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221. Rev. Jabez T.
(1842-1936) American born, former President of the India
Information Bureau of America and Editor of Young India (New
York). Author of India,
America and World Brotherhood, and Causes
of Famine in India. He has written glowingly
about India's culture:
"India is a highly civilized
nation - a nation which developed a rich culture much earlier
than any nation of Europe, and has never lost it."
was the first and only nation that proved too powerful for
Alexander the Great. It was India that stopped his advance and
compelled him to turn back in his career of world
conquest. India was
the richest nation in the world until conquered and robbed of
her wealth by Great Britain.
gave to the world two out of six of its greatest Historic
religions. Of the six greatest Epic Poems of the world India
produced two. India gave to mankind - Kalidasa. India
contributed enormously to the origin and advancement of
Civilization by giving to the world its immensely important
decimal system, or so-called "Arabic Notation" which
is the foundation of modern mathematics and much modern science.
early created the beginning of nearly all of the sciences, some
of which she carried forward to remarkable degrees of
development, thus leading the world. India has produced great
literature, great arts, great philosophical systems, great
religions, and great men in every department of life - rulers,
statesmen, financiers, scholars, poets, generals, colonizers,
ship-builders, skilled artisans and craftsmen of every kind,
agriculturists, industrial organizers and leaders in
far-reaching trade and commerce by land and sea.
2,500 years India was pre-eminently the intellectual and
spiritual teacher of Asia, which means of half the human
the British first appeared on the scene, India was one of the richest countries
of the world; indeed, it was her great riches that attracted the British to her
shores. For 2,500 years before the British came on the scene and robbed her of
her freedom, India was self-ruling and one of the most influential and
illustrious nations of the world."
“This wealth, was created by the Hindus’
vast and varied industries. Nearly every kind of manufacture or product known to
the civilized world – nearly every kind of creation of Man’s brain and hand,
existing anywhere, and prized either for its utility or beauty – had long,
long been produced in India. India was a far greater industrial and
manufacturing nation than any in Europe or than any other in Asia. Her textile
goods – the fine products of her loom, in cotton, wool, linen, and silk –
were famous over the civilized world; so were her exquisite jewelry and her
precious stones, cut in every lovely form; so were her pottery, porcelains,
ceramics of every kind, quality, color and beautiful shape; so were her fine
works in metal – iron, steel, silver and gold. She had great architecture –
equal in beauty to any in the world. She had great engineering works. She had
great merchants, great business men, great bankers and financiers. Not only was
she the greatest ship-building nation, but she had great commerce and trade by
land and sea which extended to all known civilized countries. Such was the India
which the British found when they came."
fact is, not Europe but Asia seems to have been the cradle of
political liberty, the cradle of democratic and republican
government, in the world...research makes it clear that the
democratic and republican institutions of Europe and America
actually send their roots back to Asia, and especially to India.
Republics actually existed in India at least as early as the
days of the Buddha (6th century before Christ). The republican
form of government in ancient India had a duration of at least a
thousand years. We have records of no other country, ancient or
modern, where republics have existed and continued for so long a
period. Even more important than her republics has been the
spirit of freedom and democracy which has manifested itself in
many forms among the Indian people from the earliest ages. The Vedas
show that the principle of representative government were held
by the ancient Aryans 12-13 centuries before the Christian
in Bondage: Her Right to Freedom - By Rev. Jabez T. Sunderland
p.1- 61 and 196 -197).
Dr. Subhash Kak
(1949 - ) is
a widely known scientist and a Indic scholar. Currently a
Professor at Louisiana State University, he has authored ten
books and more than 200 research papers in the fields of
information theory, quantum mechanics, and Indic studies. He
is a Sanskrit scholar and is author of Astronomical Code of the Rig
Wishing Tree: Presence and Promise of India and India at
Essays on History and
Kak has recently resolved the
He has observed:
has had cultural continuity for at least 10,000 years. Before that we had a
rock-art tradition which, according to some estimates, goes back to 40,000 BCE.
Not only are we one of the most ancient civilizations, we have found in India
the record of the earliest astronomy, geometry, mathematics, and medicine.
Artistic, philosophical and religious impulses, central to the history of
mankind, arose first in India.
Indians were scientific. They believed in laws of nature.
They represented their astronomy in terms of the altar
constructions. One problem they considered was that of the
synchronization of the lunar and the solar years: the lunar year
is about 11 days shorter than the solar year and if we add a
round number of days every few years to make up for the
discrepancy, we find we cannot do it elegantly unless we have a
correction cycle of 95 years or its multiples. This 95-year
cycle is described in the earliest Vedic prose books.
The altars were to be built to
slightly larger dimensions each year of the cycle to represent
the corrections. There were other symbolic constructions. Like
building a square altar (representing the sky) with the same
area as a circular altar (representing the earth), which is the
problem of squaring the circle. This led to the discovery of the
earliest geometry. They were aware that the sun and the moon
were at 108 times their own diameters from the earth."
" Our school books talk
about Socrates, Plato and Aristotle -- and rightly so -- but
they don't mention Yajnavalkya, Panini
and Patanjali, which is a grave omission. Our grand
boulevards in Delhi and other cities are named after Copernicus,
Kepler and Newton, but there are no memorials to Aryabhata,
Bhaskara, Madhava and Nilakantha!"
