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It is true that even across the Himalayan barrier India has sent to the west, such gifts as grammar and logic, philosophy and fables, hypnotism and chess, and above all numerals and the decimal system.
Will Durant (American Historian, 1885-1981)
Whenever I have read any part of the Vedas, I have felt that some unearthly and unknown light illuminated me. In the great teaching of the Vedas, there is no touch of sectarianism. It is of all ages, climbs, and nationalities and is the royal road for the attainment of the Great Knowledge. When I read it, I feel that I am under the spangled heavens of a summer night.
Thoreau (American Thinker)
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.
Max Muller (German Scholar, 1823-1900)
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.
Sir William Jones (British Orientalist, 1746-1794)
The surgery of the ancient Indian physicians was bold and skilful. A special branch of surgery was dedicated to rhinoplasty or operations for improving deformed ears, noses and forming new ones, which European surgeons have now borrowed.
Sir W. Hunter (British Surgeon, 1718-1783)
After the conversations about Indian philosophy, some of the ideas of Quantum Physics that had seemed so crazy suddenly made much more sense.
W. Heisenberg (German Physicist, 1901-1976)
In the great books of India, 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 questions that exercise us.
R.W Emerson (American Essayist, 1803-1882)
In religion, India is the only millionaire......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.
Mark Twain (American Author, 1835-1910)
It is already becoming clear that a chapter which had a Western beginning will have to have an Indian ending if it is not to end in the self-destruction of the human race. At this supremely dangerous moment in history, the only way of salvation for mankind is the Indian Way.
Dr Arnold Toynbee (British Historian, 1889-1975)
If there is one place on the face of this Earth where all the dreams of living men have found a home from the very earliest day when man began the dream of existence, it is India.
Romain Rolland (French Philosopher, 1886-1994)
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.
Apollonius Tyanaeus (Greek Traveller, 1st Century CE)
An extract from a German magazine that explains the achievements and facts about India that are completely out of the ordinary.
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These facts were recently published in one of the German Magazines which
deals with WORLD HISTORY.
India never invaded any country in her last 10000 years of history.
India invented the Number System. Zero was invented by Aryabhatta.
The World's first university was established in Takshila in 700 BC. More
than 10,500 students from all over the world studied more than 60 subjects.
The University of Nalanda built in the 4th century CE was one of the
greatest achievements of ancient India in the field of education.
Sanskrit is the mother of all the European languages. Sanskrit is the most
suitable language for computer software - a report in Forbes magazine,
Ayurveda is the earliest school of medicine known to humans. Charaka, the
father of medicine consolidated Ayurveda 2500 years ago. Today Ayurveda is
fast regaining its rightful place in our civilization.
Although modern images of India often show poverty and lack of development,
India was the richest country on earth until the time of British in the
early 17th Century. Christopher Columbus was attracted by her wealth.
The art of Navigation was born in the river Sindh 6000 years ago. The very
word Navigation is derived from the Sanskrit word NAV GATIH. The word navy
is also derived from Sanskrit 'Nou'.
Bhaskaracharya calculated the time taken by the earth to orbit the sun
hundreds of years before the astronomer Smart. Time taken by earth to orbit
the sun: (5th century) 365.258756484 days.
The value of "pi" was first calculated by Budhayana, and he explained the
concept of what is known as the Pythagorean Theorem. He discovered this in
the 6th century long before the European mathematicians.
Algebra, trigonometry and calculus came from India. Quadratic equations were
propounded by Sridharacharya in the 11th century. The largest numbers the
Greeks and the Romans used were 106 whereas Hindus used numbers as big as
10**53(10 to the power of 53) with specific names as early as 5000 BCE
during the Vedic period. Even today, the largest used number is Tera:
10**12(10 to the power of 12).
According to the Gemological Institute of America, up until 1896, India was
the only source for diamonds to the world.
USA based IEEE has proved what has been a century old suspicion in the world scientific community that the
pioneer of wireless communication was Prof Jagdeesh Bose and not Marconi.
The earliest reservoir and dam for irrigation was built in Saurashtra.
According to Saka King Rudradaman I of 150 CE a beautiful lake aptly called
'Sudarshana' was constructed on the hills of Raivataka during Chandragupta
Chess (Shataranja or AshtaPada) was invented in India.
Sushruta is the father of surgery. 2600 years ago he and health scientists
of his time conducted complicated surgeries like cesareans, cataract,
artificial limbs, fractures, urinary stones and even plastic surgery and
brain surgery. Usage of anesthesia was well known in ancient India. Over 125
surgical equipments were used. Deep knowledge of anatomy, physiology,
etiology, embryology, digestion, metabolism, genetics and immunity is also
found in many texts.
When many cultures were only nomadic forest dwellers over 5000 years ago,
Indians established Harappan culture in Sindhu Valley (Indus Valley
The place value system, the decimal system was developed in India in 100 BC.
QUOTES ABOUT INDIA
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
Mark Twain said: 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 instructive
materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only.
French scholar Romain Rolland said: If 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.
Hu Shih, former Ambassador of China to USA said: India conquered and
dominated China culturally for 20 centuries without ever having to send a
single soldier across her border.