J. Robert Oppenheimer,
American nuclear physicist
"If the radiance of a thousand suns were to burst into the sky, that would be
like the splendor of the Mighty One. . . . Now I am become death, the
destroyer of worlds.“
Oppenheimer "the father of the atomic bomb" quoting from the
Hindu scripture Bhagavad-Gita upon witnessing the mushroom
cloud resulting from the detonation of the world’s first atomic
bomb in New Mexico, U.S.A., on July 16, 1945.
“Access to the Vedas is the greatest privilege this century may
claim over all previous centuries. “
Victor Cousin,
French Philosopher
"When we read the poetical and philosophical monuments of the East –
above all, those of India,
which are beginning to spread in Europe –
we discover there many a truth,
and truths so profound,
and which make such a contrast with the meanness of the results at which
European genius has sometimes stopped,
that we are constrained to bend the knee before the philosophy of the East,
and to see in this cradle of the human race the native land of the highest
Hu Shih,
former Ambassador of China to USA
"India conquered and dominated China culturally for 20 centuries without ever
having to send a single soldier across her border.”
Dr. Arnold Joseph Toynbee,
British Historian
"It is already becoming clear that a chapter which had a Western beginning
will have to have an Indian ending,
if it is not to end in the self-destruction of the human race.
At this supremely dangerous moment in human history,
the only way of salvation for mankind
is the Indian way."
Albert Einstein
(1879 -1955):
“When I read the Bhagavad-Gita and reflect about how God
created this universe everything else seems so superfluous.”
"We owe a lot to the Indians, who taught us how to count, without
which no worthwhile scientific discovery could have been made.“
Will Durant,
American historian,
"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-government and democracy.
Mother India is in many ways the mother of us all".
“Perhaps in return for conquest, arrogance and spoilation,
India will teach us
the tolerance and gentleness of the mature mind,
the quiet content of the unacquisitive soul,
the calm of the understanding spirit,
and a unifying, a pacifying love for all living things.”
Sir William Jones,
“…The Sanskrit language is of wonderful structure, more perfect
than the Greek, more copious than the Latin and more exquisitely
refined than either.
“... a stronger affinity than could possibly have been produced by
accident; so strong, indeed, that no philologer could examine them
all three, without first believing them to have sprung from some
common source... ”
Ralph Waldo Emerson,
"I owed a magnificent day to the Bhagavad-Gita. It was the first of books; it
was as if an empire spoke to us, nothing small or unworthy, but large, serene,
consistent, the voice of an old intelligence which in another age and climate had
pondered and thus disposed of the same questions which exercise us.“
“The Indian teaching, through its clouds of legends, has yet a simple and
grand religion, like a queenly countenance seen through a rich veil.
It teaches to speak truth, love others, and to dispose trifles.
The East is grand - and makes Europe appear the land of trifles. ...all is
soul and the soul is Vishnu ...cheerful and noble is the genius of this
“When India was explored, and the wonderful riches
of Indian theological literature found, that
dispelled once and for all,
the dream about Christianity being the sole revelation.
- Nature makes a Brahmin of me presently.”
Arthur Schopenhauer,
German Philosopher
"In the whole world there is no study so beneficial and so
elevating as that of the Upanishads. It has been the solace of
my life – it will be the solace of my death."
“It is the most rewarding and the most elevating book which can
be possible in the world. “
“I believe that the influence of the Sanskrit literature will
penetrate not less deeply than did the revival of Greek literature
in the fifteenth century.”
Henry David Thoreau,
American Philosopher
“…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 its literature seem puny and trivial."
“…Whenever I have read any part of the Vedas, I have felt that some
unearthly and unknown light illuminated me. In the great teaching of the
Vedas, there is no touch of the sectarianism.
It is of ages, climes, and nationalities and is the royal road for the attainment
of the Great Knowledge. When I am at it, I feel that I am under the
spangled heavens of a summer night.“
Mark Twain,
American Author
“This is India!
The land of dreams and romance,
of fabulous wealth and fabulous poverty,
of splendor and rags,
of palaces and hovels,
of famine and pestilence,
of genii and giants and Aladdin lamps,
of tigers and elephants,
the cobra and the jungle,
the country of a hundred nations and a hundred tongues,
of a thousand religions and two million gods,
cradle of the human race,
birthplace of human speech,
mother of history,
grandmother of legend, great-grandmother of tradition,
whose yesterdays bear date with the mouldering antiquities of the rest of the nations
– the one sole country under the sun that is endowed with an imperishable interest for alien persons,
for lettered and ignorant, wise and fool, rich and poor,
bond and free, the one land that all men desire to see,
and having seen once, by even a glimpse,
would not give that glimpse for all the shows of all the rest of the globe combined.
