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The Stories of Krishna, Part 2: A Sanskrit Coursebook for Beginners

The Stories of Krishna, Part 2: A Sanskrit Coursebook for Beginners

Warwick Jessup, Elena Jessup

  • ISBN: 9788120835498, 8120835492
  • Year of Publication: 2016
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Edition: 2nd reprint
  • No. of Pages: 189
  • Language: Sanskrit & English
Rs. 225.00

The Stories of Krishna and is suitable for students who have established an elementary grounding in Sanskrit. Part One is aimed at students familiar with reading and writing the Sanskrit script, and covers; some of the basic parts of a sentence; the first four case-endings; three stories based on the childhood of Krishna; practice for reading the script.

Part Two starts with a brief revision of main grammatical points covered in the first volume and then presents: the final three case-endings; an introduction to all the forms of a typical noun in each of the three genders; an introduction to all the forms of a typical verb in the present, future and past tenses; nine further stories based on the early life of Krishna.

By the time the stories are teached in this book, a reader would do well to have familiarised him or herself with the tales of Krishna's childhood, around which the book is based. These will be found in the Srimad Bhagavatam, available in many translations. Such familiarity will enable the reader to understand the story naturally and simply in the Sanskrit version. As with most situations, it is best not to read from a book book but rather to speak from a well funded memory and the inspiration of the moment.

The second group of books seek to teach Sanskrit with reference to the age-old stories of Krishna and Rama. The Stories of Krishna (Parts I-II) cover full declensions of the most common type of masculine, feminine and neuter nouns: conjugations of a simple verb in the present, future and past tenses and twelve stories based on the childhood of Krishna.

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