Great quotes about Indian culture and heritage!

Great quotes about Indian culture and heritage!

Great quotes about Indian culture and heritage!

  • To the philosophers of India, however, Relativity is no new discovery, just as the concept of light years is no matter for astonishment to people used to thinking of time in millions of kalpas, (A kalpa is about 4,320,000 years). The fact that the wise men of India have not been concerned with technological applications of this knowledge arises from the circumstance that technology is but one of the innumerable ways of applying it. It is, indeed, a remarkable circumstance that when Western civilization discovers Relativity it applies it to the manufacture of atom-bombs, whereas Oriental civilization applies it to the development of new states of consciousness.” Alan Watts

  • If I 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 IndiaMax Mueller, German scholar

  • “60 years ago India threw off the chains of the British Empire and became a free nation. And now the world’s largest democracy is rushing headlong into the future. As the brief heyday of the west draws to a close, one of the greatest players in history is rising again. India has seen the airborne flow of huge events since the beginning of history. Its tale is of one of the incredible drama and the biggest ideas. It is a place whose children will grow up in a global superpower and yet still know what it means to belong to an ancient civilization. This is the land where all human pasts are still alive. A ten thousand year old epic that continues even today.” – Micheal Wood, BBC-Presenter and Historian, Story of India – Part 1 

  • “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

  • We owe a lot to the Indians, who taught us how to count, without which no worthwhile scientific discovery could have been made.He also said, “When I read the Bhagavad-Gita and reflect about how God created this universe everything else seems so superfluous”.  Albert Einstein

  • “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.” John Archibald Wheeler (American scientist)

  • 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”. Will Durant, American historian

  • “If there is one place on the face of earth where all the dreams of living men have found a home from the very earliest days when man began the dream of existence, it is India.” French scholar Romain Rolland 

  •  “The Sanskrit language, whatever be its antiquity is of wonderful structure, more perfect than the Greek, more copious than the Latin and more exquisitely refined than either.” Sir William Jones, British Orientalist

  • “This is the punya bhoomi, the land of karma. Today I stand here and say, with the conviction of truth, that it is so. If there is any land on this earth that can lay claim to be the blessed punya bhoomi, to be the land to which souls on this earth must come to account for karma, the land to which every soul that is wending its way towards God must come to attain its last home, the land where humanity has attained its highest towards gentleness, towards generosity, towards purity, towards calmness, above all, the land of introspection and spirituality — it is India.” Swami Vivekananda

  • “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

  •  “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… I had been seeing the world in black & white and, when brought face-to-face with India, experienced everything re-rendered in brilliant technicolor.” Keith Bellows, National Geographic Society

  • “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.” William James, American Author

  •  “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 history, the only way of salvation for mankind is the Indian way.” Dr. Arnold Toynbee, British Historian

  • “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 reclaim . . . her place amongst the great nations summarizing and symbolizing the spirit of humanity. From Persia to the Chinese sea, from the icy regions of Siberia to Islands of Java and Borneo, India has propagated her beliefs, her tales, and her civilization!” Sylvia Levi

  •  “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

  •  “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?” Colonel James Todd

  • “Apparently, sir you Chinese are far ahead of us in every respect, except that you don’t have entrepreneurs. And our nation, though it has no drinking water, electricity, sewage system, public transportation, sense of hygiene, discipline, courtesy, or punctuality, ‘’does’’ have entrepreneurs. Thousands and thousands of them. Especially in the field of technology. And these entrepreneurs—”we” entrepreneurs—have set up all these outsourcing companies that virtually run America now.”  Aravind Adiga, The White Tiger

  • “In India even the most mundane inquiries have a habit of ending this way. There may be two answers, there may be five, a dozen or a hundred; the only thing that is certain is that all will be different.” Eric Newby, Slowly Down the Ganges

  • “Time spent in India has a extraordinary effect on one. It acts as a barrier that makes the rest of the world seem unreal.”  Tahir Shah, Beyond The Devil’s Teeth

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