We might have lost our track of spirituality, might have lost our culture our traditions or might have forgot how powerful our Vedas and Holly books like Bhagvad Gita are. We do not find it attractive and are crawling towards western culture; well here are some personalities who got inspired by Shree Bhagvad Gita.
- Henry David Thoreau
The noted American poet, author, and philosopher, was deeply influenced by Indian philosophy and spiritual thought. In his noted book titled Walden, he referenced the Bhagvad Gita in many instances. In the very first chapter of the book he writes:
“How much more admirable the Bhagvad Gita than all the ruins of the East.”
- Robert Oppenheimer
The American theoretical physicist, Oppenheimer is known as the father of the atomic bomb and was involved in the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, in Japan, during the second World War. He had read the Bhagvad Gita in Sanskrit and remarked that while witnessing the first atomic bombing, he was reminded of the words from the Bhagavad Gita, where Krishna persuades Arjuna to do his duty. He said:
“Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.”
- T.S Eliot
Indian philosophy had a huge influence on this American poet, who had studied Indian philosophy and Sanskrit during his days in Harvard, from 1911 to 1914. In his poem titled The Dry Salvages, Eliot mentions the conversation between Krishna-Arjuna, from the Bhagvad Gita, to depict a connection between the past and the future, and to emphasize that one needs to follow divine will, rather than seek personal gains. As the famous lines from his poem reads:
You who came to port, and you whose bodies
Will suffer the trial and judgement of the sea,
Or whatever event, this is your real destination.”
So Krishna, as when he admonished Arjuna
On the field of battle.
Not fare well, But fare forward, voyagers.
- Sunita Williams
The American astronaut, with Indian roots, holds the record for longest spacewalk time for a woman. When she was heading out on her expedition as a member of the International Space Station (ISS), she carried a Ganesha idol and a copy of the Bhagvad Gita with her in the space. In her words:
“Those are spiritual things to reflect upon yourself, life, the world around you and see things the other way. I thought it was quite appropriate.”
- Warren Hastings
The first governor of Bengal and the first Governor-General of India strongly supported Charles Wilkins, the English typographer and orientalist who translated the Bhagvad Gita in English. It is said that Warren Hastings handed over a copy of the Bhagvad Gita, translated by Wilkins, to the chairman of the East India Company, and said that:
“A performance of great originality, of a sublimity of conception, reasoning and diction almost unequalled, and single exception among all the known religions of mankind.”
We are adopting technology on a great speed which is not bad but we belong to the country that has a golden history and Spirituality stats from India, we need to understand the wealth of our culture and tradition to know who we are not by just saying but acting.