South Asia is one of the most linguistically diverse ecosystems in the world. Its communities have given rise historically to a stunning combination of knowledge systems, including medical and natural sciences, the arts, philosophy, and of course spiritual disciplines.
The Asian Legacy Library has been documenting and preserving the South Asian text traditions by focusing on the “classical” works in Sanskrit for over a decade.
As Sanskrit was the prestige language of learning, secular power, and spiritual life throughout the first 1,500 years of the Common Era, works in Sanskrit are an indispensable point of access to knowledge of the premodern world and for applying its gifts of wisdom in a modern context.
Our preservation partner Dr. N. V. Ramachandran, a pre-eminent Sanskrit scholar and preservation pioneer has digitally captured tens of thousands of palm leaf manuscripts and priceless one-of-a-kind documents relating to the literary wisdom treasures of South India.
Our job is to catalog, archive, and make available through our advanced search features these valuable treasures, many of which may inform modern modalities of healing once translated.