I recently started studying Sanskrit and am amazed at how rich this language is in vocabulary, phonology, and grammar. It consists of 52 letters that have never been tweaked or altered and are believed to have been constant since the beginning. The Sanskrit alphabet is written in a script called Devanagari from the term Devavani meaning divine voice translated from “deva” (Gods) and “vani” (language).  It was believed to have been generated by the god Brahma who passed it to the Rishis (sages) who then communicated the same to their students from where it spread on earth. The origin of the language in written form is traced back to the 2nd millennium BCE when the Rig Veda, an ancient Indian collection of Vedic Sanskrit sacred hymns, is assumed to have been written after being continued for centuries through oral tradition.

The other day in class my teacher beautifully articulated how Sanskrit originated as follows: The people who lived in the lush valleys of the Himalayas needed nothing. All their basic needs were taken care of as they lived in a protected rich environment however these people started asking the questions: Why are we here? What is our purpose? Why is it despite the fact were are happy and peaceful we don’t feel totally satisfied? So they used their mind to gain introspection and listen to their intuition. In their deep seat of meditation, they found vibrations. Everything in the universe vibrates as is understood in modern times by the Law of Vibration. Nothing in the universe rests. Everything moves and is in a constant state of vibration and motion. What this means is that every experience you have is simply a set of vibrations and that vibration is a sound, as sound waves are caused by the vibrations of objects which radiate outward from their source in all directions. The Rishis identified those sounds into the roots of Sanskrit.

When the Sanskrit language is spoken it recreates these same vibrations which are already present in the objects around you, the relationships around you, and the emotions that are present in your mind enabling you to have as close an experience you can without actually having the object in front of you. When you meditate upon a word then that vibration pervades the mind, which is also a vibration because it is part of the universe, and it starts to resonate to the same frequency as that object and you come to a particular experience. But when you start to think and speak in Sanskrit then what happens is your mind starts to resonate to those frequencies and you have a profound effect. For example take the Sanskrit word “asanda” which means chair. The word chair, when we say it in English, produces an image of a seat with a back and four legs in our mind. It is an agreement between all of us who speak English this set of sounds refers to that type of object and we all get the similar image in our mind. However, when we say “asanda” we immediately break it up in the roots of Sanskrit. The first root is “asana” which means seat or posture. The second root is “da” which is the one who gives or offers. So “asanda” in Sanskrit is translated to the one who gives a seat. There is not just an image summoned to mind but rather a function of the word. Suddenly you see it not just as an object but as a value so you start acting due to the knowledge of its function. You start behaving more harmoniously, more gratefully, because of the recognized value of things around you. This language allows you to think in a different way truly connected and in sync with the universe. Reflex on that as you observe your relationship to words and their expression of your thoughts. All the vibes yogis, Namaste.


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