Sanskrit, the oldest language in the world has some very interesting facts to know. What do we really know about Sanskrit language? It is considered to be the language of the Gods revealed to and spoken by the sages. There are some very interesting facts about Sanskrit Language that you must know:
Sanskrit Language Facts
- Sanskrit has the highest number of vocabularies than any other language in the world.
- The word "Sanskrit" is a combination of two words - "Sanskar" and "Krit"; "Krit" meaning "Inculcating" and "Sanskar" meaning "Essence of Moral Values". Thus Sanskrit means a language that has the capacity to indoctrinate higher values in an individual.
- It is the Mother of all languages. About 97% of world languages have been directly or indirectly influenced by this language.(Source: UNO)
- Most efficient & best algorithms for computer have been made in Sanskrit not in English.
- Sanskrit is the primary sacred language of Hinduism, a philosophical language in Buddhism, Hinduism, Sikhism and Jainism, and a literary language that was in use as a lingua franca in Greater India.
- 102 arab 78 crore 50 lakh words have been used till now in Sanskrit. If it will be used in computers & technology, then more number of words will be used in next 100 years.
- Sanskrit has the power to say a sentence in a minimum number of words than any other language.
- America has a University dedicated to Sanskrit and the NASA too has a department in it to research on Sanskrit manuscripts.
- Sanskrit is the best computer friendly language.(Ref: Forbes Magazine July 1987).
- Sanskrit is a highly regularized language. In fact, NASA declared it to be the "only unambiguous spoken language on the planet" and very suitable for computer comprehension.
- Sanskrit is an official language of the Indian state of Uttarakhand.
- There is a report by a NASA scientist that America is creating 6th and 7th generation super computers based on Sanskrit language. Project deadline is 2025 for 6th generation and 2034 for 7th generation computer. After this there will be a revolution all over the world to learn Sanskrit.
- The language is rich in most advanced science, contained in their books called Vedas, Upanishads, Shruti, Smriti, Puranas, Mahabharata, Ramayana etc. (Ref: Russian State University, NASA etc. NASA possesses 60,000 palm leaf manuscripts, which they are studying.)
- Learning of Sanskrit improves brain functioning. Students start getting better marks in other subjects like Mathematics, Science etc., which some people find difficult. It enhances the memory power. James Junior School, London, has made Sanskrit compulsory. Students of this school are among the toppers year after year. This has been followed by some schools in Ireland also.
- Research has shown that the phonetics of this language has roots in various energy points of the body and reading, speaking or reciting Sanskrit stimulates these points and raises the energy levels, whereby resistance against illnesses, relaxation to mind and reduction of stress are achieved.
- The Sanskrit vocabulary uses 49 sounds, generated from five distinct areas of the mouth, allowing phonetic accuracy. Amazingly every Sanskrit letter has a precise sound in any word it is used in, all the time.
- One of the amazing facts is that Sanskrit language has never had any dialect and in every age it has always remained the same.
- Sanskrit has an amazing wealth of words and synonyms to give a great versatility. It has in fact over 70 words for water while English has just got one. The word elephant has amazing 100 names in Sanskrit each with specific meaning.
- Sanskrit language has over 122 words for the action to go each with specific meaning.
- Sanskrit language and literature is the greatest treasure and finest heritage from India.
- Sanskrit is the only language, which uses all the nerves of the tongue. By its pronunciation, energy points in the body are activated that causes the blood circulation to improve. This, coupled with the enhanced brain functioning and higher energy levels, ensures better health. Blood Pressure, diabetes, cholesterol etc. are controlled. (Ref: American Hindu University after constant study)
- There are reports that Russians, Germans and Americans are actively doing research on Hindu’s sacred books and are producing them back to the world in their name. Seventeen countries around the world have a University or two to study Sanskrit to gain technological advantages.
- Surprisingly, it is not just a language. Sanskrit is the primordial conduit between Human Thought and the Soul; Physics and Metaphysics; Subtle and Gross; Culture and Art; Nature and its Author; Created and the Creator.
- Sanskrit is the scholarly language of 3 major World religions - Hinduism, Buddhism (along with Pali) and Jainism (second to Prakrit).
- Today, there are a handful of Indian villages (in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh) where Sanskrit is still spoken as the main language. For example in the village of Mathur in Karnataka, more than 90% of the population knows Sanskrit. Mathur/Mattur is a village 10 kms from Shimoga speaks Sanskrit on daily basis (day-to-day communication).
- Even a Sanskrit daily newspaper exists. Sudharma, published out of Mysore, has been running since 1970 and is now available online as an e-paper (http://sudharma.epapertoday.com)
- The best type of calendar being used is hindu calendar as the new year starts with the geological change of the solar system. (Ref: German State University)
- The UK is presently researching on a defense system based on Hindu’s shri chakra.
- Another interesting fact about Sanskrit language was that the process of introducing new words into the language continued for a long period until it was stopped by the great grammarian Panini who wrote an entire grammar for the language laying down rules for the derivation of each and every word in Sanskrit and disallowed the introducing of new words by giving a full list of Roots and Nouns. Even after Panini, some changes occur which were regularized by Vararuchi and finally by Patanjali. Any infringement of the rules as laid down by Patanjali was regarded as a grammatical error and hence the Sanskrit Language has remained in same without any change from the date of Patanjali (about 250 B.C.) up to this day.
- Sanskrit is the only language in the world that exists since millions of years. Millions of languages that emerged from Sanskrit are dead and millions will come but Sanskrit will remain eternal.
- Sanskrit is the best language available in the world for translation purposes.
- The world’s greatest ancient creations Vedas, Upanishads, Bhagwad Geeta, Ayurveda, Purana, Mahabharata, and Ramayana, all are in Sanskrit. The oldest texts in Sanskrit (the Vedas) are among the oldest in the world.
- Sanskrit did not have a default script (like Devanagari for Hindi) until very recently (less than 200 years). It was written by everyone in the regional script of their region, in over two dozen scripts. This may make it the language that has been written in the most number of scripts.