By Sushama Londhe

When you consider that occasions immemorial, India has been synonymous with religious wisdom and folks were interested in her sacred land. a few have been philosophers, poets, writers, historians, scientists, and tourists. a few got here to India; others learn translations approximately her wealthy and creative literature and felt real enthusiasm for her. The fourth Caliph within the seventh century is pronounced to have acknowledged - The land the place books have been first written and from the place knowledge and information sprang is India. regardless of the wars and imperialism, historical India's religious effect and knowledge has had significant influence at the West, in particular on its mind's eye, technological know-how, and literature: English Romantic poetry specifically.

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Adi Shankaracharya was born during the time when Buddhism held somewhat of a sway in India, and the philosophy of Buddhism had come to be interpreted as a denial of God. Buddhism was puritanical. And by banning drinking, dancing, singing and theatre, Buddhism sowed the seeds ofopposition. Moreover, Hinduism was divided into various sects and the ritualistic practice had taken predominance over actual philosophical practice. Adi Shankaracharya revived Sanatana Dhanna. He effectively turned back the wave of Buddhism and Jainism and established Hinduism firmly back in Bharat.

Emerson refers to the Indian doctrine of transmigration calling it easy of reception and used the idea in his essay on History. As early as 1821 he speaks ofthe intimate relationship between man and nature and the system of emanations in Indian thought. He wrote poems such as Brahma and Hamatreya. "Hamatreya" is a free rendering of a passage in the Vishnu Purana, which Emerson copied into his 1845 Journal. By 1856 Emerson had read the Kathopanisad and his ideas were increasingly reflecting Indian influence.

12 Herder admired India, as did Novalis and Heine, for its simplicity, and denounced the Europeans for their greed, corruption, and economic exploitation ofIndia. " Like Sir William Jones, Herder, a Lutheran pastor, was also attracted by the Hindu ideas ofpantheism and of world soul (atman), both of which came to be viewed by the German Romantics as providing support for their own views about the transcendent wholeness and the fundamentally spiritual essence of the natural world. 14 Sir James Mackintosh (1765-1832) was a British writer and Philosopher.

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