Introduction to Sanskrit, in two volumes, is designed to open the door to Indiaês rich spiritual literature. This self-teaching guide presents Sanskrit pronunciation, grammar, and vocabulary in simple and systematic steps, allowing students to easily master the fundamentals of this enchanting language. Each lesson includes instruction in alphabet, grammar, and vocabulary, with concise explanations and easy practice exercises. Also included in Part One is a reading from the Bhagavad-Gita and Sanskrit quotations from the Rk Samhita, Upanisads, Yoga Sutas, Brahma Sutras, and Manu Smrti. Part Two uses verses from the Bhagavad-Gita to teach principles of grammar, and includes additional essays on Sanskrit grammar and pronunciation.
This text is written to fulfill a need that still remains, which is to make the introductory study of Sanskrit simple, concise, and systematic, thereby making it more accessible and enjoyable for a beginning student. The text is not a complete survey of Sanskrit grammar, or even a primer. It is meant to be a ïpre-primer,Í a step-by-step introduction to the fundamental aspects of the language.
–A useful primer acceptable to all Sanskrit students, no matter what their orientation. It fills a real need in supplying an approach which does not rush past the all-important foundations of ample practice with simple sentences.”, ãDavid Reigle, Sanskrit Professor
"...endorses this book and strongly recommends it for use by Sanskrit students... It is the finest textbook for beginners."-The India Times, February, 1992
"Since we are conducting Sanskrit courses in our academy, we have been researching suitable teaching books. Having come across Thomas Egenes's Introduction to Sanskrit, we seem to have found what we were looking for." - Sanskrit Academy, Brunate, Italy
"A didactically well-structured and student-friendly text."-Prof. G.Van Haren, The Netherlands