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Al-Jahiz Muslim historian. more...
Abhedananda, Swami author of India and her people. more...
Aiyar, Sir Chetpat Pattabhirama Ramaswami ormer Dewan of Travancore, and eminent scholar-statesman and former Vice-Chancellor, who was the first to ban hunting in India. more...
Akbar, M. J. Indian journalist and editor of Asian age and author of The Shade of Swords: Jihad and the Conflict Between Islam and Christianity. more...
Akhilananda, Swami Texas raised Hindu disciple more...
Alcott, Amos Bronson writer, philosopher, schoolteacher, visionary. Born in 1799 to an illiterate flax farmer in Wolcott, Connecticut, Amos Bronson Alcott was singular among the Transcendentalists in his unassailable optimism and the extent of his self-education. He is also the author of Orphic Sayings, Tablets, and Concord Days. Louisa May Alcott, portrayed him as the grandfather in Little Women. His second daughter, Louisa Alcott, became a world-famous writer, and his youngest daughter, May, was a critically acclaimed artist. When Ralph Waldo Emerson met Alcott in Boston in the late 1830's, he was so impressed with his intellect and innovative ideas that he convinced him to move to Concord and join his circle of friends. more...
Alexander, Horace was an English Quaker, diplomat, teacher and writer, pacifist and ornithologist. He was the youngest of four sons of Joseph Gundry Alexander (1848–1918). One of his brothers was biologist Wilfred Backhouse Alexander. more...
Ali bin Abi Talib The Fourth Caliph more...
al-Qifti, Abu’l Hasan Arab scholar and author of Chronology of the Scholars, speaks of Arab admiration for Indian place-value system and methods of calculation. more...
Altekar, Anant Sadashiv author of several books including Education in Ancient India and Sources of Hindu dharma in its socio-religious aspects. more...
Amiel, Henri Frédéric was a Swiss philosopher, poet and critic. Born in Geneva in 1821, he was descended from a Huguenot family driven to Switzerland by the revocation of the Edict of Nantes. Losing his parents at an early age, Amiel traveled widely, became intimate with the intellectual leaders of Europe, and made a special study of German philosophy in Berlin. In 1849 he was appointed professor of aesthetics at the academy of Geneva, and in 1854 became professor of moral philosophy. more...
Anquetil-Duperron A French Orientalist who spent seven year in India, had recorded in his moving testimony in 1778. more...
Apollinaire, Guillaume French poet, novelist, dramatist, and art and literary critic. He became a leader of the avant-garde in Paris in the early 20th century and is believed to have coined the term surrealist. more...
Armstrong, Jeffrey worked as a sales manager with Apple Computer for six years, is married to Sandy Gramah, who shares his passion for all things Indian. The couple, which has founded an educational institute called the Vedic Academy of Science and Arts (VASA), is now working on creating a permanent library of Hindu and Vedic culture in Vancouver. more...
Arnett, Robert Professor, has lectured widely throughout America including the Smithsonian Institute and Harvard and Yale Universities. He has been interviewed on National Public Radio, Voice of America and various television programs. Arnett has written a new book ' India Unveiled '. more...
Arnold, Sir Edwin poet and scholar. Author of The Song Celestial, which is a translation of the Bhagavad Gita. It has great elevation of tone and majesty and dignity of style. There are many translations of the Gita but Arnold's translation has a place apart among them by its accuracy and the grave harmony of the verse. more...
Arora, J G a former Chief Commissioner of Income Tax in India. more...
Arpi, Claude French dentist-turned- Tibetologist, author of Fate of Tibet: When Big Insects Eat Small Insects. more...
Arrian, Flavius Greek historian of the campaigns of Alexander. more...
Arundale, Rukmini Rani mastered this art form in order to popularize it during early 1920s. Later as a part of Annie Besant's Theosophical Movement, Rukmini Devi traveled all over the world as an ambassador of Indian culture. more...
Aurobindo, Sri Most original philosopher of modern India. Education in England gave him a wide introduction to the culture of ancient, or mediaeval and of modern Europe. more...
Avelino, Vecente who was the Consul General for Brazil in India in 1930 belonged to the inner circle called Tattva Shri Chaitanya. He was a devout Vaishanava and an ardent admirer of Shri Ramakrishna. In an address at Panihati, near Calcutta, on the occasion of a religious festival organized by the Shri Gauranga Grantha Mandir to commemorate Shri Chaitanya's visit to that place more...
Babbitt, Irwin The Harvard literary scholar and cultural thinker, will always stand as a monument to American intellectual culture at its finest. Babbitt had a fascination with Asian religion and philosophy. He was one of the principal critics of the twentieth century and an influential teacher of T. S. Eliot. more...
Badlani, Hiro practiced opthmalogy for 40 years in Mumbai, India. After retiring he moved to the US to join his children. In his recent book, Hinduism: Path of the Ancient Wisdom. more...
Bailly, Jean-Sylvain 18th century French astronomer and politician. His works on astronomy and on the history of science (notably the Essai sur la théorie des satellites de Jupiter) were distinguished both for scientific interest and literary elegance and earned him membership in the French Academy, the Academy of Sciences, and the Academy of Inscriptions. more...
Bart, Sir William Wedderburn He left for India in 1860 and began official duty at Dharwar as an Assistant Collector. He was appointed Acting Judicial Commissioner in Sind and Judge of the Sadar Court in 1874. In 1882 he became the District and Sessions Judge of Poona. At the time of his retirement in 1887, he was the Chief Secretary to the Government of Bombay. As a Liberal, William. Wedderburn believed in the principle of self-government. more...
