Kōyil Germany for non-German speakers

Welcome to our site. Not speaking German (or speaking just a little bit) is no disadvantage whatsoever in learning about our tradition and participating in our activities here in Germany as long as you speak English. In fact, English is used even by the kōyil.de team as the main language for communication.  Wherever and however you want to participate, everybody will be fluent in English and talks will be held bi-lingual if listeners indicate that they are not fully comfortable with German. Please contact the team via koyil.deutschland[at]gmail.com to learn more.

We have a few blog posts in English, which you can find in the category English.

Introductory material (no previous knowlegde)

Having zero previous knowledge in terms and concepts makes the start into the Sri Vaishnava tradition (Śrī Vaiṣṇavam) a bit rough. There are many English language websites out there, but all target an Indian audience which is accustomed to certain terms and concepts. So if you do not have such a background or your family has not transmitted these things to you, most articles are rather hard to understand. To give such people an easy start, we prepared four articles outlining the basics of our tradition. The same articles are presented on this site in German. You can find the English version here: pillai.koyil.org/index.php/newcomers-guide/

Introductory material (some previous knowlegde)

If you know some basic terms and concepts you may start with the „classic“ introduction from koyil.org. This introduction is additioally available in three Indian languages:

Beginner’s guide English

Beginner’s guide Hindi

Beginner’s guide Telugu

Beginner’s guide Tamil

If you are familiar with some basics and would like to jump into our Tradition right away, it is recommeded to start with our guru parampara, lots of articles are linked under

guruparamparai.wordpress.com/2012/08/17/introduction-contd/

You might also simply delve into the many online books and articles offered by our mother site.

koyil.org

One of the koyil.de team’s favourites there is Rāmānuja’s Gīta Bhāṣya, i.e. his comment on the Bhagavad Gīta. Here is a hub page with the table of contents:

githa.koyil.org/index.php/contents/