>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Clever how you conflate the existence of the Devanagari lipi to the existence of Sanskrit !!! You should know, if you are a researcher, that the earliest known inscription in Sanskrit is actually written in the Kharoshti script ->>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Again and again I am surpirised by the kind of suggestions for me to do research. I have done and this is the outcome. Devanagari was not a substitute for a local language. Have you read at least one Veda in original ? Do you know what Sanskrit is used there ?
Or do you have any idea of Panini's Sanskrit ? You folks are obviously clouded under the colonial Max Mullerian legacies that sought to belittle every Indian tradition.
Now to some hard facts. Sanskrit is of many shades, the oldest being Rigvedic Sanskrit. The core words used from antiquity to the recent styles sugeest a great continuity. The post Mahabharata Sanskrit is obviously Panini. There have been many commentators of Rigveda and the most recent one is itself is Yaska's (on the lexicon) and Panini says this itself is very old. If devnagari was not primarily developed for Sanskrit, then definitely the human mouth is not for eating !
Both the above are Americans and that should calm anyone questioning bias.
Where did the Zend Avesta get so much of Sanskrit from ? How the Sumerians spoke a language so close to Tamil or Telugu ?
Will you please tell me one Indian language except Tamil that is not a derived one of Sanskrit ? Go ahead, this is a very serious one. The liguistic field is quite daunting and there are ample resources on the net.
Coming to the religions concept inside Hinduism: The Hinduism that you refer is the same one as Sanatana Dharma. The Semitic concept that a religion needs a founder does not find a place here. The original Vedic Religion is now approximately eight millennia old by a modest calculation. It developed cracks and Buddhism emerged. Many religions protesting both Vedism and Buddhism erupted here. But the character was the same.
Sankara's unification of religions is not for someone to come here and poach or preach. It depicts a new phase that is all. My surprise and that too a great one is that, after so many brutal campaigns, the religious /scriptural character of this nation has not changed much. That is the hallmark of great Dharma. In contrast, the empty churches of Europe and America tell a different story. You might consider a research there also. Another spate of startling facts would roll out.
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