Sanskrit is the most beautiful language in the world because it best conveys the experience of aesthetic delight. Here’s why:
1. Many words have multiple meanings
2. Puns can easily be created because the grammatical rules are flexible and because spaces in Devanagari script can be deleted so that another set of words can be formed by separating the syllables differently
3. The Indian literary tradition greatly values the expression of a wide range of elevated feelings, especially the sweet dealings between lovers. This e-book is a compilation of the best Sanskrit poetry as found in the original texts and commentaries in the published books:
♦ Alankara-kaustubha (of Kavi Karnapura) (treatise on Sanskrit poetics) (co-translation with Matsya Avatara);
♦ Sahitya-kaumudi (of Baladeva Vidyabhusana) (treatise on poetics based on Kavya-prakasa)
♦ Bhakti-rasamrta-sesa (treatise based on Sahitya-darpana, with examples from Govinda-lilamrtam);
♦ Srimad Bhagavatam: A Symphony of Commentaries on the Tenth Canto (6 volumes) (Bhägavata Purana);
♦ Versified History of Sanskrit Poetics: The Soul is Rasa.
Translated by Gaurapad dasa
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