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Quotations From Some Great Minds and Eminent Persons

Albert Einstein, the great scientist of the atomic age, says: “The religion in the future will be a cosmic religion. It should transcend a personal God and avoid dogma and theology. Covering both the natural and the spiritual, it should be based on a religious sense arising from the experience of all things, natural and spiritual, as a meaningful unity. Buddhism answers this description.” And he further says, “If there is any religion that would cope with modern scientific needs it would be Buddhism.”

Bertrand Russell, one of the great minds of the 20th century, says: “Buddhism is a combination of both speculative and scientific philosophy. It advocates the scientific method and pursues that to a finality that may be called rationalistic….. It takes up where science cannot lead because of the limitations of the latter’s instruments. Its conquests are those of the mind:” He also writes: “There is no reason to suppose that the world had a beginning at all. The idea that things must have a beginning is due to the poverty of our imagination.”

Schopenhauer, the German philosopher, says: “If I am to take the results of my philosophy as the standard of truth I should be obliged to concede to Buddhism the pre-eminence over the rest.”

Professor Carl Gustav Jung, the outstanding psychologist of Zurich, wrote: “As a student of comparative religion, I believe that Buddhism is the most perfect one the world has ever seen. The philosophy of the Buddha, the theory of evolution and the law of Kamma were far superior to any other creed.”

As Dr. Graham Howe, an eminent British psychiatrist, puts it: “To read a little Buddhism is to realize that the Buddhists knew, 2,500 years ago, far more about modern problems of psychology than they have been given credit for. They studied these problems long ago and found the answers also. We are now rediscovering the ancient wisdom of the East.”

H.G. Wells, a distinguished historian, says these words in praise of Buddhism: “Buddhism has done more for the advance of world civilization than any other influence in the chronicles of mankind.” He further says: “It is possible that in contact with Western science, and inspired by the spirit of history, the original teaching of Gotama, revived and purified, may yet play a large part in the direction of human destiny.”

The great poet, Sir Edwin Arnold, expressed this appreciation of Bud-dhism: “I have often said, and I shall say again and again, that between Buddhism and modern science there exists a close intellectual bond.”

Aldous Huxley writes: “Alone of all the great world religions Buddhism made its way without persecution, censorship or inquisition.”

According to Francis Story, a British exponent of Buddhism, “The doctrines of Buddha Dhamma stand today, as unaffected by the march of time and the expansion of knowledge as when they were first enunciated. No matter to what lengths increased scientific knowledge can extend man’s mental horizon, within the framework of the Dhamma there is room for the acceptance and assimilation of further discovery.”

The great Pali scholar Professor Rhys Davids spoke of his conviction in Buddhism in these words: “I have examined every one of the great religions of the world, and in none of them have I found anything to surpass the beauty and comprehensiveness of the Four Noble Truths of the Buddha. I am content to shape my life according to that path.”

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