Sanskrit – Connecting Sound and Form
Sadhguru looks at the nature of the Sanskrit language, and how it was a powerful tool to experience a deeper dimension of existence.
 
Sanskrit - Connecting Sound and Form
 

Sadhguru looks at the nature of the Sanskrit language, and how it was a powerful tool to experience a deeper dimension of existence.

Sadhguru: The Sanskrit language is a device, not necessarily a medium of communication. Most of the other languages were made up because we had to refer to something. Initially, they started with just a handful of words and then multiplied them into complex forms. But Sanskrit is a discovered language because today we know that if you feed any sound into an oscilloscope, every sound has a form attached to it. Similarly, every form has a sound attached to it. Every form in the existence is reverberating in a certain way and creates a certain form. This happened to me as a child: I would be staring at someone who would be talking. Initially, I heard their words, then just the sounds. After some time, I just saw some crazy patterns happening around them which so engrossed, amazed and amused me that I could just sit staring at them forever, not understanding a single word because I was not listening to the words at all.

Sanskrit is like a blueprint of the existence. What is in form, we converted into sound.

Sanskrit is one language where form and sound are connected. In English for example, if you say “sun” or “son,” in utterance it is the same, only in spelling it is different. What you write is not the criteria. The sound is the criteria because today modern science is proving to you that the whole existence is just a reverberation of energy. Where there is a vibration, there is bound to be a sound. The whole existence on one level is in sound form. When you realize what sound is attached to a particular form, you give this sound as the name for that form – now the sound and the form are connected. If you utter the sound, you are relating to the form – not just psychologically, but existentially, you are connecting with the form. If you have mastery over the sound, you also have mastery over the form. Sanskrit is like a blueprint of the existence. What is in form, we converted into sound. A lot of distortions have happened. How to preserve it in its right form has become a challenge even today since the necessary knowledge, understanding, and awareness is largely missing.

That is the reason why when Sanskrit is taught, it has to be learnt by rote. People just chant the language endlessly. It does not matter whether you know the meaning or not. The sound is important, not the meaning. Meanings are made up in your mind. It is the sound and the form which are connecting. Are you connecting or not? – That is the question. That is why it has become the mother of almost all Indian and European languages, except Tamil. Tamil did not come from Sanskrit. It developed independently. All the other Indian languages and almost all the European languages have their origin in Sanskrit.

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3 years 7 months ago

Yes, though such an intellectual debate is stimulating for the mind, it must not take away the epitome of Sadhguru's message...

3 years 9 months ago

Read Sadhguru's and Ari Marappan's post again. You will see the the difference. cheers.

3 years 7 months ago

Which is the oldest civilization in the world? Is there any civilization in the world known as Sanskrit civilization?
I am saying that the oldest civilization is Sumerian civilization and we have hard evidence that it was a Tamil civilization. mahenjodaro and Harappa is also a Tamil civilisation, please refer to Asko Parpola and Dr Clyde Winters.

3 years 10 months ago

Namaskaram Sadhguru, now I wonder what form is attached to word "mukthi"

3 years 9 months ago

And why does it matter whether tamil is mother of all languages or not? Do you want to prove tamil is the best language which would be the stupidest conclusion ever made. Any way whatever be the history of tamil, it is not any better than other languages because only Sanskrit is used as a device in yoga

3 years 7 months ago

Dravidian Languages?

3 years 10 months ago

It's formless!

3 years 8 months ago

There is another view that Sanskrit is not a language at all, but just a collection of sounds that got tagged with a language name. These sounds can be represented using a script of any language. There are thousands of palm-leaf manuscripts in Tamil, written by the ancient Siddhars (the 18 Tamil yogis) that have mantra chants (sounds) written using the Tamil alphabet. Tamil is of course, a very ancient language - hands down. But Tamil and Sanskrit shouldn't be compared of antiquity, because how can a language and a series of sounds be compared?!

BTW, why would people have arguments on Sadguru's blog page about one's language? Can we instead not be happy about the beautiful message that he imparts by way of this blog?

3 years 10 months ago

Only Tamil!

3 years 7 months ago

Telugu also does not come from Sanskrit. In fact it influenced Sanskrit grammar. However, sanskrit had a profound influence over Telugu and then English. The great things about Telugu other than its melodious sound (for an Indian language) is its ability to assimilate language and its algebraic grammar. Unfortunately Telugu diaspora tend NOT to assimilate as well.

