The silent sounds of Sanskrit

Aggarwal, Anshul The silent sounds of Sanskrit. Auroville. (Unpublished)

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The origin of speech and language has been a fascinating aspect of human evolution and continues to elude researchers and scholars to date. Academicians have presented many theories and hypothesis sometimes based on empirical evidence sometimes biased by cultural and political affections, but our understanding on this subject remains far for complete.

What follows is a reflection on the theory of sound, speech and language. The ideas expressed here have been inspired by the illuminating work of Dr. Sampadananda Mishra in his book- ‘Sanskrit and the Evolution of Human Speech’ where he has charted the history of philology (the study of language) and the aspects of sound from the point of view of Indian metaphysics. His narrative is in the light of Sri Aurobindo’s contributions in bridging the gaps between the material and the spiritual and the in-depth study of Sanskrit as the closest remnant of the original cosmic language, devabhāṣā, of which all languages are only imperfect evolutes.
The theories and interpretations of the Vedic texts are taken directly from his book, where they have been explained in detail. The references of those here are only to summarise his presentations for building context.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Art > Art (General)
Culture and Diversity > Culture and Diversity (General)
History > History (General)
Spirituality > Sri Aurobindo
Depositing User: Anshul Aggarwal
Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2021 04:23
Last Modified: 01 Dec 2021 04:23

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