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I want to learn Sanskrit. Can anybody guide me how to start? [closed]

I want to learn Sanskrit. Can anybody guide me how to start??? Because I know Marathi, Hindi , English three languages I can not justified which medium will help me to learn Sanskrit in easy and ...
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Any good book about ayurveda?

I just discovered some benefits of ayurveda but I do not know almost anything about this; and in order to live better I would like to arrange my routine (food, time, habits, etc.) as it is prescribed ...
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What are the scriptures that describe Lord Shiva?

I am interested to learn more about Shiva. What are the Puranas to follow? Apart from Puranas, are there other works which are authoritative and talk about Shiva? Are there any epics which have ...
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books containing leelas of mother saraswati

Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva are probably most famous in Hindu stories, but I'd like to also know if there are any books like the upanishads that describe the leelas of mother Saraswati?
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Bhagavad-Gita: As It Is - version without interruptions?

I have read the Bhagavad-Gita: As It Is once before, and I would like to continue reading it. However, I find it very distracting to read it with the multi-page Purport sections between each verse. I ...
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Is there a good book in English on Divya Prabhandam?

Is there a good book written in English on Divya Prabhandam?
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vedic texts about the art of dancing or art in general

Are there any vedic texts that describe/teach the art of dancing? If not is there a vedic text that describe the dance of lord Nataraj?
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What is the most authoritative book/translation on Vignana Bhairava Tantra?

Which book is the original sanskrit account of Vignana Bhairava Tantra? What is the story/events surrounding the time this Yoga method was introduced to the world? Which is the best available English ...
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What is the best way to get started with Astrology in Hinduism?

I have been trying to read about it on the internet but it is mostly superficial and out of context. I am planning to commit to buying a book for which I need recommendations.
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Are there any English translations of Madhva's and Ramanuja's Gita Bhasya?

I'm looking for English Translations of Ramanuja's and Madhvacharya's Gita commentaries in physical/printed book format. Are there any English translation of Ramanuja's Gita Bhasya, other than the ...
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Is there an English translation of Shri Vidyaranya's Sarva darshana sangraha online?

I know that there is a Sanskrit version of this book, which seems to cover all philosophy of the Indian subcontinent. So if any of you have the link to the English version online please post it here.
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Sukthams with khilams from Rigveda?

I am deeply interested in receiving any printed Rig-Vedic hymns with khila vaakyams (supplement verses) arranged with swaras (tone for recitation). EDIT: What are "khila vaakyams"? FYI: We have ...
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Where can I find a good comparitive study of the prasthana trayi commentaries?

Are there any good editions of texts available online or offline that provide a side by side, comparative study of the commentaries on the Prasthana trayi (Upanishads, Brahma Sutras and Bhagavad Gita)?...
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What is the English translation of Hanuman Chalisa?

I have recited this Chalisa since I was a child and although I have understood the meaning of some parts of it, I would love to get the meaning of the entire prayer. Here is the full text for ...
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Adi Shankaracharya's biography

What are good Hindi /English or Telugu translation of Adi Shankaracharya's biography, Shankara Vijayam.
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Any books or links for information over Granthas on Vimanas?

There are some granthas on Vimanas like Vaimanikashastram by Bharadwaj Rishi and Samaranganasutradhar written by Bhoj Raja. Can anyone share the name of books available or any source which is ...
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Book recommendation for Ashtavakra Gita with original shlokas

I want to read the Ashtavakra Gita. I find difficulty in finding the right translations and explanations. Can someone name some widely used translated forms of this book which contain the original ...
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Book recommendation for Mahabharata in Hindi

I am planning to read Mahabharata. Can anyone tell me a good book written in Hindi
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Book recommendation for a thorough treatise on Rishi Gautama's Nyaya Shastra?

An English translation with original Sanskrit verses would be ideal. It should cover all aspects/teachings contained in the Nyaya philosophy.
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Recommend some books or online sites for self- learning Prana Pratishta techniques

What are some good books (in Bengali, English, Hindi or Sanskrit) for self-learning the method of Prana Pratishta (invoking life-force of Deites) on Yantras, idols etc? I am looking for books or even ...
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Any good books about Shiva?

Can anyone recommend some good books on Lord Shiva? I'm interested in learning more, but I'm not sure were to start.
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Book recommendation for Srimad Valmiki Ramayana ( with commentary )

It will be extremely useful if some one here can recommend a good translated version of Srimad Valmiki Ramayana, either in English or Kannada. I have considered C. Rajagopalachari's edition, but I am ...
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Which book or books contains all the Stotra of Bhairav

Books or Scriptures which contains all the stotras of Bhairav
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Book on vainayiki vidya?

