From Our Special Correspondent
Silchar, Dec 25: “Our country has a glorious tradition of rich culture and heritage. It is also a land of ancient civilization in the world, besides being a treasure-trove of knowledge and science”, said Dr. Shankar Bhattacharjee, president, Sanskrit Bharati, south Assam region, while articulating his views before the learned audience at the District Library Auditorium at Silchar on Monday. It was the occasion to mark the distinct contribution of Sanskrit Bharati towards the promotion and enrichment of Sanskrit language and culture.
When the entire world was steeped in darkness and chaos, it was from this country Bharat that the flame of knowledge kindled and spread all over. Dr. Bhattacharjee continued to say that it was this flame of knowledge and the exploration of the unexplored that the first book of immense knowledge called ‘Veda’ came out. This holy and classic book is honoured and read with great devotion across the continents of the world, he pointed out. Veda is written in Sanskrit, the oldest language in the world.
It is in this rich and sweet language that the holy scriptures of Geeta, Bhagvat, Pura, Upanishad and other glorified holy books have been written. Quite sad, this rich and respected language has been neglected and discarded in our academic world. Notwithstanding this attitude of neglect, Sanskrit continues to have a place of reverence in the hearts of the learned, might be few in number, Dr. Bhattacharjee said. All the Indian languages have their origin in Sanskrit. Without the knowledge of Sanskrit, the knowledge of the langue of modern India is incomplete.
It is this lack of ‘Devagari’ that results in constructiol and grammatical errors in one’s mother tongue or modern Indian language, the learned speaker stressed. Keeping this in mind, the educated society of today has become active for the spread and promotion of Sanskrit. “This is no doubt a commendable move that will inspire those who are serious about learning and knowledge and this will help in giving a new direction and dimension to our society and the human civilization”, he added.
Dr. Bibhas Deb, president, Sanskrit Bharati, Cachar, reminded that the organization that he and others lead “is the very embodiment of Indian glory and rich culture”. Sanskrit Bharati is deeply involved in re-establishing the lost glory and pride of Sanskrit language. This can only be possible with the support and cooperation of all sections of people. In order to revive Sanskrit as the language of people, Sanskrit Bharati is publishing literature in different forms with a view to encouraging the system of education with books for studies in Devaagari, Dr. Deb revealed. Besides, classes are also being conducted for the education of the language for all those interested.
Dr. Purnendu Kumar, an important member of the forum, said, “Research works can be really worthwhile if done on the basis of the knowledge inherent in ancient Indian literature”. It is this deep rooted study that will explore further the unknown real of mathematics, astrology, astronomy, chemistry, physics, ayurveda, aviation, medicine, vastu-shastra, engineering among others, he emphasized. The present social life is virtually at a crossroad due to the lack of moral education. Unsocial activities are on the rise.
It is the considered opinion of the learned and the educated that the education through the medium of Sanskrit will definitely help in elimiting these vices. This will also contribute towards the strengthening of our traditiol way of thinking, feeling and behaving and develop the concept of ‘Basudeva Kutumbakam’ and herein lies the wellbeing and welfare of the entire universe. The views of the learned were expressed at the one day conference of Sanskrit Bharati, attended by an impressive number of enlightened persons both from the urban and rural areas.