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Sanskrit can be stated as the mother of all languages.
It is one of the 23 official languages of India, which belongs to the group of Indic language family (Indo-European and its descendants).
Sanskrit is a liturgical language for Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism. It is an ancient language in Hinduism, where it has been used as a language of communication and written scriptures.
Besides the Hindus, it is widely used by the Buddhism sects, Jainism and Sikhism. The Sanskrit word has been derived from the terms Sam (samyak meaning entirely) and krit (meaning done). It indicates ‘entirely done’ in terms of language and communication in both written and spoken perspectives.
The Sanskrit language has been considered as the Deva-Vani language, which translates to God's Language. It is believed to be generated by the ancient God, Brahma, who passed the language to the rishis or sages. These rishis lived in the celestial abodes, who then started communicating using this language and spreading on earth.
The origin of Sanskrit can be traced back to as early as the 2nd millennium BCE, the time when the collection of the sacred hymns, the Rig Veda is said to be written (completed or continued after centuries of via verbal knowledge). The purest form of the Sanskrit language has been reflected in the Rig Veda (Vedic period 1500 to 500 BCE).
Sanskrit has been classified into two different periods based on the literary association. These are Vedic Sanskrit and Classical Sanskrit.
Vedic Sanskrit is found in the Vedic texts that are Vedas. In addition, it is also found in other ancient sacred texts of the Hindus such as Upanishads, and Puranas. Since Puranas and Upanishads are the oldest sacred texts of the Hindus, the purest or most original form of Sanskrit can be found in them.
The Vedas can be traced back to 1000 to 500 BCE. The early Sanskrit that has been used in Vedas consist of 52 letters in total, 16 vowels and 36 consonants to be precise. Out of these, the 52 letters have never been altered and are thus constant since the very beginning of the Sanskrit language. It thus helped in the formation of the work in a perfect manner.
The Sanskrit language in ancient times represented rich grammar, syntax, phonology and vocabulary. Sanskrit literature has been used in the writing of novels, sciences, dramas, religious texts and philosophy.
Classical Sanskrit can be traced back to the end of the Vedic period when Upanishads became the last sacred texts to be written. After this, Panini along with a linguistic researcher managed to introduce a refined version of the Sanskrit language. This can be said to happen in the 4th century BCE, based on Panini’s timeline. At that time, he introduced his work, which was termed as ‘Ashtadhyayi’.
The meaning of Ashtadhyayi is ‘eight chapters’ which was the only text formed for Sanskrit grammar. The book contains 3959 arranged rules.
The Sanskrit language is one of the most popular of all languages in India. All the regional languages have been derived and inspired using Sanskrit at its core. For instance, Hindi is one of the widely spoken languages in India, which can be defined as the official language of the country. There are various words in Hindi which have directly been used from Sanskrit.
Also, in India, there are numerous scopes of learning and mastering Sanskrit. It is one of the languages that is being taught in institutes and universities and many students choose it for their higher studies.
One of the best ways of learning Sanskrit is doing graduation in the language and then Masters for the same. There are many who even manage to complete PhD in Sanskrit to teach in universities.
In the present time of advancement, you will not have to enrol in universities for everything that you want to learn. You can easily get short duration courses online for beginning or advanced levels. Thankfully, for languages, there are multiple applications you can consider. On the other hand, you can also find many tutorial videos online for free, which will help you learn and understand the basics of the language.
Also, you can choose to learn the Sanskrit language with the help of a personal tutor. To find the list of the teachers who are ready to offer a one-on-one session to teach, you can consider Superprof. This platform is a great solution to find Sanskrit tutors and professionals, who can help you learn the language at home.
You can choose to either learn online or hire a tutor to teach you the complete course at home. This will save your time and effort and is also a convenient option if you are already a professional or student. All you will need to do is create a profile on Superprof!