Even now, after a lapse of a year, the delirium of those days in Bombay has not left me and I hope it never will.”
Ken Wilber
American Philosopher and Author
“Larry [Warchowski] is just about as philosophically /spiritually
well read as anyone you're likely to find, and The Matrix films
are a stunning tribute to that fact.
Larry said that when he found Ken's work, "It was like
Schopenhauer discovering the Upanishads."
Professor Max Muller,
"India, what can it teach us?,
"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.
If I were asked under what sky the human mind has most developed some of it
choicest gifts, has most deeply pondered on the greatest problems of life and has
found solutions of some of them which will deserve the attention even of those who
have studied Plato and Kant,
I should point to India.
And if I were to ask myself from what literature we, here in Europe, who have
been nurtured most exclusively on the thoughts of the Greeks and Romans and of
the Semitic race and the Jewish may draw that corrective which is most wanted in
order to make our inner life more comprehensive, more universal, in fact a more truly
human life, again,
I should point to India".
The Encyclopaedia Britannica says:
"Man must have an original cradle land whence the peopling of
the earth was brought about by migration.
As to man’s cradle land, there have been many theories but the
weight of evidence is in favour of Indo-Malaysia.”
"If there is a country on earth which can justly claim the honour 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 is assuredly India.“
George Harrison,
(1943 - 2001):
"For every human there is a quest to find the answer to why I am
here, who am I, where did I come from, where am I going. For me
that became the most important thing in my life. Everything else
is secondary."
"Here everybody is vibrating on a material level, which is nowhere.
Over there [India], they have this great feeling of something else
that's just spiritual going on. “
Lin Yutang,
Chinese writer,
“India was China’s teacher in religion and imaginative literature,
and world’s teacher in Trigonometry, quadratic equations, grammar,
phonetics, Arabian Nights, animal fables, chess as well as in philosophy,
and she inspired Boccasccio, Goethe, Schopenhauer and Emerson."
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,
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.
Dalai Lama,
“Hindus and Buddhists, we are two sons of the same mother."
Rudyard Kipling
“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’ ".
Apollonius Tyaneus
Greek Thinker and Traveller,
1st Century AD
"In India
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."
John Archibald Wheeler
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,
Father of economics, and author of “Wealth of
"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,
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."
Friedrich Mejer:
“It will no longer remain to be doubted that
the priests of Egypt and the sages of Greece
have drawn directly from the original well of India,
that it is to the banks of the Ganges and the Indus
that our hearts feel drawn
as [if] by some hidden urge.”
Jean-Sylvain Bailly,
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,
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 is often blind, if not
Francois Gautier,
French Journalist and Writer
“Cry! O my beloved India!“
“The BJP government has fallen. You are exulting, O Christians! You seem to forget how
much this country gave you: the first Christian community in the world, that of the Syrian
Christians, was established in Kerala in the 1st century.”
The BJP government has fallen. You are rejoicing, O Muslims! You seem to forget that Arab
merchants came to Hindu India long before the first Muslim invasions of the 7th century.
They were also welcomed and allowed to practise their religion in peace and to trade as they
The BJP government has fallen. You are rejoicing, O Marxists! But do you understand that
Marxism is dead all over the world; and that even in China it is Marxism in name only, as its
government actually implements capitalist policies?
The BJP government has fallen. Your are rejoicing, O 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.
Cry O my beloved India, look what thy children have done to thee!
Sights of India
Mount Kailas, Himalayas
“abode of snow” – in Sanskrit
The Beauty of Kashmir
Varanasi, Ganges River
Western Thar Desert, Rajasthan
“Gods Own Country”, Kerala
The Gods of India
1 Billion people, 1 Billion Gods
The Trinity
The Ancient Indian Epics
The first Indian epic consisting of
24,000 verses divided into 7 books,
composed about 6500 years ago.
Longest Epic in world literature
with 100,000 two-line stanzas, first
composed about 5000 years ago.
The words of Lord Krsna crystallized in the Bhagavad Gita.
“After many births the wise seek refuge in me, seeing me
everywhere and in everything. Such great souls are very
"Your very nature will drive you to fight, the only choice is what
to fight against.”
“On action alone be your interest, Never on its fruits.
Let not the fruits of action be your motive,
Nor be thy attachment to inaction. “
“This is how actions were done by the ancient seekers of
freedom; follow their example: act, surrendering the fruits of
“For certain is death for the born,
and certain is birth for the dead;
Therefore over the inevitable you should not grieve. “
“For the uncontrolled there is no wisdom. For the uncontrolled
there is no concentration, and for him without concentration,
there is no peace. And for the unpeaceful how can there ever be
happiness? “
Lord Krsna counsels Prince Arjuna during the
Great Mahabharata War, in Kurukshetra,
India, circa 3100 B.C.,
“When a man dwells on the objects of sense, he creates an
attraction for them; attraction develops into desire, and desire
breeds anger.“
The 4 kinetic ideas behind Hindu Vedic Spirituality
The law of universal
causality, which connects
man with the cosmos and
condemns him to
The world is not simply
what it seems to the
human senses.
