New Delhi, August 10, 2017: India is famous for the culture and traditions that the Indian heritage makes one inherit and grow with. Our land is also renowned for the religious practices and the depth of knowledge that the Indians possess regarding spirituality and divinity.
Since the ancient ages, many saints have enlightened the Indian souls and helped India becoming a “holy land.” One such man was Mahaswamiji Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati. He was famously known as the “sage of Kanchi”, one of the “Jagadgurus” of the Hindu religious and divine institution ‘Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham’ at Tamil Nadu in Kanchipuram.
The ‘sage of Kanchi’, is known to have reformed and converted a leader of the Indian National Congress into Hinduism. In his youth, he actively took part in the politically driven conditions and spiritually enthralled many souls.
His sayings are not only popular even today but quite relevant also for the present-day society. His quotes are famous as ‘divine words of Periyava’ and those include the following-
“When one involves himself in social service, it enhances his own inner refinement”
“Universal and unconditional love and courteous behavior is the key to becoming a true social-worker”
“It is only hypocrisy to ignore one’s duties and responsibilities and then claim himself to be helping the humanity”
“It is crucial to be aware of one’s own limitations”
It is impossible to “walk away” from the fettering embrace of ‘Karma’
“In order to uplift oneself, one must devote himself to God and inculcate the ideologies of ‘Dharma’ through self-discipline”
“There exists an unseen world beyond the visible familiar world of ours”
This holy man lived a century, dedicating his life and teachings to spirituality and the society respectively; and reportedly, breathed his last in the year 1994. His words and his contributions to humanity make the Indians chant his quotes till date.
Book called ‘Great Minds on India’ by SalilGewali, which answered my question and took my knowledge of the ancient Indians much further than I could have imagined. Indian sages asserted the Earth as spherical many centuries before the Greek’s speculation over this idea.
This fabulous book by Salil Gewali demonstrates to us how old Indians impacted present-day science, mathematics, philosophy, linguistics, and others.
The book initially alludes to a standout amongst the most eminent individuals ever – Albert Einstein. It lets us know inside the book that Einstein said ‘without Indians, no advantageous logical revelation would have been made’.
Sitting on the beach, staring at the pale blue sea, wondering, is the world really spherical? I could clearly see the flat, never-ending sea of water and thought to myself, how did we find out the world was actually a spherical shape? Thanks to my Yoga teacher and my association with this ancient discipline that brought me to lay my hand on the amazing book called ‘Great Minds on India’ by Salil Gewali, which answered my question and took my knowledge of the ancient Indians much further than I could have imagined. Indian sages asserted the Earth as spherical many centuries before the Greek’s speculation over this idea. I quickly realized the science and the literature of the Modern times far behind when compared to the ideas expounded by the ancient Indians. This book truly demonstrates that India affected the cutting edge world; these are cases of extraordinary individuals that helped society in different ways, who credited India’s disclosures and speculations.
The book initially alludes to a standout amongst the most eminent individuals ever – Albert Einstein. It lets us know inside the book that Einstein said ‘without Indians no advantageous logical revelation would have been made’ on the grounds that without the “numeric framework”, that Indians made, it would not have been conceivable.
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Dick Teresi recognized that Indians discovered that the earth circles the sun and realized that a planet’s path is elliptical, a great many centuries previously the thought was acknowledged inside Europe and the created areas. Dick Teresi is an exceptionally famous author and columnist, who was best known for authoring ‘Lost Discoveries’.
Archibald Wheeler trusts that the Indians knew “everything” and in the event that it was conceivable to decipher their old dialect, we would have every one of the responses to every one of our inquiries. He was the co-creator of ‘The component of atomic splitting’ by Niels Bohr. Wheeler is the researcher and coined Black Hole, who is also instrumental in the development of Hydrogen Bomb.
Erwin Schrodinger, a splendid physicist, trusted that blood transmutation from India is an unquestionable requirement as it spared otherworldly pallor. Schrodinger was the designer of Wave Mechanics, which is one of the best logical creations of the twenty-first century.
One of the best hypotheses, the ‘Hypothesis of relativity’ is a hypothesis made by the old Indians, and is “light years”. Light years are there utilized as a part of room terms right up till today and is educated in science ponders within school foundations. This was said by Alan Watts, who was a logician and a standout amongst the most productive scholars of the previous century.
Indians also investigated the importance of natural laws, (many yet to be discovered by the modern scientists and philosophers) the nature of the soul, the birth of the universe, and what is past the cycle of life, birth, and demise, the connection between body, mind, knowledge, and soul. Their vision addressed the idea of holiness, the preeminent planning power that may underlie normal laws. To put it plainly, they tried to know everything that the psyche can appreciate — from the particle to unendingness, the making of the universe, and its significance. The source of different branches of science, craftsmanship, and theory ascribed to this human advancement are genuinely exceptional results of India’s “Jijnyasa”, or urge to want to know with clear vision.
But, I’ve found shockingly disturbing contrary fact in India and among Indians. Over 90% of Indian origin do not subscribe to their own rich civilization and spiritual culture. Just going over the news media and acclaimed literary works published from India astonish us that how there certain powerful people openly hate their own cultural values.
Even the half-literate love to quote Milton, Eliot; and shake themselves in a musical beat of rock-n-roll. This country’s government has found itself in the tangle of controversies while convincing its people about the practical benefits of Yoga and meditation.
I believe, the excellent publication of Gewali’s book will serve the purpose since Indians will get to know about Indian wisdom and spiritual knowledge from their Western masters. The research-based book of over twenty-five years, which has been translated into eleven languages, has recently been prefaced by a world-famous NASA scientists – Dr.KamleshLulla of Houston. Finally, I choose to invoke a very profound quote from the book by a pioneering philosopher of German romanticism August Schlegel – ‘Even the loftiest philosophy of the European appears like a feeble spark before the Vedanta’.
(Bernie David Holt 36a Slade Gardens, Erith, England)