Sanskrit is the primary sacred language of Hinduism and has been used as a philosophical language in the religions of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. Sanskrit is a standardized dialect of Old Indo-Aryan, originating as Vedic Sanskrit as early as 1700-1200 BCE. You can get many benefits from learning the Sanskrit language as it offers an expansive view of human nature and its role in creation. It is the world’s oldest language and it is also known as the mother of all languages. It is a language that is the root of most Indian languages, and most Indian languages are derived from Sanskrit. We need to understand that Sanskrit is regarded as the ancient language in Hinduism, where it was used as a means of communication and dialogue by the Hindu Celestial Gods, and then by the Indo-Aryans. It is 4,000 years old (some say it’s 6,000 years old), used to be the language of the classics in India. Until now, Sanskrit is still an official language in the Indian Peninsula despite its limited use as an everyday language. Sanskrit first appeared in 2000 BC and hailed as the god’s language. Sanskrit is now spoken by less than 1% of Indians and is mostly used by Hindu priests during religious ceremonies.
Reasons that led me learn Sanskrit:
- First of all, it is because it is the mother of all languages. Most major languages are derived from Sanskrit and learning Sanskrit may just as well help us learn other languages easily. We may find a lot of similar words, a lot of common structures, and maybe, we might even find a synonym common to both Sanskrit and the language we’d like to learn, which might ease our language learning process.
- The academic community highly respects knowledge of Sanskrit.
- Sanskrit is not a hard language, at least compared to other foreign languages.
- Sanskrit has always been an important language in intellectual communities. Despite its ancient origin, the language has some amazing characteristics that are considered helpful in different fields.
- Greatness in its formation and uniqueness of the grammar is also used for therapy sessions in psychology and spiritual remissions.
- The sound of each of the 36 consonants and the 16 vowels of Sanskrit are fixed and precise since the very beginning. They were never changed, altered, improved or modified. The script it is written in was designed especially for it and allows us to know with great certainty how it was pronounced.
- Sanskrit literally connects us to the classical form of yoga that has been orally repeated for thousands of years. Sparing an hour or so every day to let our mind and body rest by doing yoga and meditation is good for health and learning.
- Each Sanskrit word is believed to have its own consciousness, and pronouncing the word allows us to tap into that consciousness.
- Reciting ancient Sanskrit mantras can sharpen our memory and cognitive skills which of course, is a great benefit for us to keep in mind while we learn the Sanskrit language.
In order to learn a language other than your native language, a thorough knowledge of the Sanskrit language’s history will be much helpful in the process of your learning. Learning something without knowing the history will make you want to quit as you have no ideas about, you’re trying to learn. A person who is interested in learning the language will find a lot of beneficial options as they are investing a lot of time researching the language.