Devanagari and Sanskrit
The word itself, Sanskrit (Sanskrta) means “language brought to formal perfection.”
The word Sanskrit, in Sanskrit, is spelled Saṁskṛta, and means “refined”, “consecrated” , “sanctified” or “complete”. Sanskrit is an exquisite language from ancient India whose beauty and design set it apart from ordinary language. Sanskrit has been used to pass down accumulated knowledge in the sciences of yoga, medicine (Ayurveda), astronomy/astrology (Jyotisha), sound (Mantra), mathematics, stories, traditions and much more, from generation to generation aurally (via chanting) and in writing.
Sound is the highest priority in Sanskrit. Pronunciation is extremely important, since all sound has an energetic effect. In the beginning, the sacred texts called Veda-s were not written down, only chanted. Having a language that is 100% phonetic made it much easier to preserve these sacred sounds.
“The extraordinary thing about Sanskrit is that it offers direct accessibility by anyone to that elevated plane where the two, mathematics and music, brain and heart, analytic and intuitive, scientific and spiritual become one.”
– Vyaas Houston
Language is a way of communicating, and has a grammar which defines its word and sentence formation. To write a language on paper, you need a script. (In English, we use what is called Roman script, which consists of the written letters a through z.) The Sanskrit language is usually written in a script called Devanagari.