a lot to the Indians, who taught us how to count, without which no
worthwhile scientific discovery could have been made!"
French scholar Romaine Rolland
there is one place on the face of earth where all the dreams of living
men have found a home from the very earliest days when man began the
dream of existence, it is India!"
is the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the
mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great grand mother
of tradition. Our most valuable and most astrictive materials in the
history of man are treasured up in India only!"
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
(India) has left indelible imprints on one fourth of the human race in
the course of a long succession of centuries. She has the right to
reclaim ... her place amongst the great nations summarizing and
symbolizing the spirit of humanity. From Persia to the Chinese sea, from
the icy regions of Siberia to Islands of Java and Borneo, India has
propagated her beliefs, her tales, and her civilization!"
Hu Shih, former Ambassador of China to USA
conquered and dominated China culturally for 20 centuries without ever
having to send a single soldier across her border!"
"If I were asked under what sky the human mind has most fully developed some of its choicest gifts, has most deeply pondered on the greatest problems of life, and has found solutions, I should point to India"
"India was the mother 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 Buddha, of the ideals embodied in Christianity, mother through village communities of self-government and democracy. Mother India is in many ways the mother of us all."
"In India, I found a race of mortals living upon the Earth, but not adhering to it, inhabiting cities, but not being fixed to them, possessing everything, but possessed by nothing"
Swami Vivekananda, Great Indian Philosopher
have arisen in other parts of the world. In ancient and modern times,
wonderful ideas have been carried forward from one race to another...But
mark you, my friends, it has been always with the blast of war trumpets
and the march of embattled cohorts. Each idea had to be soaked in a
deluge of blood..... Each word of power had to be followed by the groans
of millions, by the wails of orphans, by the tears of widows. This,
many other nations have taught; but India for thousands of years
peacefully existed. Here activity prevailed when even Greece did not
exist... Even earlier, when history has no record, and tradition dares
not peer into the gloom of that intense past, even from until now, ideas
after ideas have marched out from her, but every word has been spoken
with a blessing behind it and peace before it. We, of all nations of the
world, have never been a conquering race, and that blessing is on our
head, and therefore we live....!"