"For at least 50 years, Indian
intellectual life was stifled by a Stalinist attitude.
And before that, for two centuries, colonialist historians
appropriated Indian past for their own purposes. What
they left for us was a mutilated version of our past.
We are barely emerging from that hell."
interview - For more on Astronomical Code refer
to chapter on India
’s Voice – A film: The history and essence of North
Indian classical Music.
He writes about the spread of
Hinduism to Japan:
Vedic devas went to China and Japan through Kashmir.
great council was held there under the patronage of the Kushana
emperor Kanishka (r. 78-120) in around 100 CE, where monks of
the Sarvastivādin School compiled a new canon. This became
the basis of Mahāyāna. The Vedic devas were a part of
this understanding, as was dhyāna of the Vedic tradition (Ch’an
in China and Zen in Japan) with devotion to Īśvara (Śiva)
as its ultimate objective (Yogasūtra 1.23).
monuments (near Śrīnagar) of the Cankuna stūpa (Kārkota
century) “served as a model all across Asia from
the Pamir Mountains to Japan”.
ideas were also taken to Japan by the sea route from South India
and Southeast Asia.
That serves to explain the specific transformations of some
Sanskrit terms into Japanese through Tamil phonology. For
example, consider the transformation of Sanskrit homa, the Vedic
fire rite, into Japanese goma, where the initiation is given by
the achari (Sanskrit ācārya). The Sanskrit mantras in
Japan are written the Siddham script of South India."
Vedic Gods of Japan - By Subhash Kak
For more refer to chapter on India
223. Lord Curzon
(1859-1925) Marquis of Kedleston, a British statesman, was a Conservative Party
politician. He was viceroy of India from 1899 to 1905, and later became
chancellor of Oxford University. Curzon re-entered politics during World War I
(1914-1918). He became a member of Lloyd George's war cabinet in 1916.
In an address delivered at the great Delhi Durbar in
"Powerful Empires existed and flourished
here [in India] while Englishmen were still wandering painted in the woods, and
while the British Colonies were a wilderness and a jungle."
has left a deeper mark upon the history, the philosophy, and the religion of
mankind, than any other terrestrial unit in the universe."
It is such a land that England has
conquered and is holding as a dependency. It is such a people that she is ruling
without giving them any voice whatever in the shaping of their own destiny.
in Bondage: Her Right to Freedom
- By Jabez
T. Sunderland p. 7 and theatlantic.com).
the 9th century Muslim historian has written:
"The Hindus are superior to all other
nations in intelligence and thoughtfulness. They are more exact in astronomy and
astrology than any other people.
The Siddhanta is a good proof of their
intellectual powers; by this book the Greeks and Persians have also profited. In
medicine their opinion ranks first."
Vision of India - By Sisirkumar Mitra p. 226).
Cox (1929 - ) of the Harvard Divinity School remarks,
agree that the quest for Truth is the quest for God. This is the
core teaching of all religions. The Scientist’s motivation is
to seek the very kind of truth that Krishna
speaks about in the Bhagavad Gita. I
also agree that the word Religion is an invention of modern
Lost City of Dvaraka - S. R. Rao p. 2).
Adams Beck (? - 1931)
The splendour of Asia : the story and teaching of the Buddha and
The Story of Oriental Philosophy writes:
India has had a spiritual freedom
never known until lately to the West. Christianity
when it came offering its spiritual philosophy of life imposed
an iron dogma upon the European peoples. Those who could not
accept this dogma, whatever it happened to be at the moment,
paid so heavy a penalty that the legend of the Car of Juggernaut
(Jagarnath) is far truer of Europe than Asia.
Whereas in India the soul was free
from the beginning to choose what it would, ranging from the dry
bread of atheism to the banquets offered by many-colored
passionate gods and goddesses, each shadowing forth some
different aspect of the One whom in the inmost chambers of her
heart India has always adored. Therefore
the spiritual outlook was universal. Each took un
rebuked what he needed. The children were at home in the house
of their father, while Europe crouched under the lash of a
capricious Deity whose ways were beyond all understanding.
But while India fixed her eyes on the Ultimate she did not
forget that objective science in the beginning of wisdom.
In India, in relation to this consciousness, all roads lead
home. A prayer daily repeated by millions says: "As
different streams, having different sources and with wanderings
crooked or straight, all reach the sea, so Lord, the different
paths which men take, guided by their different tendencies, all
lead to Thee."
There the foundation of mathematical and mechanical knowledge
were well and truly laid by the Noble Race. Here,
written two thousand years before the birth of Copernicus, is an
interesting passage from the Aitareya
“The sun never sets or rises. When people think the sun is
setting he only changes about after reaching the end of the day
and makes night below and day to what is on the other side.
Then, when people think he rises in the morning, he only shifts
himself about after reaching the end of the night, and makes day
below and night to what is on the other side. In truth, he does
not set at all.”
It is interesting to wonder along what lines the philosophies
of this great race might have developed later if its ancestral
heritage had been less diffused and intermingled with other such
different stocks as it found in India on arrival, or were forced
by many invasions and conquests to accept later.
the Mahabharata and Bhagavad
Gita, he writes:
almost daily in both, marveling at the vast fertility, the
tropic splendor of romance unfolded in either, but still more at
the nobility of ideals set forth, the great passion for the
Unseen, the Beautiful, and Entirely Desirable, both in man and
woman, which has always been the soul of India."
