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Sanskrit – Language of the Gods

In India, thousands of years ago,
lived the rishis, the ancient seers or sages. They expressed their lofty spiritual insights
in graceful verses and skillful prose, all composed in a remarkable language,
a language unlike any other, the language known as Sanskrit. Its name is derived from the word, samskritam,
which means elegant, refined, flawless, perfect. It’s also called devavani or girvani,
which mean, “language of the gods.” This distinguished language is granted a divine status
because of its unique beginnings. Whereas other languages
are clearly the product of human culture, Sanskrit is believed
to be of divine origin. It is said to be apaurusheya,
not created by man. This bold claim is based on the fact
that it is the language of the Vedas, the source scriptures
for the entire Hindu tradition. The very first use of Sanskrit
is found in the Rig Veda Samhita, the most ancient part of the Vedas. Western scholars estimate this text to be
more than 3500 years old, but traditional Indian scholars allege
that it’s actually timeless, beginningless, eternal. How could they make
such an audacious assertion? Those scholars attribute the esoteric religious
and spiritual teachings of the Vedas directly to God. The scriptures themselves poetically say
that they were exhaled by God like fire emits smoke. Since God is the source of everything that exists,
God must be the source of the Vedas as well. According to this traditional view,
the rishis did not independently compose the Vedas. Instead, they discovered and gave verbal form
to the knowledge that was created by God at the beginning of time. For this reason,
the rishis are called mantra-drashtraarah, the seers of mantras,
those who discovered the teachings of the Vedas. Somehow, they were able to perceive
what others could not perceive; that’s why they’re called rishis. Another expression of Sanskrit’s divine origin
occurs in a wonderful mythological story that depicts Lord Shiva as Nataraja, engaged in his wild,
cosmic dance of creation and destruction. While dancing, he played his drum,
his damaru. With each beat, letters of the Sanskrit alphabet
emerged from his drum, arranged in fourteen groups. This arrangement of letters
into fourteen groups became central in the work
of the great grammarian, Panini. Even more support for Sanskrit’s divine origin
is found in an unusual linguistic theory. Generally, the relationship
between a word and its meaning is arbitrary. There’s no special reason why the word “book”
should refer to this object. Any other word or sound, like grickle,
could have been used instead. Yet, we all use the word “book”
by common consent or convention. On the other hand, there are some words
that are intimately connected to their meanings, words like bang and boom,
crash and creak, roar and hiccup. Each of these words mimic
the sounds they represent. Poets call this usage,
onomatopoeia. The ancient grammarian Kaytyanana
took this a step further. He declared that the relationship
between each Sanskrit word and its meaning is eternal, created by God,
not merely based on human convention. According to Katyayana, the word aakaasha is eternally
endowed with the power to indicate the sky, and the word bhumi is eternally endowed
with the power to indicate the earth. Based on this theory, when the sky, earth,
and everything else was created by God, their Sanskrit names were also created. No other language makes such a claim
– to have a divine origin. Linguists generally explain the origin
of languages in terms of evolution. As you know, all modern languages
were derived from earlier ones, like English, which evolved
from the speech of the AngloSaxons. Linguists show how languages develop by using a tree,
whose small branches represent modern languages, and whose larger limbs
represent earlier ones. This tree of Indo-European languages shows
the evolution of English from Germanic languages. It also shows how the vernaculars
spoken in North India today are all the direct descendents of Sanskrit. But Sanskrit itself is not the descendent
of any known language. It’s grouped with other Indo-European languages,
because it shares certain features with them. Western scholars theorize that Sanskrit,
Latin and ancient Greek are sister languages, having all evolved
from a common ancestor. But, linguists are yet to discover
that ancestral tongue. So, based on their research,
they formulated a hypothetical ancestral tongue. They named it Proto-Indo-European. But, there’s no evidence
that such a language ever existed, so Sanskrit is further distinguished by virtue of the fact
that it’s not derived from any other known language. Even though Sanskrit is related to Latin
and ancient Greek, it really stands out from them due to the extremely sophisticated structure
and organization of its alphabet. The Roman letters used in Latin
begin a, b, c, d, and so on. But why do these begin with a vowel,
followed by three consonants, and then another vowel? The same order is used in the Greek alphabet;
alpha, beta, gamma, and so on. Sanskrit, on the other hand,
has a well-organized and highly-structured alphabet. It begins with the vowels, short and long: a aa,
i ii, u uu, r rr and lr,
which doesn’t have a long form. Then come the diphthongs which are basically
combinations of vowels; e, ai, o and au. Next come the consonants, which are organized
according to their place of articulation, starting with the gutturals
at the back of the throat; k kh, g gh, n, the palatals at the hard palate;
c ch, j jh, n, the linguals at the roof of the mouth;
t th, d dh, n, the dentals behind the front teeth;
t th, d dh, n, and the labials at the lips;
p ph, b bh, m. Each of these five groups has an internal order;
the first pair is hard or unvoiced, like k kh and c ch, the second pair
is soft or voiced, like g gh and j jh. The fifth letter of each group is nasal. Each pair of consonants
begins with an unaspirate, like k or g, followed by its corresponding aspirate,
like kh or gh. These 25 consonants are followed
by four semivowels, y r l v, three sibilants, sh sh and s,
and the letter h. This highly organized structure helps insure
the proper pronunciation of each letter. Pronunciation of words in English
is problematic for many, because English is non-phonetic
– the sound of each letter is not fixed. It varies depending on the word,
like the letter ay is pronounced uh in about, aah in car, aaa in cat,
and ay in skate. Sanskrit, on the other hand, is perfectly phonetic;
each letter has one and only one sound. Sanskrit also makes possible
tremendous clarity and precision of expression due to its exceptionally complex grammar. It has eight cases,
compared to three in English, it’s verbs can be conjugated
in ten different tenses and moods, it has a dual number, a neuter gender, and an extensive vocabulary
that permits the addition of newly-coined words. All this complexity
makes Sanskrit perfectly suited for expressing subtle philosophical
and spiritual teachings, the very teachings that are so central
to its literature. Before concluding, let’s examine an event
in the history of Sanskrit that occurred in no other language
and was of great consequence. We’ve already referred to Panini, the great grammarian,
who lived about 2500 years ago, and was recently commemorated
on a postage stamp. Panini is renowned for composing a text
that codified all the rules of Sanskrit grammar in about 4000 brief aphorisms
called sutras. He modestly called his brilliant work,
Ashtaadhyaayi, the book of eight chapters. This work was so clear and concise,
that it soon became universally accepted as the standard text
for Sanskrit grammar, and it’s been used by scholars
from the time of Panini right up to today. Most of the books you used in college remained
up to date and relevant for maybe 5 or 10 years, but Panini’s Ashtaadhyaayi has been used
continuously for the past 2500 years. Every work of Sanskrit literature
composed after Panini’s time strictly adhered to the grammatical rules
set forth in his text. So, Panini’s work gave rise
to complete grammatical uniformity, and that had a surprising consequence;
it prevented Sanskrit from evolving. As older languages evolve
into newer ones, the older languages eventually
become archaic and unintelligible. For example, English works written
before the time of Shakespeare, some 400 years ago, cannot be understood
without special training. But Sanskrit escaped this process of evolution
due to the strict conformance to Panini’s grammar. As a result of this, works written thousands of years ago
are as intelligible as works written mere decades ago. Knowing English gives you access
to 400 years of literature, but knowledge of Sanskrit is a magical key
that unlocks the door to 2500 years of literature. And that body of literature is extraordinary. It includes the wisdom of the ancient rishis like Vyasa,
it includes the great epics Ramayana and Mahabharata, it includes profound spiritual works
like the Bhagavad Gita, it includes works of great poets
like Kalidasa, great philosophers like Sankaracharya,
and great saints like Narada. Human culture has been immeasurably enriched
by this vast body of Sanskrit literature which has blessed thousands of past generations
and will bless future generations for centuries to come.