Basham, Dr. A. L. One of the leading authority of ancient Indian culture and author of The Wonder that was India. more...
Basu, Dipak He teaches in International Economics at Nagasaki University in Japan. more...
Beck, L. Adams author of The Story of Oriental Philosophy. more...
Bergson, Henri French Philosopher and the son of a Jewish musician and an English woman, was educated at the Lycée Condorcet and the École Normale Supérieure, where he studied philosophy. After a teaching career as a schoolmaster, Bergson was appointed to the École Normale Supérieure in 1898 and held the chair of philosophy at the Collège de France. He was elected to the Académie Française; then was president of the Commission for Intellectual Cooperation of the League of Nations.  more...
Bernard, Theos Casimir was an accomplished American practitioner of Yoga and a scholar of religion and explorer. Bernard pioneered Indian and Tibetan studies at Columbia University. He published several accounts of the theory and practice of the religions of India and Tibet, including his PhD dissertation on Hatha Yoga. more...
Bernstein Richard a former New York Times correspondent in China, book critic, author of The book, Ultimate Journey more...
Bertschausen, Rev. Roger minister at the Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Appleton, Wisconsin. more...
Besant, Annie Wood George Bernand Shaw regarded her the " greatest woman public speaker of her time." more...
Bhaumik, Mani is a Bengali elected fellow of the American Physical Society as well as the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and is the author of the bestseller Code Name God. He is the co-inventor of the laser technology that made LASIK surgery possible.  more...
Bhave, Vinoba The great spiritual leaders and social reformers of modern India, was a disciple of Mahatma Gandhi. Founder of the Bhoodan, or land-gift, movement, seeking donations of land for redistribution to the landless. more...
Biardeau, Madeleine was professor of Indian Religion at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes in Paris, author of several books, including Studies in Hinduism: Vedism and Hinduism and India.  more...
Biernacki, Loriliai is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Colorado in Boulder. She teaches and researches the religious traditions of India, especially Hinduism, Tantra, and the 11th-century Indian philosopher Abhinavagupta. more...
Bjornstjerna, Count Magnus Fredrik Ferdinand author of The Theogony of the Hindoos with their systems of Philosophy and Cosmogony. more...
Blackwill, Robert lecturer on international security at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, former ambassador to India. Blackwill is the author and co-editor of numerous books and articles on U.S. foreign policy, including: America’s Asian Alliances. more...
Blake, William English poet, painter, and engraver, who created a unique form of illustrated verse; his poetry, inspired by mystical vision, is among the most original, lyric, and prophetic in the language. more...
Blavatsky, Madame Helena Petrova HPB as she was known, was a cultured and widely traveled woman. Brilliant, fiery and witty; able to attract the attention of the highest minds, she was in the frequent company of scientists, philosophers and scholars in many fields. She wrote many books-Isis Unveiled, The Voice of Silence and Key to Theosophy. But her magnum opus, The Secret Doctrine, published in 1885, is her most profound book-a bible of Theosophy. more...
Bloomfield, Leonard American linguist and author of Language, published in 1933) characterization of Panini's Astadhyayi ("The Eight Books"). more...
Bohara, Alok Professor of Economics at the University of New Mexico. more...
Bohm, David Was one of the world's greatest quantum mechanical physicists and philosophers. David Bohm explains his theory that there is something like life and mind enfolded in everything. Bohm was profoundly affected by his close contact with J. Krishnamurti more...
Bohr, Niels Henrik David Danish nuclear physicist who developed the Bohr model of the atom. His received the Nobel Prize in physics in 1922, for his theory of atomic structure (Quantum Theory). more...
Boorstin, Daniel Joseph was the grandson of Russian Jewish immigrants, American historian, lawyer, professor, Librarian of Congress from 1975 to 1987, prize-winning author of several books including The Discovers, The Creators and The Seekers. more...
Bose, Dr. Abinash Chandra was the Head of the Dept of English in Rajaram College, Kolhapur, and post-graduate Teacher, Bombay University for 25 years. He was a keen student of Sanskrit and had taken a life-long interest in the Vedas. He carried out researches in Mysticism in Poetry at the Trinity College, Dublin. His approach of the Vedas has been that of a lover of poetry and a student of India’s spiritual history and comparative religion.   more...
Bose, Jagdish Chandra A pioneer of modern Indian science, combined ancient Indian introspective methods with modern experimental methods to demonstrate "the universal livingness of matter" or the "omnipresence of Life in Matter." Modern science thus endorsed the ancient Upanishadic truth that the entire universe is born of a life-force and is quivering with a touch of animation. His work represents the triumph of spirituality over extreme materialism. more...
Bournouf, Professor Professor, in his Discourse on Sanskrit and Its Literature, given at the College of France. more...
Brandes, Georg Morris Cohen was born in Copenhagen of middle-class Jewish parents. He was a Danish critic and scholar who had great influence on Scandinavian literature from the 1870s through the turn of the 20th century.  He is the author of several books including Jesus, A Myth and The World at War and Voltaire and Friedrich Nietzsche more...
Briggs, Rick NASA researcher, has written about India's ancient language - Sanskrit. more...
Brown, Dean an eminent Theoretical Physicist, cosmologist, philosopher and Sanskrit scholar, whose translation of the Upanishads was published by the Philosophical Research Society.  more...
Brown, W. Norman Author of Mythology of India more...
Brunton Paul A British philosopher, mystic, traveler and author of A Hermit in the Himalayas, A Message from Arunachala and The Orient: Legacy to the West.  A Search in Secret India is one of the great classics of spiritual travel writing. With a keen eye for detail, Paul Brunton describes taking a circular journey round India: living amongst yogis, mystics and gurus, seeking the one who would give him the peace and tranquility that come with self-knowledge. His vividly told search ends at Arunachala, with Sri Ramana Maharshi. more...
