Quotes : About India : What people (non-Indians) say

Quotes : About India : What people (non-Indians) say

Quotes : About India : What people (non-Indians) say

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Quotes : About India : What people (non-Indians) say

Hello ! Dear readers, viewers & students all over the world ! Warm welcome to this post. Here, I am sharing my thoughts regarding ‘India’. Hope, you all will enjoy it reading.

India is a country situated in Asia continent, attracted many European & other visitors from time immemorial.

Vasco-da-Gama arrived India long ago from far Europe. Christopher Columbus reached another  place named by him as West Indies, which he thought as may be western India. Hue-en-Sang from China visited India during historical period. Likewise, many examples can be cited.

India and Indian culture are hated by many as well as loved by many also. Albert Einstein, the latest great scientist, was very much fond of India and Indian knowledge. Germany (e.g. Max Muller, etc ) is very much interested in India and Indology (Indian sciences). German people consider themselves from Aryan race. In Germany, Indian knowledge and sciences are being taught in many educational centres. John Woodroffe, the British orientalist ( प्राच्य विद्या विशारद ), actively popularised Indian Hindu knowledge in western world.

Likewise, maximum general Western, European, American mass hate India and Indian culture. In their eyes, India is a dirty old-fashioned country. India is dominated by a religion called Hinduism which is baseless, old and laughed at. Indian society has many old uncivilised social systems, etc.

Also, India is the only peace-loving country in the entire globe. India had never attacked any country in the entire history, but herself had been attacked and ruled by many nations. 2nd October, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, the great Indian leader and messenger for non-violence and peace, is being celebrated all over the world as ‘International non-violence day’, with the effort of UN.

It is very much true that present India is a dirty and corrupt country. If compared with the modern developed civilised Western world, India looks far behind and neglected.

But, ancient India had a glorious period also, which can’t be denied. Both ancient and modern India have much contributions towards the world (like Buddhism, ISKCON, Yoga, Ayurveda, Indentured labourers, Silicon valley, non-violence, etc).

In modern times, great Indian personalities like, Swami Vivekananda (who spoke at the World Conference of Religions in 1893 at Chicago, USA), AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (founder of ISKCON), Baba Ramdev (Yoga expert), Rajeev Dixit (scholar on Indology), etc have tried and are trying to revive the past glory of India and to present before the entire world the Indian knowledge & cultures (specially based on Hinduism).

However, read and enjoy what eminent non-Indians put their opinion about India (some may look exaggerated as they were overwhelmed. However, it is your choice to accept or reject):

 

