An ancient literature of the world, the Vedas, book for humanity of minds development the Upanishads and their richness connecting old Indian values with modern value, still available in the same form as were written since ages. There are lot many mentors in India who can interpret them today, as they were during their original framing.Vedas interpretation comes by continous steady process of assimilation of knowledge linking a variety of disciplines via Sanskrit.
Veda meaning knowledge or Wisdom in Sanskrit related to Vedic (VAY-dik) Tradition, the oldest living system of thought on earth. Vedas envisage Vedic concepts, teachings, philosophy, scriptures, sciences and everything that we can think of related to the Sanatana Dhrama.
The Vedic tradition of knowledge, based on the extensive Vedic literature, is the oldest
tradition of knowledge in the world. Though it has been long preserved in India, this traditional wisdom has been almost lost in recent centuries-due in part to repeated foreign invasions. The Vedic tradition includes detailed information on a wide range of topics-from astronomy to music, architecture to health care, administration to economy. But it is all based on the knowledge of consciousness-including technologies of consciousness, and evolution to the highest state of consciousness (enlightenment).
Albert Einstein:"We owe a lot to Indians who taught us how to count, without which no worthwhile scientific discovery could have been made."
Mark Twain (1835-1910)
"Land of religions, cradle of human race, birthplace of human speech,
grandmother of legend, great grandmother of tradition. The land that
men with intellectual bent 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."
[B]Julius Robert Oppenheimer (1904-1967) One of the world's greatest
physicists, known as 'the father of the atomic bomb'
"Access to the Vedas is the greatest privilege this century may claim
over all previous centuries."
[B]T. S. Eliot
" Indian philosophers' subtleties make most of the great European
philosophers look like schoolboys."
George Bernard Shaw,
(1856-1950) Dramatist, Nobel Laureate in
"The Indian way of life provides the vision of the natural, real way
of life. We western veil ourselves with unnatural masks. On the face
of India are the tender expressions which carry the mark of the
H. G. Wells
(1866-1946), English author and political philosopher
There is space in its philosophy for everyone,
which is one reason why India is a home to every single religion in
Sir William Jones,
"Wherever we direct our attention to Hindu literature, the notion of
infinity presents itself."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
(1803-1882) American author, essayist, lecturer,
philosopher, Unitarian minister
"I owed a magnificent day to the Bhagavad-Gita. It was as if an empire
spoke to us, nothing small or unworthy, but large, serene, consistent,
the voice of an old intelligence which in another age and climate had
pondered and thus disposed of the same questions which exercise us."
(1906- 2001) an Australian UFO pioneer, author of
several physics, astronomy and spiritual books
The atomic structure of matter is mentioned in the Hindu treatises
Vaisesika and Nyaya. The Yoga Vasishta says, there are vast
worlds within the hollows of each atom, multifarious as the specks in
a sunbeam - which we have now assumed as true.
(1788-1860), great German
philosopher and writer
"In the whole world there is no study so beneficial and so elevating
as that of the Upanishads. It has been the solace of my life; and it
will be the solace of my death. They are the product of the highest
Francois Marie Voltaire
(1694-1774) France's greatest writers and
" I am convinced that everything has come down to us from the banks of
the Ganga - astronomy, astrology, metempsychosis, etc."
" It is very important to note that some 2,500 years ago at the least
Pythagoras went from Samos to the Ganga (Ganges) to learn
geometry...But he would certainly not have undertaken such a strange
journey had the reputation of the Brahmins' science not been long
established in Europe"
Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831),
great German philosopher
"India has created a special momentum in world history as a country to
be searched for knowledge."
(1770-1831), great German philosopher
"It strikes everyone in beginning to form an acquaintance with the
treasures of Indian literature, that a land so rich in intellectual
products and those of the profoundest order of thought"
French philosopher, and Le Monde journalist,
"The Greeks loved so much Indian philosophy that Demetrios Galianos
had even translated the Bhagavad-Gita". There is absolutely not a
shadow of a doubt that the Greeks knew all about Indian philosophy."
Frederich von Schlegel,
(1772-1829), German philosopher, critic, and
writer, the most prominent founder of German Romanticism
"There is no language in the world, even Greek, which has the clarity
and the philosophical precision of Sanskrit," adding that " India is
not only at the origin of everything she is superior in everything,
intellectually, religiously or politically and even the Greek heritage
seems pale in comparison."
(1694-1774), France's greatest writers
"the Veda was the most precious gift for which the West had ever been
indebted to the East."