Buitenen, J A B Van more...
Burke, Edmund British statesman, parliamentary orator and political thinker, played a prominent part in all major political issues for about 30 years after 1765, and remained an important figure in the history of political theory. more...
Burnof, Eugene author of La science des religions and Dictionnaire classique sanscrit-français and Essai sur le Veda, ou Introduction a la connaisance de l'Inde. more...
Byrd, Charles Michael who describes himself as being “of black, white and Cherokee heritage,” made a name as the editor and publisher of Interracial Voice Web site from 1995 to 2003. He is the author of the book, The Bhagavad-Gita in Black and White: From Mulatto Pride to Krishna Consciousness. more...
Callcott, Lady One of the spectacular exceptions to the English Memsahibs was a woman called Maria Graham who came to India with her father Rear-Admiral George Dundas of the Royal Navy. She married Capt Thomas Graham of the Royal Navy. Later she became Lady Callcott by her second marriage. Her 'Journal of a Residence in India', dealing with her experiences mainly in the coastal areas of India during the period from 1809 to 1811 was first published in England in 1812. more...
Campbell, Joseph One of the foremost interpreters of myth in our time. more...
Capra, Fritjof Austrian-born famous theoretical high-energy physicist and ecologist and the author of  The Tao of Physics: An Exploration of the Parallels Between Modern Physics and Eastern Mysticism, He is co-director of the Center for Eco-Literacy in Berkeley. Capra who studied with Werner Heisenberg. more...
Carlyle, Thomas Scottish-born English historian and essayist who was leading figure in the Victorian era. more...
Catlin, Sir George Edward Gordon was an English political scientist and philosopher. A strong proponent of Anglo-America cooperation, he worked for many years as a professor at Cornell University and other universities and colleges in the United States and Canada. He was an early advocate of Indian independence after meeting Mahatma Gandhi in 1931 in London. He visited India in 1946 and 1947 and published his tribute to Gandhi after his assassination with In the Path of Mahatma Gandhi (1948).  more...
Chaitanya, Prema more...
Chamberlain Houston Stewart British born writer, and admirer of music composer Richard Wagner. In his major work, The Foundations of the Nineteenth Century, he extolled the profundity of Indian philosophy and praise of Hindu mysticism. more...
Chaplin Dorothea author of the book, Matter, Myth and Spirit or Keltic and Hindu Links more...
Chaudhuri, Nirad C His first book, The Autobiography of an Unknown Indian, was published in 1951 and was followed by many others, including The Continent of Circe, for which he won the Duff Cooper Memorial Prize, and Thy Hand Great Anarch!, a second volume of memoirs. Booker Prize winner. Chaudhuri moved to England in 1970. His views on British rule were not popular in India. Once an admirer of the British, he now finds them a decadent lot and their country in steep decline. This is the final disillusionment for the man who dedicated The Autobiography of an Unknown Indian to the British Empire! more...
Cheiro, Count Louis Hamon aka author of several book, Language of the Hand and World Predictions published in 1926. Born in Ireland as William John Warner, Cheiro also went by the name Count Louis Hamon. He had a wide following of famous European and American clients like Mark Twain, Sarah Bernhardt, Mata Hari, Oscar Wilde, Grover Cleveland, Thomas Edison, the Prince of Wales, General Kitchener, William Gladstone, Bernard Shaw and Joseph Chamberlain. more...
Chidambaram Dr. R Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India has said: "Bhagwat Gita" continues to be the source of inspiration for both Indian and western scientists and "one sees a thread of similarity in the spiritual thinking of great scientists like Srinivasa Ramanujan, C V Raman, Chandrasekhar," more...
Childe, Professor Gordon more...
Chinmayananda, Swami founder of Chinmaya Mission. He was not satisfied with degrees in literature and law or with other worldly aspirations pursued the spiritual path in the Himalayas under the guidance of his Gurus Swami Tapovanam and Swami Sivananda. Has written several books including Self-Unfoldment (The Self-Discovery Series) more...
Chinmoy, Sri born Chinmoy Kumar Ghose in the small village of Shakpura in East Bengal. In 1944, after both his parents had died, 12 year-old Chinmoy entered the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, a spiritual community near Pondicherry in South India. Here he spent the next 20 years in spiritual practice - including long hours of meditation, practising athletics, writing poetry, essays and spiritual songs. In his early teens, Chinmoy had many profound inner experiences, and in subsequent years achieved very advanced states of meditation. In 1964, he moved to New York City to share his inner wealth with sincere seekers in the West. more...
Chopra, Dr. Deepak Vedantic sage and wise-man from the East, author of several books including 'Ageless Body, Timeless Mind' more...
Clemente, Francesco Italian born Indophile, New York artist Clemente was born in 1952. His art was displayed at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum recently. He is the youngest artist ever to receive a full-museum retrospective at the Guggenheim. Clemente arrived in India in 1973 and 1978 made more than ten trips there, immersing himself deep in India's philosophy, religion, art and crafts.  more...
Coates Austin son of composer Eric Coates, Assistant Colonial Secretary and a magistrate in Hong Kong during the World War II, and First Secretary to the British High Commission in Kaula Lumpur and Penang in 1959-62). more...
Coleridge, Sameul Taylor Romantic, literary critic and philosopher who, with his friend William Wordsworth, was a founder of the Romantic Movement in England and a member of the Lake Poets. more...
Collum, Vera Christine Chute scholar and author of The Dance of Civa or Life's Unity and Rhythm. more...
