Friday February 28, 2020

German Translation of a Book on Indian Ancient Wisdom

A book on ancient Indian wisdom is now being translated into German language

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Ms. Caroline Hagen, a german scholar will be translating the book in the German language.

A book on Indian wisdom, which has been formally prefaced by NASA Chief scientists and authored by the researcher Shri Salil Gewali of Meghalaya, is now is going to be translated into the German language by a scholar from Germany – Ms. Caroline Hagen. Another scholar from Berlin, Germany —  Mr. Max Herz has offered to assist in editing the book. When Ms. Caroline got Gewali’s book some months back, she was overwhelmed with joy as she got in the book most of the information about the opinions of Arthur Schopenhauer and German Nobel laureate Harman Hesse on ancient knowledge of India. Harman Hesse is highly celebrated for his novel – “Siddhartha” which is set in Indian doctrine of salvation and the philosophy of karma of Buddhism. Very Interestingly, Harman Hesse dedicated a part of his Siddhartha novel to a renowned French laureate Romain Rolland who again was deeply inspired by the wisdom of Vedanta of ancient India. A yoga enthusiast, Ms Caroline instantly resonate with what Gewali’s book set out — particularly the influence of Upanishads in Germany and other European countries in 19th Century.  

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The book by Salil Gewali showcases how the ancient wisdom of India inspired great minds and the same book will be translated in the German language.

Caroline Hagen comments – “I am very proud to be able to translate Salil Gewali’s book into German. Despite the modern western culture’s affection to old Indian practices, particularly the wisdom related to yoga and meditation, very few know about the influence Indian philosophy that has had upon ‘our’ most popular thinkers like Schopenhauer, Johann Goethe, and Hesse. These great literary figures have stated at places that their work couldn’t have existed without the influence of the Upanishads and the work of Kalidasa like Shakuntala.” No wonder, Albert Einstein always looked upon Arthur Schopenhauer for inspiration.   

The search-based book by Salil Gewali showcases in the words of the world-renowned thinkers, writers and scientists that how the ancient wisdom of Indian inspired them and became immensely instrumental in their researches and discoveries.

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‘GREAT MINDS ON INDIA’ has won the worldwide appreciation. Edited by another NASA scientist – Prof. AV Murali of Houston, USA, the book has already been translated into Eleven languages. The titles in various regional languages has been formally launched by the Governors and Chief Minister of the respective states in the country.    

 

 

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China Protesting Use of Ancient and Traditional Medicine

Many of them are protesting individually by writing directly to family, friends and colleagues who have been treated with

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She has also interviewed hundreds of activists. Pixabay

While the western world looks at embracing alternative forms of treatment, activists in China are protesting the use of ancient and traditional medicine, which hospitals are obliged to offer to patients on an equal footing with modern medical care.

Over a number of years, Chinese researcher Qiaoyan Zhu, who has been affiliated with the University of Copenhagen’s Department of Communication, has collected data on the many thousand science activists in China through observations in Internet forums, on social media and during physical meetings.

She has also interviewed hundreds of activists.

“Many of them are protesting individually by writing directly to family, friends and colleagues who have been treated with — and in some cases taken ill from — Traditional Chinese Medicine.

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Over a number of years, Chinese researcher Qiaoyan Zhu, who has been affiliated with the University of Copenhagen’s Department of Communication, has collected data on the many thousand science activists in China through observations in Internet forums. Pixabay

“Some have also hung posters in hospitals and other official institutions to draw attention to the dangers of traditional treatments. But most of the activism takes place online, on social media and blogs,” Zhu said in an article published in the journal Public Understanding of Science.

Together with Professor Maja Horst, Zhu analysed data on activists and their protests.

“The activists are better educated and wealthier than the average Chinese population, and a large majority of them keep up-to-date with scientific developments,” added Horst.

In addition to smaller groups and individual activists that have profiles on social media, larger online groups are also being formed, in some cases gaining a high degree of visibility.

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“The card game with 52 criticisms about Traditional Chinese Medicine that a group of activists produced in 37,000 copies and distributed to family, friends and local poker clubs is a good example. Poker is a highly popular pastime in rural China so the critical deck of cards is a creative way of reaching a large audience,” Horst noted.

Horst and Zhu also found examples of more direct action methods, where local activist groups contact school authorities to complain that traditional Chinese medicine is part of the syllabus in schools., or that activists help patients refuse treatment if they are offered treatment with Traditional Chinese Medicine.

“We have already seen marches for science in the US and Europe so it is not unlikely we will begin to see more activism in favour of science and evidence-based medicine in our part of the world as well,” the researchers wrote. (IANS)