Thursday, June 30, 2005

Library of Sacred Vedic Texts and More at vedicfriends.org.

The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, translated by Kisari Mohan Ganguli, [published between 1883 and 1896], is available at Sacred-Texts site under Hinduism category, along with many other public domain translations.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

GRETIL - G�ttingen Register of Electronic Texts in Indian Languages is now expanded. Many major texts are available in REE/UTF/CSX formats and include links to texts available at other sites. A comprehensive list of links to texts elsewhere is available on Sanskrit Documents site.

Monday, June 27, 2005

The Sanskrit, Tamil and Pahlavi Dictionaries at University of Cologne (Cologne Digital Sanskrit Lexicon) now has an improved interface and word/meaning output/presentation. Additional links to Sanskrit dictionaries are given at dictionary section of Sanskrit Documents site.

Saturday, June 25, 2005

Technology Development for Indian Languages (TDIL), a Government of India undertaking, has launched a free suit of Tamil and Hindi software tools and fonts and has plans to expand it to other Indian languages. The effort is direccted to the goals of "Building Global Community, Sharing Research and Development, Addressing Common Man's Needs." The work is briefly expressed in a news item. The package includes fonts, Web browser, dictionary, Keyboard drivers, Open Office suite, E-mail, Text to speech, Spell checker, Optical Character Reading (OCR), Word Processor, Typing tutor, and Transliteration tool. The group producecs vishwabhArat@TDILmagazine/manual with comprehensive links and information about technological development, worldwide, related to the Indian languages. Downloading is easy and the site is well dedveloped. An online English Hindi translator is available. Registration is a courtesy and is not needed for downloading.

Sunday, June 19, 2005

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Thursday, June 16, 2005

Find and read a collection of articles on various topics at SanathanaDharma.com, such as Gita Govinda, Love Divine, Learning Sanskrit, Purusha Sukta- Hymns of Man, and the new Sangeet Marga - Path to Moksha through Music, interesting! The site is supported by chembur.com.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Sanskrit Wikipedia Information and Links in Sanskrit to many areas of study. The page is translated in Sanskrit-Devanagari. "vikipIDiyaa ekaH bahubhAShAsu muktaH vishvakoshaH asti | sa.nskR^iktabhAShAyaaH vikipIDiyaa juuna 2004 tame shubhArambhitaH |" This is an interesting development relying on the participation of countless volunteers. The information is expanded in true web manner and can be distracting at times. Volunteers need to train themselves in using unicode editors.

There are quite a few Devanagari unicode generators available these days. Use itrans, Devanagari Generator using Itrans online, aksharamala, Itranslator, Javascript limited Hindi-unicode, chhahAri Unicode-based Nepali/Devnagari Editor, Hindi keyboard, baraha, Database of Indian Sacred Scriptures site, and TDIL. All these have convenient interfaces. See additional information about unicode devanagari at Alan Wood’s Unicode Resources Test for Unicode support in Web browsers Devanagari, Devanagari writing, and Hindi translation of what is Unicode. Additional links are given in Sanskrit FAQ.

Sunday, June 12, 2005

At esamskriti.com, read historical persepectives in the Development of Sanskrit. In it are a set of compiled articles expanded from a few sources such as The History and Culture of Indian People and The Cultural Heritage of India by the Ramakrishna Mission. The analysis is divided in the following chapters :
Importance of Sanskrit language : quote Sri Aurobindo and the Mother.
Introduction on Development of Indian languages by Shri K M Munshi.
Scientific Literature in Sanskrit
The Vedic Age Upto 600 BC.
The Age of Imperial Unity includes development of Prakrit - 600 bc to 320 ad.
The Classical Age 320 to 750.
The Age of Imperial Kannauj also has development of Apabhramsa 750 to 1000.
The Struggle for Empire 1000 to 1300.
The Delhi Sultanate 1300 to 1526.
The Mughal Period 1526 to 1707.
Maratha Supremacy 1707 to 1818.
British Period 1818 to 1905.
Struggle for Freedom 1905 to 1947

Saturday, June 11, 2005

Commencement Ceremony (not Pre) at MIT Commencement 2005: Webcast has first few minutes of invocation in video format by Swami Tyagananda of Vedanta Society of MIT. The text of the speech is available on Commencement invocation page.

The Sanskrit text is from the concluding section of Rigveda: (given here in ITRANS transliteration)
sa.n gachchhadhvaM sa.n vadadhvaM sa.n vo manaa.nsi jaanataam.h .
devaa bhaaga.n yathaa puurve sa.njaanaanaa upaasate ..

[samaano mantraH samitiH samaanii
samaanaM manaH saha chittameshhaam.h .
samaanaM mantramabhimantraye vaH
samaanena vo havishhaa juhomi ..] omitted

samaanii va aakuutiH samaanaa hR^idayaani vaH .
samaanamastu vo mano yathaa vaH susahaasati ..

from R^igveda ma.nDala 10: 191:2\-3\-4
"May we come together for a common purpose. May our minds be of one accord. Let us join our thoughts for integrated wisdom. Common be our prayer, common our goal. Common be our purpose, common our desires. Unified be our hearts. United be our intentions. Perfect be the unity amongst us all." The text in Devanagari script is available as saj~nAnasUkta in Sanskrit documents' Veda Sukta portion along with other Vedas.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Audio of Bhajans and inspiring talks in MP3 downloadable format are available at Shree Ram Sharnam, 8A, Lajpat Nagar-IV, New Delhi-110 024 (India). The site http://www.ibiblio.org/ram presents Bhajans (Devotional Songs), Sunderkand, DISCOURSES by Pujya Shree Dr. Vishwamitter Ji Maharaj, Shree " Ramayan Ji - Ramayani Sadhna Satsang at Haridwar, Pravachans from Audio cassettes released by Shree Ram Sharnam on various themes - Shree Bhakti Prakash Ji - Audio files of Selected Chapters, Bhajan of CD-ROM (Amritvani & Bhajan), Amritvani (MP3 and Text in Regional Languages) sung by Smt. Prem Nijhawan and Shri Rajendra Kachru and many more.

Sunday, June 05, 2005

OM signs for calligraphy interested people is compiled by Ulrich Stiehl at www.sanskritweb.net. The file contains 70 different OM signs for those who are interested in drawing/painting this sign and for those who need a print on paper of a beautiful OM sign as a picture for the wall etc.

A colorful collection on CD of Sacred Aums is available at himalayanacademy.com.

An article on Sacred Symbols in http://www.world-mysteries.com/ archives may be an interesting reading.

Another article Hindu Symbols and Symbolisms - Omkar, Swastika, the Saffron colour, and Purna-kumbha is by Sudheer Birodkar.

Databases at www.indo-european.nl include viewing and query search for Rigveda, Rigvedic word concordance [Lubotsky], and Vedic Concordance [Bloomfield]. The databases are part of the larger project: The Indo-European Etymological Dictionary (or IED), a research project undertaken at the Department of Comparative Indo-European Linguistics at Leiden University. "It aims at producing a dictionary containing all words in the Indo-European languages that can be traced back to the proto-language."

Thursday, June 02, 2005

Edo Nyland's Home Page deals with Linguistic archaeology with Sanskrit as one of the languages considered for research. With five hypotheses, Edo tries to link development of many languages to the Basque spoken in Euskadi in Sahara, Africa. The Sanskrit words taken for "word-invention" process studies in vowel-consonant-vowel (VCV) manner are too stretched to suit his hypotheses. He also refers to the book by Florencio Canut de Basaldua, "Historia de la Civilizacion Indigena de Amerika" (1925).

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