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American county proclaims January 12 as Sanskrit Day

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Reno, Nevada; Jan. 10, 2008 - A proclamation signed by Robert M. Larkin, Chairman
of Washoe County Commission, under the Seal of Washoe County, says, " PROCLAIMED,
That Washoe County recognizes the importance of the Sanskrit language and January
12, 2008 as Sanskrit Day".

This Washoe County proclamation quotes Mahatma Gandhi as saying "Without the study
of Sanskrit, one cannot become a true learned man".
It further says, "As Hinduism expands in the West, it is important that to
understand Hinduism, one should have a working knowledge of Sanskrit."
This proclamation is to coincide with two-day Sanskrit language seminar, first of
its type in the state, organized by prominent Hindu chaplain and Indo-American
leader, Rajan Zed, on January 12-13 next, in which about 50 people are expected to
participate.
Vedas (written in Sanskrit) are dated by different scholars from 6500 BCE to 1500
BCE. Sanskrit language must have evolved to its expressive capability prior to
that. Besides Hindu scriptures, a vast amount of Buddhist and Jain scriptures were
also written in Sanskrit. According to tradition, self-born God created Sanskrit,
which is everlasting and divine. First scripture of the world, Rig-Veda, was
written in Sanskrit. Many Sanskrit works are still to be translated. Sanskrit has
a close relationship with other classical languages like Latin, Greek, French,
German, etc.
Famed German philologist Max Muller once said, "Sanskrit is the greatest language
of the world." In America, scholar William D. Whitney wrote the Sanskrit Grammar
in 1879. Sanskrit is also known as "the language of the gods".