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Hinduism greatness quotes by famous philosophers and scientists
Posted By Sarin on Sep 10, 2013     RSS Feeds     Latest Hinduism news
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India is the motherland of spirituality where traditions, customs and festivals are the essential part of everyone daily life. Hinduism is not a religion but the 5+ millenniums of rich cultural heritage for all Indians. Unfortunately, being whitewashed of the poison injected by foreign invaders in our ancient scriptures, most of the Indians are not aware of their affluent cultural heritage. Last week, when I posted an article on ayurvedic embryology, I got a response from one of the ignorant guest that “all religions including Hinduism are fantasies and scientific concepts in Hinduism- a joke”. That was a very offensive comment which I can easily refute by confidently stating that none of the scientific verses in authentic Indian scriptures have been proven false. In fact, religious philosophies and scientific concepts including astronomy in Hinduism scriptures continue to amaze scientists all over the world. Below are some of the videos on scientific concepts in Hinduism
  



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  In this article, I would be posting quotes on Hinduism stated by famous philosophers, historians and scientists (also check Bhagavad gita quotes by famous people>)

Adolf Seilachar & P.K. Bose, American and Indian paleontologists said:
"One Billion-Year-Old fossil prove life began in India: AFP Washington reports in Science Magazine that German Scientist Adolf Seilachar and Indian Scientist P.K. Bose have unearthed fossil in Churhat a town in Madhya Pradesh, India which is 1.1 billion years old and has rolled back the evolutionary clock by more than 500 million years."
  
Albert Einstein, German physicist (14 Mar 1879 - 18 Apr 1955) best known for theory of relativity said:
  "When I read the Bhagavad-Gita and reflect about how God created this universe everything else seems so superfluous" (Also read Conversation between Einstein and Tagore-Science vs religion> and Science in Hinduism-Einstein Theory of relativity >)
  
Carl Edward Sagan (November 9, 1934 - December 20, 1996) was an American astronomer, author, astrophysicist and cosmologist. He said
"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 religion 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.
Hinduism greatness quotes by gamous philosophers and scientists
  Longer than the age of the Earth or the Sun and about half the time since the Big Bang.  And there are much longer time scales still."  
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.(also read Why lord shiva is known as king of dance>)  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.
Alan Watts (6 January 1915 - 16 November 1973) was a British-born writer, philosopher, and speaker. He said
To the philosophers of India, however, Relativity is no new discovery, just as the concept of light years is no matter for astonishment to people used to thinking of time in millions of kalpas, (A kalpa is about 4,320,000 years). The fact that the wise men of India have not been concerned with technological applications of this knowledge arises from the circumstance that technology is but one of innumerable ways of applying it.
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 seem puny and trivial.

Mark Twain (November 30, 1835 - April 21, 1910), American author said:  
"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.”
He also said “Our most valuable and most instructive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India. 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 self-destruction of the human race.  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 in to a single family.”
  
Henry David Thoreau (July 12, 1817 - May 6, 1862) was an American poet, author, philosopher, historian, and leading transcendentalist. At the age of 28, after reading bhagavad gita and other vedic scriptures, he said
“In the morning I bathe my intellect in the stupendous and cosmogonal philosophy of the Bhagavad Gita,  since whose composition years of the gods have elapsed and in comparison with which our modern world and its literature seems puny and trivial."
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He also added “The  Gita's  'sanity and sublimity' have impressed the minds even of soldiers and merchants. The Vedas contain a sensible account of God. The veneration in which the Vedas are held is itself a remarkable feat. Their code embraced the whole moral life of the Hindus and in such a case there is no other truth than sincerity. Truth is such by reference to the heart of man within, not to any standard without. The Hindus are most serenely and thoughtfully religious than the Hebrews. They have perhaps a purer, more independent and impersonal knowledge of God. Their religious books describe the first inquisitive and contemplative access to God.

  
Will Durant  (November 5, 1885 - November 7, 1981) was a prolific American historian and philosopher said:
“Hinduism will teach us the tolerance and gentleness of mature mind, understanding spirit and a unifying, pacifying love for all human beings."
He further added "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. (also read Science in Hinduism-Place value and Decimal number systemScience in Hinduism-Large numbers and infinity> and Science in Hinduism-Invention of numeral system>) 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."

W. Heisenberg(5 December 1901 - 1 February 1976), German physicist on quantum mechanics, said: "After the conversations about Indian philosophy, some of the ideas of Quantum Physics that had seemed so crazy suddenly made much more sense."
  
