The guiding force and inspiration behind the Sanskrit Karyalaya are the words of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo.
The Mother said: “Sanskrit should be the real national language. It is only Sanskrit which will be ultimately acceptable to the people of India. Sanskrit is the only language which creates an equal handicap for all the parts of the country, so that nobody has a natural advantage over others in learning it. When I speak of Sanskrit, it should be simple, but not ‘simplified’. When India goes back to her soul, Sanskrit will naturally become India’s national language.”
Sri Aurobindo has said: “The vital question is how we are to learn and make use of Sanskrit and the indigenous languages so as to get to the heart and intimate sense of our own culture and establish a vivid continuity between the still living power of our past and the yet uncreated power of our future.”
“Law and process must have governed the origins and developments of language. Given the necessary clue and sufficient data, they must be discoverable. It seems to me that in the Sanskrit language the clue can be found, the data lie ready for investigation.” (The Secret of the Veda, p.47) Sri Aurobindo gives us a key to study the language from a different point of view. He started his investigation in his work “The Origins of Aryan Speech” and did not finish it. But he gave us the principles and the direction for farther studies: “… Read More
SRI KIREET JOSHI ON SANSKRIT
It has been suggested that curriculum development is essentially a process of qualitative improvement. This is, of course, true; but what the country needs most urgently today is to liberate the educational system from the Macaulayan mould in which it has been so rigidly fixed that we need to propose to the country some radical strategies which would show how a new mould can be created, which would reflect the results of experiments which are going on since the last hundred years in certain progressive corners of India and the world. Indeed, it may be argued that this task could legitimately fall outside the purview of the exercises involved in the development of a national curriculum framework. But this argument is indefensible, since it is necessary to point out how the present mould of education prevents the implementation of some of the innovative ideas which have already been pronounced in the past, and which have been repeated also in the present document… Read More