The guiding force and inspiration behind the Sanskrit Karyalaya are the words of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo. The Mother said: "Sanskrit should be the real national language. It is only Sanskrit which will be ultimately acceptable to the people of India. Sanskrit is the only language which creates an equal handicap for all the parts of the country, so that nobody has a natural advantage over others in learning it. When I speak of Sanskrit, it should be simple, but not 'simplified'. When India goes back to her soul, Sanskrit will naturally become India’s national language." Sri Aurobindo has said: "The vital question is how we are to learn and make use of Sanskrit and the indigenous languages so as to get to the heart and intimate sense of our own culture and establish a vivid continuity between the still living power of our past and the yet uncreated power of our future."