Eminent supporters and upholders of hinduism


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Eminent supporters and upholders of hinduism

  1. 1. EMINENT SUPPORTERS AND UPHOLDERS OF VEDIC TRUTH“VEDAS are not a set of books. They are a cosmic matrix of fundamental knowledge,embedded in the very fabric of existence, echoing the scientific and spiritual laws of theuniverse that was revealed to and cognized by the ancient Vedic rishis in their advancedstates of consciousness.”- Tina SadhwaniThey represent the eternal truth, expressed in the most purest form.Vedic knowledge is in fact universal and applies to the entire mankind. The word “VEDA”means Knowledge. Vedas include not only spiritual knowledge, but also fundamentalvolumes of information on Science, Architecture, Avionics, Astrobiology, Astronomy,Atomic Physics, Chronometry, Dietetics, Embryology, Gastroenterology, Health Sciences,Metallurgy, Meteorology, Psychophysiology, Science of warfare, Sociology etc.SCIENTISTSALBERT EISTEIN (SCIENTIST): "When I read the Bhagavad-Gita and reflect about howGod created this universe everything else seems so superfluous."ROBERT OPPENHEIMER (THEORETICAL PHYSICIST): "Access to the Vedas is thegreatest privilege this century may claim over all previous centuries. The general notionsabout human understanding… which are illustrated by discoveries in atomic physics are notin the nature of things wholly unfamiliar, wholly unheard of or new. In Hindu thought theyhave a more considerable and central place. What we shall find [in modern physics] is anexemplification, an encouragement, and a refinement of old wisdom."WERNER HEISENBERG (FATHER OF QUANTUM PHYSICS, Nobel Prize winner):"After the conversations about Indian Philosophy, some of the ideas of Quantum Physics thathad seemed so crazy suddenly made much more sense."ERWIN SCHRODINGER (PHYSICIST), awarded the Nobel prize in Quantum Mechanics,in 1933. He said "The unity and continuity of "Vedanta" are reflected in the unity andcontinuity of wave mechanics. In 1925, the world view of physics was a model of a greatmachine composed of separable interacting material particles. During the next few years,
  2. 2. Schrodinger and Heisenberg and their followers created a universe based on super imposedinseparable waves of probability amplitudes. This new view would be entirely consistent withthe Vedantic (Veda) concept of All in One."http://adbhutam.wordpress.com/2010/01/09/advaita-and-science-ix-schrodinger-and-vedanta/BRIAN DAVID JOSEPHSON (PHYSICIST, Nobel Laureate): "The Vedanta and theSamkhya hold the key to the laws of the mind and thought process which are correlated to theQuantum Field, i.e the operation and distribution of particles at atomic and molecular levels."Dr. CARL SAGAN (ASTROPHYSICIST):"The Hindu religion is the only one of the worlds great faiths dedicated to the idea that theCosmos itself undergoes an immense, indeed an infinite, number of deaths and rebirths. It isthe only religion in which the time scales correspond, to those of modern scientificcosmology. Its cycles run from our ordinary day and night to a day and night of Brahma, 8.64billion years long. Longer than the age of the Earth or the Sun and about half the time sincethe Big Bang. And there are much longer time scales still."FRITJOF CAPRA (PHYSICIST):Outlines parallels between Vedantic worldview and Quantum Physics- in his book TAO OFPHYSICS. "Modern physics has thus revealed that every subatomic particle not onlyperforms an energy dance, but also is an energy dance; a pulsating process of creationand destruction. The dance of Shiva is the dancing universe, the ceaseless flow of energygoing through an infinite variety of patterns that melt into one another. For the modernphysicists, then Shiva’s dance is the dance of subatomic matter. As in Hindu mythology,it is a continual dance of creation and destruction involving the whole cosmos; the basisof all existence and of all natural phenomenon. Hundreds of years ago, Indian artistscreated visual images of dancing Shivas in a beautiful series of bronzes. In our times,physicists have used the most advanced technology to portray the patterns of the cosmicdance."Richard Waterstone has written in his book: Einstein and Shivas cosmic dance : "Thereis a striking resemblance between the equivalence of mass and energy, symbolized byShivas cosmic dance and the Western theory, first expounded by Einstein, whichcalculates the amount of energy contained in a subatomic particle by multiplying itsmass by the square of the speed of light: E = mc2. "AMIT GOSWAMI (THEORETICAL NUCLEAR PHYSICIST): "Everything starts withconsciousness. That is consciousness is the ground of all being". He wrote a book called TheSelf Aware Universe: How Consciousness creates the Material World which propounds thesame Vedic view of Brahman being the ground of all existence, immanent in all things.
