Saturday, 16 August 2014

Spirit of Sanskrit

In Chennai in a speech I had said that it is the spirit of Sanskrit which unites India. Several people have asked how can Sanskrit unite us as a nation when it is spoken or known by less than 1% people in India ?

It is true that very few people speak or know Sanskrit in India today. But I had spoken of the spirit of Sanskrit, not Sanskrit itself. What is this spirit ? It is the spirit of free thinkers, the spirit of the questioning mind, which questions everything.

The range of subjects dealt with in Sanskrit literature is remarkable, it covers subjects like philosophy, science, law, grammar, literature, etc.

For instance, in philosophy Sanskrit literature covers a very wide range, wider than even the ancient Greeks, from total atheism of the Charvaks to the most religious views of Vedanta etc.
I have written about all this in my article ' Sanskrit as a language of Science '

Unfortunately those who criticized my view think that Sanskrit is only a language of chanting mantras in temples or religious ceremonies. But, as I have pointed out in my article, that is only about 5% of Sanskrit literature. The remaining 95% or so has nothing to do with religion. How many people have heard of Aryabhatta, Sushrut, Vijnaneshwar or Panini ?

If India is to progress our people must develop the scientific questioning and rational attitude which is found in 95% of Sanskrit literature.


  1. Dear Sir,

    I don't know sanskrit (since it was not in our school) but would like to learn. Please if you could let me know some books or sites from where I can learn proper Sanskrit?


  2. जयतु संस्कृतम्। जयतु भारतम्।

  3. Sir have you read a sanskrit book called Vimana Shastra,kindly search in Wikipedia and feedback.

  4. Very nice blog sir! I am a devout fan of Sanskrit language because of its rich grammar. And if anybody who understands the value of grammar, understands logic. Thus Sanskrit is called the mother of all languages; Many words in other foreign languages such as French, Spanish, English are derived from Sanskrit Language only. I really liked your thoughts "It is the spirit of free thinkers, the spirit of the questioning mind, which questions everything".