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Shvoong Home>Books>Classic Literature>What India Can Teach Us Review

What India Can Teach Us

Book Review   by:DIPA9959     Original Author: F. Max Mueller
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Max Mueller, an eminent scholar in 'Indology' has glorified India in totality in the essay 'What India can Teach Us'. Its is because of India's rich cultural heritage and of natural wealth in flora and fauna and ways of thinking that enrich the Inner Self of human being having been anchored in spirituality of transcending from the present to the eternity. India has two faces, one is India of towns, cities, bazaars and courts of justice and one is India in its pristine glory living in villages. It is the village life and their simple way of coming out of life's cobweb of problems that's what the Europeans and the English miss about having been nurtured by the culture of Greeks and the Romans and at the same times beset with the problems which the primitive India could have solutions for. Naturally gifted, this subcontinent is an ocean full of subjects across the board to be researched upon.

From Geology to Botany and to Zoology, which Haeckel describes as his 'realizations of the brightest dreams of his life'. It is an Ethnological museum on Earth and according to the author, if one is doing works on Archaeology, he would find it difficult to wait for taking up a shovel and a spade to bring to life the ancient Viharas or colleges by the Buddhist Monarchs. Mythology and study of Fables are one of the cornerstones for the author to describe India in terms of glory. He finds Fables in Greek and Roman literature almost akin to Fable of the donkey in lion skin which occurs in Plato and throws the mind of the author in tizzy as to whether the Fables transport from this land to the West or from the West to this land. The Weasel turned into a woman but cannot restrain herself from jumping onto a mouse has been found to have similarity of a Sanskrit Fable. It is a food for thought about how this could have been ingrained into Greece early enough to appear in one of its Comedies in 400 B.C. Here also, the author finds a large field to work upon.

Linguistic or Jurisprudence decadence or growth of it are to be found in the soil of India and are subjects of research too and they are the tenets of modern linguistic or jurisprudence. And apart from that if you look at India as a whole, including the population within, they are bound by the religion that teach them not to think for themselves but to think for others and sans which the author believes that there couldn't have been village community nor empire, custom nor law, right nor wrong and that finally differentiate between man and beast and which alone makes life bearable and forms a well off religiousness, the mystery of all mysteries. This is the birthplace of Buddhism, Brahminish and the refuge of Zoroastrianism and ultimately shaping individuals of different faith, cast and creed to accommodate another individual of another religion, faith, cast or creed; that is where tolerance amongst the village Indians germinates and helps to formulate the society diverse in culture, diverse in spirituality, diverse in color, diverse in caste, diverse in creed and that is the supreme glorification of the religion.

This subcontinent is like a giant pot where education, higher education, parliamentary constitutions, codification of laws, finance coagulate and proper understanding of our Sanskrit Language would throw up an opportunity to peep into the pot and have an insight into thought deeper than anyone has come to know; rich in lessons and imbued with deepest sympathies of the human heart. While the Western World is bending their brains on the formation of this Earth, transformation within and the first sign of life and their combination and multiplication leading up to the beginning of organic life from the lowest to the highest stages, the first appearance of predicative or demonstrative roots, their permutations and combinations leading up to the beginning of rational thought from the lowest to the highest stages forming the base of inward intellectual world is pushed to the second place and in this study, India stands second to none and because of this, whether the Western World likes or dislikes, they have to come to this giant cauldron of India to find the treasure trove of language, religion, mythology, philosophy, laws or customs, primitive art or science and the most instructive dissertation on each of them.
Published: September 07, 2012   
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