Introduction to Vedanta

Ashish Chandra ramkisno at HOTMAIL.COM
Thu Mar 30 15:52:45 CST 2000

>In my case, while I was raised on the Ramayana and Mahabharata, I treated
>them more as thrilling adventure stories.  It was only later I began to
>ask questions about the deeper meanings.  At that point my mother gave me
>a copy of the Gita with the translation of Swami Shivananda.  Although I
>no longer think it is the best translation of the Gita out there it
>certainly did whet my appetite to learn more.  But after some unappealing
>encounters with watered-down modern forms of Vedanta I would have given it
>up if I hadn't discovered the translation of the Laghusiddhantakaumudi of
>Varadaraja Bhatt by Col. Ballantyne.  This isn't a philosophical work but
>a standard Sanskrit grammar.  I couldn't make head nor tail of it at first
>but I was fascinated by how logically the sutras were organized.  I
>resolved to learn Sanskrit and the rest as they say is history :-)

What did you find was the best way of learning Sanskrit. I learnt it for 5
years in school but now I am barely able to make a cogent sentence even
though I can recognize the words.

I had come across a post here saying that Atmabodh was probably the best
starting point for an aspirant of Advaita.

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