“You know until I met you I’d never even heard of Sanskrit. What is it? How does it show up today? How can I use it?”
A dear friend of mine and I were having a conversation, and she slipped that in. I was taken aback, we were just meeting for coffee after all, but when a genuine question arises the opportunity can’t be allowed to pass.
At its simplest, Sanskrit is an ancient Indian language. It has a vast literature ranging from spirituality, philosophy, language and grammar, architecture, medicine, mathematics, poetry, drama, astronomy. You name it, Sanskrit has it covered, and in great depth and detail.
Sanskrit itself hasn’t changed over the centuries. It has maintained intact its purity, its knowledge, wisdom and its energy. One way that Sanskrit has preserved its power unchanged is its system of deriving all words, hundreds of thousands of them, from a group of short root forms.
Here’s a lovely example. The word smitam means ‘a smile’.
Sanskrit starts with the root form smi, and then adds endings and small sound shifts until it arrives at smitam, a smile. But smi itself means ‘to bloom, to be fully opened and to blossom’. This fundamental meaning is carried into every word derived from smi, including smitam. So the meaning of ‘to smile’ is to be fully open, to blossom fully like a flower. And this is carried into English because it turns out that the word ‘smile’ is in fact ultimately derived from smi via the evolution of the Indo-European family of languages.
Think of that every time you smile, that you are gifting the world with the full blossoming of your love and warmth.
Perhaps my friend got more than she bargained for, but when we left her smile was full and heartwarming.
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