What is that power? That power is Sanskrit. Yes, sanskrit is just not a language; it’s a way of living.
You all agree that Technology is powerful. Is technology in itself powerful, or you become powerful when you acquire technology? I am sure the answer is, we become powerful when we acquire technology. This is because, we will be acquiring the aggregate result of efforts of research, aggregate of human intelligence, undertaken for several years.
Similarly, when we say knowledge is power, we mean knowledge empowers us. Knowledge, technology etc. are just means and it is we who become powerful. Therefore, they are the means and we are the end. If technology, knowledge etc. are at one end and we are at the other, then we will be just another lot of ignorant human beings.
Therefore assimilation of knowledge, assimilation of technology makes an individual powerful, makes the family powerful, makes the nation a powerful nation, makes society, makes humanity powerful.
Sanskrit is one of the world’s most ancient literature, which has a rich history of several thousands of years. It has a great inheritance.
It comprises of
1] Shruti or Vedas,
2] Smriti or Scriptures written in recollection,
3]puraanaas which are largely allegorical
4]Epics like Raamaayana and Mahabharath which are considered as our ancient historical works. Mahabharath is also considered as fifth veda. Bhagavad geeta is considered as the greatest book on psychology. The Bramha Sutras has 555 sutras or aphorisms on Upanishadic wisdom.
The Vedas are the oldest literature. The word veda is derived from the root word “Vid” which means ‘to know’. This bulky literature is classified as Rigveda, Yajurveda, Samaveda and Atharva veda. Rigveda is the oldest vedic literature. It has 1028 hymns and 10552 mantras in it. Yajurveda has two branches in it–Krishna Yajurveda nd Shukla Yajurveda. Krishna Yajurveda has Maitrayani Samhita, Kaataka Samhita, Kapisthala kaata samhita and Taittireeya Samhita. Each of these have several khandas and several prapaatakas . They contain the method of conducting rites and rituals, the method of construction of Sacrificial hall etc. The Saamaveda is considered as the origin of Indian music. It has two branches—Kauthumas and Raanaayaneeya. Atharva veda also has two branches, viz one belonging the sage pippalaada and other belonging to sage Shaunaka.
Each of these branches contain innumerable mantras.
Alas! Major chunk of this great literature is lost. Hence it is high time to preserve whatever little is available.
All these literature contains unfathomable human wisdom, sublime and highly transcendental thoughts which are the perpetual source of happiness, tranquillity and real bliss.
In Smriti section there are innumerable literature on Astronomy, mathematics, Nuclear science, medicine etc. etc.
There are eighteen Puraanaas with innumerable allegories. Though the principal upanishads are considered as just twelve, the total number of upanishads is considered 108. The derivation of the word Upanishad is root “Sad” with prefixes Upa and Ni. This means Knowledge derived from sitting at the feet of preceptor.
The vedic wisdom is extremely precious because, they are revealed to the seers in their transcendental status and are not composed deliberately using dictionary and keeping in view name and fame.
The mother of speech, Goddess Sarasvati in her form of Sanskrit language has given birth, nurtured and developed these profound thoughts, philosophy, wisdom and culture of our great people of Indus valley.
Hence as the abode of this powerful, human wisdom Sanskrit is a really powerful language. Let us all assimilate it and become powerful human race.
Knowledge source : Shyamala Krishnamurthy