50 Replies to “Sanskrit – Language of the Gods”

  • Eternal happiness & prosperity!📢 I try to spread good vibes to everybody that is open to receive it…Are you open??? Let's link up, my spirit fam!!!

  • Swamiji , you are indeed a vibhuti of Isvara , your discourses are simply divine and fill one with inspiration and wisdom. Thanks to entire team too that puts these Vedic gems for the Jana hitaaya!! 🙏🙏

  • Dear swami,
    Much praise has been given to sanskrit, yet if we try to apply western phonetics principle, it just doesn,t work.
    Can you account for this discrepancy, or at least give your honest opinion?

  • I am a little bit surprised to hear that Sanskrit is not the MOTHER TONGUE.. long ago around 1991 I found an article from either National Geographic or something like that .. maybe the Smithsonian and it had the language tree showing that Sanskrit was THE original language from which all other languages were derived and I showed it to my anthropology professor and he wanted that ask me for it and I gave it to him and he made a copy for me .

    So now I am rather surprised that they think Latin and Greek and Sanskrit are sister languages .

  • Rishis = Russians. Ras, Rus & when it was read backwards because people did that it was Sar, Sir, Sire, Sur, Sura, Surah etc. which meant original Caucasians.

  • for those who do not know how old is Indus Valley Civilisation and how old Sanskrit is.

  • Was a great video until i saw the languages tree. Sankrit and serbian are the most connected languages, we serbs along with persian medes and other sarmatians alans and ossetians were the aryamans and we surely didn’t get our language from latins or “ancient greeks” fuck indo-european theory and other western lies 🖕🏻

  • Believe it or not, Sanskrit is the only language much suitable for Speech Recognition and Artificial Intelligence in Computer field. The reason is very simple. It's alphabets (Mainly Devnagari Scripts) is phonetic scripts and you write what you speak. There is no need for pronunciation for words. Sanskrit is well known for its rigid, structured and highly developed grammar. It is almost like it can be represented by mathematical logic. The main reason why Sanskrit is good for Artificial Intelligence is that in any sentence in Sanskrit language, every words
    used contains hidden intelligence. For simple example – Aham Griham Gachhami ( I home go – I go home ). Aham represent not only "I" but
    also gives its activity as a subject. Griham "home" represent as object with something happening on and finally Gachhami "go" always means
    "I'''s activity or it is only associated with "I". The sentence does not need to interpolate but only gives the clear meaning also unique words
    associated with "I go home". This is the reason why Sanskrit is suitable for speech recognition and Artificial Intelligence in Computer field.

