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@BugmanExtraordinaire It is Sanskrit. I'd encourage you to learn, it's quite easy these days.
Every person ploughs his own lonely furrow and to each his own and all that but...
Samskritam is THE vehicle for the sum total of a minimum of 2500 + years of recorded intellectual achievement in India
Pali and Prakrit canon does exist, but nowhere close to the sheer volume of work across all intellectual spheres available via Samskritam
@BugmanExtraordinaire You'd be surprised how little "universities" have to do with all this. The traditional system of Sanskrit learning/teaching is alive (though not quite as well as it should be), and there's an increasing trend towards people who're either self taught or learn from orgs like Samskrita Bharati. The *average* university grad in Sanskrit can't hold a simple conversation for five minutes, but the upper 10 percentile do quite well. You can see the beginnings of independent research that will eventually challenge western academia.
Indians not speaking their mother tongues well is another problem [email protected]
@BugmanExtraordinaire Depends on what you mean by "high level of proficiency". I am better than most college grads in Sanskrit actually are, but in reality only as good as a high school grad *ought to be*.
Yes, I have read much of Kalidasa and other classical works, and parts of the Mahabharata and Ramayana.
@BugmanExtraordinaire It's a lot easier to go from Sanskrit to Pali than the other way round (the transformation is lossy). As for "unimportant", most of the Buddhist canon was available in Sanskrit at one point. Pali being the dominant Theravada language today is an accident of history (Buddhaghosha) and Geography (Sri Lanka being sufficiently remote from Islamic conquests)
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