Coomaraswamy, Dr. Ananda K. The late curator of Indian art at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, was unexcelled in his knowledge of the art of the Orient, and unmatched in his understanding of Indian culture, language, religion and philosophy. He is the author of ' The Dance of Shiva: Essays on Indian Art and Culture'. more...
Cope, Stephen is a psychotherapist who writes and teaches about the relationship between contemporary psychology and the Eastern contemplative traditions. He is currently Scholar-in-Residence at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Lenox, Massachusetts, the largest residential yoga center in the world.  more...
Cormans, Michael disciple of Sri Swami Dayananda Saraswati, one of the great contemporary teachers of Advaita Vedanta. more...
Cousin, Victor French Philosopher more...
Cox, Harvey of the Harvard Divinity School. more...
Cramb, J A author of The Origins and Destiny of Imperial Britain more...
Cremo, Michael born in Schenectady, NY, in 1948, he received his first copy of the Bhagavad-Gita from some Hare Krishnas at a Grateful Dead concert. You later joined the group and began writing for the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust at ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness). more...
Creuzer, Friedrich philologist. more...
Crooke, W. Author of the book " The Popular Religion and Folklore of Northern India" (Oxford University Press, 1896.) more...
Cunningham, General Joseph Davey author of A history of the Sikhs, from the origin of the nation to the battles of the Sutlej. more...
Curzon, Lord the late Viceroy of India, in an address delivered at the great Delhi Durbar in 1901. more...
Danielou, Alain, a.k.a Shiv Sharan Son of French aristocracy, author of numerous books on philosophy, religion, history and arts of India, including Virtue, Success, Pleasure, & Liberation : The Four Aims of Life in the Tradition of Ancient India. He was perhaps the first European to boldly proclaim his Hinduness. He settled in India for fifteen years in the study of Sanskrit. He had a wide effect upon Europe's understanding of Hinduism more...
Daniken, Erich von known as the father of the ancient astronaut theory and Swiss author of many books including Chariots of the Gods more...
Danino, Michel Born in 1956 at Honfleur (France) into a Jewish family recently emigrated from Morocco, from the age of fifteen Michel Danino was drawn to India, some of her great yogis, and soon to Sri Aurobindo and Mother and their view of evolution which gives a new meaning to our existence on this earth. He has been settled in Tamil Nadu for 25 years and has given many lectures in India and is author of The Invasion That Never Was, The Indian Mind Then and Now and Kali Yuga or The Age of Confusion. He is also the convener of the International Forum for India's Heritage. more...
Dasgupta, S N (Surendranath) Sanskrit scholar and philosopher. He was the author of several notable books on Indian philosophy and literature, including the famous one-volume a History of Indian Philosophy and Yoga Philosophy. more...
Dass, Ram was born Richard Alpert, the bright and personable scion of a wealthy, influential Jewish family. His father, George Alpert, a prominent Boston lawyer, helped found Brandeis University and was president of the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad. Alpert taught at Harvard in the '60s, joining his colleague Timothy Leary in "consciousness-raising" experiments. more...
David-Neel Alexandra French explorer, writer, Orientalist and mystic, had remarked that the role Gods play in India is remarkable. more...
Davies, John author of Hindu philosophy. more...
de Chardin, Pierre Teilhard was a visionary French Jesuit, paleontologist, biologist, and philosopher. Author the book Le Phenomene Humain, or The Human Phenomenon. Teilhard’s evolutionism earned him the distrust of his religious superiors, while his religious mysticism made scientific circles suspicious. more...
de Laplace, Pierre Simon French mathematician, philosopher, and astronomer, a contemporary of Napoleon. Laplace  is best known for his nebular hypothesis of the origin of the solar system.  more...
Deussen, Paul He prefered to be called in Sanskrit, Deva-Sena was a scholar of the Asiatic Society of Bengal more...
Devamrita, Swami American born, is an author and researcher specializing in the history and knowledge of ancient India. Born in New York City, he began his immersion in India upon graduating from Yale University in 1972. Visiting India annually for three decades he is an ordained sannyasi or monk, of India's Vaishnava spiritual tradition. more...
Devi, Savitiri was born Maximiani Portas, of English and Greek parents in Lyons, France. After becoming a Greek national she took to Hellenism, and was disillusioned with Christianity. It was the swastikasigns on the palace of Athens, built by 19th century German archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann, that stirred Maximiani's first feelings for the Aryan race. She left for India to search for the roots of the Aryan civilisation. She regarded Hinduism as the only living Aryan heritage in the modern world and was convinced that only Hinduism could take on and oppose the Judaeo-Christian heritage. Soon, she adopted the name Savitri Devi which would make her famous in neo-Nazi circles.  more...
Dickinson, Goldsworthy Lowes A friend of E. M. Forster, wrote in his "Essay on the Civilizations" thesis. more...
Diderot, Denis he was a prominent French figure in what became known as The Enlightenment, and was the editor-in-chief of the famous Encyclopédie. He was also a novelist, satirist, and dramatist. Diderot was enormously influential in shaping the rationalistic spirit of the 18th century. more...
Dikshitar, Ramchandra Professor of historian at Madras University and author of several books including War in Ancient India and Studies in Tamil language and history. more...
Dobson, John Scientist and a teacher. His theories in physics and cosmology boldly break new ground and significantly challenge the scientific orthodoxy. He was featured in the PBS television series "The Astronomers". John Dobson is perhaps best known for his work in the design and construction of telescopes, however, as most telescopes made today use what is known as a "Dobsonian" mount. more...
