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Rk Veda Recitation, set of 4 tapes
Premium quality recording of selections from Rig Veda. The first 3 tapes contain suktas 1-67 of the 9th mandala. Tape 4 contains selections from the 10th mandala: Nivartadhwa Suktam, Nabhanedishtha Suktam, Gyan Suktam, Manyu Suktam, Purusha Suktam, Vagambhrini Suktam, and Sangyan Suktam. The pundits recite very slowly and clearly, and they are 100% in sync with each other. Sample Audio
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Sama Veda Recitation, set of 4 tapes
Premium quality recording of selections from Sama Veda Gaana: Ganapati Suktam, Subramanaya Suktam, Rudra Chamakam, Rudra Suktam, Purusha Suktam, Purusha Sukta Chamakam, Panchadevata, and Navagrahas. The pundits recite very slowly and clearly, and they are 100% in sync with each other. Sample Audio
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Veda Prasar Samiti
( Formerly Delhi Vedic Trust ) Audio recordings of classical chants of all four Vedas available on cassette and CD. General Information
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Introduction to Sanskrit - Parts One and Two  by Thomas Egenes
Whether you are a teacher or a student, this is best book on the market. It includes the alphabet, pronunciation, grammar, and vocabulary. Both Devanagari script and transliteration are used.
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Sanskrit-English Dictionary  by Sir Monier-Williams
Originally published in 1899, it remains the only comprehensive Sanskrit-English dictionary, comprising 160,000 words. It is etymologically and philologically arranged with special reference to cognate Indo-european languages.
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Sanskrit Grammar  by William Dwight Whitney
This classic, which was first published in 1875, is a great reference book. It is very readable and has detailed descriptions of the language and all the parts of grammar. It has stood the test of time.
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Sanskrit Manual  by Roderick S. Bucknell
A Quick-Reference Guide to the Phonology and Grammar of Classical Sanskrit. The beauty of this book is that it has an index of verb stems, verb endings and noun endings. For example, you can look up dadarsha in the index, and it will point you to the root drsh. If have a verb that ends in -ata, it will lead you to the possible paradigms that use that ending. The book also has a very comprehensive list of major parts of the verb, listing 400-odd roots.
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Concise Dictionary of Indian Philosophy: Sanskrit Terms Defined in English  by John Grimes
This is a good dictionary for a new Vedanta or Sanskrit scholar or spiritual seeker. In this concise revised edition, Sanskrit terms are defined clearly in English alphabetically, including transliteration and alternate meanings of terms. In addition, the Devanagari script is in a nice, clear print.
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Yoga Philosophy of Patanjali  by Swami Hariharananda Aranya
A good translation. Very scholarly and thorough. Includes a translation of Vyasa's commentary which sheds much light on the original work.
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Thirty minor Upanishads, including the Yoga Upanishads  translated by K. Narayanaswami Aiyer
One of very best translations available of nice collection of short upanishads. Highly recommended.
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The Principal Upanishads  translated by S. Radhakrishnan
This rare centenary edition provides 18 of the principal Upanishads translated by the famous philosopher. It contains Roman script, valuable introductions, English translation and illuminating notes.
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Devi-Mahatmyam (The Chandi)  by Sri Ramakrishna Math
Popularly known as Chandi, used in India for daily Chanting. The 700 verses are about the triumph of Mother Divine Durga over the forces of evil.
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The Bhagavad Gita  translated by Winthrop Sargeant
This is the only complete and accurate translation that provides an inter-linear word for word translation along with the devanagari characters and their transliteration.
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The Bhagavad Gita  translated by Ramanda Prasad
Complete 18 chapters with Sanskrit, transliteration and translation. The unique feature of this translation is the parallel references of each Gita verse to 25 other Vedic texts.
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Maharishi Mahesh Yogi on the Bhagavad-Gita  A Translation and Commentary Chapters 1-6
This translation of the Bhagavad Gita is the most eloquent available. It is a very clear, accurate and beautiful translation which is a joy to read. The commentary is also excellent. It maintains a consistent, logical and fascinating explanation of the text. The original Devanagari script is included but no transliteration.
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Introduction to Maharishi Vedic University
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi describes the knowledge in this book as the beacon light of Vedic Civilization, celebrating perfection in enlightenment and fulfillment. Special emphasis is given to Maharishi's Absolute Theory of Education which delivers the fruit of all knowledge to everyone. Other topics include What Is Consciousness?, The Vedic Structure of the Constitution of the Universe, and the Eternal Cycle of Natural Law.
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Human Physiology Expression of Veda and the Vedic Literature by Professor Tony Nader, MD, PhD
Professor Nader has found that the forty branches of Veda and the Vedic Literature, are the fundamental basis and essential ingredient of the human physiology, and that there is a one-to-one correspondence between the structures and functions of the different branches of Vedic Literature and the structures and functions of the human physiology.
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