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Free stories and books for learners of all levels

rāmāyaṇam

The story of Rama: his divine birth, his exile to the forest, and his journey to save his wife Sita from Ravana, the mighty demon king of Lanka.

Our retelling of one of the foundational works of Indian literature starts with simple Sanskrit that even complete beginners can understand. As the story gets richer, so does the language we use.

By the end, you'll understand why so many have fallen in love with this enchanting story.

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buddhaḥ

Disturbed by the transience of worldly life, the prince of Kapilavastu abandons his kingdom in search of a solution to human suffering.

Our retelling of the oldest full biography of the Buddha starts with simple Sanskrit and gets richer over time.

In addition, this series contains some adapted Jataka stories and parts of the Diamond Sutra.

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saṃjayalokaḥ

Sanjaya loves to play with his family. He loves to explore and find secrets. And he especially loves to make new friends. Some of his friends aren't even human!

These simple, lighthearted, and whimsical stories about the people and animals in a small village require little to no cultural context and are appropriate for all ages.

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pañcatantram

Stories from one of the crown jewels of world folklore. These fables about the wise conduct of everyday life — and the perils of foolish living — have delighted and protected their readers for millennia.

Our simple adaptation preserves the humor and character of the original stories and can be enjoyed on its own merits. Or, use these adapted stories as pre-reading material before diving into the juicy original.

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bhagavadgītā

A horrific war is about to begin. As Arjuna surveys the battlefield and sees his friends and kinsmen on both sides, he loses the will to fight and collapses.

So begins the Bhagavad Gita, one of the most profound conversations in Sanskrit literature and one of the most important works in Hindu thought.

We present the Gita at four levels of difficulty, so that you can choose the level that's right for you. Level 1 is great for beginners, and Level 4 contains the original verses.

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śikṣā

Traditional Sanskrit education starts with phonetics, the study of speech sounds and how to pronounce them. The books in this series introduce and describe the various Sanskrit sounds in traditional terms.

Due to their technical content, these books may be difficult to understand. We recommend them only to readers who are very interested in Sanskrit phonetics and grammar.

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