Dow, Alexander had published an essay on Hinduism, entitled A Dissertation Concerning the Customs, Manners, Language, Religion, and Philosophy of the Hindus (1768). The first European scholar to produce a real dissertation on Sanskrit learning. more...
Drake, Walter Raymond a British disciple of Charles Fort (1874 - 1932) published nine books on the ancient astronaut theme. more...
Droit, Jean-Paul French philosopher, and Le Monde journalist, recently wrote in his book "The Forgetfulness of India." more...
Duff, Dr. Alexander British Christian missionary more...
Durant, Will American historian more...
Dutt, Ramesh Chunder a Bengali civil servant, economic historian, writer, and translator of Ramayana and Mahabharata and author of several books including The Economic History of India. more...
Dutton , Clarence Edward A captain of ordinance in the U.S. army, geologist-poet and a Yale man, Dutton was deeply influenced by the philosophies of India. It was Dutton who likened the snow-covered peaks of the canyon walls to the Hindu gods, Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. There is even a Hindu amphitheatre which Dutton likened to the "profusion and richness which suggests an Oriental character."  more...
Ecevit, Bulent the then Turkish prime minister, was asked what had given him the courage to send Turkish troops to Cyprus (where they still remain). His answer: he was fortified by the Bhagavad Gita which taught that if one were morally right, one need not hesitate to fight injustice. Besides the Gita, Ecevit was also influenced by Nehru’s Glimpses of World History. more...
Eck, Diana L. Professor of Comparative Religion and Indian Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and Member of the Faculty of Divinity, Harvard University. Her work on India includes the books Banaras, City of Light and Darsan: Seeing the Divine Image in India. more...
Eddy, Mary Baker founder of the Christian Science Movement. She published Science and Health With a Key to the Scriptures in 1875. She had imbibed some of the teachings of the New England Transcendentalists (Ralph Waldo Emerson, Amos Bronson Alcott and Henry D. Thoreau) who made their influence widely felt through books, magazines and newspaper articles.  more...
Eidlitz, Walter He was also called Vaman dasa. A Jew from Germany finds himself in an internment camp in India during the Second World War. His goal was to study Indian religion and philosophy. He had left his family in Germany in late 1930 and traveled to India in search of God. His wife loved him enough to honor his spiritual quest, the fruit of which he would share with her years later upon his return. He has written about his spiritual journey in his book Journey to Unknown India. more...
Einstein, Albert World famous physicist. In 1905 He published his theory of Relativity. more...
Eiseman, Fred B The book Bali: Sekala and Niskala: Essays on Religion, Ritual and Art. He has lived in Bali since 1961 and has adopted Hinduism. more...
Eknath, Sant Was born in a Brahmin family in Paithan near Aurangabad. Eknath was the great-grandson of Shri Bhanudas. He lost his parents at an early age and was brought up by his grandfather. For 6 years, Eknath worked for Janardan Swami (Janardan Swami, a devotee of Lord Dattatreya, worked in the courts of the Muslim king of Devgiri). He turned Eknath towards the path of Krishna. Eknath was a devout gurubhakta and wrote under the name of Eka-janardana meaning Eka of Janardana. more...
Eliade, Mircea Romanian-born philosopher, novelist, poet, and historian of religion. more...
Eliot, Sir Charles A famous scholar and linguist of Oxford, observed on his book Hinduism and Buddhism: An Historical Sketch, 3 Volume Set. more...
Eliot, T. S. American-English Harvard educated poet, playwright, and literary critic, a leader of the modernist movement in literature. Eliot was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1948. He drew his intellectual sustenance from the Bhagavad Gita. more...
Elisseev, Serge Asian scholar more...
Ellington, John He was the author of A Memoir of A E Russell, more...
Elliot, Sir. Henry M. author of History of India more...
Elphinstone, Mountstuart, Sir He was one of the first dissenters. He was aware of the kinship in language between Sanskrit and European tongues, but found the theory of their "spread from a central point...a gratuitous assumption. more...
Elst, Koenraad Dutch historian, born in Leuven, Belgium, on 7 August 1959, into a Flemish (i.e. Dutch-speaking Belgian) Catholic family. He graduated in Philosophy, Chinese Studies and Indo-Iranian Studies at the Catholic University of Leuven. During a stay at the Benares Hindu University, he discovered India’s communal problem and wrote his first book about the budding Ayodhya conflict.  more...
Emerson, Ralph Waldo Author, essayist, lecturer, philosopher, Unitarian minister more...
Eminescu, Mihai The greatest poet of Rumania, learnt of Indian philosophy through Schopenhauer. The Hindu approach to reality and beauty is found in his verses. The title of his poem "Tattwamasi," indicates his familiarity with Upanishadic thought, but the content deals with the identity of Atman and Brahman. Hindu Monoism is reflected in his poem. more...
Enfield, William more...
Epstein, Sir Jacob Leading English Sculptor. After studying with Rodin in Paris, he revolted against the ornate and pretty in art, producing bold, often harsh and massive forms in stone and bronze. His best-known pieces include the Oscar Wilde Memorial (1911; Père-Lachaise, Paris), a marble Venus (1917; Yale Univ., New Haven, Conn.), and a Madonna and Child (Convent of the Holy Child Jesus, London) more...
Fabre, Christian aka Swami Pranavananda Brahmendra Avadhuta was born in the south of France. He grew up in a family with ties to the garment industry. Author of Swami : PDG et Moine hindou. more...
Feuerstein, George A specialist in the Sanskrit literature of yoga and has written considerable number of articles on various aspects of Indian thought. He has written various books,' Yoga Tradition: Its History, Literature, Philosophy, and Practice.' and ' The Introduction to the Bhagavad Gita: Its philosophy and Cultural Setting'. more...
