SCIENTISTS & PHILOSOPHERS ON HINDUISM
HENRY DAVID THOREAU: One of the most influential American Philosopher writer and Social Critic said about Gita:: “In the morning I bathe my intellect in the stupendous and cosmological philosophy of the Bhagwad Gita, since whose composition years of the Gods have elapsed and in comparison with which our modern world and its literature seem puny and trivial and I doubt if that philosophy is not to be referred to a previous state of existence, so remote is its sublimity from our conceptions. I lay down the book and go to my well for water and lo! There I meet the servant of the Brahmn, priest of Brahma, Vishnu and Indr, who still sits in his temple on the River Ganga reading the Veds, or dwells at the root of a tree with his crust and water-jug. I meet his servant come to draw water for his master and our buckets as it were grate together in the same well. The pure Walden water is mingled with the sacred water of the Ganga.”
ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER: This philosopher and writer said about Vedanta that “There is no religion or philosophy so sublime and elevating as Vedanta.” He was the first Western Scholar who accessed the rich philosophical material from India, both Vedic as well as Buddhist.
MARK TWAIN: Mark Twain the most celebrated American writer said “Land of religions, cradle of human race, birthplace of human speech, grandmother of legend, great grandmother of tradition. The land that all men desire to see and having seen once even by a glimpse, would not give that glimpse for the shows of the rest of the globe combined.”
ALDOUS HUXLEY: English novelist said about Gita that “The Bhagwad-Gita is the most systematic statement of spiritual evolution of endowing value to mankind. The Gita is one of the clearest and most comprehensive summaries of the spiritual thoughts ever to have been made.”
JULIUS ROBERT OPPENHEIMER: Scientist, philosopher, bohemian, and radical. A theoretical physicist and the Supervising Scientist for the Manhattan Project, the developer of the atomic bomb said about Gita that “the most beautiful philosophical song existing in any known tongue.”
ALAIN DANIELOU: ”The Hindu lives in eternity. He is profoundly aware of the relativity of space and time and of the illusory nature of the apparent world.” Hinduism is a religion without dogmas. Since its origin, Hindu society has been built on rational bases by sages who sought to comprehend man’s nature and role in creation as a whole.
ERWIN SCHROEDINGER: Austrian theoretical physicist, was a professor at several universities in Europe. He was awarded the Nobel prize Quantum Mechanics, in 1933. Schrodinger wrote in his book Meine Weltansicht “This life of yours which you are living is not merely apiece of this entire existence, but in a certain sense the whole; only this whole is not so constituted that it can be surveyed in one single glance. This, as we know, is what the Brahmns express in that sacred, mystic formula which is yet really so simple and so clear; tat tvam asi, this is you. Or, again, in such words as “I am in the east and the west, I am above and below, I am this entire world.
WERNER KARL HEISENBERG: German theoretical physicist was one of the leading scientists of the 20th century. He said that “the startling parallelism between today’s physics and the world-vision of eastern mysticism remarks, the increasing contribution of eastern scientists from India, China and Japan, among others, reinforces this conjunction.