Alfred North Whitehead,
The vastest knowledge of today cannot transcend the buddhi of the
Rishis in ancient India; and science, in its most advanced stage now,
is closer to Vedanta than ever before.
Dr. Fritjof Capra,
To the Indian Rishis the divine play was the evolution of the cosmos
through countless aeons. There is an infinite number of creations in
an infinite universe. The Rishis gave the name kalpa to the
unimaginable span of time between the beginning and the end of
(1877-1962) German poet
novelist, awarded the Nobel
Prize for literature in 1946 says:
"The marvel of the Bhagavad-Gita is its truly beautiful revelation of
life's wisdom which enables philosophy to blossom into religion."
Henry David Thoreau
(1817-1862), American Philosopher, writer,
Unitarian, social critic, transcendentalist:
"In the morning I bathe my intellect in the stupendous and cosmogonal
philosophy of the Bhagavad Gita in comparison with which our modern
world and its literature seems puny."
John Archibald Wheeler,
(1911 - 2008) American physicist,
he was the first involved in the theoretical development of the atomic bomb and first to coin the ?Black Hole' who later occupies the chair that was held
It is curious that people like Schroedinger, Niels Bohr, and
Oppenheimer were Upanishad scholars.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox,
(1850-1919) famous American poetess
" India - the land of Vedas, the remarkable works contains not only
religious ideas for a perfect life, but also facts which science has
proved true. Electricity, radium, electronics, airship, all are known
to the seers who founded the Veda.
German philosopher and writer
The Vedas and the Upanishads are India's proudest and most ancient
possessions. They are the world's oldest intellectual legacies. They
are the only composition in the universe invested with Divine origin,
and almost Divine sanctity. They are said to emanate from God, and are
held to be the means for attaining God. Their beginnings are not
known. They have been heirlooms of the Hindus from generation to
generation from time immemorial.
Professor F. Max Muller,
German philosopher , philologist
"The Vedic literature opens to us a chapter in what has been called
the education of the human race, to which we can find no parallel
great French Astronomer
"The motion of the stars calculated by the Hindus before some 4500
years vary not even a single minute from the tables of Cassine and
Meyer (used in the 19-th century). "The Hindu systems of astronomy are
by far the oldest and that from which the Egyptians, Greek, Romans and
- even the Jews derived from the Hindus their knowledge."
'Hinduism, the perennial philosophy' that is at the core of all
(1788-1860), German philosopher and writer
"How entirely does the Upanishad breathe throughout the holy spirit of
the Vedas! How is every one, who by a diligent study of its Persian
Latin has become familiar with that incomparable book, stirred by that
spirit to the very depth of his Soul !'
(1866-1944) French Nobel laureate, Historian
"Religious 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."
Julius Robert Oppenheimer
(1904-1967) Nuclear physicist, philosopher,
The famour scientist and was the developer of the atomic bomb
'The Gita, the most beautiful philosophical song existing in any known
H. G. Wells
(1866-1946), English author
and political philosopher
Hinduism is synonymous with humanism. That is its essence and its
great liberating quality."
(1859-1925) British statesman, Viceroy of India from 1899
to 1905, and later became chancellor of Oxford University
" India has left a deeper mark upon the history, the philosophy, and
the religion of mankind,than any other terrestrial unit in the universe."
William Butler Yeats
(1856-1939) Irish poet, dramatist, and essayist
and Nobel Laureate
"It was only my first meeting with the Indian philosophy that
confirmed my vague speculations and seemed at once logical and boundless."
former BBC correspondent in India, author
But I do profoundly believe that India needs to be able to say with
pride,"Yes, our civilization has a Hindu base to it."
Paul William Roberts Professor at Oxford , award-winning television
writer, producer, journalist, critic and novelist.
'India is the only country that feels like home to me,
the only country whose airport tarmac I have ever kissed upon
Pierre Simon de Laplace
( 1749-1827) French mathematician,
philosopher, and astronomer, a contemporary of Napoleon.
Laplace is best known for his nebular hypothesis of the origin of the solar
system. " It is India that gave us the ingenious method of expressing all
numbers by ten symbols, each receiving a value of position as well as
an absolute value, a profound and important idea which appears so
simple to us now that we ignore its true merit. But its very
simplicity, the great ease which it has lent to all computations, puts
our arithmetic in the first rank of useful inventions, and we shall
appreciate the grandeur of this achievement the more when we remember
that it escaped the genius of Archimedes and Appollnius, two of the
greatest men produced by antiquity."