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Sanskrit Gallery

Below are examples of texts that the First Year students will be able to read at different stages of the introductory training. The last example in this gallery is the text and translation of the Rāmacaritam (simplified version of the Rāmayaṇa). This is the work of a student, Vivek Bakshi, after the first semester. The preceding example from the Nalopākhyānam of the Mahābhārata is the work of the same student at the end of the second semester. This text is authentic and unaltered.

The rest of the examples are by the faculty of the Sanskrit language. The example from the Bṛhadāraṇyaka Upaniṣad is by Patrick Olivelle. The examples of both the different beginnings of the Bhagavadgītā and of Śaṅkara are by Edeltraud Harzer.

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The Bhagavadgītā, the traditional beginning.


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The Bhagavadgītā, the original beginning.


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Bṛhadāraṇyaka Upaniṣad 2.3.4-5.

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Śaṅkara, A Thousand Teachings. (Upadeśasāhasrī)


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Nala and Damayantī. (Nalopākhyānam of the Mahābhārata.)
Sample of a student's work after the second semester of Sanskrit.


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Rāmacaritam (simplified Rāmāyaṇa) from Goldman's Devavāṇipraveśikā.
Sample of a student's work after the first semester of Sanskrit.


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