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The discovery of Sanskrit literature in the 19th century has become a significant influence in the evolution of Western culture –
perhaps the most important of all, for as the scientist Julian Huxley wrote in ‘Evolution after Darwin’ in 1959:

“Man’s evolution is not biological but psychosocial: it operates by the mechanism of cultural tradition…Accordingly, major steps in the human phase of evolution are achieved by break-throughs to new dominant patterns of mental organization, of knowledge, ideas, and beliefs…”

Vedantic ideas have certainly provided great stimulus to this end, while Western ideas have had a similar effect upon the culture of India. The subtle effects of Vedanta in the West have been through its influence upon many famous Western philosophers, writers and poets. The list is impressive - Tolstoy, Emerson, Whitman, Goethe, Hesse, Edison, Voltaire, Yeats, Huxley, Maeterlink and Tesla; European academics such as Prof.Muller, Duessler and Zimmerman and physicists such as Bohr, Bhome, Einstein, Schrodinger, and Heisenberg. The overt effects have been through the work of the Theosophical Society and the influence of the great teachers and Gurus that have taught in the West since Swami Vivekananda burst into American society in 1893 Since then his pioneering work has been furthered by his fellow disciples of Shri Ramakrishna (1836 – 1886) and the nuns and monks of the Ramakrishna Order he founded..

Professor Max Muller has written:

“Vedanta is the most sublime of all philosophies and the most comforting of all religions.
It has room for almost every religion.  It embraces them all”.

 Vedanta is the Golden Thread that has run through all true spiritual traditions throughout the world.
The American philosopher and historian, Will Durant, in his book ‘The Story of Civilisation’ wrote:

“…India has sent to us such gifts as grammar and logic, philosophy and fables, hypnotism and chess, and above all, our numerals and decimal system.
But these are not the essence of her spirit; they are trifles compared to what we may learn from her in the future.
…Perhaps in return for conquest, arrogance and spoliation, India will teach us the tolerance and gentleness of the mature mind, the quiet content of the unacquisitive soul, the calm of an understanding spirit, and a unifying, pacifying love for all living things.”

“These writings are humbly dedicated to the nuns and monks of the Ramakrishna Order working in Vedanta Centres around the world.










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