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Thoughts On Hinduism: 

 

What distinguishes the Vedanta philosophy from all other philosophies is that it is at the same time a religion and a philosophy. ~ Max Muller

 

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. ~ Arthur Schopenhauer, German Philosopher

 

What extracts from the Vedas I have read fall on me like a light of a higher and purer luminary. In the morning I bathe my intellect in the stupendous.. philosophy of the Bhagavad-Gita, in comparison with which our modern world and its literature seems puny and trivial. ~ Henry David Thoreau

 

The soul is not born, it does not die; it was not produced from anyone; unborn, eternal, it is not slain, though the body is slain. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson Paraphrases The Gita In The Essay Immortality

 

It (Hinduism) 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, longer than the age of the earth or the sun and about half the time since the big bang. ~ Carl Sagan In Cosmos

 

The perennial philosophy is expressed most succinctly in the Sanskrit formula – ‘tat twam asi’(That art thou); the Atman, or the immanent eternal Self is one with Brahman, the Absolute principle of all existence; and the last end of every human being, is to discover the fact for himself. ~ Aldous Huxley

 

I go into the Upanishads to ask questions. ~ Niels Bohr

 

The Vedanta is, now as in the ancient time, living in the mind and heart of every thoughtful Hindu This fact may be for poor India in so many misfortunes a great consolation; for the eternal interests are higher than the temporary; and the system of the Vedanta, as founded on the Upanishads and Vedanta-sutras and accomplished by Sankara’s commentaries on them, equal in rank to Plato and Kant is one of the most valuable products of the genius of man- kind in its search for the eternal truth. On the tree of wisdom there is no fairer flower than Upanishads and no finer fruit than the Vedanta philosophy. ~ Paul Deussen (1854-1919)

 

The earliest of these Upanishads will always maintain a place in the philosophic literature of the world, among the most astounding products of the human mind. ~ Max Müller

 

We find that Materialists and Immaterialists existed in India.. before Berkly or Priestley, or Dupuis or Plato or Pythagoras were born. Indeed Newton himself, appears to have discovered nothing that was not known to the Ancient Indians. ~ John Adams In 1817

 

I am that which is. I am all that was, that is, and that shall be. No mortal man has ever lifted the veil of me. He is solely of himself, and to this Only One all things owe their existence. ~ Excerpt From The Paintings of Egypt By French Egyptologist, Jean-Francois Champollion

 

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. ~ T.S.Eliot In After Strange Gods

 

In the philosophical teaching of the Gita, Krishna has all the attributes of the full-fledged monotheistic deity and at the same time the attributes of the Upanishadic Absolute. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

The Sanskrit language, whatever may be its antiquity, is of a wonderful structure; more perfect than the Greek, more copious than the Latin and more exquisitely refined than the either. ~ Sir William Jones, Chief Justice of India under the British and founder of the Royal Asiatic Society.

 

The word Vedanta meant originally the end of the Vedas-that is, the Upanishads. Today India applies it to that system of philosophy which sought to give logical structure and support to the essential doctrine of the Upanishads-the organ-point that sounds throughout Indian thought-that God (Brahman) and the soul (Atman) are one. The oldest known form of this most widely accepted of all Hindu philosophies is the Brahma-sutra of Badarayana (ca. 200 B.C.)-555 aphorisms, of which the first announces the purpose of all: “Now, then, a desire to know Brahman.” Almost a thousand years later Gaudapada wrote a commentary on these sutras, and taught the esoteric doctrine of the system to Govinda, who taught it to Shankara, who composed the most famous of Vedanta commentaries, and made himself the greatest of Indian philosophers. ~ Excerpt From the Book The Story Of Civilization – Our Oriental Heritage By Will Durant

 

The Bhagavad Gita is the most systematic statement of spiritual evolution of endowing value to mankind. The Gita is one of the clearest and most comprehensive summaries of the spiritual thoughts ever to have been made. ~ Aldous Huxley
 

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The Brahman forms everything that is living or non-living. The wise man knows that all beings are identical with his self, and his self is the self of all beings. ~ Isha Upanishad

 

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Books To Read: 

 

  • Proof of Vedic Culture’s Global Existence By Stephen Knapp
  • The Story of Mankind By Hendrik van Loon
  • American Veda By Philip Goldberg
  • The Bhagvat-Geeta – Dialogues of Kreeshna and Arjoon By Sir Charles Wilkins
  • The Story Of Civilization – Our Oriental Heritage By Will Durant
  • The World as Will and Idea By Arthur Schopenhauer which was influenced by the Chandogya Upanishad
  • Siddhartha By Herman Hesse
  • Karma: A Guide to Cause and Effect By Jeffrey Armstrong
  • Vedanta For The West By Carl Jackson
  • The Wishing Tree (2008) By Subhash Kak

 

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All this is Brahman. Everything comes from Brahman, everything goes back to Brahman, and everything is sustained by Brahman. ~ Chandogya Upanishad

 

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Cern And The God Particle: 

 

Why does CERN have a statue of Shiva?
The Shiva statue was a gift from India to celebrate its association with CERN, which started in the 1960’s and remains strong today. In the Hindu religion, Lord Shiva practiced Nataraj dance which symbolises Shakti, or life force. This deity was chosen by the Indian government because of a metaphor that was drawn between the cosmic dance of the Nataraj and the modern study of the ‘cosmic dance’ of subatomic particles. India is one of CERN’s associate member states. CERN is a multicultural organisation that welcomes scientists from more than 100 countries and 680 institutions. The Shiva statue is only one of the many statues and art pieces at CERN.

Why is the Higgs boson referred to as the God particle?
The Higgs boson is the linchpin of the Standard Model of particle physics but experimental physicists weren’t able to observe it until the arrival of the LHC, nearly 50 years after the particle was first postulated. Leon Lederman coined the term ‘the God particle’ in his popular 1993 book ‘The God Particle: If the Universe Is the Answer, What is the Question?’ written with Dick Teresi. In their book, Lederman and Teresi claim the nickname originated because the publisher wouldn’t allow them to call it ‘the Goddamn Particle’ – a name that reflected the difficulty in observing the elusive boson. The name caught on through the media attention it attracted but is disliked by both clerics and scientists.

 

Nataraja At The CERN

 

Source: 

https://home.cern/resources/faqs/cern-answers-queries-social-media

 

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Aldous Huxley Describes the Dancing Shiva Nataraja: 

 

Listen To It HERE.

 

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The Hidden Influence of Vedanta: 

 

 

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The wise neither grieve for the dead nor for the living. I myself never was not, nor thus, nor all the princes of the earth; nor shall we ever hereafter cease to be. ~ Bhagavad Gita

 

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