Hindu Wisdom

Recently, while trawling the Net, I stumbled upon a fantastic website about Hinduism.

http://www.hinduwisdom.info/ 

This site is a labour of love, painstakingly put together brick by brick over the years by Sushama Londhe, an Indian American.

It is different from other sites on Hinduism which usually start and end with explaining esoteric Hindu philosophy. What Sushama has done is that she has handpicked thousands of quotes from influential people throughout the world (historians, scientists, linguists, thinkers, intellectuals, professors) about Hinduism and Indian history and culture, basically everything that is the intellectual produce of the land over thousands of years. The site has now become so vast, you can spend days browsing it.

Sushama has done a great job by adopting this unique strategy of collecting quotes. This is because the first introduction of most Hindus to how the outsiders view and assess Hinduism and Indian culture is through mischievous missionary propaganda of “cow, curry, caste.” This is unfortunate because this barrage of hate speech (missionaries are after all vending a competing product) leaves Indians confused and they become embarrassed and defensive about their identity.

Hindu Wisdom does the opposite. It tells you what the intellectual class of other races really thinks about Hinduism. And it is a matter of great pride for us to have inherited this spiritual literature and culture that no other race has been able to produce.

The site has now been turned into a book called “A Tribute to Hinduism.” The best thing you can do is to gift this book to ignorant and alienated Hindu youngsters who are usually more clued into coke and pizza than their own religion and culture. After reading the site, one does tend to feel pride about the ancient Indians and what they have handed down to us, which is actually a treasure for entire humanity.

One can only imagine that if this heritage had belonged to Westerners, how they would have gone about beating drums to its glory in front of the rest of the world and how they would have argued that this proved their race was on a different level of evolution altogether. Indians are indeed poor salesmen.

Because of low self-esteem that usually comes from being a conquered race, Hindus have developed a habit of seeking external validation about their identity and culture (especially from Westerners). Well, Sushama is providing you your external validation. Browse the site and enjoy what people of other races have said about Hinduism. (And learn to rebuff the missionaries.)

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8 responses to “Hindu Wisdom

  1. Thanks for the link..sanjoy, a great discovery- wealth of information at the site.

  2. Bravo ! Thank you . I will make a point that at least those misled youth you talk about read this post . “Because of low self-esteem that usually comes from being a conquered race, Hindus have developed a habit of seeking external validation about their identity and culture (especially from Westerners)” . I realized this quite some time ago . Thank you !

  3. Sanjay,

    Thanks a million for the link to Hindu Wisdom. I’ve read the quotes there relating to the caste system and conversions, and they truly are awesome. I agree that every Hindu with an inferiority complex (and there are many of them) should be pointed over to that site. Sushama Londhe is truly an awesome person.

    /// One can only imagine that if this heritage had belonged to Westerners, how they would have gone about beating drums to its glory in front of the rest of the world and how they would have argued that this proved their race was on a different level of evolution altogether. Indians are indeed poor salesmen.

    Nice, you really hit the nail on the head :)

  4. sanjaychoudhry

    Nitesh, Kislay, Krishna: Thanks for the good words. We have to popularise the Hindu Wisdom site. Pls do mention it somewhere in your blogs or make it a sticky.

    I know of some Westerners who read this site and were so impressed with the tenets of Hinduism that they became Hindus and began to read Upanishads and Gita in original. Ditto with alienated and westernised Hindu youngsters who were shocked to read the good words that intellectual elite of the West had said about Hinduism (while they were led to believe that Hinduism with its caste and cow was the pits of the earth).

    Let us leave no opportunity to publicise this site. The external valdiation it offers to Hindus will do wonders to bring back their pride in their civiliation.

  5. Well, I added the link to Hinduwisdom.info on my blog . The very first page element is dedicated to it . I hope it gets the site at least a few more hits . :)

  6. I am a regular visitor o the site hinduwisdom.info.
    I am posting ideas in the guest book atleast once a week. Smt.Sushmalonde’s noble work has no parallel.May she live long and bring in more information.

  7. Kailash

    Some Scientific facts of caste system in Vedas
    “chaathur varnyam mayaa srushtam guna karma vibhaagasa”: I have created the four varnas (purely) based on the quality of the profession (karma) respectively……….. Varna can be said as colour or group.
    Scientific evidence for this statement
    Dr. P. Raman, MBBS, MD, Professor of Calicut Medical College, Kerala and Skin specialist conducted with a team of doctors, the aura analyses of few hundred people using Kirlian photography. Aura of the people from all religion and caste were subjected to the analyses and found that the aura (of all the people) can be classified under four colors.

  8. This is my first time go to see at here and i
    am genuinely pleassant to read everthing at single place.

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