Bhagavad Gita is known as
the Lord's Song - or the Song Celestial - and it
represents one of the highest flights of the conditioned spirit
to its unconditioned Source ever achieved."
Story of Oriental Philosophy - By L. Adams Beck p. 10 - 120).
Heras (1885-1955) was a Spanish Jesuit priest who worked in India
and was a celebrated Professor of History in Bombay. He wrote in
Studies in Proto-Indo-Mediterranean
"India has not changed much
in the course of ages. Invasions have taken place, wars have
been waged in her vast plains, new nations and races have
conquered the land and ruled over it, foreign civilizations have
brought new notions and new ideals; but everybody and everything
has been remodeled and reshaped and recast by the influence of
the Indian nation and its ancient civilization. The ancient
civilization of Egypt, Babylonia, and Assyria have been blotted
out from the map of the world. But that of India, the first
lights of which have been discovered in modern times along the
banks of the Indus, is still alive...."
and West - By S. Radhakrishnan p. 19).
Friedrich Creuzer (1771-1858) German
philologist and archaeologist, was born at Marburg, the son of a
bookbinder. In 1802 he was appointed professor at Marburg, and
two years later professor of philology and ancient history at
Heidelberg. Creuzer’s first and most famous work was his Symbolik
und Mythologie der allen VOlker. He says:
"If there is a country on earth which can
justly claim the honor of having been the cradle of the human race or at least
the scene of primitive claim the honor of having been the cradle of the human
race or at least the scene of primitive civilization, the successive
developments of which carried into all parts of the ancient world and even
beyond, the blessings of knowledge which is the second life of man, that country
assuredly is India."
(source: India: Mother
Of Us All - By Chaman Lal p. 24).
Hermann Ludwig Heeren
(1760-1842) an Egyptologist has observed:
"India is the source from
which not only the rest of Asia but the whole Western World derived their
knowledge and their religion."
"The literature of the
Sanskrit literature incontestably belongs to a highly cultivated
people, whom we may with great reason consider to have been the
most informed of all the East. It is, at the same time, a
scientific and poetic literature.
researches into the politics, intercourse, and trade of the Carthaginians,
Ethiopians, and Egyptians - By A. H.
Heeren Vol. II p. 201).
"India is the source from
which not only the rest of Asia but the whole western world
derived their knowledge and religion."
A Vision of its Future - By Gopi Krishna p. 119).
"The literature of the Hindus
is rich in epic poetry." "It will scarcely be possible to deny the Mahabharata
to be one of the richest compositions in Epic poetry that was ever
produced." “The Hindu lyric surpassed that of
the Greeks in admitting both the rhyme and blank verse."
researches into the politics, intercourse, and trade of the Carthaginians,
Ethiopians, and Egyptians - By A. H.
Heeren p. 45).
"If we compare the mythology
of the Hindus with that of the Greeks, it will have nothing to
apprehend on the score of intrinsic copiousness. In point of
aesthetic value, it is sometimes superior, at others, inferior
to Greek: while in luxuriance and splendor it has the decided
advantage. Olympus, with all its family of gods and goddesses,
must yield in pomp and majesty to the palaces of Vishnu and
Indra." The Hindu Mythology like the sublime compositions
of Milton and Klopstock, extends its poetic flight far into the
regions of unlimited space."
Superiority - Har Bilas Sarda p. 244).
Wagner (1813 -1883) German composer, known for his 13
Wagner absorbed Indian ideas and transformed them to suit his
aesthetic purpose. They appear in the libretti of such operas as
Parsifal (1882), in which he
used an episode from the great epic of the Ramayana
(c.400 BC). In a sense, he succeeded in producing a synthesis of
East and West, and from it derived the materials of a universal
drama. In this, he was in a direct line from the early German
- By Michael Edwardes
Suneson author of Richard
Wagner och den indiska tankevärlden
has said: "Parsifal" is in my opinion, of
Wagner's completed music-dramas, that in which the Indian
influence is most demonstrable.
Richard Wagner Und Die
Indische Geisteswelt - By Carl Suneson).
Flavius Arrian (2nd
century) Greek historian of
the campaigns of Alexander, wrote of the Hindus:
remarkably brave, and superior in war to all Asiatics; they are
remarkable for integrity; they are so reasonable as seldom to
have recourse to law suits, and so honest as to require neither
locks to their doors nor writings to bind their agreements. They
are in the highest degree truthful."
in Bondage: Her Right to Freedom - By Rev. Jabez T. Sunderland
Abhedananda (1866-1939) in his book, India and her
people Kessinger Publishing Company February 1998
ISBN 076610186X writes:
"Hinduism stands like a huge
banian tree spreading its far reaching branches over hundreds of
sects, creed and denomination and covering with innumerable
leaves, all forms of worship, the dualistic, the qualified
non-dualistic and monistic worship of the one Supreme God, the
worship, of the Incarnation of God and also hero worship, saint
worship, ancestor worship and the worship of the departed
spirit. It is based on the grand idea of universal receptivity.
It receives everything."
Indian Culture At A Glance - By Swami Tattwananda p.
John Davies (?