Alfred Brush Ford (born 1950), a.k.a  Ambarish das, is the grandson of legendary businessman Henry Ford, founder of  ford motor company. He said
"For me the most important thing is to spread the Hindu knowledge about the soul. This is more important than any other knowledge and is my main priority.”
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Alfred ford at inauguration ceremony of world largest Vedic temple (400 acres)

Annie Wood Besant (1 October 1847 - 20 September 1933) was a British born socialist, women's rights activist, writer, theosophist and orator. He said
“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 no so spiritual that 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.”
He glorified ancient traditions of India through the following words “India is the mother of religion. In her are combined science and religion in perfect harmony, and that is the Hindu religion, and it is India that shall be again the spiritual mother of the world. This is the India of which I speak - the India which, as I said, is to me the Holy Land. For those who, though born for this life in a Western land and clad in a Western body, can yet look back to earlier incarnations in which they drank the milk of spiritual wisdom from the breast of their true mother - they must feel ever the magic of her immemorial past, must dwell ever under the spell of her deathless fascination; for they are bound to India by all the sacred memories of their past; and with her, too, are bound up all the radiant hopes of their future, a future which they know they will share with her who is their true mother in the soul-life.”
 
Jean-Sylvain Bailly (15 September 1736 - 12 November 1793) was a French astronomer and mathematician. He said  
“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 Indian tables give the same annual variation of the moon as the discovered by Tycho Brahe - a variation unknown to the school of Alexandria and also to the Arabs who followed the calculations of the school ... 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.”
  
Swami Vivekananda, born Narendra Nath Datta (12 January 1863 - 4 July 1902), was an Indian  Hindu monk and is known for introducing the Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the west.
I am proud to belong to a religion which has taught the world both tolerance and universal acceptance. We believe not only in universal toleration, but we accept all religions as true.
(Also read
Why hinduism is the most tolerant religion>)
  
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Mahatma Gandhi (2 October 1869 - 30 January 1948) was a freedom fighter of Indian independence movement. His birthday is celebrated internationally as non-violence day. He said
Hinduism has made marvelous discoveries in things of religion, of the spirit, of the soul. We have no eye for these great and fine discoveries. We are dazzled by the material progress that Western science has made. Ancient India has survived because Hinduism was not developed along material but spiritual lines. Hinduism is a relentless pursuit of Truth. "Truth is God" and if today it has become moribund, inactive, irresponsive to growth, it is because we are fatigued; and as soon as the fatigue is over, Hinduism will burst upon the world with a brilliance perhaps unknown before.
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The Geeta is the universal mother. I find a solace in the Bhagavadgeeta that I miss even in the Sermon on the Mount. When disappointment stares me in the face and all alone I see not one ray of light, I go back to the Bhagavad Gita. I find a verse here and a verse there, and I immediately begin to smile in the midst of overwhelming tragedies - and my life has been full of external tragedies - and if they have left no visible or indelible scar on me, I owe it all to the teaching of Bhagavadgeeta.
I am a Hindu because it is Hinduism which makes the world worth living. I am a Hindu hence I Love not only human beings, but all living beings.
I have no other wish in this world but to find light and joy and peace through Hinduism. Hinduism insists on the brotherhood of not only all mankind but of all that lives. Hinduism is like the Ganga, pure and unsullied at its source but taking in its course the impurities in the way. Even like the Ganga it is beneficent in its total effect. It takes a provincial form in every province, but the inner substance is retained everywhere. Hindu Dharma is like a boundless ocean teeming with priceless gems. The deeper you dive the more treasures you find.
It is impossible for me to reconcile myself to the idea of conversion after the style that goes on in India and elsewhere today. It is an error which is perhaps the greatest impediment to the world’s progress toward peace ... Why should a Christian want to convert a Hindu to Christianity? Why should he not be satisfied if the Hindu is a good or godly man?

Niels Henrik David Bohr (7 October 1885 - 18 November 1962) recieved Nobel Prize in 1922 for his contribution in quantum mechanics and physics.
This life of yours which you are living is not merely apiece of this entire existence, but in a certain sense the whole; only this whole is not so constituted that it can be surveyed in one single glance. This, as we know, is what the Brahmins express in that sacred, mystic formula which is yet really so simple and so clear; tat tvam asi, this is you. Or, again, in such words as "I am in the east and the west, I am above and below, I am this entire world."
  