Absolute reality, situated
somewhere beyond the
cosmic illusion woven by
Maya and beyond
human experience as
conditioned by Karma.
The state of absolute
characterized by release
from the cycle of
reincarnations; freedom
from the pain and care
of the external world;
Implies integration;
bringing all the
faculties of the psyche
under the control of
the self
“AUM” or “OM”
The first sound of the Almighty – Infinite Reality - Oneness with the supreme
is the Sanskrit word for;
Amen (Christian)
Amin (Muslim)
Aum (Hindu)
Hūm (Bhuddist)
India: World's Largest Maitreya Buddha Statue
India has started construction of the
World’s largest Buddha statue, it is being
designed to last for the next 1,000 years.
The statue will be situated at Kushinagar,
Uttar Pradesh, where the Buddha passed
The statue, destined to bring world peace,
will be seated on a throne 17-storeys
high, housing a huge temple with the feet
resting on a Lotus, touching the Earth.
Secular Tolerance
"In India today,
we have a lady born a Catholic (Sonia Gandhi)
stepping aside so a Sikh (Manmohan Singh)
could be sworn in by a Muslim president (Abdul Kalam)
to lead a nation that's 82% Hindu.
I defy anyone to cite another country with such diversity and
tolerance to its political leadership."
Goldman Sachs Report of 1 October, 2003 –
"Dreaming with BRICs: The path to 2050"
India's GDP will reach $ 1 trillion by 2011,
$ 2 trillion by 2020,
$ 3 trillion by 2025,
$ 6 trillion by 2032,
$ 10 trillion by 2038, and
$ 27 trillion by 2050,
becoming the 3rd largest economy after USA and China.
In terms of GDP, India will overtake Italy by the year 2016,
France by 2019, UK by 2022,
Germany by 2023, and Japan by 2032.
Progress during the last 20 years
Poverty (incidence)
Education (literacy rate)
Health (life expectancy)
Source: World Bank (2003)
Ex-Prime Minister,
Sri Atal Bihari Vajpayee
A treaty was signed on 6 January, 2004, establishing a South Asian Free
Trade Area among the seven SAARC countries (India, Pakistan,
Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Maldives) in the region.
India committed to a South Asian Union as the ultimate objective, with
mutual security cooperation, open borders and a single currency in
Southern Asia in the long run.
"The bonds of ethnicity and culture which hold together the
peoples of this region are more enduring than the barriers of
political prejudice that have been erected quite recently.“
”….Friends, India is ready to do everything that is necessary, to
walk as many extra miles as may be required, to make this
vision a reality.”
Dr Abdul Kalam, President of India,
father of India’s space, missile and satellite programme and author
of “India 2020 Vision”.
“I have three visions for India.”
“ In 3000 years of our history people from all over the world have come and invaded us,
captured our lands, conquered our minds. From Alexander onwards. The Greeks, the Turks,
the Moguls, the Portuguese, the British, the French, the Dutch, all of them came and looted
us, took over what was ours.
Yet we have not done this to any other nation. We have not conquered anyone. We have not
grabbed their land, their culture, their history and tried to enforce our way of life on them.
Because we respect the freedom of others. That is why my first vision is that of
I believe that India got its first vision of this in 1857, when we started the war of
independence. It is this freedom that we must protect and nurture and build on. If we are not
free, no one will respect us. “
My second vision for India is DEVELOPMENT. For fifty years we have been a developing
nation. It is time we see ourselves as a developed nation. We are among top 5 nations of the
world in terms of GDP. We have 10% growth rate in most areas. Our poverty levels are
falling. Our achievements are being globally recognized today. Yet we lack the self-confidence
to see ourselves as
a developed nation, self-reliant and self-assured.
I have a THIRD vision. India must stand up to the world. Because I believe that unless
India stands up to the world, no one will respect us. Only strength respects strength. We
must be strong not only as a military power but also as an economic power. Both must go
India’s population to be the largest in the
India is set to overtake China as the world's
most populous nation by 2050.
India’s population is expected to grow from
1.08bn to 1.63bn people, overtaking China,
which is forecast to reach 1.44bn from 1.3bn
India, will also have the highest working
population in the World — 700 million people
out of 1.1 billion people are young; the young
population will continue till 2050.
Annie Wood Besant,
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.”