Why learn Sanskrit in the Age of Science?

Why learn Sanskrit in the age of Science? The question calls for an urgent answer. First of all, it should be borne in mind that never in history, Sanskrit has been an opponent of Science. Rather she has been nourishing the Science with her literature.

Sanskrit is of all ages

As Sanskrit is called the Devavani or the language of gods, or to speak more reasonably the language of the learned ones, it has been a privilege for the Sanskritists to have a good access to an immensely great literature.

  • Yes, Sanskrit has the richest literature, and also the richest scientific literature in the world.
  • No other language on the planet, even Greek and Latin find themselves only literary dwarfs if compared to Devavani.

Sanskrit texts exist on the various topics and branches of knowledge as Astrology, Ayurveda, Medicine, physics, chemistry, zoology, dendrology and even aerodynamics and robotics. The Bharadvaja Vaimanika Shastra is an ancient text on aerodynamics and the construction of anaerobes. And king Bhoja of Kannauj has left us a treatise on the robotics. Charakasanhita of the sage Charaka, Shushrutasanhita of the sage Shushruta, Bhavaprakash Nighantu etc. are some of the most famous world-class texts on medicine.

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