HINDUISM: Influence of Hindu Philosophy – 0

Posted By on September 21, 2019

Hindu Philosophy has influenced Thinkers of varied origins-all non-Hindus-through the Ages: Apollonius Tyaneus, first century CE
Greek thinker and traveler said: I found a race of mortals living upon the
Earth, but not adhering to it, Inhabiting cities, but not being fixed to
them, Possessing everything, but possessed by nothing. Qadi Sa’id, 1029–1070
Arab Muslim scientist of Cordova, Moorich said: Among all nations, during the course of centuries
and throughout the passage of time, India was known as the mine of wisdom and the fountainhead
of justice and good government, and the Indians were credited with excellent intellect, exalted
ideas, universal maxims, rare inventions, and wonderful talents. Voltaire, 1694–1778
French author and philosopher said: It does not behoove us, who were merely savages
and barbarians when the Indians and Chinese people were civilized and learned, to dispute
their antiquity. Jean-Sylvain Bailly, 1736–1793 French astronomer
said: The motion of the stars calculated by the
Hindus before some 4500 years vary not even a single minute from the tables we are using
today. Sir William Jones, 1746–1794
British jurist and Indologist said: The Sanskrit language is of wonderful structure,
more perfect than the Greek, more copious than the Latin, and more exquisitely refined
than either. Arthur Schopenhauer, 1788–1860
German philosopher In the whole world, there is no study, except
that of the original Vedas, so beneficial and so elevating as that of Upanishads. It
has been the solace of my life; it will be the solace of my death. They present the fruit
of the highest knowledge and wisdom. Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803–1882
American poet and philosopher said: The Indian teaching teaches to speak truth,
love others, and to dispose trifles. The East is grand—and makes Europe appear the land
of trifles. Henry David Thoreau, 1817–1862
American poet and philosopher said: In the morning I bathe my intellect in the
stupendous and cosmological philosophy of the Bhagavad Gita, in comparison with which
our modern world and the literature seem puny and trivial. Friedrich Max M. Muller, 1823–1900
Renowned German scholar and Indologist said: If I were to look over the whole world to
find out the country most richly endowed with all the wealth, power, and beauty that nature
can bestow, in some parts a very paradise on earth, I should point to India. Alexandra Shifman on Leo Tolstoy, 1828–1910
Russian author and philosopher said: Tolstoy not only read the Vedas but also spread
their teachings in Russia. He included many of the sayings of the Vedas and the Upanishads
in his collections. Mark Twain, 1835–1910
American author and humorist said: India is the cradle of the human race, the
birthplace of human speech, the mother of tradition. Our most valuable and most instructive
materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only. George Bernard Shaw, 1856–1950
Irish author and literary critic said: The Indian way of life provides the vision
of the natural, real way of life. On the face of India are the tender expressions, which
carry the Creator’s hand. Romain Rolland, 1866–1944
French author said: If there is one place on the face of earth
where all the dreams of living men have found a home, from the earliest days when man began
the dream of existence, it is India. H. G. Wells, 1866–1946
Sociologist, historian, and author said: The history of India for many centuries had
been happier, less fierce, and more dreamlike than any other history. In these favorable
conditions, they built a character—meditative and peaceful and a nation of philosophers
such as could nowhere have existed except in India. Albert Einstein, 1879–1955
German scientist and humanist said: When I read the Bhagavad Gita and reflect
about how God created this universe, everything else appears superfluous. Prof. Will Durant, 1885–1981
American author and historian said: India was the motherland of our race, and
Sanskrit the mother of Europe’s languages; she was the mother of our philosophy; mother,
through the Arabs, of much of our mathematics; mother, through the Buddha, of the ideals
embodied in Christianity; mother, through the village community, of self-governance
and democracy; Mother India is in many ways the mother of us all. Arnold Joseph Toynbee, 1889–1975
British historian said: It is already becoming clear that a chapter,
which had a Western beginning, will have an Indian ending, if it is not to end in the
self-destruction of the human race Hu Shih, 1891–1962
Former Chinese ambassador to the United States said: India conquered and dominated China culturally
for twenty centuries without having to send a single soldier across her border. Aldous Huxley, 1894–1963
English novelist said: The Bhagavad Gita] is one of the clearest
and most comprehensive summaries of the perennial philosophy ever to have been done. J. Robert Oppenheimer, 1904–1967
American nuclear physicist (father of the atom bomb) said: Access to the Vedas is the greatest privilege
this century may claim over all previous centuries. Geoffrey Moorhouse, 1931–
Travel author said: About a thousand of Jews fled from Palestine
to India after the destruction of the second temple in 135 CE, and were welcomed by the
Hindu ruler of the time, who allowed them to settle wherever they pleased. The governing
factor in politics was dharma (righteousness), rather than any panth (denomination). Says Swami Vivekananda, “Like the gentle
dew that falls unseen and unheard, and yet brings into blossom the fairest of roses,
has been the contribution of India to the thought of the world.”

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