— Atal Bihari Vajpayee 10th Prime Minister of India 1924
His poem quoted in "The truth according to Vajpayee".
— Atal Bihari Vajpayee 10th Prime Minister of India 1924
„In this way I can speak of an American Hinduism and call myself an American and a Hindu – an American connected with the land and a Hindu connected with the spirit and soul of that land. Hinduism has helped me discover the forces of nature in which I live, their past and their future, their unique formations and their connections with the greater universe and the cosmic mind.“
— David Frawley American Hindu teacher 1950
How I Became A Hindu - My Discovery Of Vedic Dharma
„In the beginning was the myth. God, in his search for self-expression, invested the souls of Hindus, Greeks, and Germans with poetic shapes and continues to invest each child's soul with poetry every day.“
— Hermann Hesse, Peter Camenzind
Peter Camenzind (1904), Variant translation: In the beginning was the myth. Just as the great god composed and struggled for expression in the souls of the Indians, the Greeks and Germanic peoples, so to it continues to compose daily in the soul of every child.
„Hindu society has grown and shaped itself in the vision of Vyasa and Valmiki, Manu and Yajnavalkya, Narada and Vasistha, and a hundred other exponents of Sanãtana Dharma in all its dimensions and dynamics. Hindu society has been inspired through the ages by such mighty šãtras as the Vedas, the Upanishads, the Gita, the Jainagama, the Tripitaka, the various Yogasastras, the Vani of Siddhas and Sants, and the devotional outpourings of Alvars and Nayanars. Hindu society has been defended, during its days of distress, by such high-souled heroes as Chandragupta, Skandagupta, Vikramaditya, Yasodharman, Bapa Rawal, Jayapala, Bhojadeva, Prithiviraj, Prataparudra, Vir Pandya, Harihara and Rana Sanga. Hindu society has fought a long-drawn-out struggle for freedom against Islamic invaders under the leadership of such veterans as Maharana Pratap, Shivaji, Maharaja Surajmal, Banda Bairagi, Lokmanya Tilak, Veer Savarkar, Mahatma Gandhi, and Sardar Patel.“
— Sita Ram Goel Indian activist 1921 - 2003
Defence of Hindu Society (1983)
— Vanna Bonta Italian-American writer, poet, inventor, actress, voice artist (1958-2014) 1958 - 2014
„The average Christian confuses the Law of Rebirth with what he calls "the transmigration of souls", and frequently believes that the Law of Rebirth signifies the passing of human beings into the bodies of animals or of lower forms of life. Such is by no means the case.“
— Alice A. Bailey esoteric, theosophist, writer 1880 - 1949
The Reappearance of the Christ (1948), p. 324
„Pythagoras used to say that he had received as a gift from Mercury the perpetual transmigration of his soul, so that it was constantly transmigrating and passing into all sorts of plants or animals.“
— Diogenes Laërtius biographer of ancient Greek philosophers 180 - 240
The Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers (c. 200 A.D.), Book 8: Pythagoras and the Pythagoreans, Pythagoras, 4.
„There is no transmigration of souls, in which the entire personality of a person comes back as an animal.“
— Jane Roberts American Writer 1929 - 1984
The “Unknown” Reality: Volume Two, (1979), Session 705, Page 288
„They (the Hindus) differ from us in religion… There is very little disputing about theological topics among themselves; at the most they fight with words, but they will never stake their soul or body or their property on religious controversy. … in all manners and usages they differ from us to such a degree as to frighten their children with us… and as to declare us to be devil’s breed and our doings as the very opposite of all that is good and proper, …. they call all foreigners as mleccha, i. e. impure, and forbid having any connection with them, be it by intermarriage or any other kind of relationship, or by sitting, eating, and drinking with them, because thereby they think, they would be polluted… They are not allowed to receive anybody who does not belong to them, even if he wished it, or was inclined to their religion.“
— Al-Biruni Persian scholar and polymath 973 - 1048
From Alberuni's India, Alberuni, I, pp.19-20. quoted from K.S. Lal, Indian Muslims who are they, 1990
„Our sweat is the answer to all our problems, and that the tiller, the artisan and the teacher are the three agents who feed the body, mind and soul.“
— Zakir Hussain (politician) 3rd President of India 1897 - 1969
Uniqueness of Zakir Husain and His Contributions (1997), In: p. 19.
„when a class of men is publicly depressed and harassed (as under Muslim rule)… it merely contents itself with dragging on an animal existence. The Hindus could not be expected to produce the utmost of what they were capable… Amidst such social conditions, the human hand and the human mind cannot achieve their best; the human soul cannot soar to its highest pitch.“
— Jadunath Sarkar Indian historian 1870 - 1958
Sarkar, A Short History of Aurangzeb, p.153. quoted from Lal, K. S. (1992). The legacy of Muslim rule in India. New Delhi: Aditya Prakashan. Chapter 3
„If the transmigration of a soul takes place into a rational being, it simply becomes the soul of that body. But if the soul migrates into a brute beast, it follows the body outside, as a guardian spirit follows a man. For there could never be a rational soul in an irrational being.“
— Sallustius Roman philosopher and writer
On the Gods and the Cosmos, XX. On Transmigration of Souls, and how Souls are said to migrate into brute beasts.
„Architecture, of all the arts, is the one which acts the most slowly, but the most surely, on the soul.“
— Ernest Dimnet French writer 1866 - 1954
What we live by (1932), p. 141
„I could go on, but the point is clear: religions make explicit claims about reality—about what exists and happens in the universe. These claims involve the existence of gods, the number of such gods (polytheism or monotheism), their character and behavior (usually loving and beneficent, but, in the case of Hindu and ancient Greek gods, sometimes mischievous or malevolent), how they interact with the world, whether or not there are souls or life after death, and, above all, how the deities wish us to behave—their moral code.
These are empirical claims, and although some may be hard to test, they must, like all claims about reality, be defended with a combination of evidence and reason. If we find no credible evidence, no good reasons to believe, then those claims should be disregarded, just as most of us ignore claims about ESP, astrology, and alien abduction. After all, beliefs important enough to affect you for eternity surely deserve the closest scrutiny.“
— Jerry Coyne, book Faith vs. Fact: Why Science and Religion are Incompatible
Faith vs. Fact (2015), p. 23
„Prayer crowns God with the honor and glory that are due to his name, and God crowns prayer with assurance and comfort. Usually, the most praying souls are the most assured souls.“
— Thomas Brooks English Puritan 1608 - 1680
Quotes from secondary sources, Smooth Stones Taken From Ancient Brooks, 1860
— Ferdinand Foch French soldier and military theorist 1851 - 1929
As quoted in The 32d Infantry Division in World War II (1956) by Harold Whittle Blakeley, p. 3