Deliberations held on importance of Sanskrit to civilization and present scenario

Gangtok, 17 Nov [IPR]: Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang [Golay] attended a special programme organized here at Mannan Kendra to discuss “The Importance of Sanskrit in Human Civilisation and present Scenario” organized by Shri Shri Duttatraya Seva Sangh, Sikkim.

The Chief Minister was accompanied by Health Minister MK Sharma, MLAs YT Lepcha and Vishnu Kumar Khatiwara, Organisation Secretary of Shri Shri Duttatraya Seva Sangh, Mukul Kanitkarji, Swami Narayan Chaintanya, Professor Hari Prasad, Shastri Yoganandaji, Dr Gyanendra Sabkota, Dr Deepak Koirala, dignitaries, officials and the members of the Sangh.

The Chief Minister, in his address, said that Sanskrit was vital to Indian culture because of its extensive use in religious literature, primarily in Hinduism, and because most modern Indian languages have been directly derived from, or strongly influenced by, Sanskrit.

He pointed out that most Vedic religious texts as well as texts on medicine, astronomy, philosophy, art and architecture and important literary works were written in Sanskrit in spite of the language’s primary recognition as a religion’s language.

He said that the importance of the study of the Sanskrit goes far beyond the aesthetic value of its literature and remarked that Sanskrit was key to the study of most of the branches of Indian Civilization and the contribution of this civilization to the development of human thought and culture.

He added that Sanskrit has the most detailed morphological system and is hence ideally suited for computers programming.

Lastly, the Chief Minister said that Sanskrit served as a link language not only within India but even among South East Asian countries and that its influence on foreign languages and even on modern Indian languages was vast and immense.

Swami Narayan Chaitanya, in turn, said that the Gurukul system has a rich tradition of learning since ancient times and it is still practised today. It is where students are taught how to live a cultured and discipline life, he said about Gurukuls.

He said that the main focus of the Gurukul was imparting learning to students in natural surroundings enjoying brotherhood, humanity, love and discipline with essential teachings in subjects like language, science, mathematics through group discussions and self learning.

Not only this, there is special focus given to arts, sports, crafts and singing which develop their intelligence and critical thinking which helps in their personality development and to increase confidence, sense of discipline, intellect and mindfulness which are necessary to face the world.

He further quoted various hyms from religious texts and urged all present to become better human beings with richness of thought and not necessarily wealth.

Earlier, the Governor’s message was read out by PRO to the Governor, Deputy Secretary Khemraj B.

Shastri Yoganandji, Deepak Koirala, Gyanendra Sabkota and Hariprasad Adhikari and Shri Mukul K. shared their views on the importance of Sanskrit and Gurukul.

Earlier, Tika Ram Dhal and Bhawani Shankar Neupani were facilitated for their contributions to Sanskrit.

The teachers association also presented a citation to the Chief Minister for appointing 170 Sanskrit teachers.