  3. 3. NIKOLA TESLA (SCIENTIST) -contributor to the field of electricity and electromagnetism,influenced by Vedic Science and Philosophy.STEPHEN HAWKING (SCIENTIST) in describing his mathematical model of the universesaid that whereas in Western religions a creator god precedes man and the universe, theHindu gods are preceded by creation; the origin of the world is envisaged not so muchas an act of creation but as one of organization, the making of order out of chaos. Theuniverse is often said to be born from the sacred syllable Om, or from an inert void inwhich " there was neither being nor non-being ... death nor non-death", a singleprinciple from which emerged the diversity of life. From this void desire was born, andfrom desire came humans, gods and creation."http://www.hinduwisdom.info/Hindu_Cosmology.htmhttp://transontology.org/articles/vedic_quantum.htmPHILOSOPHERS AND HISTORIANSGeneral PHILOSOPHY and its concepts of mind, unity, universal consciousness, natureof existence, ontology, metaphysics, dualism, non-dualism etc. are sourced from theVedas and Vedanta.Sir William Jones (English philologist and scholar) "I can venture to affirm, without meaningto pluck a leaf from the never-fading laurels of our immortal Newton, that the whole of histheology, and part of his philosophy, may be found in the Vedas."T.S ELLIOT (AMERICAN WRITER): "Indian Philosophers subtleties make most of thegreat European philosophers look like schoolboys."LIN YUTANG (CHINESE SCHOLAR): "India was Chinas teacher in religion and imaginative literature, and the worlds teacher in trignometry, quandratic equations, grammar, phonetics, arabian nights, animal fables, chess, as well as in philosophy,
  4. 4. and that she inspired Boccaccio, Goethe, Herder, Schopenhauer, Emerson, and probably also old Aesop." "Not until we see the richness of the Hindu mind and its essential spirituality can we understand India.Dr. D. T. SUZUKI (JAPANESE/ZEN SCHOLAR):"The study of Japanese thought is the study of Indian thought."HENRY DAVID THOREAU (AMERICAN HISTORIAN, CRITIC AND PHILOSOPHER):"In the morning I bathe my intellect in the stupendous and cosmogonal philosophy of theBhagavad Gita in comparison with which our modern world and its literature seems puny andtrivial.""Most books belong to the house and streets only...But this (Bhagavad Gita) addresses whatis deepest and most abiding in man. . . . Its truth speaks freshly to our experience. Thesentences are filled with depth and serenity and I am sure they will have a place andsignificance as long as there is a sky to test them by.""One sentence of the Bhagavad Gita, is worth the State of Massachusetts many times over."ALDOUS HUXLEY (ENGLISH PHILOSOPHER, AUTHOR): "The Bhagavad-Gita is themost systematic statement of spiritual evolution of endowing value to mankind. It is one ofthe most clear and comprehensive summaries of perennial philosophy ever revealed; hence itsenduring value is subject not only to India but to all of humanity."ROMAIN ROLLAND (FRENCH PHILOSOPHER, NOBEL LAUREATE, PROFESSOROF HISTORY):"Religious faith in the case of Hinduism has never been allowed to run counter to scientificlaws, moreover the former has never made a condition for the knowledge it teaches, but isalways scrupulously careful to take into consideration the possibility that by reason both theagnostic and the atheist may attain truth in their own way.""The vast and tranquil metaphysics of India is unfolded; her conception of the universe, hersocial organization, perfect in its day and still capable of adaptation to the demands ofmodern times; the solution which she offers for the feminist problem, for the problems of thefamily, of love, of marriage; and lastly, the magnificent revelation of her art. The whole vastsoul of India proclaims from end to end of its crowded and well ordered edifice the samedomination of a sovereign synthesis.There is no negation. All is harmonized. All the forces of life are grouped like a forest, whosethousand waving arms are led by Nataraja, the master of the Dance. Everything has its place,
