Sanskrit, the power of the words creation

Sanskrit is one of the oldest languages which are preserved. Although not is knows exactly the time in that is began to use the Sanskrit Vedic, that have texts that seem to date at least from the 1500 before our was. This is a language that conveys a very ancient wisdom. Writes Montse Simon.

Sanskrit OM

The transmission of such wisdom had oral character and was therefore always very important pronunciation and accents (in the case of the Vedic Sanskrit) that gave intonation to the words. The words were recited with a certain melody or even gestures that he helped set in the memory that was pronounced. The Word always was important and was closely linked to the sacrifice that gives rise to the world. For rituals or even it was of greater importance or not know the meaning of that which was pronounced, but pronounce it correctly and performing the correct actions to make the ritual in question take effect.

This would change over time and in the final texts of the Vedas, of character much more philosophical and wise, it proclaims that OM is the song par excellence and that to know the deeper meaning of what is said is what brings true wisdom:

«Those who know it and those who don't know it, both carry out rituals using this syllable.» But knowledge and ignorance are two very different things. Only that which is carried out with knowledge, faith and consciousness of the hidden connections (upaniṣad) becomes really cash» (ch. Up. (I.1.10)

The whole world is OM: penetrate into the meaning of this syllable is one of the roads that leads towards the deeper reality of our being. OM is mentioned in different texts of the tradition hindu, but very particularly in the Mandukya Upanishad, where described you is broken down into the three phonemes AUM.

Sanskrit is a beautiful language in terms of sounds and through it we are invited to reflect on the power of Word creation. It is not in vain that four of the six auxiliary Sciences of the Vedas, called vedangas, would have to do with language. These four vedangas they are: grammar, etymology, phonetics and the metric.

Through the word reality is generated as we perceive it, interact with the environment through the word and communicate it. Through the rituals, that always made use of the word. establishing the relationship between humans and gods or ancestors. These rituals were people allowed to keep the cosmic order. And also is through the word that the master transmits to the student the knowledge about things that in last instance not can be named.

The exception the embodies the primary master, Shiva Dakshinâmûrti, that teaches in silence, only with his mere presence. And silence is where finally leads us the word, making us know that is the silence from which emerged and that silence makes it possible.

To deploy the Word via Sanskrit unfolds an idiosyncrasy, multiple colors of a culture that is diverse as it is the India. The Sanskrit leads us through the history of thinkers, scholars, poets, grammarians, doctors, scientists, dancers, reyes... It shows one of the wonderful ways that takes life in this world.

The study of Sanskrit is for me one of the ways of contact with the deeper meaning of some wisdom traditions of India which I see reflected big questions of existence that resonate in my heart.

Montse Simon She has a degree in philosophy, specializing in the philosophies and religions of the India and Sanskrit in Varanasi (University and study of classical texts with pandit Narayan Mishra), extended Sanskrit studies in Germany and Vedanta with SW. Nityananda Giri (Tamil Nadu, India), teacher training for yoga and yoga therapy. She teaches yoga, vedanta, Indian philosophy and Sanskrit Namaste.

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