  • We owe a lot to the Indians, who taught us how to count, without which no worthwhile scientific discovery could have been made. — Albert Einstein (the latest great scientist).
  • India is the cradle ( पालना, দোলনা, an infant’s bed or crib, typically one mounted on rockers ) of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend and the great grandmother of tradition. — Mark twain (famous American author).
  • In religion, India is the only millionaire… 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. — Mark twain (famous American author).
  • So far as I am able to judge, nothing has been left undone, either by man or nature, to make India the most extraordinary country that the sun visits on his rounds. Nothing seems to have been forgotten, nothing overlooked. — Mark twain (famous American author).
  • India has two million gods, and worships them all. In religion all other countries are paupers; India is the only millionaire. — Mark twain (famous American author).
  • If there is one place on the face of earth where all dreams of living men have found a home from the very earliest days when man began the dream of existence, it is India. — Romain Rolland (famous French scholar & philosopher).
  • She (India) has left indelible imprints on one fourth of the human race in the course of a long succession of centuries. She has the right to claim her place amongst the great nations summarising and symbolising the spirit of humanity. From Persia to the Chinese sea, from the icy regions of Siberia to the islands of Java and Borneo, India has propagated her beliefs, her tales and her civilisation. — Sylvia Levi (French scholar).
  • India was the motherland of our race and Sanskrit the mother of European languages. India was the mother of our philosophy, of much of our mathematics, of the ideals embodied in Christianity, … of self-government and democracy. In many ways, mother India is the mother of us all. — Will Durant ( American durant, historian).
  • India will teach us the tolerance and gentleness of mature mind, understanding spirit and a unifying, pacifying love for all human beings. — Will Durant ( American durant, historian).
  • It is true that even across the Himalayan barrier India has sent to the west, such gifts as grammar and logic, philosophy and fables, hypnotism and chess, and above all numerals and the decimal system. — Will Durant ( American durant, historian).
  • India conquered and dominated China culturally for 20 centuries without ever having to send a single soldier across her border. — Hu Shih (ambassador of China to USA).
  • Many of the advances in the sciences that we consider today to have been made in Europe were in fact made in India centuries ago. — Grant Duff ( British historian).
  • It is already becoming clearer that a chapter which has 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 history, the only way of salvation for mankind is the Indian way. — Dr Arnold Toynbee ( British historian).
  • There has been no more revolutionary contribution than the one which the Hindus (Indians) made when they invented zero (‘Mathematics for the Millions’). — Lancelot Hogben (English mathematician).
  • There is no book in the world that is so thrilling, stirring and inspiring as the ‘Upanishads’(‘Sacred books of the East’) . Max Muller (the famous great German scholar).
  • If we were asked under what sky the human mind has most fully developed some of its choicest gifts, has most deeply pondered on the greatest problems of life, and has found solutions, I should point to India. Max Muller (the famous great German scholar).
  • After the conversations about Indian philosophy, some of the ideas of Quantum Physics that had seemed so crazy suddenly made much more sense. — Heisenberg (German Physicist).
  • There are some parts of the world that, once visited, get into your heart and won’t go. For me, India is such a place. When I first visited, I was stunned by the richness of the land, by its lush beauty and exotic architecture, by its ability to overload the senses with the pure, concentrated intensity of its colors, smells, tastes, and sounds. It was as if all my life I had been seeing the world in black and white and, when brought face-to-face with India, experienced everything re-rendered in brilliant technicolor. — Keith Bellows ( Editor-in-Chief, National Geographic Society).
  • 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 sectarianism. It is of all ages, climbs, and nationalities and is the royal road for the attainment of the Great Knowledge. When I read it, I feel that I am under the spangled heavens of a summer night. — Henry David Thoreau ( American thinker & author).
  • In the great books of India, 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 questions that exercise us. — Ralph Waldo Emerson ( American author).
  • From the Vedas we learn a practical art of surgery, medicine, music, house building under which mechanized art is included. They are encyclopedia of every aspect of life, culture, religion, science, ethics, law, cosmology and meteorology. — Willium James (American author).
  • Gravitation was known to the Hindus (Indians) before the birth of Newton. The system of blood circulation was discovered by them centuries before Harvey was heard of. — Peter Johnstone (British mathematician).
  • They were very advanced Hindu astronomers in 6000 BC. Vedas contain an account of the dimension of Earth, Sun, Moon, Planets and Galaxies.” (‘Calendars and Constellations’). — Emmelin Plunret.
  • Vedas are the most rewarding and the most elevating book which can be possible in the world. — Schopenhauer (German philosopher).
  • India–The land of Vedas, the remarkable works contain not only religious ideas for a perfect life, but also facts which science has proved true. Electricity, radium, electronics, airship, all were known to the seers who founded the Vedas. — Wheeler Wilcox (American author & poet).
  • The surgery of the ancient Indian physicians was bold and skilful. A special branch of surgery was dedicated to rhinoplasty or operations for improving deformed ears, noses and forming new ones, which European surgeons have now borrowed. — Hunter (British surgeon).
  • An examination of Indian Vedic doctrines shows that it is in tune with the most advanced scientific and philosophical thought of the West. — John Woodroffe (British orientalist).
  • Our present knowledge of the nervous system fits in so accurately with the internal description of the human body given in the Vedas (5000 years ago). Then the question arises whether the Vedas are really religious books or books on anatomy of the nervous system and medicine.” (‘The Vedic Gods’). — B. G. Pele.
  • Where can we look for sages like those whose systems of philosophy were prototypes of those of Greece: to whose works Plato, Thales and Pythagorus were disciples? Where do I find astronomers whose knowledge of planetary systems yet excites wonder in Europe as well as the architects and sculptors whose works claim our admiration, and the musicians who could make the mind oscillate from joy to sorrow, from tears to smile with the change of modes and varied intonation? — Colonnel James Todd (English officer of British East India Company & an orientalist).
  • One Billion-Year-Old fossil prove life began in India: AFP Washington reports in Science Magazine that German Scientist Adolf Seilachar and Indian Scientist P.K. Bose have unearthed fossil in Churhat a town in Madhya Pradesh, India which is 1.1 billion years old and has rolled back the evolutionary clock by more than 500 million years.— Adolf Seilachar (German palaeontologist).

 

So, Dear readers, viewers, friends, students ! How have you enjoyed the quotes about  India, collected by me ?  Do comment to me. Share among your friends through Facebook & other social media.

 

Thanks a lot for reading patiently !

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