Erwin Rudolf Josef Alexander Schrödinger  (12 August 1887 - 4 January 1961) was an Austrian physicist who discovered numerous theories on quantum physics and wave mechanics. He 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 individual. The ego or its separation is an illusion. The goal of man is to preserve his Karma and to develop it further - when 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 (April 22, 1904 - February 18, 1967)  was an American professor and physicist, commonly known as “father of the atomic bomb”. He said
Vedas is the greatest privilege this century may claim over all previous centuries”. On his successful launch of first nuclear weapon, he quoted the following verse from bhagavad gita “Now I am become death, the destroyer of worlds.”
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Wheeler Wilcox((November 5, 1850 - October 30, 1919), American author and poet. said:  
"India - The land of Vedas, the remarkable works contain not only religious ideas for a perfect life, but also facts which science has proved true. Electricity, radium, electronics, airship, all were known to the seers who founded the Vedas."
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Sir W. Hunter  (23 May 1718 - 30 March 1783), British anatomist, surgeon and Physician said:  
"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."
(Also read ;Science in hinduism-Embryology in Garbhopanishad and Charaka samhita>)

William James  (January 11, 1842 - August 26, 1910) was an American philosopher and physician. He said: "From the Vedas we learn a practical art of surgery, medicine, music, house building under which mechanized art is included. They are encyclopedia of every aspect of life, culture, religion, science, ethics, law, cosmology and meteorology."
  
Max Muller  (December 6, 1823 - October 28, 1900), German-born scholar said:  
"There is no book in the world that is as thrilling, stirring and inspiring as the Upanishads." ('Sacred Books of the East')
  
Dr Arnold Toynbee  (14 April 1889 - 22 October 1975), British Historian said:  
“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.
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All god is one

Arthur Schopenhauer  (22 February 1788 - 21 September 1860), a German philosopher said
"Vedas are the most rewarding and the most elevating book which can be possible in the world."  
  
Paul Deussen January 7, 1845 - July 6, 1919), was a German Orientalist and a disciple of Arthur Schopenhauer also known by an Indian Sanskrit name ‘Deva-Sena’. He said:
"Whatever may be the discoveries of the scientific mind, none can dispute the eternal truths propounded by the Upanishads. Though they may appear as riddles, the key to solving those lies in our heart and if one were to approach them with an open mind one could secure the treasure as did the Rishis of ancient times. The Upanishads have tackled every fundamental problem of life. They have given us an intimate account of reality."
He further said "And then India appears to me in all the living power of her originality. I traced her progress in the expansion of her enlightenment over the world. I saw her giving her laws, her customs, her morale, and her religion to Egypt, to Persia, to Greece and Rome. I saw Jaiminy and Veda Vyasa precede Socrates and Plato, and Krishna, the son of the Virgin Devajani precede the son of the Virgin of Bethelehem." (Also read Did Greeks worshipped lord krishna>)
On Vedas, he added: “It is now, as in the ancient times, living in the mind and heart of every thoughtful Hindu. In its noble simplicity, in the loftiness of its philosophic vision it is possibly the most admirable bit of philosophy of olden times. .. .. .. No translation can ever do justice to the beauty of the original"  
  
Amaury de Riencourt , (12 June 1918 - 13 Jan 2005) , French scholar said
Hinduism is life style, where human beings are exalted to God himself. Thereby it is atheistic religion, no God, everyone is God. All living beings, human, animals and plants do have an element of God, the soul and again a part of a kind of suzerainty. The Hindu trinity, the creator, Brahma, did not create the human being on one fine morning at 5 o’clock, but a thought is created, an action is taken, a possibility opens up by Brahma, and Vishnu sees it conducted perfected, while Shiva ends it.  
Hinduism greatness quotes by gamous philosophers and scientists
Then all start again, that is how mathematical zero, was born in Hindu thinking. Karma ones behavior, decides ones future. Hinduism has provided a complex and sophisticated philosophy of life and a religion of enormous emotional appeal. Hinduism also inspired and preserved, in Sanskrit and the major regional languages of India, the vast literature that is India's priceless literary heritage."

Sir William Jones  (28 September 1746 - 27 April 1794) , an Anglo-Welsh philologist 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."
  
