Author: Swami Vivekananda
Translator(s)/ Editors(s): Editorial Team
Publisher: Vivekananda Life Skill Academy
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Swami Vivekananda was the first person, who had blown the conch about India’s Excellence way back in the last years of Nineteenth century. Today at the beginning of 21st Century, we are still struggling to understand the greatness of our Motherland and her contribution to the world’s progress. What we need today is the positive attitude towards our ancient glory and present day talents. This mindset shall boost our self-confidence and bring out the best from us for the human wellbeing. Future generations of India shall act with confidence and self-esteem when they possess the strong conviction about her cultural greatness.
If there is any land on this earth that can lay claim to be blessed Punya Bhumi. The land where humanity has attained its highest towards gentleness, towards generosity, towards purity, towards calmness, above all the land of introspection and of spirituality, it is India.
We find that the Indian race never stood for wealth. Although they acquired immense wealth, perhaps, more than any other nation ever acquired, yet the nation did not stand for wealth. It was a powerful race for ages, yet we find that nation never stood for power, never went out of the country to conquer.
The debt, which the world owes to our motherland, is immense. As I look back upon the history of my country, I do not find in the whole world another country, which has done quite so much for the improvement of the human mind. Therefore, I have no words of condemnation for my Nation. I tell them, 'You have done well; only try to do better.'
India has given to antiquity the earliest scientific physicians (Sushruta & Charaka) and according to Sir William Hunter, she has even contributed to modern medical science by discovery of various chemicals and by teaching you how to reform misshapen ears and noses.
Even more it has done in mathematics, for algebra, geometry, astronomy, and the triumph of modern science -- mixed mathematics -- were all invented in India, just so much as the ten numerals, the very cornerstone of all present civilization, were discovered in India, and are in reality, Sanskrit words.
'In philosophy we are even now head and shoulders above any other nation, as Schopenhauer, the great German philosopher has confessed.
In music India gave to the world her system of notation, with the seven cardinal notes and the diatonic scale, all of which we enjoyed as early as 350 B.C., while it came to Europe only in the eleventh century.
In philology, our Sanskrit language is now universally acknowledged to be the foundation of all European languages, which, in fact, are nothing but jargonized Sanskrit.
'In literature, our epics and poems and dramas rank as high as those of any language; our 'Shaguntala' [Shakuntala ] was summarized by Germany's greatest poet, as 'heaven and earth united'. India has given to the world the fables of Aesop, which were copied by Aesop from an old Sanskrit book; it has given the Arabian Nights, yes, even the story of Cinderella and the Bean Stalks.
In manufacture, India was the first to make cotton and purple [dye], it was proficient in all works of jewelry, and the very word 'sugar', as well as the article itself, is the product of India. Lastly she has invented the game of chess and the cards and the dice.
Three quarters of the wealth of the world has come out of India, and does even now. The commerce of India has been the turning point, the pivot, of the history of the world. Whatever nation got it became powerful and civilized. The Greeks got it and became the mighty Greeks; the Romans got it and became the mighty Romans.
India has been the one country to which every nation that has become strong wants to go and conquer--it being reputed to be very rich. The wealth of the people had become a fable, even in the most ancient history. [Many foreign invaders] rushed to become wealthy in India and conquered the country.
Every one of these invasions destroyed one or more of these families, burned many libraries and houses. And when that was so, much literature was lost. It is only within the last few years that ideas have begun to spring up about the retention of these various religions and books.
So great, in fact, was the superiority of India in every respect, that it drew to her borders the hungry cohorts of Europe, and thereby indirectly brought about the discovery of America.
And I challenge anybody to show one single period of her national life when India was lacking in spiritual giants capable of moving the world. But her work is spiritual, and that cannot be done with blasts of war - trumpets or the march of cohorts. Her influence has always fallen upon the world like that of the gentle dew, unheard and scarcely marked, yet bringing into bloom the fairest flowers of the earth.
The education that you are getting now has some good points, but it has a tremendous disadvantage which is so great that the good things are all weighed down. In the first place it is not a man - making education, it is merely and entirely a negative education. A negative education or any training that is based on negation is worse than death.
The child is taken to school, and the first thing that he learns is that his father is a fool, the second thing that his grandfather is a lunatic, the third thing that all his teachers are hypocrites, the fourth that all the sacred books are lies! By the time he is sixteen he is a mass of negation, lifeless and boneless. And the result is that fifty years of such education has not produced one original man in the three Presidencies. Every man of originality that has been produced has been educated elsewhere, and not in this country or they have gone to the old universities once more to cleanse themselves of superstitions.
A nation that has no history of its own has nothing in this world. Out of the past is built the future. Look back, therefore, as far as you can, drink deep of the eternal fountains that are behind, and after that, look forward, march forward and make India brighter, greater, much higher than she ever was. Our ancestors were great. We must first recall that.
The more, therefore, the Hindus study the past, the more glorious will be their future, and whoever tries to bring the past to the door of everyone, is a great benefactor to his nation.
For a complete civilization the world is waiting, waiting for the treasures to come out of India, waiting for the marvelous spiritual inheritance of that race, which, through decades of degradation and misery, the nation has still clutched to her breast. The world is waiting for that treasure; little do you know how much of hunger and of thirst there is outside of India for these wonderful treasures of our forefathers.
