Recently, while trawling the Net, I stumbled upon a fantastic website about Hinduism.
This site is a labour of love, painstakingly put together brick by brick over the years by Sushama Londhe, an Indian American.
It is different from other sites on Hinduism which usually start and end with explaining esoteric Hindu philosophy. What Sushama has done is that she has handpicked thousands of quotes from influential people throughout the world (historians, scientists, linguists, thinkers, intellectuals, professors) about Hinduism and Indian history and culture, basically everything that is the intellectual produce of the land over thousands of years. The site has now become so vast, you can spend days browsing it.
Sushama has done a great job by adopting this unique strategy of collecting quotes. This is because the first introduction of most Hindus to how the outsiders view and assess Hinduism and Indian culture is through mischievous missionary propaganda of “cow, curry, caste.” This is unfortunate because this barrage of hate speech (missionaries are after all vending a competing product) leaves Indians confused and they become embarrassed and defensive about their identity.
Hindu Wisdom does the opposite. It tells you what the intellectual class of other races really thinks about Hinduism. And it is a matter of great pride for us to have inherited this spiritual literature and culture that no other race has been able to produce.
The site has now been turned into a book called “A Tribute to Hinduism.” The best thing you can do is to gift this book to ignorant and alienated Hindu youngsters who are usually more clued into coke and pizza than their own religion and culture. After reading the site, one does tend to feel pride about the ancient Indians and what they have handed down to us, which is actually a treasure for entire humanity.
One can only imagine that if this heritage had belonged to Westerners, how they would have gone about beating drums to its glory in front of the rest of the world and how they would have argued that this proved their race was on a different level of evolution altogether. Indians are indeed poor salesmen.
Because of low self-esteem that usually comes from being a conquered race, Hindus have developed a habit of seeking external validation about their identity and culture (especially from Westerners). Well, Sushama is providing you your external validation. Browse the site and enjoy what people of other races have said about Hinduism. (And learn to rebuff the missionaries.)