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A collection of popular maxims (nyayas) and proverbs of Sanskrit literature with English translation and notes.”Nyaya” in Sanskrit is a popular maxim (proverbial saying) that illustrates a general truth, fundamenatl principle or rule of conduct. Apart from giving an insight into the life and beliefs of ancient people these maxims are current and useful in […]

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Niti-Sara is a collection of Subhashitas from Sanskrit literature. The Subhashitas are Sanskrit verses that are full of wit and wisdom. Neeti or Niti is art of doing the right action at right time and place. This booklet is an English translation of a small booklet in Malayalam which has been in use in Kerala […]

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Yaksha Prasna is an episode taken from Mahabharata. It is a dialogue between Yudhishthira and Yama, the lord of Death who disguises as a Yaksha. In this Yudhishthira gives amazing and enlightening answers to very difficult questions asked by Yama. During the time when the Pandavas were living in the forest, a deer took away […]

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Vidura Niti comprises of maxims of Vidura on “right conduct” in the form of a dialogue with King Dhritarashtra. This text, containing more than 500 slokas, is found in chapters 33 to 40 of Udyoga Parva of Maha Bharata of Sage Vyasa. DOWNLOAD

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“Subhashita Ratna Bhandagara” is a collection of more than 10000 subhashitas (wisdom sayings) from Sanskrit literature compiled by Shri Kashinath Sharma. The subhashitas are arranged subject vise. The author has also provided an exhaustive index of the contents. DOWNLOAD

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An exhaustive collection of popular maxims (nyayas) of Sanskrit literature with English translation and notes. This book, Laukika Nyayanjali (लौकिक न्यायाञ्जलिः) or Handful of Popular Maxims, contains three volumes of handful of popular Sanskrit maxims authored by Col. G. A. Jacob in the beginning of 20th century. A “nyaya” is a popular maxim (proverbial saying) […]

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Prasnottara Ratna Malika (प्रश्नोत्तर रत्नमालिका) of Adi Shankara is a collection of 67 verses comprising of questions and answers pertaining to both spiritual and temporal living. This book comprises of the sanskrit verses and their english translation. Many of the answers are so accurate that we find ourselves transported for a moment into a sublim […]

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This is a collection of subhashitas from Sanskrit literature, with English meaning. Subhashita is an epigram in Sanskrit. A two or four lined verse conveying a thought is Subhashita. It is a good (su), saying (bhashita) conveying a comment on weirdness of human behavior, poetic imagery or an instance of close observation. DOWNLOAD

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