Sanskrit: The Language of Science
Sanskrit is the Foundation of Indian culture.
There is a misconception, among normal people, that the Sanskrit language is only a language for chanting mantras in religious ceremonies & temples.
But, in reality, Sanskrit was the language of independent thinkers, who questions everything in a logical way, and expresses the broad spectrum of thoughts on multiple faces of life-line related subjects.
More than 95% of Sanskrit Literature deals with philosophy, law, science, grammar, interpretation, life basics, logic, etc. Only 5% of Sanskrit Literature is being used in a religious ceremony, in fact.
Sanskrit was the language of scientists in ancient India.
When we talk about science and progress happened in the field of Scientific Inventions, today, in reality, we are behind the Western European countries, but there was a time when India was leading the whole world in science and Scientific Inventions.
Sanskrit, which was first spoken in ancient India (Bharat), is known as the mother of most of the available languages in the earth.
But, people rarely speak Sanskrit now a day. In India, as per 2011 census, the population of 0.02 Million (= 20,000) people have registered themselves, Sanskrit as their native language. However, there is a great usage of Sanskrit Language in the mythological and religious scriptures of Hinduism (Sanatan Dharma). Sanskrit is one of the 22 Official Languages of India. Sanskrit is the Additional Official Language of Uttarakhand State of India.
Even though, when general people do not speak Sanskrit much, this language is high in demand and respectable even.
The reason is its Scientific in nature and NASA is deeply using this language for its research project.
Why is Sanskrit a scientific language?
It is important to know – “Why Sanskrit is significant in the modern era?” We already know that more than 90% of existing global languages have its root in Sanskrit, directly or indirectly. In fact, 80% of English Language has traces in Sanskrit, when we go deep to find its root. NASA has declared Sanskrit as “the only unambiguous language spoken in the planet, i.e. the language spoken in its purest form with no more than one interpretation, because of its unique structure as a language, and hence it is very suitable for Computer command.
Panini was an ancient Sanskrit Philologist, Grammarian and a great scholar of ancient India. He was born in Pushkalavati, Gandhara- on the outskirt of modern-day Charsadaa, a city in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistan. Panini was known for his extraordinary work in the field of Sanskrit Grammar, particularly for his formulation of the 3959 Rules of Sanskrit Morphology, Syntax and Semantics in the grammar, known as “Ashtadhyayi i.e. Eight Chapters”, which was the Foundation Transcript of the Grammatical Unit of the VEDANGA, the supporting academic discipline of Vedic Religion (Sanatan Dharma/Hinduism).
Panini was considered as the father of linguistics. He used the algorithms that were very much similar to modern age computer language structure. Panini has used a very technical meta-language. The algorithms developed by him suggested that Sanskrit has sentences and ideas formed by structuring and grouping independent clauses together. This forms the basis of both natural and programming language.
NASA has come out with the theory that the Sanskrit Grammar would help in understanding Natural Language. Natural language is the key element for developing Super Intelligent Computers. The feasible algorithms for the processing of super-intelligent computers can be achieved through an unambiguous representation of natural languages, only. We have already told you, earlier, that Sanskrit is the only unambiguous language. So, Sanskrit is Suitable for Super Intelligent Computer Processing. Sanskrit is such a language, in which, a message or information can be sent by the computers in the least numbers of words. Next Generation Computers will be based on Sanskrit.
Because of such a high degree of value and significance of Sanskrit language, various developed countries are now urging their young generations to learn this language. In fact, some of the schools and colleges in the UK and Germany have made it compulsory for their students to learn this language.
History of Sanskrit-Science Relationship:
In the year 1920, Quantum Mechanics (a fundamental theory in Physics) was created. Werner Heisenberg, Erwin Schrodinger, & Niels Bohr, were the three great physicists, behind this creation. They were passionate students of Vedas, and they marvelled at the compact formulation of mathematical intricacies hidden in it. There are many more remarkable findings, for example, from inventions of “Zero” to the decimal system, Vedic Mathematics, Aryabhatta’s and Bhaskar’s Astronomical Developments etc., that have come out of the decode of Sanskrit Scriptures.
Can Sanskrit help Artificial Intelligence Researchers?
Yes. Sanskrit is easier than English, making it easier in terms of constructing a sentence in the least usage of words and with unambiguous in nature. Panini’s Work can be taken as a direct reference, for Artificial Intelligence Research Development.
We have seen that Sanskrit, the sacred language of Ancient India (Bharat) is a Scientific Language. And because of its uniqueness in nature, scientists are using it in various development and research activities. Extraordinary work done by Panini, the great scholar of ancient India (Bharat), can guide the entire Science Community to achieve success in AI (Artificial Intelligence) and Super Intelligent Computers Development.
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INTRODUCTION TO INDIAN KNOWLEDGE SYSTEM PROF. K RAMASUBRAMANIYA(IIT BOMBAY, INDIA)-SANSKRIT AS A LANGUAGE OF SCIENCE.