Language Learning Update

Amazingly it's been around seven years since I first started stumbling towards learning Hindi.For those who are new here is some background: my parents study Sanskrit and so I grew up with some influence of that. I knew the letters of the devanagari alphabet (which both Sanskrit and Hindi use) by the time I was in college. I knew some Vedic prayers. I had a little kid's learn Sanskrit book from the St. James school (affiliated with SES). The one I had is Stories of Krishna part one. Back … [Read more...]


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Katy Perry and Sanskrit Tattoos

Reading my Cosmo magazine this month (yes, I love Cosmo. Shut up) I noticed Devanagari on Katy Perry's arm. The image wasn't clear enough for me to make it out.So I went online to find out what her tattoo is (or is supposed to be, anyway).Interetingly, the two sites that came up first in a search don't transliterate the script correctly at all.Look at the close up image here:Notice that it says "Anugacchatu Pravahan" which that site gives as “Anuugacchati Pravaha." But t … [Read more...]


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Pronunciation Guide for Sanskrit Words

There are a few guidelines that will help you to almost always pronounce Hindu words correctly.*Emphasize the third to last syllable of a word. In many words that's going to be the first syllable, so default to the first if you're put on the spot to pronounce something. If you have a chance to look at the word, count the syllables back from the end to emphasize the third to last. Here are some examples:  SADhana, not SadHANA. raMAyana, not RamaYAna. ARjuna, not ArJUNa. *When you see an "a" … [Read more...]


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Reading the Upanishads: Isha Verse Sixteen

We are doing a scripture study together: reading along through some scriptures and discussing the passages. I've started with the Isha Upanishad.Here are a few different translations of verse 16 of the Isha Upanishad...16) O Nourisher, lone Traveller of the sky! Controller! O Sun, Offspring of Prajapati! Gather Your rays; withdraw Your light. I would see, through Your grace, that form of Yours which is the fairest. I am indeed He, that Purusha, who dwells there. … [Read more...]


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Reading the Upanishads: Isha Verse Fifteen

We are doing a scripture study together: reading along through some scriptures and discussing the passages. I've started with the Isha Upanishad.Here are a few different translations of verse 15 of the Isha Upanishad...15) The door of the Truth is covered by a golden disc. Open it, O Nourisher! Remove it so that I who have been worshipping the Truth may behold It. -From http://www.swamij.com/upanishad-isha.htm15) Truth lies concealed by golden vessel. Do thou o Sun! Open the e … [Read more...]


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