Thursday, October 15, 2009

Quotes On India III


Author and Philosopher

It does not behove us, who were only savages and barbarians when these Indian and Chinese peoples were civilized and learned, to dispute their antiquity

Aldous Huxley(1894-1963)

English novelist

The (Bhagavad) Gita is one of the clearest and most comprehensive summaries of the perennial philosophy ever to have been done. Hence its enduring value, not only for the Indians, but also for all mankind. It is perhaps the most systematic spiritual statement of the perennial philosophy

Rudyard Kipling(1865-1936)

“Now it is not good for the Christian's health to hustle the Hindu brown. For the Christian riles and the Hindu smiles and weareth the Christian down ; And the end of the fight is a tombstone while with the name of the late deceased and the epitaph drear, A fool lies here who tried to hustle the east’

John Archibald Wheeler(b-1911)

Theoretical Physicist, who coined “Black Hole

“I like to think that someone will trace how the deepest thinking of India made its way to Greece and from there to the philosophy of our times

Guy Sorman

author of "Genius of India"

Temporal notions in Europe were overturned by an India rooted in eternity. The Bible had been the yardstick for measuring time, but the infinitely vast time cycles of India suggested that the world was much older than anything the Bible spoke of.

It seem as if the Indian mind was better prepared for the chronological mutations of Darwinian evolution and astrophysics.”

Adam Smith (1723-1790)

Father of economics, and author of "Wealth of Nations"

The difference between the genius of the British constitution which protects and governs North America, and that of the mercantile company [British East India Company] which oppresses and domineers in the East Indies[India], cannot perhaps be better illustrated than by the different state of those countries

H.G. Wells (1866-1946)

Sociologist, and Historian and Author of "Time Machine" and "War of the Worlds"

"The history of India for many centuries had been happier, less fierce, and more dreamlike than any other history. In these favourable conditions, they built a character - meditative and peaceful and a nation of philosophers such as could nowhere have existed except in India."

Jean-Sylvain Bailly (1736-1793)

French Astronomer

The motion of the stars calculated by the Hindus before some 4500 years vary not even a single minute from the tables of Cassine and Meyer (used in the 19-th century).

The Hindu systems of astronomy are by far the oldest and that from which the Egyptians, Greek, Romans and - even the Jews derived from the Hindus their knowledge

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Irish dramatist, literary critic, socialist spokesman

The Indian way of life provides the vision of the natural, real way of life. We veil ourselves with unnatural masks. On the face of India are the tender expressions which carry the mark of the Creator's hand.

Dr David Frawley

American Teacher, Doctor, Author, Speaker, Historian

“India possesses a great indigenous civilization dating back to 7000 BC, such as recent archaeological discoveries at Mehrgarh clearly reveal. It had the most extensive urban culture in the world in the third millennium BCE with the many cities of the Indus and Sarasvati rivers.

When the Sarasvati river of Vedic fame dried up in the second millennium BCE, the culture shifted east to the more certain rivers of the Gangetic plain, which became the dominant region of the subcontinent.

Gone is the old idea of the Aryan invasion and an outside basis for Indian culture. In its place is the continuity of a civilization and its literature going back to the earliest period of history.

Unfortunately, over the first fifty years since Independence, India has not discovered its real roots. Its intellectuals have mimicked Western trends in thought. They have forgotten their own profound modern sages like Swami Vivekananda and Sri Aurobindo who projected modern and futuristic views of the Indian tradition.

While Westerners come to India seeking spiritual knowledge, Indian intellectuals look to the West with an adulation that

Annie Wood Besant (1847-1933)

British Theosophical Society

After a study of some forty years and more of the great religions of the world,

I find none so perfect, none so scientific, none so philosophical and none so spiritual than the great religion known by the name of Hinduism.

Make no mistake, without Hinduism, India has no future.

Hinduism is the soil in to which India's roots are stuck and torn out of that she will inevitably wither as a tree torn out from its place.

And if Hindus do not maintain Hinduism - who shall save it?

If India's own children do not cling to her faith who shall guard it?

India alone can save India and India and Hinduism are one.”

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