Greatest Scientists of USA and Europe on Indic and Yoga Philosophy
20th century was the century of the greatest Discovery, Science, Innovation, Invention, Literature and Arts. It also saw the recognition and acceptance of the philosophy of Yoga and Meditation science by the greatest scientists, philosophers and historians from America and Europe. Enjoy comments of the greatest minds on Yoga Philosophy.
Carl Edward Sagan
According to Carl Edward Sagan, the distinguished American astronomer, author, astrophysicist and cosmologist. "As far as I know, Hinduism is the only ancient religious tradition on the Earth which talks about the right time scale. In the West, people have the sense that what is natural is for the universe to be a few thousand years old, and that it is billions of years is mind-reeling, and no one can understand it. The Hindu concept is very clear. Here is a great world culture, which has always talked about billions of years. A millennium before Europeans were willing to divest themselves of the Biblical idea that the world was a few thousand years old, the Mayans were thinking of millions and the Hindus billions. The Hindu philosophy is the only one of the world's great faiths dedicated to the idea that the Cosmos itself undergoes an immense, indeed an infinite, number of deaths and rebirths. It is the only religion in which the time scales correspond, to those of modern scientific cosmology. Its cycles run from our ordinary day and night to a day and night of Brahma, 8.64 billion years long.” He further added “The most elegant and sublime of these is a representation of the creation of the universe at the beginning of each cosmic cycle, a motif known as the cosmic dance of Lord Shiva. The god called in this manifestation Nataraja, the Dance King. In the upper right hand is a drum whose sound is the sound of creation. In the upper left hand is a tongue of flame, a reminder that the universe, now newly created, with billions of years from now will be utterly destroyed.”
According to Mark Twain, a widely respected American author, " India is the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great-grandmother of tradition. Our most valuable and most instructive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only. So far as I am able to judge, nothing has been left undone, either by man or nature, to make India the most extraordinary country that the sun visits on his rounds. Nothing seems to have been forgotten, nothing overlooked. India had the start of the whole world in the beginning of things. She had the first civilization; she had the first accumulation of material wealth; she was populous with deep thinkers and subtle intellects; she had mines, and woods, and a fruitful soul. At this supremely dangerous moment in human history, the only way of salvation is the ancient Hindu way. Here we have the attitude and spirit that can make it possible for the human race to grow together into a single-family.” Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam is a Sanskrit phrase found in Hindu texts such as the Maha Upanishad, which means "the world is one family". So, Yoga in essence is to create universal citizenship without any religious and political bias in a borderless world.
Albert Einstein said, "We owe a lot to the Indians, who taught us how to count, without which no worthwhile scientific discovery could have been made."
Erwin Rudolf Josef Alexander Schrödinger
Erwin Rudolf Josef Alexander Schrödinger, the great Austrian physicist, who discovered numerous theories on quantum physics and wave mechanics said, “Vedanta teaches that consciousness is singular, all happenings are played out in one universal consciousness and there is no multiplicity of selves. Nirvana is a state of pure blissful knowledge. It has nothing to do with the individual. The ego or its separation is an illusion. The goal of man is to preserve his Karma and to develop it further - when a man dies his karma lives and creates for itself another carrier. The multiplicity is only apparent. This is the doctrine of the Upanishads. And not of the Upanishads only. The mystical experience of the union with God regularly leads to this view, unless strong prejudices stand in the West.”
Julius Robert Oppenheimer
Julius Robert Oppenheimer, American physicist, commonly known as “father of the atomic bomb” said, “Vedas is the greatest privilege this century may claim over all previous centuries”. He quoted the following verse from Bhagavad Gita in American Congress before dropping the first Atom Bomb in Japan, “Now I am become death, the destroyer of worlds.”
Max Muller, the German scholar, who madly spent about 40 years to search out classic Hindu scriptures from the ruins of the invaders, said, "There is no book in the world that is as thrilling, stirring and inspiring as the Upanishads."
Arnold Toynbee, one of the greatest historians, “So now we turn to India. This spiritual gift, that makes a man human, is still alive in Indian souls. Go on giving the world Indian examples of it. Nothing else can do so much to help mankind to save itself from destruction. There may or may not be only one single absolute truth and only one single ultimate way of salvation. We do not know. But we do know that there are more approaches to truth than one, and more means of salvation than one. This is a hard saying for adherents of the higher religions of the Judaic family (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam), but it is a truism for Hindus. The spirit of mutual good-will, esteem, and veritable love ... is the traditional spirit of the religions of the Indian family. This is one of India’s gifts to the world.”
Sir William Jones
Sir William Jones, an Anglo-Welsh philologist and father figure of the Bengal Renaissance said: "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."
Romain Rolland, the French philosopher, said the same thing: “Faith in the case of the Hindus has never been allowed to run counter to scientific laws, moreover the former is never made a condition for the knowledge they teach, but there are always scrupulously careful to take into consideration the possibility that by reason both the agnostic and atheist may attain truth in their own way. Such tolerance may be surprising to religious believers in the West, but it is an integral part of Vedantic belief. I think I have understood Hinduism correctly when I say that it is eternal, all-embracing and flexible enough to suit all situations.”
George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw, “The apparent multiplication of gods is bewildering at the first glance, but you soon discover that they are the same GOD. There is always one uttermost God who defies personification. This makes Hinduism the most tolerant religion in the world because one transcendent God includes all possible gods. In fact, Hinduism is so flexible, dynamic and so subtle that the most profound Methodist, and crudest idolater, are equal.