Pseudo-Secularism has prevented many of us to dive deep into the treasured of our ancient knowledge. Preconceived notions and Biased view-points have resulted in semi-ignorance related to the Sanskrit Language in our generation.
Gauging the importance of Sanskrit Literature and the infinite wisdom it upheld, British Empire sends many scholars to translate those kinds of literature. They wanted to rule us by using that translated knowledge and they were successful. So much success that the effects of their deeds are still visible via some so-called liberals.
These quotes are uttered by the individuals who weren’t on a mission to prove the Sanskrit Superiority. These quotes were spoken by them as they have experienced and felt. Many cite foreign erudite to counterclaim the Magnificent Past of Bharat but lo and behold some of the quotes are from foreign scholars praising Sanskrit and the vast sea of knowledge that it holds.
Note please that this blog is not to brag about the importance of Sanskrit or prove the pseudo-liberals wrong, but it is simply to remind myself of the importance of Dev Vani.
So, Below are the Quotes that highlights the importance of Sanskrit (and if time permits, go through the books that are given with the quotes explanation).
The ideas must be taught in the language of the people; at the same time, Sanskrit education must go on along with it, because the very sound of Sanskrit words gives a prestige and a power and a strength to the race. Sanskrit and prestige go together in India.
Without the study of Sanskrit one cannot become a true Indian and a true learned man. – Mahatma Gandhi
The intellectual debt of Europe to Sanskrit literature has thus been undeniably great; it may perhaps become greater still in the years that are to come. – Arthur A. MacDonell (in his book A History of Sanskrit Literature)
It is quite interesting to note that Sir William Jones, one of the most brilliant men of the 18th century, came to India in 1783 as Judge of the then Supreme Court of Judicature at Fort Williams of Bengal. He observed as long ago as 1784: ‘The Sanskrit language, whatever be its antiquity, is of a wonderful structure; more perfect than the Greek, more copious than the Latin and more exquisitely refined than either: yet bearing to both of them a stronger affinity, both in the roots of verbs, and in the forms of grammar, than could possibly have been produced by accident; so strong indeed, that no philologer could examine them all without believing them to have sprung from some common source which perhaps no longer exists….’
Our modern languages in India are children of Sanskrit, and to it owe most of their vocabulary and their forms of expression. Many rich and significant words in Sanskrit poetry and philosophy, untranslatable in foreign languages, are still living parts of our popular languages.
Jawaharlal Nehru in The Discovery of India pg. 166
Sanskrit language, as has been universally recognized by those competent to form a judgement, as one of the most magnificient, the most perfect, the most prominent and wonderfully sufficient literary instruments developed by the human mind. -Sri Aurobindo (A philosophical magazine called Arya. Sri Aurobindo ‘Arya’, May to September 1920)
Hope this article highlights you the importance of the Sanskrit language.
This article was originally published on HBR Patel.