आचार्यात् पादमादत्ते पादं शिष्यः स्वमेधया ।
पादं सब्रह्मचारिभ्यः पादं कालक्रमेण च ॥
A student learns a quarter from the teacher, a quarter from own intelligence (through the process), a quarter from fellow students (through the environment) and the rest in course of time (when he starts teaching and internalizing) "
Sanskrit is a language that belongs to the Indo-Aryan group and is the root of many, but not all Indian languages. ... It's one of the official languages in only one Indian state, Uttarakhand in the north, which is dotted with historical Hindu temple towns.
One of the reasons for Sanskrit being limited to a small circle of people was the narrow outlook of pandits. They never allowed the language to reach the common people. Since ancient times, Sanskrit has been an important language in India. Languages never belong to a particular religion.
It is the official language of the Union of India. Although Sanskrit is the mother of many Indian languages including Hindi and there are many similarities between Sanskrit and Hindi as regards scripts, words, and pronunciation, a number of dissimilarities and differences to do exist between the two.
Nothing elite about it. Sanskrit is just a beautiful language like any other. Period.
Sanskrit is actually not very difficult to learn, though the general understanding is that it is a difficult language. It is a very phonetic, inflected, scientific language and if you learn the basic grammar and follow the rules of the language, you can learn it easily.
Classical Sanskrit has its origin at the end of the Vedic period when the Upanishads were the last sacred texts to be written down, after which Panini, a descendant of Pani and grammar and linguistic researcher, introduced the refined version of the language
Known as 'the mother of all languages,' Sanskrit is the dominant classical language of the Indian subcontinent and one of the 22 official languages of India. It is also the liturgical language of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism.
If you are from European countries then Yes, French is much easier to learn than Sanskrit, because Sanskrit has a lot of complex grammatical rules which will take years to master. And trust me, Sanskrit's grammar is one of the most complicated grammars existing in any language.
Rarely spoken as a mother tongue, Sanskrit is often dismissed as a dead language. ... The 4,000-year-old classical language was traditionally used by Brahmin intellectuals and Hindu priests. Rarely spoken as a mother tongue, Sanskrit is often dismissed as a dead language
Importance. Sanskrit is vital to Indian culture because of its extensive use in religious literature, primarily in Hinduism, and because most modern Indian languages have been directly derived from, or strongly influenced by, Sanskrit.
Sanskrit popularly called "Dev Bhasha" or "Devavani" (the language of the Gods) is a classical Indian language still widely used in religious ceremonies by Indians. The word Sanskrit, means "refined", "purified," or “cultured”. This classical language of Hindus is the oldest and the most systematic language in the world. Like Latin in Europe and elsewhere, Sanskrit has been used by the educated classes in India for literary and
religious purposes for over two thousand years. This classical Indian language is also a liturgical language of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism, and enjoys the status of the official language in India and Nepal as well. Sanskrit is the classical literary language of India and all ancient Indian philosophical, religious and yogic scriptures were written in Sanskrit. Hence, the knowledge of the Sanskrit language helps to unleash countless secrets hidden in a myriad of these scriptures.
Sanskrit is an Indo-European language belonging to the Indo-Aryan subfamily. This ancient language has developed through different stages. The earliest recognized phase of the Sanskrit language is called Vedic Sanskrit, dating back to 1700 BC. This stage is known as the Vedic Sanskrit stage because the most ancient scriptures of Hinduism, the Vedas were written in this language. The oldest known text in Sanskrit is the Rigveda which was composed during the 2nd millennium BC and contains over a thousand Hindu hymns. The second stage known as Classical Sanskrit developed from Vedic Sanskrit and was in use around c.400 B.C. as a standard court language. It became the literary vehicle of Hindu culture and as such was employed until c.A.D.1100.In modern days, Sanskrit is mostly used as a ceremonial language in Hindu religious rituals in the forms of hymns and mantras but it widely taught in schools and households throughout India, as a second language. Efforts are also being made to revive Sanskrit as an
everyday spoken language. An Indian village of Mattur near Shimoga in Karnataka is adopting Sanskrit as an everyday language. Indian constitution has also recognized Sanskrit as one of the official languages of the country because of its association with the religion and literature of India. Sanskrit is not only rich in literature but also has a rich and vast vocabulary. The vastness and the versatility, and power of expression of this language can be measured by the fact that it has nearly 65 words to describe various forms of earth, 67 words for water, and over 250 words to describe rainfall. Sanskrit is commonly written in Devnagari script though other scripts are also used like, Brahmi, Kharosthi, Sharda, Siddham and Bengali, and Latin as well. The most commonly used system of writing Sanskrit is the International Alphabet of Sanskrit Transliteration (IAST), which was been the standard for academic work since 1912
Sanskrit enjoys an almost similar status in India as Latin or Greek holds in western practice. All the major scientific discoveries and developments of India have acquired their names from Sanskrit. The Indian guided missile program, commenced in 1983 by DRDO has named its five missiles as
Prithvi, Agni, Akash, Nag, and Trishul. India's first modern fighter aircraft is also named Tejas means fire or light in Sanskrit. The Indian Space Research Organization ISRO also named all of its propulsion rockets after mythological characters of Sanskrit literature. Sanskrit is also used as a background chorus in films, television advertisements, and as slogans for corporate organizations. Recently, Sanskrit has also marked its appearance in Western pop music with two recordings by famous singer Madonna. Her album "Ray of Light” released in 1998 had one Sanskrit number named "Shanti/Ashtangi," and the second album, "Cyber-raga," released in 2000 had "Music" that is a Sanskrit-language ode of devotion to a higher power and a wish for peace on earth.
The course is intended for those who understand Devanagari script and know simple English. No familiarity in Sanskrit is assumed. However, those who have faint memories of Sanskrit in their school days would be able to grasp the initial lessons faster.
Sanskrit forms the foundation of our culture (not only for India but for entire humanity), it being the language of the oldest literature known to humanity. We hope these lessons would help most of us come closer to our roots.
Just a few tips on speedy learning:
a. Do not get too bogged down by grammar and usage while you learn Sanskrit. Often Sanskrit is considered to be all about mugging up lots of declensions and conjugations and this fears off most students. Instead take is like a natural language. Feel free to make the most blatant grammatical errors so far you are able to convey your message. Develop a feel for the language instead of thinking about grammar.
How did we learn Hindi or English or our mother tongue? Did we learn grammar first or language first? And do we speak these languages in a grammatically correct fashion even today? Why burden Sanskrit with an overdose of grammar in the very beginning then?
Simply start talking about every other thing in Sanskrit and enjoy the funny pronunciations you make or blatant errors you make in grammar. Have a laugh on that and simply continue. Soon you will develop a natural grip over the language and grammar will be automatically taken care of.
b. Try using Sanskrit words even in your mother language. After all, Sanskrit is the mother of all languages. Let the children associate with their Mom and have their foundations strengthened! And in the process, your road to mastery of Sanskrit will also be traversed faster.
You will become more knowledgeable and you will be protector of our Ancient Knowledge.
Honesty and Tireless efforts
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