  • sanskrit is a offering language to god by tamil people thats why its known as devon ki basha video link

  • "Truth is a pathless land" – J.Krishnamurti – No need for certain special conditions or conditioning.language is the universal vehicle for communication.A certain subject communicated to a variety of people, with different backgrounds of education may produce a variety of understanding of the subject… but red lights are red lights, and greens are green go and no go, easy! Even if an "a" in a word like "car" changes to something like "ae", like in the word "cash".. no one ever would misunderstand those terms in their very meaning because of differentiations in the pronunciation of certain vowels or consonants! -the claim Sanskrit is the very universal language may prove futile – point made!

  • Sanskrit writing was seen in a Manuscript found with the oldest ancient shiva Idol known as KALPA VIGRAHA which was 26,450 BCE ( by carbon dating )
    A time period where Sanskrit was verbally taught . A proto Rig- Vedic type of Sanskrit which took 2 years for the experts from india and Nepal to translate.

  • When 2 – 3 yr olds in ancient Bharat were speaking divine language of sanskrit d kids n even d adults in Europe had only ONE word for their entire language – UGGHHHHH n were moving around from cave to cave naked ..

  • Am I missing something, or there is no sign of Hebrew on the language tree? And claiming to be “the only divine language” is clearly not true. Hebrews claim that their language is divine, having a great body of theories around this too. And it is unclear which language is the oldest or the origin (if there was one). Also, Tamil is known to be at least one of the oldest (also missing on the tree?). What about Egyptian hieroglyphs (also seems to be missing)?

  • Respect for your speech on the linguistic lifeline of India.
    Due to livelihood, Indians are now nearly 100% western educated, in fact, many can even think in English (of course there is nothing wrong at all as English is Lingua Franca) and thus are unknowingly vanishing their linguistic identity as well. In that context, such an analytical and precise speech can definitely boost the interest of Indians ( and Non-Indian as well) to learn this language of God and can explore the plethora of knowledge-dimensions of Vedas for the sake of humanity across the globe.

  • WHOEVER SAID, Whatever may be the source, knowledge

    Is to extract and find the truth in it- Thirukural 423 by tamil saint THIRUVALLUVAR ( Circa 100 B.C.).

    First written Sanskrit was found in Syria (analtolia) about 2500 years back and not in India. That proves east word movement of Sanskrit from Syria to India not westward movement as claimed by wishful Hindutva. In India even in 2300 yrs old Ashoka's (200 to 300BC) inscriptions there was no Sanskrit used! So its all Hindutva Aryan supremacist arguments that Sanskrit is native to India but it's the youngest Indo-European orginginated in Anatolia. The puranas and Hindutva wishful thinking are fallacy or dreams!. Sanskrit script was borrowed from Nagars, a dravidian people and their script was Nagari. The script name was changed as deva-nagari. Sanskrit was perfected by adopting more than 40% substrates from dravidian language. More than 60% of ASI recorded inscriptions in India were in Tamil dating back 3000 to 2000 years back. Wheras sanskrot incriptions were dated only 1700 yrs old that too found in Tamil Nadu.

    By saying the tribal and barbarian invaders language sanskrit as Gods language, we the Hindus insult God who is omniscient!

    According to Sanskrit history only brahmin men can learn speak and read sanskrit.. that means brahmin ladies shouln't talk in sanskrit so also nonbrahmin should not learn or speak or write in sanskrit.. So Brahmin ladies and non brahmins only spoke a dravidian language! That means the lingua franca of all Indians must be Dravidian language.
    Sathyamev Jayathae

  • Sanskrit don't have a script till date  ( may be san script language…meaning no script). It borrowed DRAVIDIAN Nagars script "Nagari" and changed the name as " devanagari". MEGASTHANEES IN.his book "INDIGA" (300BC) WROTE NORTH INDIA DONT KNOW WRITING.

  • Most Sanskrit literature is available in English via translation and Romanization but not in regional languages.Why?
    Do these Sanskrit scholars propagate Sanskrit at the cost of their mother tongues?
    Westerners are taught Sanskrit through translation and transliteration in English but not to fellow Indians in their languages? why?
    If Bible can be read in Sanskrit along with regional languages why not Vedic literature?
    Why India can’t provide equal education / information through translation and transliteration ?
    PM’s Mana kī Bāta Can be read in Sanskrit as well as in regional languages. 1

  • Swamiji , thank you will be a small word to express my feeling after watching this simple way of explaining the origin of Sanskrit 🙏

  • Excuse me, do you think dravidian languages was derivated from Sanskrit too? They are not at the picture above. Thanks DhanyavAdaha

  • I dont agree with slavic languages being Latin. I was always thought in school eastern Europeans are sanskrit . Great show thx

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