Sir John Woodroffe  (1865-1936),  British Orientalist, said  :
"An examination of Indian Vedic doctrines shows that it is in tune with the most advanced scientific and philosophical thought of the West."
On theory of evolution, he said "Ages before Lamarck and Darwin it was held in India that man has passed through 84 lakhs (8,400,000) of birth as plants, animals, as an "inferior species of man" and then as the ancestor of the developed type existing to-day. The theory was not, like modern doctrine of evolution, based wholly on observation and a scientific enquiry into fact but was a rather (as some other matters) an act of brilliant intuition in which observation may also have had some part."  
(Also read Darwin theory of evolution is false>)

Colonel James Todd, British army general cum scholar (20 March 1782 - 18 November 1835) said:  
"Where can we look for sages like those whose systems of philosophy were prototypes of those of Greece: to whose works Plato, Thales and Pythagoras were disciples? (also read ;Science in Hinduism-Pythagoras or Baudhayana theorem>)Where do I find astronomers whose knowledge of planetary systems yet excites wonder in Europe as well as the architects and sculptors whose works claim our admiration, and the musicians who could make the mind oscillate from joy to sorrow, from tears to smile with the change of modes and varied intonation"
  
Professor Arthur Holmes (14 January 1890 - 20 September 1965), a British geologist said:
"Long before it became a scientific aspiration to estimate the age of the earth, many elaborate systems of the world chronology had been devised by the sages of antiquity. The most remarkable of these occult time-scales is that of the ancient Hindus, whose astonishing concept of the Earth's duration has been traced back to Manusmriti, a sacred book. As in modern physics, Hindu cosmology envisaged the universe as having a cyclical nature. The end of each kalpa brought about by Shiva's dance is also the beginning of the next. Rebirth follows destruction.
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Lord Shiva dance of destruction followed by new creation

Lancelot Hogben,  British zoologist and medical statistician (9 December 1895 - 22 August 1975) said:  "There has been no more revolutionary contribution than the one which the Hindus (Indians) made when they invented ZERO." ('Mathematics for the Millions')

Rudyard Kipling  (30 December 1865 - 18 January 1936)[1] was an English poet, short-story writer,  and novelist. He said
  Now it is not good for the Christian’s health to hustle the Hindu brown for the Christian riles and the Hindu smiles and weareth the Christian down ; and the end of the fight is a tombstone while with the name of the late deceased and the epitaph drear , ” A fool lies here who tried to hustle the east.
  
Klaus K. Klostermaier  (1933-till date), German scholar, said
Hinduism, after all, is indigenous, it has shaped Indian society and mentality for thousands of years, it is flexible and, in the opinion of most Hindus, far superior in its philosophy to any other religion or philosophy.

Guy Sorman  (born March 10, 1944) is a French professor, author, and philosopher. He said:  
"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. Hindu cosmography, for example born in hoary antiquity, strikes one in certain ways as surprisingly modern. India has never limited its conception of time to a few crowded millennia. Thousands of years ago India's sages computed the earth's age at a little over two billion years, our present era being what is called the seventh Manuvantra. This is a staggering claim. Consider how much scientific evidence has been needed in the West before men could even imagine so enormous a time scale"  

Princeton University’s Paul Steinhardt and Cambridge University’s Neil Turok, have recently developed The Cyclical Model.
They have just fired their latest volley at that belief, saying there could be a timeless cycle of expansion and contraction. It’s an idea as old as Hinduism, updated for the 21st century. The theorists acknowledge that their cyclic concept draws upon religious and scientific ideas going back for millennia - echoing the "oscillating universe" model that was in vogue in the 1930s, as well as the Hindu belief that the universe has no beginning or end, but follows a cosmic cycle of creation and dissolution.
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Cosmos created by Lord Vishnu creating with no beginning or end.

Romain Rolland (29 January 1866 - 30 December 1944) was a French dramatist,  essayist, novelist, , mystic and art historian who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1915. He said
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.
He added “I think I have understood Hinduism correctly when I say that it is eternal, all-embracing and flexible enough to suit all situations.”

Sir Monier Monier-Williams,  (12 November 1819 - 11 April 1899) was the Sanskrit professor at Oxford University. He said
The strength of Hinduism lies in its infinite adaptability to the infinite diversity of human character and human tendencies. It has its highly spiritual and abstract side suited to the philosopher, its practical to the man of the world, its aesthetic and ceremonial side attuned to the man of the poetic feeling and imagination; and its quiescent contemplative aspect that has its appeal for the man of peace and the lover of seclusion.
  
