3. Adi Shankaracharya: Restrainful freedom draws away from peace
4. Swami Vivekananda: The World is tight
5. Syed Ahmed Khan: Harmony is foundation of society
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Sept 18, 2016: In the last 400 years, more than 800 predictions of the 8th-century French scholar, Nostradamus had been true.
Nostradamus is quite well known for his book Les Propheties, its first edition appeared in the year 1555. Since the publication it has rarely been out of print. Nostradamus’ predictions had attracted a lot of followers all around the world. Many believes him to have some unique predictive power which seemed to be true when related to some major world events.
Nostradamus’ prophecies include the collapse of British Empire which seemed to be impossible at some point of time but it eventually happened with India’s Quit India Movement which was a huge setback to the British imperialist forces. He also predicted about the Nazis’ annihilation which again seemed to be beyond the prospect of belief at a point of time, holocaust seemed to be the only fate of the Jews but it did happen eventually.
That being said, his prophecies also talk about Hinduism which will allegedly grow across Asia and Middle East. Adding to that, he predicted some immortal leader will be emerging with Hindu roots who will be binding the whole of Asia together. The immortal leader would be someone from a peninsula where three seas meet, probably an Indian peninsula. So, some immortal leader from South India with Hindu roots will spread Hinduism. It also seems to suggest, Russia would be leaving Communism only to accept the Hindu wisdom wholeheartedly.
Follow NewsGram on Facebook Sweeping through the Middle East, the Hindu troops will avenge the former wrongs. In the Caucasus Mountains, the army of Russia will be joining them and then would cross the Black Sea or the Mediterranean Sea. After a fierce siege, the immortal South Indian Hindu leader will reach Paris and it will be taken.
” Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high”
For people who love his works, have guessed it by now! The stalwart was a Bengali poet and polymath who reshaped and built Bengali literature in the true sense of the term. Words, however ornamental, we use to describe him; can never defeat the mark he creates on one’s heart and mind, through his works.
Composer of our country’s National Anthem, Rabindranath Tagore died on August 7, the same date, but in 1941. He was Poet, novelist, composer of songs, painter, playwright, educationist, philosopher. Rabindranath Tagore is widely regarded as an eminent personality in Indian history and the greatest multi-faceted polymath India has produced in the last two hundred years. He was the first Asian to receive Nobel Peace Prize for his literature (Gitanjali).
Rabindranath Tagore was born on 7 May 1861 in Calcutta as the 14th child of Debendranath and Sarada Devi. His grandfather Dwarkanath Tagore was a social reformer . Tagore began writing poems at the age of eight.
He wrote his first book, a collection of poems at the age of 17, which was later published in 1901. In the same year, he established a school Visva Bharti outside Calcutta. This school later turned into a Univerity.
Tagore was rewarded with Knighthood in 1915, but in 1919 he surrendered the knighthood as an opposition against the Massacre of Amritsar, in which 400 Indian protesters were killed by the British troops.
His literature Gitanjali made him widely popular in the United States and England. His cosmic views owed much to the lyric tradition of Vaishnava Hinduism and its notions about the relationship between man and God. Most of the Tagore’s beliefs developed from the teachings of Upanishads and from his own ideas that God can be found in one way i.e. by serving others and by personal purity.
He is also a central figure in India’s creative responses to it encounter with the West. The range of Tagore’s creativity is truly astonishing and his work of art have been critical to the evolution of different art forms; besides his literary contributions, Tagore has widely regarded as the ‘father’ of modernism in Indian painting. His significance extends beyond the sphere of arts and literature in the sense that he is also an important milestone in the emergence of a modern Indian identity.
– prepared by Akanksha Sharma of NewsGram. Twitter: Akanksha4117
Atmananda was a 29-year-old Austrian woman who came to India in 1935 and never looked back
Fascinated with Jiddu Krishnamurthi even as a teenager, she taught English in a school for 18 years in Varanasi
Her diaries are published with a title ‘Death Must Die’
It is not a fact unknown that Indian culture and religion has inspired many westerners to visit the country in their quest of spiritual inspiration from times immemorial. However, settling and adopting the culture as its own is a rare case and a little too heart-warming. One such story is that of Atmananda.
Atmananda was a 29-year-old Austrian woman when she came to India in 1935 and never looked back from then. Blanca, as she was known in her youth in Vienna started this journey because of Jiddu Krishnamurthi but was later fascinated with Anandamayi Ma and became her disciple.
She made the country her home for 50 years and lived in Dehradun in the surroundings of Anandmayi Ma till she died.
She made a small cottage her nest and had khichdi (made of pulses and rice) for most of the meals. She had her head shaven and wore a saffron cotton sari, symbolic of her denouncement of the world.
Talking about Atmananda, Maria Wirth in Chakranews.com said, “In spite of her age, Atmananda was aware, interested, open minded and knew for each topic an appropriate comment by Anandamayi Ma or other sages like Ramakrishna Paramahansa, Swami Vivekananda or Ramana Maharshi.”
Fascinated with Jiddu Krishnamurthi even as a teenager, Atmananda taught English in a school for 18 years in Varanasi.
Apart from teaching, she also gave piano concerts to All India Radio (AIR).
Atmananda had a profound influence of Anandamayi Ma’s teaching in her life. She came in contact with her because of Lewis Thompson, an Englishmen in 1945.
Recalling her first meeting with Anandmayi Ma, she said, “Ma said only a few sentences, actually nothing new, and yet – the effect was out of proportion. It was as if someone had switched on light and I suddenly clearly saw the path. I was confident that I would always see the next step before me. My thoughts had not stopped to wander, but worries had stopped.”
Atmananda was also proficient in many languages. After her mother died, her father employed teachers in his upper middle class home to teach her daughters many languages.
In India, Atmananda further learnt Hindi and Bengali. She also maintained a diary about the conversation in the ashram and published them in the monthly magazine.
She later handed the diaries to Ram Alexander, who she thought was Lewis Thompson reborn. Alexander later got them published under the title ‘Death Must Die.’
Soon after the death of Anandmayi Ma, Atmananda also fell sick. When she was taken to Haridwar for better care a friend told her “You will be back soon”. To which Atmananda replied, “I go now and won’t come back.”
Three days hence she passed away and her body was immersed in Ganga (a holy river) – a privilege exclusive to Sanyasis.