3 years 7 months ago

One sound where I truly absolutely reverberated consicously, I didnt know that we can reverberate with one sound in presence of dhyanalingan i.e "SHAMBHO", during linga snanam, is it sound , it is grace ,is it seeking, is it longing, is it light, is it fire, is it ..... I dont know

3 years 10 months ago

Sadhguru, I would disagree with you on your statement that 'Sanskrit is the mother of almost all European languages and all Indian languages except Tamil.

It is the other way round, Tamil is the mother of all European languages when we link the Sumerian language (accepted as oldest civilisation in the world now...wait tii science discovers Kumari Kandam) as Archaic Tamil . Studies by Dr Loganathan from Malaysia has proven beyond doubt that Sumerian is an old form of Tamil. Please see the link below:

http://www.heritagewiki.org/index.php?title=Sumerian:TAMIL_of_the_First…

As for Sanskrit, it seem to be an artificial language created for some specific purpose), The base of Sanskrit is Tamil. This also has been discovered by Dr Loganathan. So Sanskrit is from Tamil.

http://www.heritagewiki.org/index.php?title=SumeruTamil:_The_Base_of_Sa…

Looking at these studies and recent discoveries like the Harapa and Mahenjodaro is a Tamil civilisation, It seem like Tamil may just be the mother of all languages on earth!

3 years 7 months ago

Also, Telugu and Tamil have a common ancestor so it also is not rooted in neither Tamil nor Sanskrit!

3 years 7 months ago

ungaludaya anaithu kurumpada katchigalai rasithom, innum kaatu avizhthu vidatha seithigal aayiram ullathu, atharkuriya kelvikalum pala irukirathu? thangal vilakkangal innum virivaga irunthal miga nanraga irukum.

aayivu seiya vendiyavaigal : Athi yogiyaga ariyapadum Sivan vazhuntha kaalam patri kuripoo illai?
Athe ponru sivanidamum muruganidamum nagam ullathu ethu' vum aayivukuriyathu?
kumariku munbe himalaya malai thonriyatha alla kumariku pinba? ponra parpala kelvigal irukirathu ? ethu mattumillamal ella padaipugalum onril irunthu than thonriyathu endral manitharool yen verrupaadu?

thyavu seiyathu vilakam tharavum

3 years 10 months ago

And let me take a wild guess here.....you are a Tamilian as is your Dr. Loganathan...no surprises here!

3 years 7 months ago

You are highly ill-informed...Sadhguru is absolutely right; Sanskrit is not an invented language, but a discovered language. Tamil, on the other hand, has been developed by Agastya Muni. There is ample evidence, which you can find even off the web. One simple logical argument to illustrate this, is the fact that the Sanskrit language has many more alphabets and sounds, which the Tamil language, woefully, lacks (even 'mukti' is enunciated as 'mukthi' in Tamil, which is absolutely erroneous). Sanskrit has been widely accepted as the most scientific language; I think it might encompass the antecedents of the Tamil language as well...

3 years 7 months ago

mukthi' nalanda , sakthi, satavana, patna, alwar, kolkatta these are ofcourse tamil words For ex: kali or kotravai is tamil goddess, similarity b/t(kali comes here ) kali kottam is literally means place where " kali stayed" Nalanda also good example there is no explantion the word Nalanda in northern languages but in tamil, it has meaning "Nalam, Tha -nalan, da" which means "Giving a good thing and edu.." Tha means give and nalam means good education and being fine . like many ex are there

3 years 10 months ago

Such a wonderful question . :)

3 years 7 months ago

It is sheer humbug that Sanskrit has its origins in Tamil - it's logically incorrect. Tamil language is bereft of the complexities and nuances which embellish the Sanskrit language. As I have delineated in my previous comment, and as has been corroborated by Sadhguru, Tamil is an invented language while Sanskrit is a discovered language...

3 years 7 months ago

patna -- pattinam, alwar -- azhwar

3 years 10 months ago

Who are you then? Non-Tamil for sure! Aren't you? No surprises to us either!

3 years 7 months ago

Exactly, I don't understand why people propagate something untrue at the cost of regional pride...that is a base attitude..

3 years 7 months ago

Many controversy are behind this, In between tamil and Sankrit. Apart from this various kingdom ruled the nation by its own style. And also misunderstanding of culture, broadness of nation, language uniqueness, eclectic people are mingled with the culture, problem in complexity interpret , inaccuracy, non explained reality. Everything was confusing people, that's y? people going towards other religion which has simplest things and easily understandable. Our Dharma(way a life) are made like complicated thing. Actually our science and culture are very clear and clever then other countries. each and everything as reason behind that

3 years 10 months ago

What has that got to do with research? You have no other way to counter this finding but to call us Tamil chauvinist?

