A Glossary of Sanskrit Terms: And Key to Their Correct Pronunciation

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Item Code: IDI110
Author: Geoffrey A. Barborka
Publisher: Pilgrims Publishing, Varanasi
Edition: 2004
ISBN: 9788177692433
Pages: 76
Cover: Paperback
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On the Origin and Significance of Sanskrit

Sanskrit is regarded by Orientalists as the elder sister of Greek, because the latter language is declared to be closely associated with the former. Sanskrit is also considered to be the keystone for the study of comparative philology. Orientalists are uncertain as to how the Sanskrit language came into being. Some scholars designate a locality in which the early Aryans, who supposedly spoke Sanskrit, hard their culture, placing it somewhere in the region of Bactria and Sogiana. However, Hindu Pandits assign the origin of the Aryan Race to the highlands of Asia, near Lake Manasarovara in Tibet.

Orientalists credit the first written from the Sanskrit to Panini, who produced a Sanskrit grammar containing 3996 Rulcs, assigning a date to its writing as 500 B.C. But there is an important point which has been overlooked in regard to this assignment: the very word 'Sanskrit' means 'polished', signifying that the language and the writing had been perfected prior to this era. It is admitted by scholars that the Vedas were passed down orally before having been written, and a date is assigned to these sacred scriptures of about 1500 B.C. On the other hand Hindu Scholars attribute a far greater age to the Vedas and hold that Sanskrit was perfected before the Aryans settled in what is now known as India.

H. P. Blavatsky discusses the origin and evolution of languages and traces the origin of Sanskrit to a time and to a continent no longer in existence- the continent commonly referred to as Atlantis. " Languages," she writes:

"have their cyclic evolution their childhood, purity, growth, fall into matter, admixture with other languages, maturity, decay and finally death, so that the primitive speech of the most civilized Atlantean races- that language, which is referred to races to as 'Rakshasi Bhasha' in old Sanskrit works decayed and almost died out. While the 'cream' of the Fourth Race gravitated more and more toward the apex of physical and intellectual evolution, thus leaving as an heirloom to the nascent Fifth (the Aryan) Race the inflectinative decayed and remained as a fragmentary fossil idiom, scattered now, and nearly limited to the aboriginal tribes of America."

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In this little book the student will find a most valuable compendium of succinct definitions of over 500 Sanskrit philosophical terms, and an explanation of the method of pronouncing each word and every letter of the Sanskrit alphabet. With the renaissance of Sanskrit in the West, this volume should prove of inestimable value to both layman and student.


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