Thomas Berry  (November 9, 1914 - June 1, 2009) was a Catholic priest, cultural historian and geologist, said
is a process - for this reason, Hinduism must be studied not as a fixed body of doctrine, but as a developing tradition that has changed considerably throughout the centuries and which is still changing in a creative direction. Everything in India makes sense in the light of the changing process. Nothing makes sense without it. Hinduism is still a living, changing process and must be seen as such."  

Alain Danielou a.k.a  Shiv Sharan  (4 October 1907 - 27 January 1994), son of French aristocracy, author of numerous books on philosophy, religion, history and arts of India, said
"The Hindu lives in eternity. He is profoundly aware of the relativity of space and time and of the illusory nature of the apparent world."  
  
Huston Cummings Smith  (born May 31, 1919), a scholar on comparative religion, said
"While the West was still thinking, perhaps, of 6,000 years old universe - India was already envisioning ages and eons and galaxies as numerous as the sands of the Ganges. The Universe so vast that modern astronomy slips into its folds without a ripple.”  
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Numerous galaxies and universes created by lord vishnu

Louis Jacolliot (31 October 1837 - 30 October 1890) was a French barrister and author. He said  
"Here to mock are conceit, our apprehensions, and our despair, we may read what Manu said, perhaps 10,000 years before the birth of Christ about Evolution:
'The first germ of life was developed by water and heat.' (Book I, sloka 8,9 )
'Water ascends towards the sky in vapors; from the sun it descends in rain, from the rains are born the plants, and from the plants, animals.'  (Book III, sloka 76).

George Bernard Shaw (26 July 1856 - 2 November 1950) was an Irish playwright and a co-founder of the London School of Economics . He said 
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 its one transcendent God includes all possible gods. In fact Hinduism is so elastic and so subtle that the most profound Methodist, and crudest idolater, are equally at home with it.
  
Sir Charles Norton Edgecumbe Eliot (8 January 1862 - 16 March 1931) was a British colonial administrator, diplomat and botanist.
The Hindu has an extraordinary power of combining dogma and free thought, uniformity, and variety. Utmost latitude of interpretation is allowed. In all ages Hindus have been passionately devoted to speculation.  
Hinduism is not a religion; it is just a way of life that thousands of Rishis have written about. It is such a democratic religion where everybody has the freedom to think, write or say whatever they want. We have no opposition for any other philosophy coming into us.  
  
Frederica of Hanover (18 April 1917 - 6 February 1981) was the wife of King Paul Greece. She said
You are fortunate to inherit such knowledge. I envy you. While Greece is the country of my birth, India is the country of my soul. For me the most important thing is to spread the Hindu knowledge about the soul. This is more important than any other knowledge and is my main priority.

Hermann Alexander Graf Keyserling  (July 20, 1880-April 26, 1946), a German philosopher said
The absolute superiority of India over the West in philosophy; poetry from the Mahabharata, containing the Bhagavad-Gita, “perhaps the most beautiful work of the literature of the world".
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Bill Clinton expressing his gratitude after receiving copy of bhagavad gita

Land of religions, cradle of human race, birthplace of human speech, grandmother of legend, great grandmother of tradition. The land that all men 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.
Hinduism has proven much more open than any other religion to new ideas, scientific thought, and social experimentation. Many concepts like reincarnation, meditation, yoga and others have found worldwide acceptance.  It would not be surprising to find Hinduism the dominant religion of the twenty-first century.  Hinduism, by virtue of its lack of an ideology and its reliance on intuition, will appear to be more plausible than those religions whose doctrinal positions petrified a thousand years ago.

Alexander Hamilton (January 11, 1755 or 1757 - July 12, 1804) was the father of united states, who founded the first American political party and the nation's financial system.
I believe the Gita to be one of the major religious documents of the world. If its teachings did not seem to me to agree with those of the other gospels and scriptures, then my own system of values would be thrown into confusion, and I should feel completely bewildered. The Gita is not simply a sermon, but a philosophical treatise.
Christopher William Bradshaw(26 Aug 1904-4 jan 1906) was a british novelist. He said
The Hindu mind represents humanity's oldest and most continuous stream of conscious intelligence on the planet. Hindu sages, seers, saints, yogis and jnanis have maintained an unbroken current of awareness linking humanity with the Divine since the dawn of history, and as carried over from earlier cycles of civilization in previous humanities unknown to our present spiritually limited culture
  