Ford, Alfred B. aka Ambarish Das grandson of Henry Ford (founder of the Ford Motor), and Trustee member of Ford Motor Company. He is involved in Ford's corporate charity work. more...
Frawley David Also known as Vamadeva Shastri. He is the eminent teacher and practitioner of Ayurvedic medicine and Vedic astrology, considers Hinduism to be a religion of the Earth. more...
Galav, T C author of the book Philosophy of Hinduism. more...
Gandhi, Mahatma Was among India's most fervent nationalists, fighting for Indian independence from British rule. more...
Garaudy, Roger A Muslim philosopher more...
Garbe, Richard a professor at the University of Tübingen, had earned his reputation through his scholarship on Indian philosophy, particularly his work on reconstructing the Bhagavad Gita in its original form.  more...
Gautier, Francois Paris-born, he has lived in India for 30 years, is a political analyst for Le Figaro, one of France's largest circulation newspaper. He defends Indian nationalism. He caused a storm of controversy in India by advocating reunification with Pakistan. Author of several books, including A Western journalist on India : The Ferengi's Columns and Rewriting Indian History. more...
Gibbon, Edward English historian and scholar, the supreme historian of the Enlightenment, who is best-known as the author of the monumental author of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. more...
Gidwan S. Bhagwan author of The Return of the Aryans, more...
Gilbert, William Harten author of Peoples of India. more...
Goel, Sita Ram scholar, writer, publisher, the founder of Voice of India, an ‘intellectual’ Kshatriya’ par excellence, and a Hindu revivalist. Author of several books, including The Story of Islamic Imperialism, Defence of Hindu Society and History of Hindu-Christian Encounters. more...
Goldberg, Philip s a spiritual counselor, Interfaith Minister, and author or coauthor of numerous books, including Roadsigns on the Spiritual Path. more...
Goldich, H. T. more...
Goldman, Robert P Professor of Sanskrit at Berkeley. His areas of scholarly interest include Sanskrit literature and literary theory, Indian Epic Studies. He is perhaps best known for his work as the Director, General Editor, and a principal translator of a massive and fully annotated translation of the critical edition of the Valmiki Ramayana.  more...
Goldstucker, Theordore born in Germany, professor of Sanskrit at London’s University College wrote the Dictionary of Indian Biography. more...
Gorbovsky, Alexander an expert at the Russian Munitions Agency. more...
Goswami Tulsi Das the greatest and most famous of Hindi poets, and philosopher was a Sarwariya Brahmin. The most famous book is his Ramayan—Ram-charit-manas - Lake of Rama's deeds—in Hindi. He wrote this book under the directions of Hanuman. more...
Grant, W. J. Author of the book The Spirit of India 1933. more...
Gray, Martin is an anthropologist and photographer specializing in the study of sacred sites and pilgrimage traditions around the world. His father was in the US diplomatic service and was privileged to travel widely around the world. When he was twelve years old his family moved to India for four years. more...
Griffin, Sir Lepel Henry Knight Indian Civil Servant. President, East India Association and the diplomatic representative at Kabul of the Indian government. Author of several books including The Rajas of the Punjab; being the history of the principal states in the Punjab and their political relations with the British government and The Great Republic. more...
Grousset Rene French art historian. Author of Civilizations of the East more...
Guenon, Rene One of the best-known European traditionalist authors on various civilizations, wrote a book - Introduction to the Study of the Hindu Doctrines. more...
Gupt, Bharat Associate Professor, Delhi University, Founder member and Trustee International Forum for India's Heritage and author of the book India a cultural decline or revival? more...
Gupta, Kanchan Political commentator for the English language media. more...
Gurumurthy, S a chartered accountant, acclaimed writer, columnist and founder of Swadeshi Jagaran Manch has written eloquently about Indic Civilization. more...
Haas, Willy German writer and contemporary of Heinrich Zimmer and Herrmann Goetz more...
Haldane, John Burdon Sanderson the world-renowned geneticist. In 1922, he joined Cambridge University to take up research in biochemistry and in 1925, J.B.S. became interested in genetics-the study of genetics and variations and this subsequently led him to his being elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 1932. A year later he joined the University College, London, as Professor of Genetics, a position he held as long as he stayed in Britain. Haldane was the first to use mathematics in genetics. Among his significant contributions is an estimate of the rate of mutation of a human gene. He wrote articles on popular science and gave lectures. Some of his famous books are The Causes of Evolution, New Paths in Genetics and Biochemistry of Genetics. more...
Hamilton Alexander aide-de-camp to George Washington and first secretary of the Treasury more...
Hancock, Graham is the author of a number of bestselling investigations of historical mysteries, including The Sign and the Seal, Fingerprints of the Gods. more...
Happold, F. C. more...
Harrison George former Beatle and rocker, who was the impetus for the group's spiritual quest of the 1960s which brought them to India. In 1965, he discovered the Indian string instrument, the sitar. Harrison was in India, to learn how to play the instrument under the renowned sitar maestro Ravi Shankar. But for some, Harrison brings back memories of a time when the West turned to India for inspiration and enlightenment. more...
Harvey, Andrew has devoted hi life to studying the world's mystical traditions. He is the author of several books including The Direct Path creating a journey to the divine through the world's mystical traditions. more...
Hastings, Lord Warren Was the first governor general of British India. more...
Hauer, J. W. A missionary in India and an official exponent of "the German faith", and a Sanskrit scholar, who gave to the Gita, a central place in the German faith. more...
