The land of dreams and romance,
of fabulous wealth and fabulous poverty,
of splendor and rags,
of palaces and hovels,
of famine and pestilence,
of genii and giants and Aladdin lamps,
of tigers and elephants,
the cobra and the jungle,
the country of a hundred nations and a hundred tongues,
of a thousand religions and two million gods,
cradle of the human race,
birthplace of human speech,
mother of history,
grandmother of legend, great-grandmother of tradition,
whose yesterdays bear date with the mouldering antiquities of the rest of the nations
– the one sole country under the sun that is endowed with an imperishable interest for alien persons,
for lettered and ignorant, wise and fool, rich and poor,
bond and free, the one land that all men desire to see,
and having seen once, by even a glimpse,
would not give that glimpse for all the shows of all the rest of the globe combined.
Even now, after a lapse of a year, the delirium of those days in Bombay has not left me and I hope it never will.”
“India was the motherland of our race,
and Sanskrit the mother of Europe’s languages;
she was the mother of our philosophy;
mother, through the Arabs, of much of our mathematics;
mother, through the Buddha, of the ideals embodied in Christianity;
mother, through the village community, of self-government and democracy.
Mother India is in many ways the mother of us all”.
“Perhaps in return for conquest, arrogance and spoilation,
India will teach us
the tolerance and gentleness of the mature mind,
the quiet content of the unacquisitive soul,
the calm of the understanding spirit,
and a unifying, a pacifying love for all living things.”
“India, what can it teach us?,
“If I were to look over the whole world to find out the country most richly endowed with all the wealth, power and beauty that nature can bestow, in some parts a very paradise on earth,
I should point to India.
If I were asked under what sky the human mind has most developed some of it choicest gifts, has most deeply pondered on the greatest problems of life and has found solutions of some of them which will deserve the attention even of those who have studied Plato and Kant,
I should point to India.
And if I were to ask myself from what literature we, here in Europe, who have been nurtured most exclusively on the thoughts of the Greeks and Romans and of the Semitic race and the Jewish may draw that corrective which is most wanted in order to make our inner life more comprehensive, more universal, in fact a more truly human life, again,
I should point to India”.
Professor Max Muller,
“Man must have an original cradle land whence the peopling of
the earth was brought about by migration.
As to man’s cradle land, there have been many theories but the
weight of evidence is in favour of Indo-Malaysia.”
“If there is a country on earth which can justly claim the honour of having been the cradle of the Human race or at least the scene of primitive civilization, the successive developments of which carried into all parts of the ancient world and even beyond, the blessings of knowledge which is the second life of man, that country is assuredly India.“
The Encyclopaedia Britannica
“India was China’s teacher in religion and imaginative literature,
and world’s teacher in Trigonometry, quadratic equations, grammar, phonetics, Arabian Nights, animal fables, chess as well as in philosophy, and she inspired Boccasccio, Goethe, Schopenhauer and Emerson.”
“After a study of some forty years and more of the great religions of the world,
I find none so perfect, none so scientific, none so philosophical and none so spiritual than the great religion known by the name of Hinduism.
Make no mistake, without Hinduism, India has no future.
Hinduism is the soil in to which India’s roots are stuck and torn out of that she will inevitably wither as a tree torn out from its place.
And if Hindus do not maintain Hinduism
– who shall save it?
If India’s own children do not cling to her faith
– who shall guard it?
– India alone can save India and India and Hinduism are one.”
British Theosophical Society,
“Temporal notions in Europe were overturned by an India rooted in eternity.
The Bible had been the yardstick for measuring time,
but the infinitely vast time cycles of India
suggested that the world was much older than anything the Bible spoke of.
It seem as if the Indian mind was better prepared for the
chronological mutations of
Darwinian evolution and astrophysics.”
author of “Genius of India”