The Sanskrit Karyalaya of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram has been active for a number of years in promoting and popularising a simple form of Sanskrit. This is in keeping with the declared wish of the Mother of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram that a simple form of Sanskrit should be the national language of India.
The Mother, who was deeply influenced by this classical language, desired that for the common use it should be a simple form of Sanskrit which can be written, spoken and understood with ease, so as to remove the prevalent dread of the language as a very difficult one and meant only for scholars.
The research work of the Sanskrit Karyalaya of the Ashram in this direction has so far produced a number of innovative books for teaching and learning Sanskrit adopting a different method. Beginners especially will find these books extremely helpful to learn quite easily the language which is believed to be difficult.
A few publications deserve special mention: Surabharati, Saralasamskritasarani, Sanskritam Bhashamahai, Learn Sanskrit the Natural Way, are some of the books which both beginners and the learned will find immensely helpful in learning, mastering and popularising the language.
The Sanskrit Karyalaya has also published a comprehensive book: Sanskritasya Vyavaharikaswarupam - Functional Sanskrit: Its Communicative Aspects (335 pages, Rs.180.00) by Dr.Narendra, a scholar and an inmate of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. This unique book by Dr. Narendra is a systematic study and an in-depth research work for establishing that Sanskrit can be made both simple and fully communicative. Click here to see the review .
“The ideal would be”, as the Mother said, “…to have a rejuvenated Sanskrit as the representative language of India”. And every Indian perhaps has a role to play in not only reviving Sanskrit, an indispensable element of the ancient Indian cultural heritage, but also to make it once again living and vibrant.
The ancient and classical creations of the Sanskrit tongue both in quality and in body and abundance of excellence, in their potent originality and force and beauty, in their substance and art and structure, in grandeur and justice and charm of speech and in the height and width of the reach of their spirit stand very evidently in the front rank among the world's great literatures. The language itself, as has been universally recognised by those competent to form a judgement, is one of the most magnificent, the most perfect and wonderfully sufficient literary instrument developed by the human mind, at once majestic and sweet and flexible, strong and clearly-formed and full and vibrant and subtle, and its quality and character would be of itself a sufficient evidence of the character and quality of the race whose mind it expressed and the culture of which it was the reflecting medium.
Sanskrit ought to be the national language of India.
Sanskrit is good for all Indians.
For common use I was thinking of a simplified Sanskrit from the grammatical point of view...
The ideal would be...to have a rejuvenated Sanskrit as the representative language of India...
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