-1890) author of Hindu philosophy has written:
"The latest German
philosophy, the system of Schopenhauer and Von Hartmann, is
mainly a reproduction of the philosophic system of Kapila in its
materialistic part, presented in a more elaborate form but on
the same fundamental lines. In this respect the human intellect
has gone over the same ground, that it occupied more than two
thousand years ago; but on a more important question it has
taken a step in retreat. Kaipila recognized fully the existence
of a soul in man, forring indeed his proper nature - the
absolute ego of Fichte - distinct from matter and immortal; our
latest philosophy, both here and in Germany, can see in man only
a highly developed physical organization. 'All external things'
says Kapila 'were formed that the soul might know itself and be
free.' "The study of psychology is vain says, Schopenhauer,
"for there is no Psyche."
(source: Hindu Philosophy:
The Sânkhya Kârikâ of Îúwara Krishna. An Exposition of the
System of Kapila - By John
Davies Elibron Classics reprint. Paperback. New.
Based on 1881 edition by Trьbner & Co., London
- in preface).
"Scythianus was a
contemporary of the Apostles, and was engaged as a merchant in
the Indian trade. In the course of his traffic he often visited
India and made himself acquainted with
Hindu philosophy. According to Epiphanius and Cyril,
he wrote a book in four parts, which they affirm to be the
source from which the Manichaean doctrines were derived."
Gita - by John Davies p. 196 and Hindu
Superiority - By Har Bilas Sarda p. 282).
Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918)
poet, novelist, dramatist, and art and literary critic. He became a leader of
the avant-garde in Paris in the early 20th century and is believed to have
coined the term surrealist. He
was christened Wilhelm Apollinaris de Kostrowitzky.
He used the Shakuntala
theme in his poem in La
Chanson du Mal-Aime:
" L'époux royal de Sacontale
Las de vaincre se réjouit
Quand il la retrouva plus pâle
D'attente et d'amour yeux pâlis
Caressant sa gazelle mâle."
"The royal spouse of Sacontale (Shakuntala)
Weary of victories, rejoices
When he finds her paler
From waiting and eyes pale from love,
Petting her male gazelle."
India I Love - By Marie-Simone Renou p. 45-46).
236. Dr. Aidan
Rankin author of Lifting the
shadow : why Conservatives must reclaim human rights and was a Research Fellow in Government at the
London School of Economics and editor of the Britain's leading environmental
magazine, the Ecologist has written:
"Hinduism, whose rishis
or seers the Greeks admired from afar, provides the strongest,
most consistent critique of materialism. It is the philosophical
tradition best adapted to our post-modern age.
"...Hinduism, offers true
universalism, that is to say unity-in-diversity. In the Hindu
dharma, the individual can approach the divine in his or her own
way. The eternal truth is the same truth, but can be pursued by
different means, according to personal or cultural preference.
Hindu economics is based on local production for local need, a
principle to which the green movement now looks. Rooted in Hindu
philosophy it offers a humane alternative to the failed
socialist planning of Nehru - and the ascendant Coco Cola
capitalism, the iniquities of which become more apparent every
day. Similarly, the ethical teachings of the Vedas
provide for a healthy balance between masculine and
feminine principles, to the advantage of both and the detriment
of neither. Above superficial ' rights' for individuals or
groups, Vedic teaching exalts our responsibilities - for each
other, as human beings, and to our fellow creatures who have
souls as we do. Hinduism gives
spiritual underpinnings to the new wisdom of Deep Ecology and
the revelations of modern science."
"Hinduism has survived its
historical tribulations and is finding a new voice in world
and the Clash of Civilizations - By David Frawley p. foreword vi
Mountstuart Elphinstone (1779 - 1859) was one of the first dissenters. He was aware of the
kinship in language between Sanskrit and European tongues, but
found the theory of their "spread from a central point...a
gratuitous assumption." In his History of India, 1841, he
"Neither in the Vedas, nor in any book...is there any
allusion to a prior residence ....out of India...There is no
reason whatever for thinking that the Hindus ever inhabited any
country but their present one."
"In the Surya Siddhanta
is contained a system of trigonometry which not only goes beyond
anything known to the Greeks, but involves theorem which were
not discovered in Europe till two centuries ago."
Civilization - By G. R. Josyer p. 2).
the Hindus and the Greeks as regards their knowledge of algebra,
is no question of the superiority of the Hindus over their
rivals in the perfection to which they brought the science. Not
only is Aryabhatta superior to Diaphantus (as is
shown by his knowledge of the resolution of equations involving
several unknown quantities, and in general method of
resolving all indeterminate problems of at least the first
degree), but he and his successors press hard upon the
discoveries of algebraists who lived almost in our own
of India - By Mountstuart Elphinstone
London: John Murray published in 1849 p. 131).
Saunders (1883-1937) author of The
Heritage of Asia has written:
is not only a mother of civilization, she is pre-eminently a
spiritual mother of Asia. Her arts - noble
architecture, fresco painting, sculpture, chamber-music and
poetry - these have in India been handmaiden of religion. And
this is no less true of her poetry from the rich anthology of
the Rig Veda and the Great Epics to the lyrics of Rabindranath
Tagore, the best of which are hymns. The tradition, too, of her
education, from the university of Nalanda, where ten thousand
students sat at the feet of religious teachers, to the guru
seated under a tree with his handful of disciples, has been
pre-eminently religious. India, in a word, is a God-intoxicated
country; and her philosophy, which has in many ways and by many
centuries anticipated the systems of European thought, is for
the most part a religious philosophy; it deals with the One
behind the many, the Real behind the illusory, and is perhaps man's
most courageous attempt to reach an ultimate unity.
