Sanskrit Non-Translatables : The Importance of Sanskritizing English by Rajiv Malhotra, Satyanarayana Dasa Babaji

Many times a phrase is heard “What’s the use of this language in today’s modern world, It’s a dead language” This applies not only to 1 language but so many languages across the world. But how does a language die. It is when its inheritors stop taking pride in their spoken word or rather mother tongue and try to mix it with another one that they mistakenly deem more important in today’s times. This is what the book is about . “How Sankrit loosing its unique standing due to assimilation and ”

“The global kurukshetra today poses a clear and present danger of Vedic civilizations being taken apart, some elements of it destroyed and others digested into Western Universalism. The term cultural genocide is appropriate for this condition.”

A well researched and well written book that puts across the message without preaching or lecturing. An interesting and engrossing essay on how we have lost the uniqueness and richness of our language due to loose translations  or rather mistranslations. This is emphasised and rather explained by giving many examples .  A detailed explanation and the origin of the words is also described in a way that binds the reader to the book.

“Sanskriti is commonly and loosely translated as culture. Culture is defined as the quality in a person or society that concerns excellence in arts, letters , manners and scholarly pursuits. Sanskriti, on the other hand , is not just confiled to the material world and includes the pursuit of a higher purpose. Samskara and Sanskriti are cognate words; sanskriti is a means to create samskara-s that transform a person into a valuable member of society.”

Another example Guru loosely translated to teacher where  as Teacher just Teaches and a Guru is a mentor , a guide and much more. There is no equivalent  translatable word.

The only low point in this book is sometimes it became too much descriptive and  essayish but the tables at the end of each chapter and the Index are a great help for the reader after finishing  reading and wants to refer again. A very nice and  informative read.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s