sanskrit Short Stories

NEW! Scholarly Samskrit Lectures
NEW! Invited Talks by Samskrit Experts
Sanskrit Speeches by Samskrita Bharati
Sanskrit Speeches and Lectures by Prof. Vempati Kutumba Sastry

Samskrita Bharati 'Haimavati' Sibira udghaaTanopanyaasaH

Vakta: Prof. Vempati Kutumba Sastry
Year: july 1, 2006

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play, rm play, mp3 Sibira udghaaTanopanyaasa in Sanskrit Prof. Vempati Kutumba Sastry

abhij~naana Saakuntalam: samskR^ita prasangam

Vakta: Prof. Vempati Kutumba Sastry
Year: july 3, 2006
Notes: These speeches were delivered at a Samskrita Bharati camp organized at Pt. Bonita near San Francisco CA, USA during July 1-4, 2006. These talks were delivered to students of spoken sanskrit at the camp, and are very informal in nature. As such, they must not be construed as official opinions of his organization. Their recording was not done professionally, and may be rough in some places. Please enjoy their informal nature.


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Pujaa vidhi: The Vedic method of worship and its meaning

Vakta: Sri Udaya Bhaskara Deekshit Parasaram (Priest in Seattle Temple USA)
Year: july 2, 2006
Notes: Sri Parasaram Udaya Bhaskara Dikshit is a sanskrit scholar based in Seattle WA, USA. Sri Dikshit is strong in both sanskrit language, its literature as well as Vedic rituals. He is currently a priest at a temple in Seattle WA. He regularly teaches spoken sanskrit as well as Veda-chanting. He was one of the senior instructors at Samskrita Bharati's Haimavati spoken-sanskrit camp at Pt. Bonita (near SFO), CA USA during July 1-4, 2006. Here are some of the lectures delivered by him during the camp.
The periodic whirring noise is due to the recording device iRiver's hard disk turning on and off.

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AIR recording of a Samskrita prasangam

Notes: This is a broadcast of AIR Hyd entitled raamyanam: bhaarata jiivana darshanam in sanskrit, meaning Ramayana is the mirror of (ideal) Indian Living.

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Sanskrit Short Stories

Notes: Many of these are chosen from stories published in sanskrit magazines such as Sanskrit Chandamama and sambhAShaNa sandeSaH published by Samskrita Bharati.


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play, rm nAsikA nAsAbharaNam cha Chandamama Sarada Susarla
play, rm Story of ruru and pramadvara - premNaH vijayaH Chandamama Sarada Susarla
play, rm govindasya syUtaH Chandamama Sarada Susarla
play, rm kAkasya upAyaH Panchatantra Sarada Susarla
play, rm upAyena Sakyam sarvam Panchatantra Sarada Susarla
play, rm naShTaH piShTa-ghaTaH Panchatantra Sarada Susarla
play, rm vanchakaH bakaH Panchatantra Sarada Susarla



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