  5. 5. every being has its function, and all take part in the divine concert, their different voices, andtheir very dissonances, creating, in the phrase of Heraclitus, a most beautiful harmony.Whereas in the West, cold, hard logic isolates the unusual, shutting it off from the rest of lifeinto a definite and distinct compartment of the spirit. India, ever mindful of the naturaldifferences in souls and in philosophies, endeavors to blend them into each other, so as torecreate in its fullest perfection the complete unity. The matching of opposites produces thetrue rhythm of life."ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER (GERMAN PHILOSOPHER): "In the whole world there is nostudy so beneficial and so elevating as that of the Upanishads. The Upanishads have been thesolace of my life, they will be the solace of my death."PAUL DEUSSEN (1845-1919) a direct disciple of Arthur Schopenhauer: "Whatever may bethe discoveries of the scientific mind, none can dispute the eternal truths propounded by theUpanishads. Though they may appear as riddles, the key to solving them lies in our heart andif one were to approach them with an open mind one could secure the treasure as did theRishis of ancient times"GEORGE BERNARD SHAW (NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE, CO-FOUNDER OFLONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS): "The apparent multiplication of gods isbewildering at the first glance, but you soon discover that they are the same GOD. There isalways one uttermost God who defies personification. This makes Hinduism the most tolerantreligion in the world, because its one transcendent God includes all possible gods. In factHinduism is so elastic and so subtle that the most profound Methodist, and crudest idolater,are equally at home with it."RALPH WALDO EMERSON (AMERICAN PHILOSOPHER, AUTHOR, UNITARIANMINISTER): "The Vedas haunt me. In them I have found eternal compensation,unfathomable power, unbroken peace."DICK TERESI (AMERICAN WRITER): "Indian cosmologists were the first to estimate theage of the earth at more than 4 billion years. They came closest to modern ideas of atomism,quantum physics, and other current theories. India developed very early, enduring atomisttheories of matter. Possibly Greek atomistic thought was influenced by India, via the Persiancivilization."
  6. 6. Frederich von Scheigel (GERMAN SCHOLAR) "The Indians possessed a knowledge of thetrue God, conceived and expressed in noble, clear and grand language…Even the loftiestphilosophy of the Europeans, the idealization of reason, as set forth by the Greeks, appears incomparison with the abundant light and vigor of oriental idealism, like a feeble spark in thefull flood of the noonday sun."COSMOLOGYJohn Major Jenkins (RESEARCHER OF ANCIENT COSMOLOGY)"The Vedic civilization is perhaps the oldest continuous living tradition in the world. Itsextremely ancient doctrines and insights into human spirituality are unsurpassed. We mightexpect that its cosmology and science of time has been as misunderstood as its true antiquity.In looking closely at Vedic doctrines of time, spiritual growth, cosmology, calendars, andastronomy, we will see that a central core idea is that of our periodic alignment to theGalactic Center. And, according to these ancient Vedic beliefs, the galactic alignment we arecurrently experiencing heralds our shift from a millennia-long descent of deepening spiritualdarkness (kalyug) to a new era of light and ascending consciousness (satyug). "OTHERS:Dr. A.P.J ABDUL KALAM (FORMER PRESIDENT OF INDIA): "Vedas are the mostprecious treasures of India. The soul of Bharatiya sanskriti dwells in the Vedas. The entireworld admits the importance of the Vedas."VENCENTE AVELINO who was the CONSUL GENERAL for Brazil in India in 1930, said-"India is the only country which has known God and if anyone wants to know God he mustknow India."QUEEN FREDRICKA OF GREECE (1931- 1981) The wife of King Paul of Greece: "It wasmy advanced research in physics that had started me on a spiritual quest. It culminated in meaccepting the non-dualism or absolute monism of Shankara as my philosophy of life andscience. You are fortunate to inherit such knowledge.... I envy you. While Greece is thecountry of my birth, India is the country of my soul."
