IMPORTANCE OF SANSKRIT: SOME MORE OF IT.
So in the introduction Why Learn Sanskrit, I have mentioned words like culture and tradition and then I threw in this small word called “roots”. Well, I am going to tarry on it some more. BRACE YOURSELVES!
Remember how I said that many holy books of Indian religions are written in Sanskrit, I am going to elaborate on it. Well, not really elaborate. All I am going to say is that those Sanskrit shlokas you learned in kindergarten and thought teachers insisted you learned them because that’s what teachers do, well big guy, you are mistaken. Those words we utter in the form of prayers are not meaningless, they have had an impact on the Indian culture for the longest period of time. The importance of Sanskrit lies in the fact that by learning it, one can now interpret who he\she is praying to and what exactly is the meaning of the words coming out of a his\her mouth.
If the Semantic purpose is not enough, Sanskrit has its own linguistic purpose as well. In the grammar of Sanskrit, a glimpse of the syntax and grammar of other languages can be noticed. Moreover, heard of this word called “hierarchy”, let’s just say that Sanskrit is at the top of the hierarchy of languages when it comes to intellect in India. Learning it would help you figure out just why is that the case.
Well, the linguistic purpose is not enough for you, neither is a semantic purpose, go ahead and learn it for the sake of newness, learn it because there is so much that is yet to be explored, so much that has gone amiss from the so-called “privileged” life. Do it because we’ve had enough of a culture that is not our own and would be grateful for anything that is our own.
Our generation has grown up with English songs and Hindi movies. Importance of Sanskrit lies in the fact that by learning the Sanskrit language, we might bring into the realm of Indians a sense of pride in what the Indian subcontinent was, what it is and what it is capable of being.
Further on, it is important to understand that Sanskrit was written at a time when India was at its best.Heard of the names like “Gargi” and “Maitreya”? Well, they were what is known as “hardcore” in modern times, mainly for their love of knowledge.
Lastly, the importance of Sanskrit lies in the fact that it is an interesting language, and holds in its still closed books the potential to give pathbreaking, epoch-making insight into the Indian subcontinent and all its ways.