What is Sanskrit?

Sanskrit is the oldest recorded language. It is known as ‘devanagari’ or ‘the language of the gods’ and is the language for Buddhist, Hindu, Sikh and Jain wisdom. It was the official a language of India until 1100 AD when Muslims invaded. Sanskrit has a unique sound vibration that resonates with the microcosm of our bodies and the macrocosm of the universe. It was imparted by enlightened sages as a sublime sound that would elevate one’s consciousness to enlightenment. It has also been deemed as the most compatible language for computers by NASA researcher Rick Briggs. This is because it is the only natural language in the world capable of functioning with mathematical precision and embodying the basic principles of artificial intelligence.

Reciting and understanding potent Sanskrit vibrations reconnects us with the subtle forces of the cosmos and our spiritual centre. It offers a window to ancient wisdom imparted by sages revealing life-enriching truths. Sanskrit is essential to explore the depths of yoga, meditation, astrology, philosophy and Ayurveda. Profound philosophical epics such as the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, Bhagavad-Gita and the Puranas are also originally in Sanskrit.

Linguists agree Sanskrit has perfect grammatical foundation. Each word can be likened to a tree. Evolving from the root of grammar, stemming into the language, branching in the listener’s mind, flowering in their heart and bearing the fruit of positive deeds.

Chanting Sanskrit correctly connects us to the subtle energies of the cosmos and our being. The powerful sound vibrations of Sanskrit help to release stress, calm emotions, heal the body and focus the mind. Specific mantras can also dispel negative energies and harness positive influences into one’s life.

The Sanskrit language is of a wonderful structure; more perfect than Greek,
more copious than Latin and more exquisitely refined than either.
Sir William Jones, founder of the Asiatic Society.