Sanskrit- The Mother of all Languages

Be it any ritual, prayer or an age old tradition, there is one language which is commonly followed in our diverse India and that is Sanskrit, a language that has defined us culturally, geographically and spiritually and given our Sanatana Dharma a special identity in the whole world. Belonging to the old Indo Aryan languages group, Sanskrit is a link which connected all the ancient and medieval South Asia and also Central Asia.

Sanskrit is called as the Dev Vani (the language of the Gods) and was introduced by Brahma Ji to the celestials and the Rishis. The earliest reference of this language traces back to the Rig Veda. Sanskrit basically is divided into the Vedic Sanskrit compromises of our Vedas and Puranas where knowledge was handed over to the next generations in an oral format. The other is the Classical Sanskrit mentioning the grammatical rules of the language. The credit of formulating these rules for a formalised language goes to the great Rishi Panini.

Revered as the father of linguistics, Rishi Panini was a Sanskrit philologist, grammarian and a revered scholar from ancient India between the 6th and the 4th century B.C residing in the ancient Gandhara. In his text, Astadhyayi, Panini mentions the grammatical rules to be followed for Sanskrit.

It has 3,959 sutras, which define in detail description the rules of the language and the method of learning and following it. It was after this that the great epics of Ramayan and Mahabharat were written, becoming the greatest literature works of all time. Later on all the fields of our Sanatana Dharma brought out many informative and knowledgeable books in Sanskrit in medicine, astronomy, law, science, thus applying it as a language adaptable to all fields for its proper coded way.

Sanskrit is known for its beauty and clarity, it’s meaning itself saying refined. Sanskrit is written in the Devnagari script and the Brahmi script attributing it to the founder Brahma Ji. It has an enormous vocabulary out of which the many beautiful languages of our Sanatana Dharma took origin and spread their branches in our country.

There are many great works composed in this ancient language which even till date stand as the benchmarks of knowledge in our culture. Apart from the Ramayan and Mahabharat, the Puranas, the Bhagavadagita, the Arthasatra of Chankaya, the Natya Sastra of Bharata, the Panchantantra of Vishnu Sharma, and many more written in Sanskrit are followed by us for valuable life lessons and enriching knowledge.

Being revered in the Asian continent, Sanskrit is spoken in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal and many more Buddhist countries like Thailand, Indonesia etc, also follow Sanskrit as one of their ancient languages. For all the great works written in this language, Sanskrit has always attracted the West too and many great scientists, theorists and philosophers too have learnt this language to understand the contribution of India in the field of ancient knowledge which is adaptable even to today’s time.

It is much required that this language should be going down to further generations to spread the great knowledge of our country. The Central Board of Secondary Education has made it optional for the students to take Sanskrit as a third language. There are many Gurukuls in India which still are teaching in this language and letting it not go into oblivion and it is indeed a pride factor that this mother of all languages was born in our country and we make all efforts to keep it spreading through mother of all languages was born in our country and we make all efforts to keep it spreading through all ways possible.