Havell Binfield Ernest Dr principal to the Madras College of Art in the 1890s and left as principal of the Calcutta College of Art some 20 years later. He wrote several books, including his book, Indian Architecture - Its Psychology, Structure and History from the First Mohammedan Invasion to the Present Day more...
Hebner, Jack aka Swami B G (Bhakti Gaurava) Narasingh - is a Hindu monk, author, photographer, videographer, and documentarian. more...
Heeren, Arnold Hermann Ludwig an Egyptologist more...
Hegel, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich German philosopher, wrote in his "lectures on the Philosophy of History." Hegel belongs to the period of "German idealism" in the decades following Kant more...
Heiler, Friedrich  born in Muenchen, Germany. He was a professor of history of religions.  more...
Heimann, Betty Late professor of Sanskrit and Indian philosophy at Ceylon University. more...
Heine, Henrich A late Romantic lyric poet, whose influence was enormous not only in Germany but in most countries of the Western world, describes the India of his imagination: " ...in the glass I saw the dear motherland, the blue and sacred Ganges, the eternally shining Himalayas, the gigantic forests of Banyan trees on whose wide shadowy paths quietly walk wise elephants and while pilgrims ...  more...
Heisenberg, Werner Karl German theoretical physicist was one of the leading scientists of the 20th century. Heisenberg is best known for his Uncertainty Principle and was awarded the Nobel Prize in physics more...
Hendrick, George He wrote in the Introduction to reprint edition of Charles Wilkins Bhagavad Gita. more...
Heras, Father was a Spanish Jesuit priest who worked in India and was a celebrated Professor of History in Bombay. more...
Herbert Jean Famous Indianist more...
Herder, Johann Gottfried German philosopher, poet and critic, clergyman, born in East Prussia. Herder was an enormously influential literary critic and a leader in the Sturn und Drang movement. more...
Hesse, Herman German poet and novelist, awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1946, found in Indian thought an answer to his yearning for deliverance from "ego" and from the tyrannical dictates of temporality. more...
Holmes Arthur geologist, professor at the University of Durham. more...
Holroyde, Peggy British author of several books on India including Indian Music: a vast ocean of promise and East comes West: a background to some Asian Faith. more...
Holst, Gustav composer of S¯avitri ; The dream-city, Choral hymns from the Rig Veda and S¯avitri; an episode from the Mah¯abharata, Op. 25 He was Vaughan Williams’ greatest friends. Despite his German name, Holst was born in Cheltenham in 1874. Holst’s music as exploring ‘mystical regions’. more...
Hopkins, Edward Washburn He graduated at Columbia University in 1878, studied at Leipzig, where he received the degree of Ph.D. in 1881 and became professor of Sanskrit and comparative philology in Yale University in 1895. He became secretary of the American Oriental Society and editor of its Journal, to which he contributed many valuable papers, especially on numerical and temporal categories in early Sanskrit literature.   more...
Housden, Roger Author of "Travels Through Sacred India" and a student of the spiritual traditions of India for over 20 years. more...
Hugo, Victor He was a French author, designer, and artist. He was possibly the most important of the Romantic authors in the French language. His major works include the novels Notre Dame de Paris and Les Misérables, and a large body of poetry. more...
Humboldt, Wilhelm von Prussian minister of education, a brilliant linguist and the founder of the science of general linguistics. more...
Hume, Robert Earnest whose renderings of thirteen principal Upanishads published in 1921 are still widely read. His translation of the thirteen principal Upanishads was published more than a hundred years ago, and revised more than sixty years ago. It has long been recognized as a classic translation which provides a faithful rendering of the original Sanskrit into twentieth-century English more...
Hunter, Sir William editor of Imperial Gazetteer of India and author of The Indian Musalmans. more...
Huntington, Susan L s professor in art history at Ohio State University. Among other books, she is the author of the Art of Ancient India. more...
Huxley, Aldous English novelist and essayist, born into a family that included some of the most distinguished members of the English ruling class more...
Huyler, Stephen P. Art historian, cultural anthropologist, curator at the Smithsonian's Arthur M. Sackler gallery, in his book 'Meeting God: Elements of Hindu Devotion', defines Hinduism more...
Hyndman, H. M. the eminent British publicist thus describes the important place of India in the world's history and civilization. more...
Ifrah, Georges French historian of Mathematics and author of the book, The Universal History of Numbers. more...
Inge, Dr. William Ralph Anglican Platonist author in his Christian Mysticism refers to the mystic strains in the early thinkers.  more...
Iqbal, Allama Indian thinker and poet. more...
Isherwood Christopher W. B. Translator, biographer, novelist, and playwright, he is the author of over twenty books, including Vedanta for the Western World and My Guru and His Disciple - a book about Swami Prabhavananda, who guided Isherwood for some thirty years. During the 1940s his interests turned from Christianity to Hinduism. With his guru Swami Prabhavananda Isherwood translated from the Sanskrit The Bhagavad-Gita and The Yoga Aphorism of Patanjali. Isherwood broke from the strictly chronological format to create a spiritual autobiography wherein the values of Vedanta Hinduism counter his life as a Hollywood scriptwriter. more...
Jacks, Dr. L P (Lawrence Pearsall) was probably the most widely known British Unitarian minister in both Britain and North America between 1914 and 1940. He was an educator, a prolific writer, and an interpreter of modern philosophy. more...
Jacolliot, Louis He worked in French India as a government official and was at one time President of the Court in Chandranagar, translated numerous Vedic hymns, the Manusmriti, and the Tamil work, Kural. His masterpiece, La Bible dans l'Inde, stirred a storm of controversy. He praised the Vedas in his Sons of God. more...