The essential unity
of ancient India may be sufficiently demonstrated for
our purpose by two facts. Firstly, her sacred places are known
and visited by all; they are a common heritage, and a network of
pilgrim-roads links them one with another. "The institution
of pilgrimage," says a Hindu writer, "is entirely an
expression of love for the motherland, one of the modes of
worship of the country which strengthens the religious sentiment
and expands the geographical consciousness." Whether amidst
the snowy peaks of the Himalayas or the palm-fringed shores of
Bengal or Madras, these shrines are all set in scenes of great
natural beauty. Indian religion and Indian patriotism are, the,
inseparably intertwined; the motherland
is a holy land, one for every Indian from the
Himalayas to Cape Comorin."
called Benares older than history, older than tradition, older
even than legend, and looks twice as old as all of them put
India's noblest gift to humanity
- a belief that the unseen and intangible values are stronger
and more real than the things of sense, and to this, her
philosophy, with its unshaken conviction that there is One
behind the many. One alone supremely real, bears witness.
ancient prayer is a summary of her immemorial quest:
unreal to Reality
From death to Immortality.
Heritage of Asia - By Kenneth Saunders p. 35 - 41
Christian Movement Press).
We may say
schematically that India has been more concerned with the
mystical than the ethical, with the beauty of the unseen mind at
play in the universe…..”
In the golden
age of Korea, too, something of Indian mysticism and of Chinese
humanism was blend in a fine synthesis which inspired the
Heritage of Asia - By Kenneth Saunders p.
24 - Student Christian Movement Press).
(1950 - )
Paris-born, he has
lived in India for 30 years, is a political analyst for Le
Figaro, one of
France's largest circulation newspaper. He defends Indian nationalism. He caused
a storm of controversy in India by advocating reunification with Pakistan.
He is the uthor of several books, including A
Western journalist on India : The Ferengi's Columns
A New History of India
has called India, Spiritual leader of the world.
"Ancient Hindus were
intensely secular in spirit, as their spirituality was
absolutely non-sectarian - and still is today in a lesser
measure. Seven thousand years ago, Vedic
sages, to define the Universal Law which they had
experienced within themselves on an occult and supra-spiritual
plane, had invented the word dharma.
In a nutshell, dharma is all that which helps you to become more
and more aware of jiva inside yourself.
"India also survived the
immense threat of European colonialization, which has
annihilated the souls of so many countries, some more powerful
than India. The British came,
conquered...understood nothing...left nothing...and India's
spirituality remained. It survived the cruel
partition of its ancient land, tearing its limbs into Pakistan
and Bangladesh, any other nation might never have recovered from
such a maiming. It survives today the Hindu-bashing of its
Thus, for India, the Muslims
invasions and later the European ones, must be the result of bad
karma....India's soul is so strong, so old, so vibrant, that she
has managed so far to survive the terrible Muslim onslaughts and
later the more devious British soul-stifling occupation."
"Yet because of this
extraordinary spirituality, because of the Dharma
stored by its great Rishis, India always had the
extra impetus to renew itself, to spring forward again, when it
seemed she was on the brink of collapsing."
O' India - By Francois Gautier Har Anand
publisher ISBN: 81-241-0518-9 p. 11 and 155-156).
Speaking about the legendary
tolerance of Hinduism, he recently wrote:
But, once again my "fringe" Hindu brothers and
sisters, as well as the Christian and Muslim communities of
India, should remind themselves than in the entire Indian
history, Hinduism has always shown that
it is not fundamentalist, that it accepts the others with their
religions and customs as long as they do not try to impose these
beliefs on the majority community.
in a recent report, UNESCO pointed out
that out of 128 countries where Jews lived before Israel was
created, only one, India, did not persecute them and allowed
them to prosper and practice Judaism in peace.
is probably the only religion in the world which has never tried
to convert others, or conquer other countries to propagate
itself as a new religion. The same is not true of Islam and
- By Francois Gautier - dailypioneer.com December 11
'02) For more visit Francois
members of the Indian intelligentsia! You think that reading the
latest New York Times bestseller,
speaking polished English, and putting down your own countrymen,
specially anybody who has a Hindu connection, makes you an
intellectual. But in the process you have not only lost your
roots, you have turned your back on a culture and civilisation
that is thousands of years old and has given so much to the
world. Your are forgetting what a
privilege it is to be born an Indian -- and a Hindu at that --
inheritors of a spirituality that accepts that God manifests
Himself under different names, at different times, when today
the world's two biggest monotheistic religions still think their
God is the only true one and it is their duty to convert
everybody by guile or force.
the greatness of India is spiritual. The world has lost the
truth. We have lost the Great Sense, the meaning of our
evolution, the meaning of why so much suffering, why dying, why
getting born, why this earth, who we are, what is the soul, what
is reincarnation, where is the ultimate truth about the world,
the universe... But India has kept this truth. India has
preserved it through seven millennia of pitfalls, genocides, and
mistakes. And this was meant to be India's gift to this planet
in this century: to restore to the world its true sense, to
recharge humanity with the real meaning and spirit of life.
India can become the spiritual leader of the world, if only its
own people will allow it.
