Some scholars believed that Sanskrit was a pre-cursor to European languages while others disagree quite heatedly. Sanskrit appears on the Bible World History Timeline around 1000 BC with a note that it is possibly related to European languages.
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The Indian people believe that Sanskrit was a spiritual language that has been passed down to man through their people. This language was supposed to have originated with the Vedas or large body of text that has been given to the Hindu people well over 5000 years ago. The texts were supposed to be given to the Indians in the form of “what is heard” and not “what is remembered”. According to Hindu legend, mankind was able to retain knowledge when something was spoken to them one time. As time progressed, people became more evil and corrupted and, as a result, they lost their ability to comprehend information without the use of written language. Since then this language has been known to have a spiritual and religious connection associated with it since its origins are supposedly supernatural. Sanskrit appears on the Bible World History Timeline around 1000 BC.
Three major religions in Asia use Sanskrit as a part of their religious services. Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism have made this language their official dialect. The Indian state of Uttarakhand uses Sanskrit as their official language. Sanskrit is also a highly regarded language in Indo-European studies, culture, and history.
Sanskrit was about to die out at one point in the history of India since the institutions that supported it had become irrelevant. This had occurred around the 18th century before the British had dominated India. Once the British took over the language was preserved, and it was used for scholarly purposes and the educated classes. The average person in India during that time did not speak Sanskrit. In modern times, Sanskrit has become a common language in some parts of India. As much as half of the words used in modern India are supposed to be influenced by Sanskrit.
Sanskrit doesn’t have an original unified script because the early scripts were influenced by the region of the scribe. This means that all of the writing systems in southern Asia have been used to produce Sanskrit manuscripts. The Brahmi scripts were the earliest known for his language, and it was created in the 1st century B.C. The Brahmic scripts were also important since they had evolved into a variety of different Sanskrit scripts. The Northwest part of the subcontinent of India used the Kharosthi script. Gupta evolved from the Brahmi scripts.
Initially, many British scholars and linguists thought that Sanskrit was an inferior language since they thought that the Indian people were underneath them. However, their attitudes changed with time and English-speaking linguists and scholars have taken steps to preserve this language. They have transliterated Sanskrit with Latin and other Romanized languages.
The language has also been revived in the country of India since the latter half of the 20th century. Many different social and educational institutions have been trying to make Sanskrit an accepted part of the culture. Some political organizations have also tried to promote Hinduism in commercialized slogans to help spread the use of the language. Their efforts have been well received but competing with Hindi and English (India’s two primary languages) is proving difficult for supporters of Sanskrit.
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