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What The Great Scholars Said About Sanskrit Language?

Updated on February 6, 2012
Osho on Sanskrit
Osho on Sanskrit

Great scholars of Indology, linguistic and history have written their bold opinions about Sanskrit language in their scholarly works. Here are some of the quotes by by them regarding Sanskrit Language.

Raja Ram Mohan Roy was a great social reformer of 18th century. He was a scholar of linguistics and religions. He had translated Upanishids in Bengali language. He says: Sanskrit language is so difficult to learn that you will have to give your whole life for it, and even then you would not get much knowledge from it.

Saint Tulasidas was a scholar of Sanskirt, but he always wrote in Hindi. It is interesting to know what he says about Sanskrit: My language (Hindi) is an earthen pot filled with ambrosia, while Sanskirt is a pot of gold filles with poison.

Kabir, the great saint of medieval India says that the languages of masses are flowing water, while Sanskrit is a puddle of stagnant water

Osho, the great philosopher says: Sanskrit was never a spoken language. It was artificial code language created by Brahmins who needed a language unknown to the masses.

Famous historian Bhaskar Rao Jadhav writes in his Marathi book 'Marathe Aani Tyanchi Bhasha' (Marathas and Their Language): The name of any language is kept on the people who speak that language. There were no people named Sanskrit, and their was not a region or country that was known as Sanskrit.

Another historian and authority on Indus valley civilization Advocate P R Deshmukh says, To highlight the difference between the language of masses and Sanskrit, Vedics created grammar and rules.

Renowned historian and the author of 'Buddhist India' Rhys Davids says about ancient India: Nobody from Taxila to Champa was speaking in Sanskrit, but a type of Pali language was speken everywhere'

Professor Sham Sundar Das says in his book 'Hindi Bhasha Ka Vikas', 'Realizing that the language of the indigenous people is affecting their language, Aryans cultured and separated their language, but many words which were adopted from native languages remained in Sanskirt as they were.'

Abe Carrey, a Christian missionarry in India learned Sanskrit as he was informed that there was a lot of knowledge in that language. But he found that it was unreal, so he said: There is nothing but pebbles and stones in Sanskrit language.

B. N. Nayar, author of Dynamic Brahmins says: Sanskrit was never a spoken language, it was just a cultured form of Prakrit language.

There are many other quotes by other great scholars, but I think it is enough to give the idea about the reality of Sanskrit langauge

-Mahavir Sanglikar


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    ajeetriki2008 4 years ago

    though some claim sanskrit to be a "GREAT" language ,but the truth is that it is a "dead" language too. A useless language for modern world. I dont know why people keep defending Sanskrit when they themselves dont know how to red or write it properly.

    Only a fool can believe can believe that Sanskrit was the language of Gods. I believe that God can communicate with us in whatever languages we know. Nowhere in the world sanskrit is used as an operative language for any productive project. Even Indians themselves do not value this language cause they very well know about its uselessness.

    I dont know what people want to prove by adding that Sanskrit is the mother of all languages including English (which is not true). Will india become a superpower,will all Indians be awarded nobel prize, will all poverty, malnutrition and starvation vanish form India,Will people of the world will start considering India and Indians as greatest nation and greatest civilization.

    This is very sad,that instead of innovating new technologies ,developing new ideas,we Indians try to consolidate on old and decomposed issues. This is why India is going nowhere and we are still surviving on borrowed technology

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    Akaula 4 years ago

    Mahavir Sangliker's choice of "experts on Samskrutam" is like recent scandals of India, the similarity is both in content as well as parallels in her choice of experts vis-a-vis choice of who got contracts. In both cases it serves an agenda. The agenda of Mahavir on the one hand and teh agenda of ministers to pocket.

    First of all how did the author decide that quotes names were scholars of Samskrutam? Kabir, Tulsidas, Rajneesh may have picked Samskrutam, but were not scholars of Samskrutam by any stretch of Imagination. Well if you want to see green it helps to wear green glasses.

    Mathematics is a difficult language and very few can master it. By Mahavirs argument of the dumb, the Mathematics must be shunned aside because it is difficult to understand.

    And Samskrutam is really like mathematics. If you have capacity to for higher and abstract thought you will appreciate it and admire it. But then it may not be the forte of the intellectually challenged.

