Sunday, May 22, 2011

Ralph Waldo Emerson's Perpective Of India

“I owed a magnificent day to the Bhagavad - Gita. It was the first of books; 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. "

“The Indian teaching, through its clouds of legends, has yet a simple and grand religion, like a queenly countenance seen through a rich veil. It teaches to speak truth, love others, and to dispose trifles. The East is grand - and makes Europe appear the land of trifles. ...all is soul and the soul is Vishnu...cheerful and noble is the genius of this cosmogony”

“When India was explored, and the wonderful riches of Indian theological literature found, that dispelled once and for all the dream about Christianity being the sole revelation. - Nature makes a Brahmin of me presently. " - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Four days from today, May 25th is the 211th birth anniversary of Ralph Waldo Emerson. That Emerson who if not the first, was the chief exponent who impregnated Indian thought into the western minds during 19th century. 21st century India has reached a stage where present Indian minds needs to be re - impregnated by the same Indian thoughts which western minds had been impregnated two centuries ago.

Is it not our genetic responsibility in lending our hands in building that collateral bridge of connecting the present generation with the greatness of Indian wisdom; Which stands with complete mutedness, awaiting for rejuvenation of Indian minds!?

- Thanks
Rajhashekher BC - Raj
Saturday, MAY 21, 2011

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