Reference material or book on Vainayiki vidya - enforcing discipline. or Is there any book where I can study 64 Arts / 14 Vidyas.
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Nitya Karma and Pooja Book

Namaste! Is there a book (pdf file) in English available for Nitya Karma and Pooja? The one I obtained is in Hindi. http://webstock.in/001-Epics-PDF/Nitya-Karm-Pooja-Prakash/Nitya-Karm-Pooja-...
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Books recommended for learning about all of the different branches of Sanatana philosophy in brief

Which books do you recommend for learning about all of the different branches of Sanatana philosophy in brief? I have a copy of Sarva Darsana Sangraha written by 14th century Hindu scholar Madhava ...
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Book recommendation for koormayoga

Koormayoga refers to the practice of withdrawing the senses like a 'Koorma' aka tortoise withdraw its legs into the shell. This withdrawing of senses is very important for a yoga sadhak at least in ...
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What are the good books available on all the Four Vedas in English

Can anyone please suggest me some good books on all the four Vedas in English. Books can be either in Hardcover or in Paperback but not ebook. If anyone has good sources or knowledge regarding this ...
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What are the teachings of Sri Jiddu Krishnamurti? [closed]

Can someone please tell me about the principal teachings and methodology of Jiddu Krishnamurti and his approach towards spiritual progress ? Some people also believe that he was also related to "...
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Is there an online version of jayadratha-yAmala?

One of the category of tantric texts are the yAmala.granthas. Is there an online.version of jayadrathayamala tantra ?
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Where to buy the four Vedas in Sanskrit without commentary or translation?

I've found the vedas in translation all over the Internet, but I can't find a store which sells the Sanskrit text alone. I am looking for a hardcover copy. Every edition I've found which includes the ...
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Book of Illustration of Hindu Gods

Any Book or website with best illustration of Hindu Gods.. preferably illustrations based on Dhyan Shloka.. While searching for Book I came across these images.. they seems to be image of pages ...
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What would be good books to read to learn the basics?

I know practically nothing about Hinduism, which is a problem, considering that more than a billion people believe in it. This strongly suggests there's something going for it. As a curious agnostic, ...
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Which scriptures define the science of Mudras? And what are they used for?

It would be great to also have some reference to translations (if any) in english or hindi of the scriptures which deal with the science of mudras. Also would like to know what different purpose the ...
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Scriptural reference for the fact that Prabhu is fully present in His Name itself. He has put all His powers in His Name

On Internet, I came across this text today(highlighted portion). In case the picture is not loading, here is the text which is written in the image The Vedas declare that God is fully present in His ...
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Is Paramahansa the vahana to the promised land?

The great " Mystical Spirit Swan " known as Paramahansa is revered by Hindus, and is believed to be the vehicle to the promised land for the individuals Spirit. Is he composed of Swarupas ? If so ...
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Sources to read about human body described in hinduism

I want to read about human body described in hindu scriptures. If there is any please provide links or references or books?
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Online books on Jyotisha

What are some good books available on Jyotisha online? I am preferably looking for books for beginners, although any references are welcome.
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Ancient texts on the art and science of debate

I thought 'tarka shastra' was the search text I was looking for, but the books I found were rather modern writer's literary text. What I was looking for the science written by the rishis, I just found ...
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Any Books to understand philosophy of Vedas?

Are there any books to understand Philosophy of Vedic Samhitas? We have many introduction books for Vedanta but not Vedas. Any suggestions??
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Which is the best translation of the Upanishads in English?

I'm currently studying a course on Hindu scriptures and would love to read the Upanishads. Please can someone guide me to the best translation there is available. Many Thanks !
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Analysis of the Brahmasutra which chooses best (according to author) interpretation of a verse from among interpretations of three major schools?

I want to know are there books that try to analyze Brahmasutra from an independent ,non-sectarian perspective or from Western perspective while also specifying views of major Vedantic schools. I know ...
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Resources to Astronomical references in Hinduism

I'm a grade teacher, who is going to introduce astronomy to 12 year olds. I want them to have a phenomenalogical understanding of the subject. From there I want to present the models in existence. In ...
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What are some good modern interpretations of the Mahabharata?

What are some good books with a modern outlook at the Mahabharata? The older books carry the weight of conservatism. I'm looking for a writer with an inkling for modern views to interpret the ...
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Are there any non-ISKCONic translations of the Chaitanya Charitamrita in English?

I would like to read a non-ISKCONic translations of the Chaitanya Charitamrita in English. Could anyone suggest me any?
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What are some good books to learn more about Neem Karoli Baba?

I am really interested to know more about saint Neem Karoli Baba - the great Hanuman Bhakta. I am looking for a book to understand more about His teachings. Personally I am looking for a book which ...
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Good book on Shiva Purana in Kannada/English

I am searching for a good book on Shiva Purana in Kannada or English language. But till now most of the websites suggest "The Immortals of Meluha" trilogy. I would like to know is it worth reading "...
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What are the commentaries available on LalitA SahasranAma?

One of the most popular hymns of the goddess is Sri Lalita Sahasranama. What are the major commentaries available on it? (apart from the Saubhagya Bhaskara by Sri Bhaskara raya)
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What are some good books to read on life, death, afterlife, etc in Hinduism?

By good books, I am looking for an interpretation of scriptures that is accessible to a normal audience. Does anyone have any suggestions? PS: Please let me know if this is out-of-scope for ...
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Description obout Qualities of Human Mind and Advice for Mind , from Ancient Hinduism texts?

In Which ancient writtings , Shlokas , Books we find more description about Human Mind ? eg. description of Human Mind's characteristics , qualities, It's strength and weakness etc.? What texts ...
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