Monday, 28 August 2017

SANSKRIT BECKONS



Sanskrit is one of the oldest and richest languages of the world. In the words of Sri Aurobindo, ‘The language itself is one of the most magnificent, the most perfect... at once majestic and sweet and flexible, vibrant and subtle...’ It was widely spoken across the country till a few centuries ago and was the administrative language used for communication between the various Indian kingdoms. In fact it ‘... is the oldest most continually used language in the world.’ (David Frawley)     
         
Our alienation from it is a recent phenomenon that gained momentum during the British rule. They observed that the source of our prosperity, innate strength and stability was our profound spiritual and rich cultural heritage all expressed in the Sanskrit tongue. In order to cut us off from our roots and thus weaken our faith in ourselves the British replaced Sanskrit with English in our education system. They succeeded with this political strategy. We are now free to regain this vital treasure but our strange and debilitating apathy towards it continues!! This process needs to be reversed soon if we are to regain our inner vitality and forge ahead as a strong, noble and prosperous nation. 

The sounds of this language are embedded in our genes. On beginning to learn it we encounter many familiar words. This is so because many Indian languages sprung from it and many others have a strong connect with it. Sanskrit can be easily learnt through the natural and engaging methods that have been evolved for this purpose. The Mother advices ‘Every child born in India should know Sanskrit’.

Our ancients referred to it as Dev Vani, that is, the language of the gods. Such indeed is its perfection of structure and its true and intimate relation between sound (vak) and sense (arth). It is time to reclaim this divine treasure that is our inheritance, to plunge into its invigorating waters and experience its uplifting and transforming influence on our consciousness.

-By Parul Desai