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mission statement
zivasUtra list


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|| oM || saktum iva tita_unA punanto yatra dhIrA manasA vAcam akrata |

atrA sakhAyasH sakhyAni jAnate bhadraiSAM lakSmIr nihitAdhi vAci || (from Rgveda 10.071 )

"Ausserhalb der Sprachwissenschaft winkt keine Rettung!" (from the depths of the internet abyss)


pronunciation guide


rules --




verb classes


how to spell Sanskrit

odds and ends



|| sarveSAM sukhamM bhavatu ||


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The purpose of this website is helping in the fight against bad teaching of Sanskrit.

Bad teaching has been a problem since the nineteenth century, when some well-intentioned people thought that the Western ways of teaching, such as lectures, grammar books, and exams, would work better than the traditional ways.


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The zivasUtra are the following fourteen sUtras. Rule Adirantye explains how to use them.

a i uN |

R Lk |

e oG |

ai auc |

ha ya va raT |

laN |

Ja ma Ga Na nam |

jha bhaJ |

gha Dha dhaS |

ja ba ga Da daz |

kha pha cha Tha tha ca Ta tav |

ka pay |

za Sa sar |

hal |

The letters at the end of each line are labels and don't count. So are all the a that come right after a consonant.

These fourteen lines are called mAhezvarANi sUtrANi, or zivasUtrANi, because and old legend tells that pANini heard them from ziva and they inspired him the whole grammar. To this day, all students of Sanskrit grammar start their study by memorizing them.

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