Sanskrit - the Language of the Vedas

Sanskrit Distance Learning Course

In our Sanskrit distance learning course you will learn to read and write texts in Devanagari, pronounce any texts and mantras correctly, form simple sentences in Sanskrit and learn to understand the meaning of numerous terms from Vasati, Ayurveda, Astrology, Yoga etc. and thereby acquire a deeper understanding of these fields of knowledge.

The Teaching Material for
Sanskrit Distance Learning Course

  • 1 workbook (260 pages; 6 lessons with question section)
  • Basic Sanskrit Studies (2 DVDs)

Listen to the Sanskrit Prayer

Training Levels
of Sanskrit Distance Learning

Complete training: Sanskrit basic studies (approx. 6 months)
Conclusion: a written final examination

Sanskrit Distance Learning at a Glance

Requirements: No school requirements
Degree: Certificate or final diploma from the Vedic Academy
Course start: Anytime
Scholarship: up to 500,- Euro possible, more information under
Registered: at the National Centre for Distance Education (Staatliche Zentralstelle für Fernunterricht – ZFU) under the number II/165 (Sanskrit-Grundstudium)

Your Sanskrit Instructor:
Jochen Weiss

Born in 1962, while studying Physics at the University of Heidelberg, he also studied Sanskrit and Indology as a minor subjects. 12 years long (1992 to 2004) he lived in a Vedic monastic order. During this time he travelled to various temples in Europe and India, studied Vedic literature and systematically deepened his knowledge of Sanskrit. From 1996 to 2000 he was a training director of Sanskrit at the Vedic Academy and has developed Sanskrit correspondence course, during this time, which he took over again in 2017. Furthermore, he was the co-founder of TimeWaver GmbH and its managing director for the first five years. His experiences with Vedic spirituality and his involvement with the physics and practice of information fields led him to founding the Success Magnet Academy, in which people unite to focus their consciousness on the fulfilment of their dreams and goals. He lives with his family in the idyllic Hunsrück.

Sanskrit Training: Educational Goals and Contents

Sanskrit – the language of the Vedas
Although thousands of years old, Sanskrit still retains its relevance and liveliness. The gateway to all traditional Indian arts and sciences was, and still is, the study of fundamental Sanskrit writings. Distance learning in Sanskrit allows you to widely open this door. For example, if you want to get deeper into Vasati, astrology, Ayurveda, yoga or Vedic spirituality, a basic knowledge of Sanskrit is a welcome foundation.

The word “Sanskrit” means “refined” or “decorated”. The name is to be understood in such a way that Sanskrit is a refined form of language that does not primarily describe the material realities but provides insight into the secrets of the Vedic spiritual world.

According to the Vedas, sound is the origin of the creation of this universe. The original sound in the form of a single syllable, whose simplicity carries the power of all creation. This syllable is called Pranava, the life force of the universe and consists of the three letters a, u and m.

Sound and meaning are much more closely connected in Sanskrit than in other languages, so that each word – even without understanding it – has a direct effect on the consciousness of the listener. This unity of meaning and sound is called Shabda in Sanskrit.

Structure of the course
First we learn the Sanskrit script, Devanagari. In addition, you will receive numerous exercises and text examples. You will then work with popular Sanskrit verses and their word-for-word translation. This will help you to consolidate your understanding of grammar and develop your first small vocabulary. You will learn the correct pronunciation and compliance with the various verse meters.

The basic Sanskrit course consists of six lessons, each of which requires 30 hours of study and practice. With a daily rate of one hour, each lesson can be completed in one month.

Lesson 1: Writing and sound elements

  • Basic and ligature characters of the Devanagari font
  • The sound apparatus

Lesson 2: Pronunciation and Sandhi

  • Sound and rhythm rules
  • Special characters and digits
  • The merging of consecutive words (Sandhi)

Lesson 3: Declination

  • The main declination forms
  • Nouns and adjectives
  • Case and Numbers

Lesson 4: Forming Sentences; The Verb

  • Formation of simple sentences
  • Important structural words
  • Principle of the verb root
  • The elementary verb forms

Lesson 5: Pronouns and Sentence Elements

  • The different pronouns
  • Interrogatives
  • Amounts

Lesson 6: Composites; Practical Applications

  • Samsas (compound word constructions)
  • Important terms from the Vedic world
  • Reciting Mantras and Slokas

Information Material for Download

Bonus Voucher

When booking this distance learning course, it is possible to redeem a bonus voucher from the Education Award Programme of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung). In this case you can apply for a grant of up to 500,- €. Please note that the award voucher must be issued before registering for distance learning. Otherwise it will not be redeemed by the issuing institution and the full seminar fee will be due. Further information can be found at

Texte zum Thema

  • Die heilsame Wirkung spirituellen Klangs
  • Das Vedanta Sutra von Mahamuni Vyasadeva
  • Wodurch zeichnet sich die vedische Kultur aus?