Introduction to comparing Sanskrit with other languages

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1. Introduction

Sanskrit is the primary language of Hinduism for Sacred texts. It is the language that Sacred texts like the Vedas, Upanishads, Puranas, Ramayana, Mahabharata and Bhagawad Geeta were originally written in. These Sacred texts represent the rich spiritual heritage of India. Over the course of time, these Sacred texts have been translated into many languages and are therefore accessed by people from all over the world. When any Sacred literary work gets translated there is a possibility that the translated work does not have the same impact as the original work. As of Sep 2016, the Maharshi University of Spirituality has been privy to the process of translation of close to 300 Holy Texts compiled by His Holiness Dr Athavale into over 15 languages.  We have observed many obstacles in the translation process, the main two of which are:

  1. The ability of the translator to correctly translate words along with cultural and spiritual concepts into another language.
  2. Any language itself has its own spiritual vibrations, which can enhance or reduce the efficacy of the literary work on the reader.

Out of the above two points, the second one is lesser known.

Why did the Sages of ancient Bharat choose to write Holy texts in Sanskrit ?

Each language is different in relation to the sound / pronunciation of the words that represent objects and concepts. Though there are some generic scripts like Latin, Chinese, Arabic, Devanagari, Cyrillic, etc., the various language scripts within each generic script are different and differ in their form and usage. Does the relationship between phonetics and script make a difference in advancing the positive vibrations of a language ?

At the Maharshi University of Spirituality and the Spiritual Science Research Foundation, apart from the spiritual research that has been conducted using advanced sixth sense, we have also carried out extensive research on Sanskrit as a language with the help of bio-feedback instruments. In this study, we have used such instruments to conduct a number of experiments to test the hypothesis that:

Sanskrit is a language best suited for Sacred texts and that it has a positive impact on people at a visual and auditory level and more importantly at a spiritual level.

Many of the experiments, which have been conducted using biofeedback machines, have been also been independently analysed by some of our seekers who have an advanced sixth sense of vision.  These seekers due to their innate ability and extensive spiritual practice can experience spiritual vibrations which an average person is not able to feel. They draw the vibrations they are able to feel and these drawings are known as subtle drawings. We have found that the results given by these biofeedback machines have been independently corroborated by the subtle drawings drawn by our subtle artists. In fact, these subtle drawings provide a greater depth of detail when compared to the images from a biofeedback machine.

2. Methodology

2.1 Biofeedback machines used in research study of Sanskrit

We used biofeedback instruments to test the hypothesis that Sanskrit is a language best suited for Sacred texts and that it has a positive impact on people at a visual and auditory level and more importantly at a spiritual level. In this paper, we present the research work carried out via one such instrument known as Polycontrast Interference Photography (PIP) and have provided a short description of the instrument below. We have provided more information about the colours as coded by the developer of this technology in the article on PIP technology.

Each instrument has its own methodology of use and we take special care to abide by such procedures while conducting experiments.

Polycontrast Interference Photography (PIP)

pip-pictureEfforts to study the energy field (aura) around objects or people with the help of machines or specific techniques have been going on for the past many decades. Building on the technology used in Kirlian photography, Harry Oldfield, a scientist and an inventor researched the same technique and presented it in a new and easily usable format. This is known as ‘Polycontrast Interference Photography’, that is, PIP. Among the various energy field testing methods, PIP is known as an effective method. PIP technology involves an energy field video imaging process. This new, experimental technology reveals patterns of light that are not visible to the naked eye. Harry Oldfield believed that the future of diagnosis of medical ailments lay in finding an effective scanner that can see imbalances in the energy field rather than just disease in the physical body. He calibrated the machine to display various colours. Each of these colours were given a particular meaning and are used to represent positive vibrations and areas of disturbances in the bio-field/energy field. The instrument has gained a lot of popularity with researchers trying to understand how a person’s bio-field can be a tell-tale sign of their future health.

2.2 Other aspects with regard to methodology

  • In all our research/experiments conducted in relation to this topic, we generally established a baseline reading. Thereafter, we endeavoured to compare the baseline reading with the new reading taken after the stimulus/change is shown or seen.
  • A lot of care is taken to limit the influence of other stimuli (for example, fluctuation of light, temperature, etc.) during the experiment.
  • While we have not collected high volumes of statistical data in each experiment, such experiments open up the doors and provide direction for future research on the value of Sanskrit as a language for the benefit of humanity and the environment along with increasing the efficacy of spiritual rituals.
  • In relation to the PIP instrument, we have used our extensive experience with the instrument along with help from experienced users of PIP and adapted it for use beyond its original purpose. We have defined the various colours in the PIP image from a spiritual context. For example :
    • Yellow signifies general well-being and vitality as per the PIP manual and we have further defined it from a spiritual perspective as Divine consciousness (Chaitanya) or knowledge
    • We have provided further details on what each shade of a certain colour means. 4 shades of green can be seen in PIP pictures but they have been treated as one colour by the PIP manual. Based on our experience, we have listed definitions for all 4 shades which give further insight into the shades of colours seen.
    • For further information, refer to the adapted chart of PIP colours.
  • As mentioned earlier, we have also displayed sixth sense diagrams (a special feature of our research) for some experiments. These diagrams made by subtle artists using their advanced sixth sense have been made independently of the readings obtained by biofeedback instruments.

 

 

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