The more you go out and travel among the nations of the world, the better for you and for your country. I went to America and Europe, to which you so kindly allude; This reviving national life, expanding inside, threw me off, and thousands will be thrown off in that way. Mark my words; it has got to come if this nation lives at all.
But one vision I see clear as life before me: that the ancient Mother has awakened once more, sitting on her throne rejuvenated, more glorious than ever. Proclaim her to the entire world with the voice of peace and benediction.
1. The Significance of 108
2. Spherical Earth-Who knew it first?
3. Many Apples had fallen before Newton’s Gravity Laws
4. Who goes around whom, Earth vs. Sun?
5. Seven Colours of Sun Light
6. Measuring the Speed of Light
7. Scaling the Eternal Time
8. Jantar-Mantar, a place for monitoring Heavens
10. Pioneering the Surgery – World’s First Surgeons
11. Ayurveda-A Therapeutical Treasure
12. Hridayam-for Healthy Heart Beats
13. Test Tubes Babies
14. Benefiting from the Cow
15. Tulasi, the wonder herb
16. Long drawn battles for Turmeric and Neem
17. Copper Shields our Health
18. Successful Jai – “poor” Foot
GREEN SKILLS OF ETERNAL INDIA
19. Traditional Agricultural Expertise
20. Father of Botony – Sage Parasara
21. Indian Cattle Science
22. Genius of Indian Mathematical Brains
23. Indian Chemistry through Ages
24. Ship Building Skills
25. Machine Science of India
26. Hijacked Indian Aeronautics
27. Sound Secrets
28. Hidden Knowledge in Nataraja’s Cosmic Dance
29. Finding the Basic Building Blocks of the Universe – Atomic theory.
30. String Theory
31. Time Space & Relativity – Einstein Vs India’s Perspective
32. Evolution theory – Animal – human-God or reverse- - which is true?
33. Sage Agastya’s way of Generating Electricity
34. Building Technology of India
35. Indian Town planning skills
36. World’s First Constructed Dam
37. “Paper” made in India-first
38. Technique of predicting Earth Quakes
39. Finding the underground water resources
40. A metallurgical marvel-Delhi Iron pillar
41. Origin of Lens
42. Art of Brightening Diamonds
43. Magnet & its varieties
44. Marconi’s wire “Less” values
45. Textile technology of India
VEDIC CULTURAL EXCELLENCE
46. Vedas – The Creator’s manual
47. Great bluff of Aryan Invasion Theory
48. Saraswati River & once Glorious Civilization
49. Under-water city of Lord Krishna
50. Land marks of Rama’s Bridge on Indian Ocean
51. World’s Oldest Port-Lothal
52. The eighteen Puranas
53. Vedic Chandas & its excellence
54. Transport system during Vedic Times
55. Ancient Scientific Texts of India
MODERN INDIA TALENTS
56. Indian Elephant Dancing its way to become an Economic Super Power
57. Modern Indian scientists
58. Indian Industrial Giants
59. Indian Multinational Companies
60. Massive India Railways
61. Success story of Indian space Technology
62. Largest postal Network of the World
63. Rishis – Great Seers of India
64. Global Influence of Indian Spiritual Gurus
65. The Grandeur of Indian Spiritual excellence
66. Prophecies of Swami Vivekananda
TALENTED NON-RESIDENT INDIAS
67. Non Resident Indians – Scientists & Intellectuals
68. NRI – Millionaries, Industrialists, Business & Political Leaders
69. NRI – Contributions to America’s Progress
70. World’s First Universities
71. Ancient Indian Libraries
72. Panini;s Logic & Computer Languages
73. Sanskrit words in English
74. Maculay’s Game plan of Westernizing Indian Generations
75. Indian educational scene when British entered India
76. Replicating Indian teaching methods in England
ANCIENT INDIAN GLOBAL INFLUENCE
77. Ages ago Indians reached American Shores
78. India the China’s Teacher
79. Indians inspired Greeks
80. South Asian Cultural Bondage
81. Influencing East Asian Countries
82. Ties with Rome & Egypt
INDIAN MILITARY SKILLS
83. Indian science of Warfare
84. History’s first atomic explosion at Harrappa
85. Inventing Gun Powder
86. World’s First Rocket Launches
GOVERNING SKILLS OF ANCIENT INDIA
87. Dharma Sastras – The Science of Ethics
88. Nyaya Sastra – The Science of Logic/ Reasoning
89. India – The Cradle of Democracy
90. Indian Governing Principles through Ages
TALENTS IN MYSTICALS SCIENCES
91. The Science of Vastu for Harmonious Living
92. Yoga-The World’s Craze of the day
93. Mantra Science & its Application
94. The Science of Sex-Kama Sutras
95. The Samudrika Sastra-The Science of Body Language
96. Jyotish-The Science of light that Correlates Planetary Influence on Human Behaviour.
97. Indian Sculpture & Painting
98. Natya Sastram
99. Musical Melody of India
100. Beauty of Sanskrit Literature
101. Avadhaanam – The Language Gymnastics
EXEMPLARY INDIAN WOMANHOOD
102. Women Rishis
103. Women Rules through Ages
TALENTS IN SPORTS
104. Indian Sports & Sports Legends
OTHER INDIAN GLORIES
105. Taj Mahal – A Wonderful Mystery
106. Eternal Fragrance of Indian perfumes
107. Blue Jeans originated from India
108. Sugar’s Sweet History