Sanskrit - 1 SANS-440 History of Technical Literatue Unit...

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1 SANS-440- History of Technical Literatue Unit I - Introduction I.1Sanskrit as Devabhasha , Sanskrit is undoubtedly a language of spiritual and cultural heritage of India. It is declared as classical language. Its antiquity, credibility and potentiality are widely accepted. Sanskrit (samskŗta)means purified or refined one. It is further called Devabhāşā - means not the language of God but a language like the nature of God which is believed to be the most refined, pure, divine, effervescent, sacred con scious and immortal. Accordingly Samskŗta means a language that brings purification, refinement, purity, divinity and consciousness. Further Sanskrit as Devabhāşā may be related to the stotra literature. From the time immemorial, all the stotras prayers devoted to the gods, goddess or deities have been written in Sanskrit. Perhaps people called it Devabhāşā, because it serves as a medium or link language between human beings and Divine, between mortal and immortal. In order to fulfill the then requirements of the society, our ancient visionaries who were very passionate to spirituality, had invented such language to serve as the medium of verbal communication. Language plays vital role in fulfilling diversified requisites of the people living in the society. Linguistically, the verbal and semantic structure of Sanskrit is so fascinating that its potentiality is established. Since language is an instrument of literary documentation and literature is the mirror of society, the contribution of Sanskrit is noteworthy. It is quite obvious that nearly 10 thousand books written in Sanskrit are enough self- evidences to establish its prevalence, popularity and predominance in the then society. The major subjects documented in Sanskrit are related to dramaturgy, aesthetics, literature and poetics. prose and poetry, lyrics and fables, grammar and linguistics, heterodox and orthodox philosophy, spirituality and religious literature, ethics and morality, mathematics and geometry, astrology, Āyurveda, yoga and physical he alth, Artha Śāstra, Yudha Śāstra, Śilpa Śāstra, Dhanurvidyā, lexicography, Hindu law, politics and statesmanship etc. Our ancient visionaries had discovered the fundamental aspiration of the human heart and the supreme goals of life in Sanskrit. These goals are termed dharma, artha, kāma and moksha which can never be accounted other side of the boundaries of modern men’s aspiration and achievements. Dharma advocates righteous punctual duty and the principle “as he sows, so will reap” and man is the principl e maker of his own destiny. Artha means wealth, sustenance and source of livelihood. Kāma gives emphasis to enjoyment of various worldly objects. Moksha means deliverance or freedom from anything taint of misery, pain or suffering. It is a release from bondage. The geographical position of a language has very often had a great deal of positive influence upon its development. So Sanskrit being the oldest language of India has influenced all other languages of India, even those, which have not directly originated from it. There are ample
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