O my beloved India!
- By Francois Gautier - rediff.com).
"In all humility I propose that a Supreme Spiritual
Council, composed of at least seven of the most popular Hindu
leaders of India, be constituted. It should be a non-political
body, and each group would keep its independence but
nevertheless. It could meet two three times a year and issue
edicts, which would be binding on 850 millions Hindus in India
and one billion over the world. Then
and then only can this wonderful spirituality which is Hinduism,
this eternal knowledge behind the outer forms, the wisdom to
understand this mad earth and its sufferings, be preserved for
the future of India, and for the future of humanity. I bow down
to all the great gurus who have graced over the ages, this
wonderful and sacred land which is India and beseech them to
hear my prayer:
Hindus leaders, unite, if you want
eternal Dharma to survive."
defence of Hindu gurus - By Francois Gautier - rediff.com).
"The ancient Hindus were
intensely secular in spirit, as their spirituality was absolutely non-sectarian
- and still is today in a lesser measure. Nine thousand years ago, Vedic sages,
to define the Universal Law which they had experienced within themselves on an
occult and supra-spiritual plane, had invented the word dharma. "
"Hindu have venerated the
feminine element under its different manifestations: Mahalaxmi, Mahakali,
Mahasaraswati, Maheshwari - and even India is feminine: "Mother India." She is
the consciousness transcending all things, she is the emptiness beyond all
emptiness, the smile beyond all smiles, the divine beauty beyond all earthly
"Throughout India's long
history, the concept of dharma, or the
Universal Law, gave such freedom to Indians that all kind of branches and sects
developed within Hinduism. Indeed, Hinduism was never
static, it never barred its followers from experimenting new techniques and
spiritual paths: everything that helps you on the way is dharmic. It is this
fundamental principle which allowed India to survive all over the ages with a
prodigious continuity, whereas other civilizations saw their cultures and their
religion systematically destroyed. Hinduism is without doubt the most
monotheistic religion in the world because it recognized that the Supreme can
only be diverse and that he incarnates Himself in many forms - hence the
millions of gods in the Hindu pantheon. Vedic Sages had understood that man has
to be given a multiplicity of different approaches, if you want him to fathom
the Unfathomable. Indeed, Hindus, who were once upon a time the
best dialecticians in the world (and this
maybe why they are today the best software programmers of this planet), were
able to come-up with this kind of equation: (a) God is in the world; (b) the
world is in God; (c) the world is God; (d) God and the world are distinct; (e)
God is distinct from the world, but the world is not distinct from God; (f) it
is impossible to discern if the world is distinct from God or not...Never has
the unique nature of Hindu polytheism been better defined."
A New History of India - By Francois Gautier
p. 1 - 18).
Ram Goel (1921-
writer, publisher, the
founder of Voice of India, an ‘intellectual’ Kshatriya’
par excellence, and a Hindu revivalist. Author of several books,
including The Story of Islamic
Imperialism, Defence of
Hindu Society and History of
Hindu-Christian Encounters. He writes:
"It is an intuition ingrained in the Hindu psyche
to inhabit our entire environment - celestial, physical, vegetable, animal, and
human - with innumerable Gods and Goddesses. Some of these divinities are
installed in temples as icons, and worshipped with well-defined rituals. Some
others are worshipped as and where they are invoked. Hindu shastras, saints and
sages have paid homage to many Gods and Goddesses in many sublime hymns."
" I am a Hindu, which to me means the inheritor of
the oldest and the highest spiritual culture known to human history."
Hindu seers and sages as also Hindu shastras, no
matter to what Hindu sect they belong, designate this spiritual center of Hindu
society as Sanătana Dharma. Sanătana Dharma says that the aspiration for Truth
(satyam), Goodness (šivam), Beauty (sundaram), and Power (aišvarya) is
inherent in every soul, everywhere, and at all times, like the physical hunger
of the body for food and drink.
The Upanishadic prescription, ătmănam viddhi
(know thyself) is a variation on the same theme. It leads to the same attainment
- aham brahmo’smi (I am Brahma), tat tvam asi (thou art That), and sah tadasti
(he is That). It is a steep spiritual ascent at the end of which the Ătman
(Self) becomes Paramătman (Supreme Self), and the PuruSa (Person) becomes
PuruSottama (Superperson). In the language of Theism, man becomes God."
of Hindu Society
- By Sita Ram Goel - voi.org).
Chetpat Pattabhirama Ramaswami Aiyar (1879-1966)
Dewan of Travancore, and eminent scholar-statesman and former Vice-Chancellor, who was the first to ban hunting in India
"Indian Culture in the past is analogous to
a subterranean river that has been fertilizing many countries which have not
only on the landscape but also on all the countries of the mind."
He has shown how we see manifestations of the
pervasive influence of Hindu Culture in Greece and Egypt and in Peru and Mexico
as also in Sumatra and Java and Bali and in Burma and Siam and Cambodia and
Indo-China and even in China and Japan. He has shown how Vedanta has inspired
the Sufi doctrine.
Sir C. P. Ramaswami Aiyar, who had reached New
York en route to San Francisco, met on the 30th September a group of American
intellectuals and journalists. British historian had observed that India was
conquered in a spirit of British absent-mindedness. Free India wanted to make
sure that there was not going to be such absent-mindedness on anybody' part
again. Asked if India would accept Communist doctrine, he replied it could not,
because the Indian was a rugged individualist.