Robert Charles Zaehner (1913-1974) was a British academician specialized in Eastern religions and very intelligence officer. Hesaid
It was the sublime ancient tolerance of Hinduism that he often stressed that was the true proof of the wisdom and mature dignity of the Hindu tradition. India is the only country which has known God and if anyone wants to know God he must know India.
Joseph Davey Cunningham,  Scottish poet and author said:
Long before it became a scientific aspiration to estimate the age of the earth, many elaborate systems of the world chronology had been devised by the sages of antiquity. The most remarkable of these occult time-scales is that of the ancient Hindus, whose astonishing concept of the Earth's duration has been traced back to Manusmriti, a sacred book.
  
Girilal Jain (1924 - 19 July 1993), was an Indian journalist and editor of Times of India from 1978 till 1988.
"Many Hindu intellectuals are just not able to comprehend the fact that there is no human aspiration or experience which lies outside the range of Hinduism; it provides for even demon-Gods. In contrast, all religions are in the nature of sects, though they cannot be so defined because of their insistence on their separateness and, indeed, hostility to Hinduism”
  
Some of the other quotes from lesser known person are:
Vecente Avelino , Consul General for Brazil in India in 1930
The great civilization of the Indian subcontinent, has had its roots deep in antiquity, some seven to eight thousand years ago, and its flowering in the third millennium B.C. still lives on. In contrast, when we look round the world we are surprised by the fact that the Egyptian and Mesopotamia civilizations that flourished alongside this Indic Civilization have all disappeared, leaving hardly any trace behind. Why? The Indian psyche has indeed been pondering over this great cultural phenomenon of 'livingness', and this quest.
  
W. J. Grant  
In the family of religions, Hinduism is the wise old all-knowing mother. Its sacred books, the Vedas, claim, 'Truth is one, but sages call it by different names.' If only Islam, and all the rest of the monotheistic 'book' religions, had learned that lesson, all the horror of history's religious wars could have been avoided. Which other religion has its God say, as Krishna does in the Bhagavad Gita, 'All paths lead to me.'
Hinduism greatness quotes by gamous philosophers and scientists
  
Marcus Leatherdale  (Canadian photographer)
You’d have to be brain dead to live in India and not be affected by Hinduism. It’s not like Christianity in America, where you feel it only on Sunday mornings If you go to church at all. Hinduism is an on-going daily procedure. You live it, you breathe it.? Hinduism has a playful aspect which I’ve not experienced in any other religion. Its not so righteous or sober as is Christianity, nor is it puritanical. That’s one of the reasons I enjoy India. I wake up in the morning, and I’m very content.

P. Johnstone: "Gravitation was known to the Hindus (Indians) before the birth of Newton. The system of blood circulation was discovered by them centuries before Harvey was heard of."
Also read (Science in Hinduism-Gravitational force and repulsive force>  )
  
Emmelin Plunret: "They were very advanced Hindu astronomers in 6000 BC. Vedas contain an account of the dimension of Earth, Sun, Moon, Planets and Galaxies."  
  
B.G. Rele: "Our present knowledge of the nervous system fits in so accurately with the internal description of the human body given in the Vedas (5000 years ago). Then the question arises whether the Vedas are really religious books or books on anatomy of the nervous system and medicine."  
(Also read Science in Hinduism-Theory of perception>)

Sylvia Levi:
  "She (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!"
The civilization of India, at root purely religious, is only now becoming known in Europe; and as the mystery surrounding it is unveiled it emerges as one of the highest achievement in the history of mankind.By the very breadth of the outlook it affords on to the destiny of man the Vedic religion offers in abundance the spiritual experience that has inspired the Indian people since the dawn of their history. The vocation of India is to proclaim to the world the efficacy of religious experience.  
Hinduism greatness quotes by gamous philosophers and scientists
European Hindus


  
Conclusion
The greatness of Hinduism is its diversity and willingness to accept and celebrate diverse practices, philosophies, symbols etc. This is a religion based on similarities not differences. Hinduism is the only civilization that survived tyranny of western organized religions because it was developed along Spiritual lines, NOT along materialistic lines. For me, Humanity is the biggest religion and nature my greatest lord. Since Hinduism allows me to have such instill such thoughts and ideas in my mind and heart, I proudly boast myself a Hindu nationalist.
  


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