3 years 7 months ago

Let's not bicker over this - one believes that her language is superior and the mother of all languages, only because it giver her a sense of superiority; it inflates one's ego - that is a futile exercise. Let's check our facts, on logical and empirical grounds.

That Sanskrit is the mother of all languages (apart from Tamil, which could have been developed independently) is an undeniable fact, on both these grounds.

3 years 7 months ago

If Mukthi was attached to anything, even a form, it may not be mukthi. It must be free from everything!

3 years 10 months ago

:-) Ari Marappan, you didn't disagree with what Sadhguru said. He said A = B, and you said no it is B = A. He said all those languages have their origin in Sanskrit, EXCEPT Tamil. It's only that he didn't say that Sanskrit is also from Tamil, because that would have meant to state that Tamil is the mother of all the languages on the planet. Sadhguru was humble enough not to state this directly :-). He only said that Tamil developed independently :-). That means it can be the mother of Sanskrit also, or maybe not... he didn't say it is from Tamil, but he didn't say it is not from Tamil either, just that Tamil developed independently :-). He put it very beautifully. Also check this interesting video on youtube.<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRghF1pQccA&quot; rel="nofollow">
Shocking Truth About Tamil Language - Alex Collier in 1995</a>

And by the way, I'm not tamilian, not even indian. If Tamil is really the first language, I find it very interesting, The way it sounds to my ears, tamil is a very powerful language. And it looks like the words are flowing effortlessly, and especially when they speak very fast, it comes like an avalanche, it cuts through everything effortlessly. I know there is something deeper than that about it, but I can't figure it out. I would love to see more articles about tamil and south indian culture and life style. Very interesting article, thank you, or Nanri நன்றி

3 years 7 months ago

Very well said! :-D

3 years 7 months ago

They both come from a trilateral split of Dravidian. Telugu and Tamil/Kannada split from Southern Dravidian and therefore is not descended from Tamil.

3 years 10 months ago

Is sanskrit a language for communication with human beings at all. How many do? Communicating with Gods/ inner self and understanding Heritage Literature - yes it is a wonderful medium. What is its unique feature - it is vAk or speech which begins with para - the seed of thought , pashyanti - seed of idea growing to literally perceivable thought . mAdhyama - How to express this is the beginning of "communication" and the vocalization is "vAk". This is the heard sound. BUT WHAT ABOUT THOSE THAT ARE BORN DEAF and consequently DUMB. To me cutting out all the jazz about Sanskrit, Tamil, Sumeria and idiotic philosophy /history/religion is [akShara muShtikA] this is described by vAtsAyana as one of the 64 kaLa. So what gets my goat is 1) why hasn't anybody among the so many scholars gurus, etc. ever mentioned this "art" which is a "science". And why so called "dharma" freaks don't ever mention RuShi kanAda - and what dharmA is - yatho abhyudhAya niHshreyasa siddhi sa dharmAH - That siddhih/ (art/science) which brings progress (sense of) is called dharmAH. What is the science in akShara muShTika is based on the fact that guruji observed - every sound /articulation possible/phone/ vibration has meaning!!! How does one perceive vibration or flow of energy? - Against a backdrop of silence/absence of vibration can this be perceived. In Sanskrit every akShara has meaning. Some A groups of combinations of akShara become [dhAtu] and these concatenate / transformed as noticed rules of grammar or order in sounds along with Chandas or intonations and metre becomes the thing which is worth communicating. Guruji so rightly says that he felt comfortable even when not able to understand a word. This is because the MOTHER has already taught the child from its womb on what the process of Sanskrit is - Everything that the child needs to know is taught by the mother. Whether it is a simple meaningless song to Prof.Sumerian . kUjantam is result that vAmiki uses for his narration of rAmAyaNa - kUjantam rAma rAmeti madhuram madhurAkSharam. Those that want to give "fodder" to the "mind" and become grammatical - to Tamizh and - Sanskrit - etc. languages haven't read or heard tolkAppiAr - lifeless sounds being poured life into it by svara is his great contribution to understanding the mechanics of Sanskrit. ANI tamizhians know is nail or fulcrum or axis - do Hindi scholars use it? no - kIla is what they use There is nothing divergent bot ANI and kilA are in the veda. gurujI - no disrespect to you If I donot do the boring "I'll dive olympic style to the guru's feet" - you have taught (after my mother the gretaest of great teachers in the world) the thing I have conviction "sahanA bhavtu... "