  7. 7. FRANCOIS GAUTIER (French Journalist, founder of FACT-INDIA): "The greatness ofIndia is spiritual. The world has lost the truth. We have lost the Great Sense, the meaning ofour evolution, the meaning of why so much suffering, why dying, why getting born, why thisearth, who we are, what is the soul, what is reincarnation, where is the ultimate truth aboutthe world, the universe... But India has kept this truth. India has preserved it through sevenmillennia of pitfalls, genocides, and mistakes. And this was meant to be Indias gift to thisplanet in this century: to restore to the world its true sense, to recharge humanity with the realmeaning and spirit of life. India can become the spiritual leader of the world, if only its ownpeople will allow it.W.J GRANT (BOOK-Spirit Of India): "India indeed has a preciousness which a materialisticage is in danger of missing. Some day the fragrance of her thought will win the hearts of men.This grim chase after our own tails which marks the present age cannot continue for ever.The future contains a new human urge towards the real beauty and holiness of life. When itcomes, Hinduism will be searched by loving eyes and defended by knightly hands."David Frawley (American Hindu and Vedic Scholar/Mystic) "The Hindu mind representshumanity’s oldest and most continuous stream of conscious intelligence on the planet. Hindusages, seers, saints, yogis and jnanis have maintained an unbroken current of awarenesslinking humanity with the Divine since the dawn of history, and as carried over from earliercycles of civilization in previous humanities unknown to our present spiritually limitedculture."Sanskrit literature is a great literature. We have the great songs of the Vedas, the splendor ofthe Upanishads, the glory of the Upanishads, the glory of the Bhagavad-Gita, the vastness(100,000 verses) of the Mahabharata, the tenderness and the heroism found in the Ramayana,the wisdom of the fables and stories of India, the scientific philosophy of Sankhya, thepsychological philosophy of yoga, the poetical philosophy of Vedanta, the Laws of Manu, thegrammar of Panini and other scientific writings, the lyrical poetry, and dramas of Kalidasa.Sanskrit literature, on the whole, is a romantic literature interwoven with idealism andpractical wisdom, and with a passionate longing for spiritual vision. – Juan MascaroI can venture to affirm, without meaning to pluck a leaf from the never-fading laurels of ourimmortal Newton, that the whole of his theology, and part of his philosophy, may be found inthe Vedas. – Sir William Jones (english philologist and scholar)In India I found a race of mortals living upon the Earth. but not adhering to it. Inhabitingcities, but not being fixed to them, possessing everything but possessed by nothing. –Apollonius Tyanaeus (Greek Neopythagorean Philosopher)The Indian way of life provides the vision of the natural, real way of life. We veil ourselveswith unnatural masks. On the face of India are the tender expressions which carry the mark ofthe Creators hand. – George Bernanrd Shaw
  8. 8. For me the most important thing is to spread the Hindu knowledge about the soul. This ismore important than any other knowledge and is my main priority. – Alfred FordWhen doubts haunt me, when disappointments stare me in the face, and I see not one ray ofhope on the horizon, I turn to Bhagavad-Gita and find a verse to comfort me; and Iimmediately begin to smile in the midst of overwhelming sorrow. Those who meditate on theGita will derive fresh joy and new meanings from it every day. ( Mahatma Gandhi)