Some Bookmarks

Sanskrit, Scriptures, Philosophy, Music

Sujatha Ratnala
3 min readJan 13, 2021

Updated in 2024

Youtube Links

  • Sanskrit High School Grammar by VyomaLabs

Lectures by Sowmya Krishnapur ji

Lectures by Neelesh Ji

Understanding Vrutta Ratnakara
Short Stories KathaVallari Dr Nagaratna Hegde

Books

Sankshepa Ramayanam [Grammar of sarga1 of Balakandam]
Bhaarateeya Ganita Parampara
Basha Paaka, Prayoga vistaarah,
KathaVallari, BodhaKatha. Katha Saptithi

Tools

  1. https://sanskritkosha.com/ Most comprehensive Dictionary
  2. https://ashtadhyayi.com/ Sutras, Verb Forms, Krudanta, Upasarga
  3. http://sanskritabhyas.in Noun forms

Ramayana
https://www.valmiki.iitk.ac.in/

https://www.instagram.com/sanskritsparrow

A few topics that I enjoyed listening, reading and learning in the past few months.. And some of which I have bookmarked for future hearing.

2021 Sanskrit Talks & Lectures

  1. Vedanta in 5 Parables — Swami Sarvananda Priya
  2. Subhashitams by Dr Gowri Mahulikar
  3. Etymology by Dr Gowri Mahulikar
  4. Prof David Shulman — “Sanskrit in the South”

Music

  1. Meghadoota
  2. Geeta Govinda
  3. Rabindro sangeet with subtitles
  4. Swami Brahmananda’s chanting list
  5. Rumi, Andulasian and Moroccan music | Buddha longue

Books

  1. Paulo Coelho | The Alchemist | Full Audiobook- Loved the voice and the Gita and Kathopanishad like philosophy through the lines of the story.
  2. Benedict Cumberbatch Read Sherlock Holmes | Audiobook
  3. Mahabharata | Kamala Subramaniam | Archive *
  4. Astavakra Gita | The Heart of Awareness | Thomas Byrom *
  5. A Mind at Play: How Claude Shannon Invented the Information Age
  6. Naishadiya Charitha of Sriharsha — English Translation

Universe, Science & Math

  1. Why do prime numbers make these spirals? Data Visualisation from 3B1B
  2. Understanding mRNA -Reverse Engineering the source code of COVID vaccine
  3. The Queen of Trees-The mystic relation between Fig tree and the wasps
  4. My stroke of insight | Jill Bolte Taylor
  5. Embodied Brains and Disembodied Minds | Vilayanur Subramanian Ramachandran
  6. 1977 Shakuntala Devi Bonanza

Indic Sciences

  1. The Geography Of Mahabharata Janapadas | Jijith Nadumuri Ravi | SangamTalks | Bhāratavarsha Map
  2. Year Of The Mahabharata War | Sangam Talks | Nilesh Oak
  3. Pingala’s Amazing Mathematics | Sangam Talks | Chandrahas M. Halai
  4. AI & ML in Indic Sciences — Dr Sai Susarla
  5. Pāṇini — The Father of Linguistics: Prof Madhav Deshpande, University of Michigan & Prof Ramanathan

Vedanta, Upanishads & Gita

Life of Shankaracharya | Dr Gururaj Karajagi | kannada

Talks by Swami Sarvapriyananda

  1. Wisdom of Katha Upanishad (3)-Story of Nachiketha
  2. Unattached Self | Asanghoham
  3. Vedanta in 5 Parables. Loved the way Vedanta way of ‘dis’entangling, ‘un’tieng, ‘de’constructing the generated samsaara through the light of Parables. Vidyaranya’s Panchadasi methodology of resolving conflicts. Agyaana leading to error in understanding and creating the samsaara in the head. The Guru’s teaching showing us a ‘paroksha’ solution and the direct ‘pratyaksha’ way of experiencing the solution. And ‘dukha nivaarana’ and ‘ananda ’ following it..
  4. The Heart of Gita (3)
  5. The 2 Birds of Mundaka Upanishad
  6. Drig Drishya Viveka : Seer & the Seen

Talks by Swami Anubhavananda

  1. Bhagawad Gita series
  2. Yoga Vaasista Summary | Ch 1(Hindi)
  3. Astavakra Gita *

Stotrams

  1. Durga Saptashati | Esoteric meaning | Om Swami
  2. Essence of Lalitha Sahasranamam | Om Swami
  3. Kanakadhaara Stotram | Nanduri Srivinas | Telugu
  4. Saundarya Lahari| Sri M*

Sanskrit Grammar

  1. Overview of the 10 Dhaatu Ganas (Verb expansions) (Sanskrit): Neelesh Bodas
  2. Paninian Grammar overview (Sanskrit): Neelesh Bodas

Yet to finish these

  1. Verbs in Sanskrit — Overview of the 10 Lakaaras by Neelesh Bodas*
  2. Krudanta | Word Formation | Neelesh*

Sanskrit Literature

  1. Saundarya in Abhigyan Shakuntalam: Prof. Gauri Mahulikar
  2. Portrayal of Saundarya in Kalidasa’s Meghaduta — Prof. Gauri Mahulikar
  3. Portrayal of India in Kālidāsa’s Meghadūta — Dr HV Nagaraja Rao
  4. Ten Days online Lecture series on Sanskrit Drama from BORI Research Institute. Tools in ancient drama, Genres, Bharata’s Natyashastra guidelines. Bhasa’s Swapna Vasavadatta
  5. Subhashita by Dr Gauri Mahulikar. Brilliantly covers Genres and characteristics of Subhashitas, and covers examples on mangala invocations, oxymorons, puzzles, code completion, light humor not sparing Gods;

Digital Corpus of Works in Sanskrit

  1. Bhagawadgita -http://bhagavadgita.org.in/ (chant, meanings)
  2. Upanishads — https://upanishads.org.in/ (chants, word by word meanings, popular stories from Upanishads)
  3. Vedas — https://theveda.org.in/rigveda (chant, meanings, has dictionary listing of words)
  4. Ramayana — http://valmikiramayan.net/ (brief english translation along with the verses) https://www.valmiki.iitk.ac.in/
  5. Bhagawatham — https://vedabase.io/en/library/sb/ https://vedabase.io/en/library/sb/1/1/1/
  6. Yoga Vasista chants: https://github.com/lokeshh/yv_text/tree/master/wiki_yv
  7. Chants — https://vignanam.org/mobile/
  8. Map of important works — https://sanskritdocuments.org/sitemap/ (can search for Shankaracharya, Mahabharata for instance and discover them)
  9. Digital Books on ‘Archives’ — dli.sanskritdictionary.com (Huge collection of books. Searched for Kalidasa and found all his works plus meta works like Dictionary/Thesaurus/Similies/Geography of Kalidasa). PDF versions available on archive.org
  10. Dictionary for individual works http://www.sanskrit-linguistics.org/dcs/index.php?contents=dictionary
  11. Books in Vande Mataram library — https://vmlt.in/library
  12. Comparative etymological Dictionary of classical Indo-European languages: Sanskrit — Greek — Latin — English https://books.google.co.uk/.../Comparative_Etymological...
  13. https://arshaavinash.in/ Free ebooks on grammar and tattva gyaan

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