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Learn Simplified Romanized Sanskrit - a TV interview with Dina-Anukampana Das in New Zealand



Teaching Sanskrit Pronunciation in the Australian National University

Using kinaesthetics - hand motions - to quickly connect alphabets with sounds.  It's fun in the classroom!

#sanskritpronunciation  #sanskrit

Interview on Sanskrit Pronunciation with a Spontaneous Pronunciation Demo Class with a Gita teacher from Chennai!!

Sanskrit Pronunciation Demo Class! View directly on youtube: www.tiny.cc/sanskrit3

An Interview by Gajanand Agrawal (www.cowgrazing.com)

with Dina A. Das in Jagannath Puri Dham


This is a low quality sample of Chapter 12 on YouTube slowed to 0.75 speed
The video begins showing how to slow down playback speed
  in youtube (Desktop view only).

View this video in YouTube along with all chapters of Gita in high quality:-
www.bit.ly/kgita12slow OR www.bit.ly/SlowGita OR click the "i" in the top right corner of the video,
then click '28 vids' to get the Karaoke Gita full playlist in YouTube


Extract from certificate: www.tiny.cc/cert-tripathi


Daily 2-Minutes Fun Exercise

Here is a guide to a simple daily 2 minutes exercise that can help you read and pronounce Romanized Sanskrit very accurately quickly: http://www.tiny.cc/countvowels


And if you like more of that type of guided exercise (where the syllables are pre-broken up with tiny red dots) please print out and use this Lalita Sahasranama :-



The below 3 videos on Sanskrit pronunciation techniqes & tips can be found here: 

 www.vimeo.com/groups/151501 (www.tiny.cc/srs-tips2)




(The above poster was designed by Dina A Das)

What Are Diacritics (Pt 1 of 3) - Introduction


What Are Diacritics (Pt 1 of 3) - Introduction from Dina-Anukampana Das on Vimeo.



What Are Diacritics (Pt 2 of 3) - Vowels in Romanized Sanskrit





What Are Diacritics (Pt 3 of 3) - Consonants in Romanized Sanskrit




Sanskrit Vowels & Consonants - how to pronounce



Highlighting the Diacritics




The key to clearly understanding what makes the word sound ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ to the native speaker is to visualize A BOUNCING BALL….and think of THE MAN WITH 1 or 2 WIVES.  

This BOUNCING BALL will always start the sound off with the consonant on the left of the vowel:-

If it is a ‘SHOT’ vowel, the sound-ball jumps from the initial sound, across that vowel, to the next sound.

However, if it is a ‘LOOOONG’ vowel, the sound jumps directly onto that loooong vowel, and the next sound is added in like an after-thought.  Here we illustrate that bouncing ball using common words:

N.B.   In the above lists, if we pronounce the word on the left as if it were the word on the right, & vice versa, we will feel distaste in our mouths! Try it: “It is a SEEN to tell lies!”  However, this feeling of distaste when mixing up short & long vowels happens only with our Mother tongue, not when we speak other languages! Our ears are actually deaf to such errors in languages not learnt during early childhood!


The above diagram is clearly explained in this document:
www.bit.ly/SANSKRIT2  which is embedded here:

Pronouncing Sanskrit words correctly with utmost ease.pdf


Click Here to view the below PDF file

(Share This Diagram on Facebook:  www.tiny.cc/sanskritcracked  or  www.bit.ly/sanskritcracked

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The International Alphabet for Sanskrit Transliteration (I.A.S.T.) - created at Geneva in the year 1894.   (A direct link to this page:   www.tiny.cc/iast)

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Ch 2 Sing-along Bhagavad Gita-Simplified Romanized Sanskrit & simple tune




A learned scholar of Urdu deeply appreciates the universalizing power of ROMANIZED SANSKRIT:-



Typing Sanskṛt with Diacrtics is FUN AND EASY! -


To type "mṛtyu-saṁsāra-sāgarāt", all I just did was to type:

m;rtyu-sams;ara-s;agar;at    - that's all!

Just by adding in ; before the letter and a diacritic magically appears!  How is this possible?  

It's possible because of two things:- recent advancements in Unicode font technology and a very simple (no need to install - just save 2 tiny files and click one of them!) Read all about it here: www.tiny.cc/typesanskrit   

Everything you need to know, in a step-by-step beginner's guide, for how to install and use the very simple Diacwin Unicode free keyboard filter for typing Sanskṛit with accurate diacritics.  

