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I read this quote by Swami Vivekananda:

God spoke once. He spoke in Sanskrit, and that is the divine language.

What did he mean by this?

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    @AmitSaxena: Could you please share the link where he spoke this statement? – Jatin Jun 20 '16 at 4:19
  • Could it be a reference to the Bhagvad Geeta? – Dr. Vineet Aggarwal Feb 12 '18 at 7:07
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    @Dr.VineetAggarwal, he meant the Vedas – mar Oct 8 '19 at 6:45
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It is from the The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda/Volume 3..

While quoting the statement from Abrahamic Text "In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God ", Swami said that the Word is the Vedas, and Sanskrit is the language of God. God spoke once. He spoke in Sanskrit.

The following is the extract.

There was already in India a vast religion with an organised scripture — the Vedas; and these Vedas existed as a mass of literature and not a book — just as you find the Old Testament, the Bible. Now, the Bible is a mass of literature of different ages; different persons are the writers, and so on. It is a collection.

Now, the Vedas are a vast collection. I do not know whether, if the texts were all found — nobody has found all the texts, nobody even in India has seen all the books — if all the books were known, this room would contain them. It is a huge mass of literature, carried down from generation to generation from God, who gave the scriptures. And the idea about the scriptures in India became tremendously orthodox.

You complain of your orthodoxies in book-worship. If you get the Hindus' idea, where will you be? The Hindus think the Vedas are the direct knowledge of God, that God has created the whole universe in and through the Vedas, and that the whole universe exists because it is in the Vedas. The cow exists outside because the word "cow" is in the Vedas; man exists outside because of the word in the Vedas.

Here you see the beginning of that theory which later on Christians developed and expressed in the text: "In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God " It is the old, ancient theory of India. Upon that is based the whole idea of the scriptures. And mind, every word is the power of God. The word is only the external manifestation on the material plane.

So, all this manifestation is just the manifestation on the material plane; and the Word is the Vedas, and Sanskrit is the language of God. God spoke once. He spoke in Sanskrit, and that is the divine language. Every other language, they consider, is no more than the braying of animals; and to denote that they call every other nation that does not speak Sanskrit [Mlechchhas], the same word as the barbarians of the Greeks. They are braying, not talking, and Sanskrit is the divine language.

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