C. P. on India and the U. S).
Lord of Wisdom.
more refer to chapter on Greater
India: Suvarnabhumi and
Magnus Fredrik Ferdinand Bjornstjerna (1779-1847)
Swedish minister in London, author
Theogony of the Hindoos with their systems of Philosophy and
after quoting from the Vedas says:
"These truly sublime ideas cannot fail to convince us that
the Vedas recognize only one God, who is Almighty, Infinite,
Eternal, Self-existent, the Light and the Lord of the
He says: “No nation on earth can vie with the Hindus
in respect of the antiquity of their civilization and the
antiquity of their religion.”
"In a metaphysical point of
view we find among the Hindus all the fundamental ideas of those
vast systems which, regarded merely as the offspring of fantasy,
nevertheless inspire admiration on account of the boldness of
flight and of the faculty of human mind to elevate itself to
such remote ethereal regions. We find among them all the
principles of Pantheism, Spinozism and Hegelianism, of God as
being one with the universe; spiritual life of mankind; and of
the return of the emanative sparks after death to their divine
origin; of the uninterrupted alternation between life and death,
which is nothing else but a transition between different modes
of existence. All this we find among the philosophies of the
Hindus exhibited as clearly as by our modern philosophers more
than three thousand years since."
Referring to the practical
character of Hindu philosophy, he said, In this respect the
Hindus were far in advance of the philosophers of Greece and
Rome, who considered the immortality of the soul as
"The literature of India
makes us acquainted with a great nation of past ages, which
grasped every branch of knowledge, and which will always occupy
a distinguished place in the history of the civilization of
Superiority - By Har Bilas Sarda p. 203-278).
243. Rick Briggs NASA
researcher, has written about India's ancient language - Sanskrit:
In ancient India the intention to discover truth was so consuming,
that in the process, they discovered perhaps the most perfect tool
for fulfilling such a search that the world has ever known -- the
mind-boggling to consider that we have available to us a language
which has been spoken for 4-7000 years that appears to be in every
respect a perfect language designed for enlightened communication.
But the most stunning aspect of the discovery is this: NASA the most
advanced research center in the world for cutting
edge technology has discovered that Sanskrit, the world's
oldest spiritual language is the only unambiguous spoken language on
Considering Sanskrit's status as a spiritual language, a further
implication of this discovery is that the age old dichotomy between
religion and science is an entirely unjustified one.
has Sanskrit endured? Fundamentally it generates clarity and
inspiration. And that clarity and inspiration is directly
responsible for a brilliance of creative expression such as the
world has rarely seen.
hope for the return of Sanskrit lies in computers. Sanskrit and
computers are a perfect fit."
Representation in Sanskrit and Artificial Intelligence - By Rick Briggs - Artificial
Intelligence Magazine 6(1) 32-39 1985).
Alexander Duff (1806-1878) British Christian
missionary, is reported to have said, in a speech
delivered in Scotland, that:
"Hindu philosophy was so
comprehensive that counterparts of all systems of European
philosophy were to be found in it."
Superiority - BY Har Bilas Sarda p. 277).
9th century Muslim historian writes:
"The Hindus excel in astrology, mathematics,
medicine and in various other sciences. They have developed to a perfection arts
like sculpture, painting, and architecture. They have collections of poetry,
philosophy, literature and science of morals. From India we received the book
called Kalilah wa Dimnah. These people have judgment and are brave. They posses
the virtues of cleanliness and purity. Contemplation has originated with
Vision of India - By Sisirkumar Mitra p. 226).
246. Abdullah Wassaf,
writing in the 14th century A.D. says of India in his history book, Tazjiyatul
" India, according to the concurrent opinion
of all writers, is the most agreeable abode on earth and the most pleasant
quarter of the world. Its dust is purer than air and its air is purer than
purity itself: Its delightful plains resemble the garden of
248. Alexander Dow
author of History of Hindustan and had published an essay on Hinduism, entitled A
Dissertation Concerning the Customs, Manners, Language, Religion, and Philosophy
of the Hindus (1768). The first European scholar to produce a real
dissertation on Sanskrit learning, he pointed out the vast quantities of
Sanskrit literature in existence, plus the fact that the
history of the Hindus was older than that of any other people.
(source: India and World Civilization
- By D. P. Singhal Pan Macmillan Limited. 1993. Pg
Theordore Goldstucker (1821-1872)
born in Germany, professor of Sanskrit at Londons University College wrote the
Dictionary of Indian Biography. He finds in the Upanishads: "the germs
of all the philosophies."
Superiority - By Har Bilas Sarda p. 277).
James Ramsey MacDonald
(1866-1937) first Labor Party prime minister of Great Britain could grasp
truth when he said in his Introduction to the "The Fundamental
Unity of India:
"The Hindu from his traditions and religion
regards India not only as a political unit naturally the subject of one
sovereignty, but as the outward embodiment, as the temple - nay even as the
Goddess Mother of his spiritual culture. "India and Hinduism are
organically related as body and soul."
Soul of India - By Satyavrata R Patel p.208).
250. Michael Pym
(1889 - ) author of The Power of India writes:
"Hindu philosophy has had
more effect upon the world than is perhaps generally realized,
though it has often come through at second and third hand.