(You can even convert Romanized Sanskṛt into Devanāgarī =  देवनागरी with the Devawin converter, also made by Michael Best @ Murāri Dāsa,  or you can do it online very easily here:  www.tiny.cc/devanagari





Sanskṛt Scholars express appreciation for and acceptance of Simplified Romanized Sanskṛt: "...lippi does not matter..." -



Sanskrit Pronunciation Course for Beginners

          Dina's Sanskrit Pronunciation Course Objectives:  click here

          Dina's Sanskrit Pronunciation Course Contents:   click here

          Simple & fun exercises for beginners: 

              www.tiny.cc/countvowels   /   www.tiny.cc/count-vowels-then-sing


Feedback from Sanskrit Pronunciation Course Participants @ Brisbane, Australia




Sanskṛt:  The Only Computer Language Which Can Be Spoken & Understood By Humans;  The Only Language As Unambiguous As Mathematics

Rick Briggs, NASA Senior Researcher

Shortcut to this article:  www.tiny.cc/NASAreport

Sections in RED above were highlighted by Dina-Anukampana Das

Original Article is here: www.tiny.cc/NASAreport4  &  http://www.aaai.org/ojs/index.php/aimagazine/article/view/466/402

With added illustrations:   www.tiny.cc/NASAreport2

Sanskrit Pronunciation tutorial Sanskrit Pronunciation guide Sanskrit Pronunciation course

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Comment by Dina-Anukampana Das on August 7, 2020 at 17:04

Download this PDF document with all our Simplified Romanized Sanskrt Tips - www.bit.ly/SANSKRIT2 or https://drive.google.com/file/d/10MNmE6FE8hYfz0rPGz1nzpYkCemzmoCw/view

See a spontaneous live Sanskrit Pronunciation Demo - www.bit.ly/SANSKRT in the 3rd video above or www.bit.ly/sanskrit3

Comment by Dina-Anukampana Das on August 7, 2020 at 17:00

IAST = International Alphabet for Sanskrit Transliteration


Comment by Dina-Anukampana Das on July 12, 2020 at 18:09

‘SANSKRIT’ - Soft Power of India - New India Sankalp / Part - 116

Comment by Dina-Anukampana Das on May 22, 2020 at 13:51

Dear Sanskrit enthusiasts,

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Comment by Dina-Anukampana Das on October 27, 2019 at 6:29

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Can I pronounce Sanskrit easily with more confidence?

YES! - These 3 short videos will help you immensely!


Pronunciation tips: www.bit.ly/sanskritcracked / www.bit.ly/countvowels

The system of romanization of sanskrit (transliteration) used by Srila Prabhupada and which has become the most popular standard on the internet is https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IAST

Once we get past the mystery of what those little marks added to our ABC's, we shall very easily pronounce Sanskrit with 100% accuracy - such joy!

But remember - the real key is to simply sing with joy - absorbed in the love that was experienced by Yashoda and Krishna in that lila, and become absorbed in remembering His divine form, divine abode & divine activities - so don't get so caught up in the pronunciation that we forget to remember Krishna while worshipping Him with this amazing song.

We may pronounce it all wrong, but if the bhaava (spiritual feelings or mood) within our heart is correct, then Krishna accepts such heartfelt offerings - He prefers those offerings to the formal offerings of perfectly chanting Brahmanas!

The real key to capturing a mantra (sanskrit verse from scripture) is to recite it with a RHYTHM. So ignore pronunciation but make sure you do one of these at least as you sing - keep rhythm*:

a) clap your hands (keep trying along with a recording: eventually Mother Sarasvati, the
Goddess of Learning & of Music, will bless you and rhythmic clapping will come automatically
- that is the best exercise for beginning to get absorbed in Hari Kirtan, the mood of glorifying
the Supreme Lord through song & dance - 10 audio recordings to choose from - at
www.tiny.cc/damodara4 - please note - there are basically two types of rhythms to sing
this song - one has the common 1-2-threeeee beat, the other is 1-twooooo & this is much
more difficult for beginners)

b) play kartals

c) stand and sing and just keep shifting your weight from left foot to right foot (the 'swami
step') and eventually your body will naturally become a pendulum and you will find that you
have learnt how to dance! Really - in the spiritual world, no one speaks cos everyone
sings; and no one walks cos everyone dances


*Why keep rhythm? A mantra must have 2 components to capture, engage and absorb the mind - Pronunciation & Rhythm. As long as we get the number of vowels right even if we mispronounce a little, it won't disturb our ability to become absorbed. But it is the rhythm - or more technically, for the Sanskrit experts, the Meter or Chandha - that is the key to any mantra. However, even without chandha, just clapping or dancing along to a simple rhythm is enough to let the mantra flow - and the mood within is what matters ultimately. So just look out for the vowels, which you will be able to identify very easily after going through the above pronunciation guide videos!

