How much do I want to read more? 6/10

An interesting compilation about what famous scientist, poets, writers, musicians said about India and its wisdom.

Arthur Schopenhauer:
"In the whole world there is no study so beneficial and so elevating as that of the Upanishads. It has been the solace of my life; and it will be the solace of my death. They are the product of the highest wisdom."

Henry David Thoreau:
"One sentence of Vedas is worth the State of Massachusetts many times over."

Schrödinger:
Vedanta teaches that consciousness is singular, all happenings are played out in one universal consciousness and there is no multiplicity of selves.


Modern Science in Chorus with Eastern Wisdom

The Eastern mystics see the universe as an inseparable web,
whose interconnections are dynamic, not static.
The cosmic web is alive; it moves and grows and changes continually.
Modern physics, too, has come to conceive of the universe as such a web of relations and, like Eastern mysticism,
has recognized that this web is intrinsically dynamic.
The dynamic aspect of matter arises in
quantum theory as a consequence of the wave-nature of
subatomic particles, and is
even more essential in the relativity theory,
where the unification of space and time
implies that the being of matter
cannot be separated from its activity. The properties of
subatomic particles can, therefore, only be understood
in a dynamic context, in terms of
movement, interaction and transformation.

The most important characteristic of the
Eastern World view—
one could almost say, the essence of it—
is the awareness
of the unity and mutual interrelation
of all things and events,
the experience of all phenomena in the world
as manifestations of a basic oneness.
All things are seen as interdependent
and inseparable parts of
this cosmic whole, as different manifestations
of the same ultimate reality.

The word ‘Brahman’ is derived from the
Sanskrit root brih—to grow—and thus
suggests a reality which is dynamic and
alive. In its phenomenal aspect, the cosmic
One is thus intrinsically dynamic, and the
apprehension of its dynamic nature is basic
to all schools of Eastern mysticism.
They all emphasize that the universe has to
be grasped dynamically,
as it moves, vibrates and dances.

Fritjof Capra, The Tao of Physics

Foreword

[quote, Henry David Thoreau]
‘In the great teaching of the Vedas, there is no touch of sectarianism. It is of all ages, climes and nationalities and is the royal road to the attainment of the great knowledge.’

[quote, Albert Einstein]
We owe a lot to the Indians who taught us how to count, without which no worthwhile scientific discovery could have been made.

[quote, T.S. Eliot]
Indian philosophers’ subtleties make most of the great European philosophers look like schoolboys. Two years spent in the study of Sanskrit under Charles Lanman, and a year in the mazes of Patanjali’s metaphysics under the guidance of James Woods, left me in a state of enlightened mystification.

[quote, Arthur Schopenhauer]
In the whole world there is no study so beneficial and so elevating as that of the Upanishads. It has been the solace of my life; and it will be the solace of my death. They are the product of the highest wisdom.

[quote, Arthur Schopenhauer]
Access to the Vedas is the greatest privilege this century may claim over all previous centuries.

[quote, Voltaire]
We have shown how much we surpass the Indians in courage and wickedness, and how inferior to them we are in wisdom. Our European nations have mutually destroyed themselves in this land where we only go in search of money, while the first Greeks travelled to the same land only to instruct themselves.

[quote, Henry David Thoreau]
One sentence of Vedas is worth the State of Massachusetts many times over.

[quote, Schrödinger]
Vedanta teaches that consciousness is singular, all happenings are played out in one universal consciousness and there is no multiplicity of selves.

Schrödinger was deeply impressed by the philosophical wisdom of the East.
He was particularly fascinated by the Vedanta.