Hinduism as a practical working institution is intended for and
has grown out of Indian condition."
"India challenged, one realized, the whole
of the West. Not Western inventions, Western science, Western conveniences,
which India was perfectly ready to adopt insofar as they suited India's
convenience. ...Not that. The challenge was a much
deeper thing. A challenge of values, of ethics, of attitude to life.
India, like the rest of the East, had bowed to
the illusion of Western superiority, taken it all quite literally - Christianity
as the religion of peace and love, of the brotherhood of man. Western education
and Western progress as the panacea for the evils of existence.
The West spoke fairly enough, talking of honor,
the sanctity of the given word, and of promises; of freedom and enlightenment. It
vaunted its poets, its philosophers, its scientists, its classical inheritance
from that beautiful, far off Greece, whose greatest philosophers, it forgot to
mention, had been inspired through Egypt and Persia, by India.
For years India and all the East really believed
all this. Complete subscribers to Nordicism and the theory of the Great Race.
Indians did their best to Westernize themselves. It was
a dis-illusionizing period. This
great Western civilization, what was it? The West brought certain material
benefits, certain aspects of learning which nobody could deny….But also it
seemed to bring a deadly poison. Beneath its hand, the East withered – its
morality destroyed, its physical body destroyed, its ancient learning destroyed.
Only its vices added to by the new vices of the West, remained and flourished.
wonderful Western civilization made its own people no more
happy, no better off ultimately, than the ancient systems of the
East. India understood greed; she understood treachery and lies,
violence and vice. All that exists wherever humanity exists, is
a part of life. But it could not
understand a claim to superiority which, as far as it
could see, was based upon just these things. It saw that in the
West vice hardly troubled any longer even to pay tribute to
virtue. The West, India observed, did not revere its holy men.
It seemed always to prefer killing them. It
saw the West take possession of other lands, because the people
to whom they first belonged were, said the West, ignorant and
miserable and it was the sacred duty of the Christian West –
“the White Man’s Burden” – to bring them enlightenment,
It saw these
people, in their turn, strive towards Western education,
imitating the White Man, and saw the White man, when this or
that individual had successfully obtained the prize, gone
through Western universities, Western schools, scornfully deny
them equality, and openly declare that Western education spoilt
a good Orient. Finally, India, the East, saw the West in its
frenzy of destruction turn upon itself, and, in the
most horrible of all wars – a conflict disgraced by
its barbarism, its inhumanity, its slimy filth of propaganda,
tear itself to pieces. The forces of Western civilization
revealed themselves to the East as forces of sheer, mad,
shuddered. It did not condemn the peoples of the West. But it
realized that somewhere in the Western scheme existed a dreadful
flaw. India does not believe in the validity of Western
civilization. It does not believe in Western ethics or in
Western standards – taken as a whole. It challenges dynamic
action with dynamic thought. It challenges the intolerance which
conceives of a personal Deity creating, at his pleasure, a
Chosen Race to inherit and rifle the earth, with the tolerance
which sees all the world as changing forms expressing the same
essential divinity. It challenges the
intellectual conceit which sees no divinity anywhere,
man as the supreme formation of matter, with the spiritual
wisdom which realizes the limitations of the senses and of the
intellect. It lifts above the five pointed star, the seven
India’s challenge to the West – a question of values, of
attitude to existence. India as Vishnu, preserving the sacred
flame; as Shiva dancing the dance of creation over the Darkness
he has destroyed; even as Kali, garlanded with skulls, smeared
with blood, destroying destruction. India
will win. Matter is always molded by spirit.
what is this spiritual power of India?
As a sensitive Russian woman asked me: “Why does God
seem so much nearer in India?”
is God-intoxicated. Not, as the limited view has it,
religion mad, but infected by what
Plato called the divine madness of the philosopher, the seeker
after wisdom. Nothing of that explains India’s
It may be that India has realized God. Is that
the secret of her power?
the attempt to understand the ultimate
reality as the highest and finest aim of existence...
freedom is more priceless than any political institution.
Because of this, India has been able to arrive at spiritual
knowledge and strength unequalled anywhere in the world.
Were India ever to be influenced by superficial Western ideas as
to institute foolish vagrancy laws and organized charity
distribution societies, it would lose living torches of
spiritual wisdom and knowledge, and perhaps even sink to levels
of materialistic barbarism. The spiritual adventurers of India
are the yogis, sadhus, holy men and women of all creeds and
descriptions…They have existed in India since the earliest
days of history, and through all its magnificent and wealthy
civilization they have kept alive in India the thought of
another beauty, a more wonderful existence, of which is all this
is but a lovely veil.
reach the reality which is concealed by the unrealities of the
visible world. That is yoga – literally union with God.
With ruthless logic, India dismisses the unthinking Western
deification of science as a means of discovering ultimate truth.
Science, especially as the popular mind understands it, with its
test tubes, its microscopes, its laboratories, all its most
delicate instruments, while it is helpful, has an inherent
limitation. It is still confined to the bounds of this form
world. India, through centuries upon centuries, has taught
another method of attaining reality. This is the system of yoga.
It is based upon two things: intuitive knowledge; and the
development of other faculties, other states of consciousness.
(source: The Power of India
- By Michael Pym p. 156
160 and 302 - 306 Putnam Publication NY 1930).
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