**Understanding the Vaishnava Calendar ('Gaurabda' The Navadwip Panjika was created/designed by HDG Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Goswami Prabhupada)-

Hindu traditional understanding -- "Kartik month is the best of all 12 months" -

Comment by Dina-Anukampana Das on October 27, 2019 at 6:24

From:. http://www.bit.ly/damodara0 :-


Damodarashtakam song

- 'the Learning Approach'

by Dina A Das

{- printable version (+ many resources)}

[Share this post: http://www.tiny.cc/damodara0 or www.bit.ly/damodara0]

The divine Damodarashtakam by Satyavrata Muni - a song of 8 verses (ashtakam) is printable from here:

http://www.tiny.cc/damodara3 / www.bit.ly/damodara3
- 2 pages with translations & a beautiful coloured illustration.

Download and singalong to - TEN different recordings here:
www.tiny.cc/damodara4 / www.bit.ly/damodara4

This song is directly from the Padma Purana, spoken by the Vedic sage, Satyavrata Muni.

Anyone who sings it daily while offering a ghee lamp to the Naughty Child Krishna bound with ropes (Damodara) shall gain immense spiritual benefit!

Kartik month [Damodara Month]** is coming!!
[Sun. 16th Oct. - Mon. 18th Nov. 2016 ]
- quickly print out this lovely songsheet and learn this song!
Your kids will love it, and when you sing it, you will become a child again too!

These resources, shared below, will help you learn how to sing it.

Related resources:-

http://www.bit.ly/damodara10 - a Spanish poetic version of Damodara Ashtakam
http://www.bit.ly/damodara9 - Musical Notation 8 matra version (with mp3 sample mrdanga + harmonium)
http://www.bit.ly/damodara8 - Musical notation 12 matra version (with mp3 sample mrdanga + harmonium)
http://www.bit.ly/damodara7 - purport by Srila Sanatan Goswami Prabhupada
http://www.bit.ly/damodara6 - purport by HH Vishnujan Swami
http://www.bit.ly/damodara5 - lyrics & detailed musical info on www.kksongs.org
http://www.bit.ly/damodara4 - mp3 audio of 10 different recordings of Damodarashtakam
http://www.bit.ly/damodara3- 2pg printable songsheet with colured illustration
http://www.bit.ly/damodara2 - Damodarashtakam in online Vaishnava Song Book
http://www.bit.ly/damodara1 - word-by-word meaning of Damodarashtakam song
http://www.bit.ly/damodara - an English poem of Damodara Lila
Can I pronounce Sanskrit easily with more confidence?

YES! These 3 short videos will help you immensely!

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Comment by Dina-Anukampana Das on June 15, 2017 at 18:29
Dina A. Das
Interviewed by Acintya Govinda Das
of The Sacred Space

'Global Evidence Of Sanskrit'

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

The above are featured on Acintya Govinda Prabhu's channel - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWFnQqZI0HIYs93Ii50iwBg
Comment by Dina-Anukampana Das on September 7, 2014 at 10:40
If you are interested in current efforts to promote and revive this universal language which is one of mankind's greatest heritages, you might like to see this site and contribute to it too - www.tiny.cc/sanskritrevolution.
And if you like to type sanskrit with the correct spelling using diacritic marks you can easily learn how to here: www.tiny.cc/typesanskrit
Comment by Rose Winebrenner on May 23, 2014 at 16:41

Thank you very much for your videos which show how to make the charts for diacritics. I am very interested in knowing and practicing the correct pronunciation of my favourite mantras and chants. God bless you!

Comment by Dina-Anukampana Das on October 26, 2013 at 17:22

I just stumbled upon this interesting pronunciation guide (Sanskrit, Bengali & Brajabhashya) as well as "Learn to" guides for reading Devanagari & Bengali - http://kksongs.org/language/index.html

This site http://kksongs.org/ has a great collection of Gaudiya Vaishnava songs.

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