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Vedic Sanskrit is a language of profound knowledge and deep wisdom. Although very ancient, many original ideas medicine, mathematics, science, and technology is written in this language for thousands of years. Unfortunately, many of these words, particularly in older texts, are mistranslated, which causes every sort of misinterpretation. It’s important to note here that Vedic Sanskrit is much different than the Sanskrit that is being taught by most revivalist schools. We know this for sure when we find that those who claim to speak in Sanskrit fluently, today, fail to translate or understand various Sanskrit texts efficiently.
Among the most mistranslated and abused terms in Sanskrit are Tantra and Mantra. The word Tantra is often mistranslated as “occult” or as referring to sensational practise, and Mantra often misunderstood magical sounds that grant mystical or magical powers. Mantra is also misunderstood as a ‘secret formula’.
Around 300 BC a nonagenarian Brahman named Vishnu Sharma wrote a web of stories to explain dynamics of human relationships and entitled it as Panchatantra. The title consists of two words, namely Pancha and Tantra. While Pancha denotes “five” – the Tantra is about Strategies and not occult.