Sanskrit for iphone

Jonathan Silk kauzeya at GMAIL.COM
Sat Dec 19 17:57:32 UTC 2009

Thanks to Matthew for the invitation, as it were. One note of warning: a
rather technically adept Japanese colleague told me the story how his
students reported him to his supervisor for, to their eyes, sending text
messages during the class he was supposed to be teaching. But the truth of
it is that he has tons of dictionaries like MW and several Tibetan
dictionaries in his phone; he was looking up a word! Unfortunately, I don't
think it is likely to work the other way, and our students who look like
they are sending text messages are probably... sending text messages!

warmest holiday greetings to all colleagues, Jonathan

On Sat, Dec 19, 2009 at 6:52 PM, <mkapstei at> wrote:

> I have recently noticed a range of ipod/iphone
> products in Sanskrit. Of course, there is
> great potential for development along these
> lines. Here are a few initial notes on what's
> on offer from the itunes application store:
> Free download of the Bhagavad Gita, from Krishna
> Varma, devanagari and English trans.
> It's free -- check it out!
> The Rig Veda in Sanskrit, from Credencys Solutions Inc.,
> costs US $0.99
> The complete Rig Veda in Devanagari and transliteration!
> Unfortunately, it's not worth the 99cents they charge for
> it. Mistakes, in both nagari and roman, abound
> right from the words agnim ile... I want
> my paisa back!
> Patanjali Yog Sutra from Vaidik Living
> US $4.99
> The sutras in Skt and English. Evidently for
> the new age yoga set. I decided to save
> my five bucks.
> Pocket Vedabase from Dancing Ganesh.
> US $24.99
> Relatively expensive for an iphone download,
> but there's a lot here, in the A.C. Bhaktivedanta
> Krishna Consciousness mode: roman skt. and trans.
> of Bhagavad Gita, Srimad Bhagavatam, Caitanya Caritamrta
> and more. I've not downloaded it myself, so there's nothing
> else I can say.
> If you search the itunes store under "Sanskrit" you'll
> find more -- mostly devanagari tutors and stotras.
> But I call this to everyone's attention because there
> is the prospect here for fine teaching and reference
> tools that one can carry in one's pocket.
> Matthew T. Kapstein
> Numata Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies
> The University of Chicago Divinity School
> Directeur d'études
> Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris

J. Silk
Instituut Kern / Universiteit Leiden
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