    And the comment about Prakrit older than Samskrit is pure speculation. We have Prakrit Grammars and those tell us precisely what rules were relaxed in Samskrutam to obtain those Praakruts.

    The language older than Panninian Samskrutam is Vedic Samskrutam. And that has additional grammar rules written down by Pingla (no doubt later than Veda). There is grammar of Chhandas too.

    But we have no sources that indicate Praakrut is older.

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    Suchitra 4 years ago

    What was said was said, what is denial about that?

    Are you trying to 're-write' history Jainisms?

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    Mahaveer Sanglikar 5 years ago from Pune, India

    Thanks Ajay for reading the hub and leaving a comment.

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    Ajay gautam 5 years ago

    dear writer,

    thanks for such informative thought

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    Mahaveer Sanglikar 5 years ago from Pune, India

    Samraj, thank you for sharing your views.

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    Samraj 5 years ago

    The medieval period rulers (AD 3rd century ~ 13th century) have used Sanskrit as a language for scripting over Prakrit scripts which have created many ancient literature have been translated into Sanskrit and assumed as though they were created during the period of Sanskrit

    Actually, we are studying wrong history. Prakrit suppose to be awarded as the 1st classical language of India.

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    Mahaveer Sanglikar 5 years ago from Pune, India

    All these statements are out of dated, as new research denies them.

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    reality 5 years ago

    "Without the study of Samskrit one cannot become a true Indian and a true learned man."

    -- Mahatma Gandhi

    "If I was asked what is the greatest treasure which India possesses and what is her finest heritage, I would answer unhesitatingly that it is the Samskrit language and literature and all that it contains. This is a magnificent inheritance and so long as this endures and influences the life of our people, so long will the basic genius of India continue. If our race forgot the Buddha, the Upanishads and the great epics (Ramayana and Mahabharata), India would cease to be India ."

    -- Jawaharlal Nehru

    "Samskrit language, as has been universally recognized by those competent to form a judgment, is one of the most magnificent, the most perfect, the most prominent and wonderfully sufficient literary instrument developed by the human mind."

    -- Sri Aurobindo

    "Samskrit has moulded the minds of our people to the extent to which they themselves are not conscious. Samskrit literature is national in one sense, but its purpose has been universal. That was why it commanded the attention of people who were not followers of a particular culture."

    -- Dr. S. Radhakrishnan

    "The language of Samskrit is of a wonderful structure, more perfect than Greek, more copious than Latin and more exquisitely refined than either. Human life would not be sufficient to make oneself acquainted with any considerable part of Hindu literature."

    -- Sir William Jones

    "Samskrit was at one time the only language of the world. It is more perfect and copious than Greek and Latin."

    -- Prof. Bopp

    "Samskrit is the origin of modern languages of Europe ."

    -- Mr. Bubois

    "Samskrit is the unsurpassed zenith in the whole development of languages yet known to us."

    -- Wilhelm von Humboldt

    "The intellectual debt of Europe to Samskrit literature has been undeniably great. It may perhaps become greater still in the years that are to come. We (Europeans) are still behind the making even our alphabet a perfect one."

    -- Prof. Macdonell

    "Samskrit is the greatest language of the world."

    -- Max Muller

    "India was the motherland of our race and Samskrit the mother of Europe ’s languages…Mother India is in many ways the mother of us all."

    -- Will Durant

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    sadhuvedantmuni 5 years ago from BHOPAL MP

    it is true that the foremost languages WERE PRAKAT, PALI.WE can not ignore the Sanskrit. it is also a good source of knowledge.

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    John Reeder 5 years ago from Reedley, CA

    Very interesting group of comments, I knew about Sanskrit as an ancient language, but nothing beyond that. All of the 'experts' that you mention give me a more in depth knowledge of the language. Kind of like Latin today in Europe, a dead language, but one that has to be learned by certain classes of people such as doctors and lawyers whose trades use Latin quite a bit. But, I am sure that Sanskrit is far more complicated than Latin. Anyway, good hub, you added to my knowledge bank.

    By the way, in one of the above comments, it should read 'Sanskrit is a pot of gold filled with poison', not filles.