Sanskrit: A Language of Perfection

I disagree on one thing though. I believe that Sanskrit was learned as a first language for a long time in India. I can’t prove it, but this is what I believe.

In fact there is a village in India to this very day where Sanskrit is spoken as a first language. The entire village consists of Sanskrit native speakers. What’s odd is that it seems to be a low caste village in a rural area. The idea that Sanskrit is some super-language that is too complex to be learned by humans is negated by the fact that these impoverished, possibly malnourished (note effects on brain development) 82 IQ low caste rural learn Sanskrit perfectly well as a first language.

The truth is that there is no natural human language that is too wild, nutty, or complex to be learned by children. If a language was developed naturally by humans,  then it can be learned by human children. Any human children. Anywhere. Period. The child’s brain is like a sponge up until age 7-8 and any human language can be picked up quite effortlessly during this age range. There is indeed a Critical Period for language learning that begins to close at age 8 and continues to close until mid-adolescence when it is closed for good. However, I still believe that you will learn a language better if you start learning it at age 15 than at age 40.

Judith on Sanskrit, magic and the quest for the perfect language.

Judith Mirville: I learned Sanskrit (mostly in the intention to demystify the present-day New Age system of magic that claims of ancient Indian lore and just cannot.

For instance chakras as we claim to know them were just unknown to classical expounders of yoga, when you find the word used only once by Patanjali it only means the body’s axis of rotational momentum as both dancers and judokas learn to know to achieve perfect balance, it has nothing to do with any invisible organ made of subtle matter) : it is not so difficult if you realize first it was never meant to be spoken as a natural language, but learned as a second language as a kind of Esperanto that actually worked.

It is an artificial, contrived language that cannot have anything to do with divinity (actually the word deva can mean any spirit like the Greek daimon), though some part of it can be used for magic, which is something very different (and even as a language for magic, classical Arabic or Greek is superior).

It is not true it is too complicated for humans, it is complicated to use it because human bureaucrats (not divine beings) built it like a perfect computer programming language without allowing any divine intervention : it is perfect for the expression of all forms of political correctness first and foremost.

If you are a good computer programmer mastering several coding languages you can pick up Sanskrit much faster, because its rules are formulated in the same way as in a computer language manual (but that doesn’t fetch into very high mathematics, more into mere accounting, hence my analogy with computer languages). Unfortunately there is no divine imprint on Sanskrit, due to its utter lack of simplicity and also to its lack of cleanliness of design.


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2 responses to “Sanskrit: A Language of Perfection

  1. Magneto

    The chakras are very much real. I’ve directly experienced an awakening of each individual chakra and then once the 7th one was awoken, I felt as if I had developed superhuman abilities. It was like a tremendous amount of energy had been unleashed. The Hindus call this a kundalini awakening, the kundalini divine force being awoken from the spine.

  2. SHI

    Related to this topic. From one of your previous blogs connected with dating of Rig Veda

    The Vedas were written no earlier than 3400 YBP. The latest Vedas were written ~2500 YBP. So the Vedas were probably written between 2500-3400 YBP.

    Let’s dissect this one.

    It is well known that Mahavira (b.599 BC d. 527 BC) and Gautama Buddha (b.563 BC d. 480 BC) became popular in an era marked by significant animal sacrifice rituals in Hinduism. Vedic religion was in a state of decline at this point for a few centuries so the date ~2500 YBP (~500 BC) cannot be considered valid.

    Bimbisara, a 5th century BC ruler of Magadha Kingdom (present day Bihar and Bengal) was one of the earliest proponents of Jainism and Buddhism. He was preceded by the Pradyotas (8th century BC) who has been extensively covered in both Buddhist and Jain texts. It was a period of anarchy and violence. Royal assassinations and mayhem galore.

    All these past centuries can be best described as a state of perennial DECLINE of the Vedic religion (a decline from which India has never really recovered), similar to the DARK AGES of Europe. The arrival of Jainism and Buddhism instantly triggered a new age, a RENAISSANCE of high culture which had been missing for at least 4 or 5 centuries. No sophisticated Vedic literature could have been composed in such an age of illiteracy. Anyone who reads the Rig Veda is stunned by the beautiful prose and the divine inspirations. Some examples of post-Vedic literature include Panini’s rules of Sanskrit Grammar. Panini was a 6th century BC contemporary of Darius-I of Persia and was fully aware of Buddhist and Jain texts.

    Which leads us to the next higher date. The great war mentioned in the Mahabharata for which the acceptable dates would be ~900 BC or ~1000 BC. Basically, the decline of Vedic civilization started after the culmination of the war. Many kings and princes perished in the 18-day battle. This has been described by sources as a wanton massacre which totally devastated the country. Many kingdoms were left without rulers. The end of the Mahabharata war started an age of anarchy and despotism.

    Again, the Vedas could not have been composed in the age of the Mahabharata. In this period, various regions of the country were divided into 16 Mahajanpadhas (provinces) and the period of stability was taken for granted for some time. The Vedas make no mention of the 16 Mahajanpadhas of India. Some of the sacrificial hymns to Indra, Varuna and Mitra common in Rig Veda, would be out of place in the Mahabharatha where it’s all about Vishnu and Krishna.

    Let’s give the Mahabharatha at least 3 or 4 centuries, if not more. Several actual places in India bear witness to incidents decribed in the Mahabharatha. e.g. Chitrakoot, Hastinapura,

    That leaves us with the age of Ramayana which is believed to be a few centuries ahead of the Ramayana. The Mahabharatha war had encompassed all of India’s 16 Mahajanpadhas. No way could they overlap with the incidents described in the Ramayana. If one reads the Ramayana and the Mahabharatha in chronological order, it’s easy to tell which incidents preceded the other.

    We are now at ~1500-1600 BC

    By the time the Ramayana was written, India was firmly an Aryan country.
    Aryan traditions just started gaining ground and becoming mainstream.

    Since, the Rig Veda extensively discusses the geography of India including the Sapta-Sindhu river (Indus and its tributaries) and Sarasvati, it could have been written only after the Aryans settled in for good. Incidentally, the Rig Veda does describe the Aryan homeland in the Steppes (e.g. references to the Caspian sea and even Danube river!)

    Vedic Hindus used to routine offer animals for sacrifice to Agni, the fire god. Mostly clean animals like horses, goats, cows, ducks, doves, peacocks and so forth. They would either consume the meat after the sacrifice was over, or let it rot. Human sacrifices were also common, but the fate usually reserved for vanquished enemies.

    Mahavira and Buddha extensively preached non-violence against all creatures (both human and non-human) and were especially against animal sacrifices. The advent of Jainism and Buddhism greatly underminded Brahminiacal authority over Indians as Buddhism and Jainism spread rapidly like wildfire. By the time of Ashoka the Great (3rd century BC), Buddhism crossed over into Sri Lanka, China and South-East Asia and over a period of time, made its mark as far as Korea and Japan.

    It is believed that at one point of time, over one-third of Indians had abandoned Hinduism to join the Buddhist and Jain religions. How Buddhism suddenly disappeared from the country of its origins in later centuries is a matter of great mystery.

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