Etexts

An etext is a text that has been typed into a computer file and is thus searchable.  Tens of thousands of Sanskrit texts have now been keyed-in, and are available to download for free from the web. Once a sizable etext archive has been downloaded, or better yet, obtained all at once from a colleague, one can search the whole corpus using a program with multi-file search capabilities such as the free and powerful TextWrangler (on Mac OSX).  Windows users might try the shareware WinGREP, while Linux has it built in. It is often enough just to type in your search word without the ending (because of sandhi variation), but more refined searches can be easily accomplished with a search language called GREP.  For a helpful introduction on using GREP with Sanskrit etexts, see Somadeva Vasudeva’s brief exposition here. I would like to echo Dr. Vasudeva’s plea concerning making your own etexts: it is not very time consuming when you consider the amount of time it takes simply to read a Sanskrit text and if you share your texts then the whole community of Sanskrit scholars benefits.

I have published the following etexts:

Kāśyapīya Garuḍapañcākṣarīkalpa
(based on the 1933 ed. of Yatirāja Sampatkumāramuni)
A detailed summary can now be found on my blog.

Nārāyaṇīya Tantrasārasaṃgraha
(based on the 1950 ed. of M. Duraiswami Aiyangar)

Viṣavaidyasārasamuccaya (based on 2006 ed. by Ullanoor Mana Trust)
Bhairavapadmāvatīkalpa (with commentary)
Garuḍapañāśat (based on 2006 ebook)
Garuḍadaṇḍakam (based on 2006 ebook)

I have also typed in the following, but have not made them publicly available for various reasons.  I am willing to share these “in-progress” etexts for those with a special interest:

➤ Kriyākālaguṇottara
➤ Tvaritājñānakalpa
➤ Tvaritāmūlasūtra
➤ Tvaritāvidhānasūtra
➤ Yogaratnāvalī of Śrīkaṇṭhapaṇḍita
➤ Śivatattvaratnākara 6.26–27
➤ Mālātantra
➤ Kālakūṭa
➤ Jāṅgulīvidyā (Śaiva)
➤ Gāruḍopaniṣaddīpikā
➤ Gāruḍavidhi
➤ Gāruḍamantra
➤ Gardabhadvādaśanāma
➤ Khaḍgarāvaṇamahātantra
➤ Pallīpatanaśāntikārikā
➤ Indrajālavidyāsaṃgraha (beginning only)
➤ Siddhapañcāśikā (Kaula)

4 Responses to Etexts

  1. Wavatar uneet jain says:

    It is a good collection

  2. Wavatar vasudevan iyer says:

    Sir

    will you please share the above text to my above email id. I am doing research in tantrik texts.

    reqeusting your helping hand in my research

    with thanks

  3. Wavatar Tarang Deshpande says:

    Respected Michael Slouber Sir, I am Tarang Deshpande from Mumbai, India. It is wonderful that you have prepared the etexts of the certain granthas which are shared with people of special interest. I too collect different books related to Vedas & Tantras in either hard or soft copy. I request you to please share the etexts of the following with me for which I will be very greatful to you-
    ➤ Kriyākālaguṇottara
    ➤ Tvaritājñānakalpa
    ➤ Tvaritāmūlasūtra
    ➤ Tvaritāvidhānasūtra
    ➤ Yogaratnāvalī of Śrīkaṇṭhapaṇḍita
    ➤ Śivatattvaratnākara 6.26–27
    ➤ Mālātantra
    ➤ Kālakūṭa
    ➤ Jāṅgulīvidyā (Śaiva)
    ➤ Gāruḍopaniṣaddīpikā
    ➤ Gāruḍavidhi
    ➤ Gāruḍamantra
    ➤ Gardabhadvādaśanāma
    ➤ Khaḍgarāvaṇamahātantra
    ➤ Pallīpatanaśāntikārikā
    ➤ Indrajālavidyāsaṃgraha (beginning only)
    ➤ Siddhapañcāśikā (Kaula)

  4. Wavatar Tarang Deshpande says:

    Respected Michael Slouber Sir,

    I am very thankful to you for your response. I have been collecting the reading materials related to different religions, various cultural traditions, life after death, astrology, occultism, esoterism, spirituality, archeology, history, world affairs and politics etc. since the year 2000 for my personal studies. I am of the opinion that knowledge must be taken from the learned persons in the world irrespective of their caste, creed, sect, belefs, religion, race, nationality, etc. I personally do not discriminate between the different streams of thought and expression which have led to the successful upbringing of various fields of knowledge in the different parts of the globe. I believe that through proper knowledge our personal understanding and consciousness increases which might lead to self-elevation resulting in the liberation of the soul. I have hard copies of more than 1,500 books related to the subjects of my interest in my personal collection. I have managed to download the e-books and the soft copy data pertaining to relative fields of my interest. I try to spend more time of my daily timetable apart from my work on studying the various topics of my peculiar interests.

    Relating to my areas of interest and research there are numerous websites on the internet which seem to be authentic but in reality they are the opposite, due to which many of the readers might be misleaded and misguided. Often the persons reading these sites can loose their interest in such fields and can build up their own devastating negative opinions which is contrary to the hidden reality.

    Incidentally while searching over the internet, I came across your website. I was delighted to see the way in which you have given genuine and in detail information and knowledge of subjects of your interests and studies on your website. I thank you very much for your genuinity,sincerity,generosity and goodwill. The names of the texts on your website for which I had requested are very rare, important and respected in the world of intellect and wisdom. There are references to these and many others of the same genre in the ancient books. They may prove to be helpful to me. This is the reason for my interest in the texts which you have been working on.

    I totally agree with you regarding your bad experiences with the people who plagiarise others’ research material to meet their own selfish materialistic ends. These people being depleted of virtues and intellectually bankrupt, can do anything to achieve their own purpose and are not concerned of others. They are just parasites who post others’ work in their own name and try to earn money for that. This is a very bad practice and must be always condemned.

    I am presently seriously working on the compilation as well as the systematic gathering quality material regarding the subjects of my interest at my individual level. It would be very grateful of you if you can share these texts with me.

    Since you are taking so much efforts to shed light on the neglected texts from Asia, I consider it my moral duty to assist you in every way possible. I will always try to help you for which you can have my assurance.

    It would be better if you can send your reply through your other personal email address to enable me to contact off the site. Presently I wish to send you some data which might be of use to you.

    Thanking You,

    Yours Faithfully,

    Tarang Deshpande.

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