It is very difficult to define ‘Sanskar’ in a few words. The word ‘Sanskar’ has its origin in the Sanskrit language. There is no word in other languages comparable to ‘Sanskar’. It is difficult to translate it. So several important languages of the world have adopted the ‘Sanskar’ word in their vocabulary or have included the word in their dictionary. The surfacial meaning of the word ‘Sanskar’ is to purify, to refine, to supplement, to brighten, to adorn the inner conscience. However its meaning in wider sense is as deep as the depth of the ocean and as vast as the spread of the sky.
‘Sanskar’ is a process, which transforms a person into an ideal & outstanding personality by eradicating/ diminishing the negative mental tendencies existing in him and by inculcating human values & qualities to make him more dynamic, discreet, duty conscious and responsible towards himself as well as the society.
‘Sanskar’ is like plantation of a seed of human values into the subconscious of a person during his childhood so that adherence of these values becomes part of his nature and keeps on guiding him throughout his life. A person acts according to the ideals which exist in his subconscious without being aware of them. Thus his decisions, his reactions to actions of others and the quality of his actions depend upon the values existing in his subconscious. Conduct and behaviour of a person are always according to his inner values, which remain his guiding force.
‘Sanskar’ purifies feelings, thoughts and actions/deeds and adds momentum of life. Sanskar purifies inner conscious of the person and makes life meaningful.
‘Sanskar’ adds good conduct, good thoughts and human qualities to a man’s personality and sublimates his mind.
A man sans sanskar & human values is like an animal.
‘Sanskar’ forms a culture and develops social values. The Culture, Conduct & Behaviour and Sanskar are integrated to each other.