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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Stone Bridge Press (September 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1880656876
  • ISBN-13: 978-1880656877
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #351,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"For all those interested in the Sacred, this beautifully conceived book is an expanded, detailed, contemporary exploration of an ancient language designed to be a guide for living in harmony with all of nature." ― Danny Paradise, International Ashtā nga Yoga Instructor, Songwriter, Filmmaker

About the Author

Leza Lowitz is an award-winning writer and translator, and Director of Sun and Moon Yoga Studio in Tokyo. Reema Datta grew up in India and teaches Ashtanga yoga, chant, Sanskrit prayers, and ayurvedic cooking.

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Purchased this book to further my yoga studies and so glad I did!
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Reviewed by Lisa Bullert for Reader Views (4/07) "Sukha" is the word I have chosen from "Sacred Sanskrit Words" to describe my feelings while studying this book.
Reader Views
The writing is exceptionally clear and easy to understand, and encourages and inspires the reader to go forward and learn more!
Suza Francina

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Suza Francina on November 21, 2004
Format: Paperback
Sacred Sanskrit Words is the perfect book for yoga teachers like myself who want to learn the meaning of the most often used Sanskrit words. The writing is exceptionally clear and easy to understand, and encourages and inspires the reader to go forward and learn more! As I read this book I began to understand that through Sanskrit we have the opportunity to come into the realm of a sacred language that is timeless and eternal. I highly recommend this thoughtful and illuminating book to all students of yoga as well as philosophers, theologians, scientists, health practitioners, musicians, historians and anyone else interested in exploring the cosmos and workings of the mind and soul.

¯ Suza Francina, Author, The New Yoga For People Over 50 and Yoga and the Wisdom of Menopause.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on July 5, 2005
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Sacred Sanskrit Words For Yoga, Chant, And Meditation is the collaborative work of experienced and expert yoga instructors Leza Lowitz and Reema Datta. Introducing more than 160 spiritually significant Sanskrit words (including some of which like karma , nirvana, and chakra have entered the English language) with Devangari scripts, pronunciations, chants, and brief cultural as well as historical explanations, Sacred Sanskrit Words is a practical and exceptionally portable paperback reference book with native script renderings large enough to reproduce as tattoos or decorative art. Especially recommended as a resource for dedicated students of yoga, and meditation, Sacred Sanskrit Words is an invaluable addition to personal and academic library Eastern Religion reference collections and supplemental studies lists.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Celtic Mystic Warrior on March 24, 2006
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A delightful introduction to common Sanskrit terms that one comes across in works pertaining to Buddhist or Hindu practices and beliefs. Provides a better understanding of the terms included in the work and may stimulate more interest in the study of the beautiful Sanskrit language itself. The selection of the Sanskrit chants is small and arbitrary.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Robert W. Smith VINE VOICE on August 25, 2008
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this is a very well crafted book. it is 200 plus pages length. it contains many of the basic sanskrit words, written in both sanskrit and english translations. this is an outstanding general text for especially those with an interest in yoga or spiritual traditions. this is not a scholarly text. for the price, i found it a delightful read and useful as a book for periodic review.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By T. Simmons on May 16, 2009
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Great little reference book on sanskrit. Highly suggest for those wanting to learn sanskrit
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Learn Well on March 12, 2010
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For anyone (like myself) having been intimidated by the complex language Sanskrit, this is a very friendly introductory book. I highly recommend it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Reader Views on May 10, 2007
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Reviewed by Lisa Bullert for Reader Views (4/07)

"Sukha" is the word I have chosen from "Sacred Sanskrit Words" to describe my feelings while studying this book. Sukha means, in short "ease, peace, inner joy." "Sacred Sanskrit Words" is a wonderful tool to have in order to make the most of yoga, meditation, and chant sessions.

Leeza Lowitz and Reema Datta begin "Sacred Sanskrit Words" by explaining the history of Sanskrit, and how to pronounce the words. Then in the section entitled "Sacred Sound," the authors teach about how powerful Sanskrit words are and how each sound is sacred, among other fascinating lessons; and even about the scientific basis for the Sanskrit language. Often, this reviewer skips the introduction to a book in order to get to the "meat," but in the case of "Sacred Sanskrit Words," reading the intro is well worth it -- quite interesting and enlightening.

The "Sacred Sanskrit Words" section is one that reader should not rush through, but study, taking in each word and its meaning. This is a great book to read when there are only a few spare moments to find peace in the day. Pick this up on the go, carry it wherever you go. These words will change any day into a good day.

Then, to top it all off, Lowitz and Datta throw in several beautiful chants. The authors do a wonderful job of explaining what these chants are for and how to do them.

In the opinion of this reviewer, this is marvelous book for all, for anyone looking for knowledge, searching for inner peace; or looking to enhance his or her meditation, chant and yoga sessions. This is a great stress reliever. I have learned a lot from "Sacred Sanskrit Words," and I have been able to make life a little less stressful and more enjoyable for reading this.

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