Sanskrit (//; संस्कृतम् saṃskṛtam [səmskr̩t̪əm], originally संस्कृता वाक् saṃskṛtā vāk, "refined speech") is a standardized Indo-Aryan language, the primary liturgical language of Hinduism, philosophical language in Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and a scholarly literary language. Developing from Vedic Sanskrit, today it is listed as one of the 22 scheduled languages of India and is an official language of the state ofUttarakhand. Sanskrit holds a prominent position in Indo-European studies.
The corpus of Sanskrit literature encompasses a rich tradition of poetry and drama as well as scientific, technical, philosophical and dharma texts. Sanskrit continues to be widely used as a ceremonial language in Hindu religious rituals and Buddhist practice in the forms of hymns and mantras. Spoken Sanskrit has been revived in some villages with traditional institutions, and there are attempts at further popularisation.
AN ANCIENT SANSKRIT POEM
Look to this day
For it is life
He very life of life
In its brief course lie all
The realities and truths of existence
The joy of growth
The splendor of action
The glory of power
For yesterday is but a memory
And tomorrow is only a vision
But today well lived
Makes ever yesterday a memory of happiness
And every tomorrow a vision of hope
Look well, therefore, to this day.