Why Sanskrit Is Called Dev Bhasha?


Sanskrit is called deva bhasha, language of gods.


Sanskrit is called deva bhasha, language of gods. It is regarded as a divine language. Sanskrit letters are called akshara, imperishable. They are neither created nor destroyed. When they are pronounced, they are not created; they become manifest. According to the Bhagavata Purana, the Sanskrit letters manifested from the mouth of Brahma with divisions such as svaras, vowels, and vyanjanas, consonants, according to the pronunciation.

It is from the sound of these letters that the world was created. There are 33 vyanjanas, which represent the 33 devas, namely, 12 Adityas, 11 Rudras, eight Vasus, and two Ashvini Kumaras. The first 25 vyanjanas beginning with ‘k’ are grouped in five sets, each having five vyanjanas.

They represent the five sets of mahabhutas, material elements; five karmendriyas, working senses; five jnanendriyas, cognitive senses; five tanmatras, subtle elements, and five vishayas, sense objects. The 16 svaras represent 16 types of creative energies, also referred to as 16 kalas. Therefore, every Sanskrit word has a specific energy, vibration, attached to it.

Modern science has proven that matter is energy, vibration. Therefore, it makes sense that the world was created from the sound vibration of Sanskrit letters. This is also why sages who had perfected the science of mantra could bless or even curse someone.

Their words could create the corresponding objects. According to Sanskrit vyakaranam, grammar, there is an eternal relationship between a Sanskrit word and its meaning.

For example, by chanting the mantra related to a specific deity, one can experience that deity, because the deity of the mantra and the mantra have an inseparable relationship. In the Bhagwad Gita, Krishna says that if one leaves one’s body while reciting the divine sound of ‘Aum’, then one will become free from material conditioning. This is so because although ‘Aum’ appears to be an ordinary sound, it is actually the name of the Absolute Reality and carries all powers in it of the Supreme.

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