Jagmohan, Shri Union Minister of Tourism and Culture of India. more...
Jain, Girilal doyen of Indian journalists and editor of The Times of India from 1978-1988, was a passionate crusader of the Hindu cause. Author of The Hindu Phenomenon. more...
Jain, Pankaj Dr. is an Assistant Professor of South Asian Religions and Ecology at the University of North Texas. more...
Jain, Sandhya eminent columnist in the mainstream English Media of India. more...
Jaspers, Karl the famous Austrian existentialist philosopher. more...
Jnaneshwar, Sant was born over seven hundred years ago in the village of Alandi, on the banks of the Indrayani river. The son of a sannyasi, he was shunned by the local Brahmins. Their father, after living the life of an ascetic, returned to married life, and on that account the orthodox Brahmins ostracised the whole family. They were orphaned young and their genius blazed forth while still in their teens. more...
Joad, Cyril Edwin Mitchinson British philosopher, author, teacher, and radio personality. He was one of Britain's most colorful and controversial intellectual figures of the 1940s. He became head of the department of philosophy at Birbeck College, Univ. of London, in 1930. As a rationalist, he was a successful lecturer and writer. Author of several books including Guide to Philosophy and The Story of Indian Civilization.  more...
Johnsen, Linda holds a Master's degree in Eastern studies. She is author of Daughter of the Goddess: The Women Saints of India, and The Living Goddess: Reclaiming the Tradition of the Mother of the Universe. She has published nearly 100 articles in magazines such as Hinduism Today, Yoga Journal, and Yoga International and has lectured throughout the United States on Hindu spirituality.  more...
Johnson, Paul eminent British historian and author of several books including A History of the American People has observed that to prosper a nation needs tolerance. He pointed out the economic value of being tolerant. All societies flourish mightily when tolerance is the norm. And India is a good example of this. India's tradition, particularly the Hindu tradition of tolerance, has been exalted by Johnson to make his point that whenever a society develops tolerance, there is prosperity in the society.  more...
Johnson, Samuel went to private schools, Harvard, and then Harvard Divinity School from which he graduated in 1846. Among his class mates were Octavius Brooks B Frothingham and his lifelong friend Samuel Longfellow, brother of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow more...
Johnston, Charles a retired English civil servant in Bengal and a Sanskrit scholar, brought forth a translation in 1908 in Flushing, New York of the Bhagavad Gita. more...
Johnston, Jerry Earl two-time winner of the national Wilbur Award. He is a columnist, critic, and feature writer for the Deseret News. He has won awards from the Associated Press, Reader's Digest, Society of Professional Journalists, and the Utah Arts Council. He is also the author of Dads and Other Heroes. more...
Jois, Justice Manadagadde Rama Former Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court. A distinguished writer and historian, Justice M. Rama Jois has produced several authoritative books on Service Law, Habeas Corpus Law, Constitutional Law, etc., which are popular among the Law fraternity of India including students of Law. His most appreciated two-volume book Legal and Constitutional History of India is a textbook for Law Degree course. His another book Seeds of Modem Public Law in Ancient Indian Jurisprudence is also a much-valued contribution. A book authored by him Eternal Values in Manu Smriti, was released by former Chief Justice of India A.S. Anand. more...
Jones, Sir William He came to India as a judge of the Supreme Court at Calcutta. He pioneered Sanskrit studies. His admiration for Indian thought and culture was almost limitless. more...
Josephson, Prof. Brian David Welsh physicist, the youngest Nobel Laureate. more...
Juluri, Vamsee is a professor of media studies at the University of San Francisco. He is the author of Becoming a Global Audience: Longing and Belonging in Indian Music Television, and The Mythologist: A Novel. more...
Jung, Carl G. A student of Sigmund Freud, psychiatrist, interpreted Hinduism in terms of his psychological system, and pointed out the great significance of Indian thought for the modern West. more...
Kadakin, Alexander M. Former Russian Ambassador in India. In his column Passage to India: The Coexistence of Multiple Realities. more...
Kaegi, Adlof He studied ancient languages ??and Indian studies, taking a focus of its work on the study of Greek and Sanskrit thought. Among his academic teachers were Rudolf von Roth and Karl Geldner. more...
Kak, Dr. Subhash is a widely known scientist and a Indic scholar. Currently a Professor at Louisiana State University, he has authored ten books and more than 200 research papers in the fields of information theory, quantum mechanics, and Indic studies. He is a Sanskrit scholar and is author of Astronomical Code of the Rig Veda, and India at Century's End: Essays on History and Politics. more...
Kamiya, Takeo Japanese architect has spent about 20 years and all his savings traveling across India documenting the country's heritage buildings to enlighten Japan and the world about the "wonders of real India". He is a member of the Japan Architects Academy. Kamiya first visited India about 27 years ago and travelled across the country, like Hieun Tsang during the Golden Age of Guptas. more...
Kant, Immanuel was apparently the first important German philosopher to have some acquaintance with Indian philosophy. Kant’s differentiation between the physical world as seen in the space and time, and the unknowable thing in itself beyond these concepts, is very similar to the doctrine of Maya. There are certain parallels between Kantian thought and Buddhist philosophy. Like the Buddha, Kant declared a number of questions unsolvable such as “Has the world a beginning or not?” “Is it finite or eternal?”  more...
Kaplan, Abraham American professor of philosophy. more...
Keat, John Although he knew little about India, was somewhat drawn to her as the passage about the Indian maid in Endymion (1818) reveals. more...
Keay, J. Seymour British M. P. Banker in India and Indian Agent more...
Kellett, Ernest E author of A Short History of Religions. more...
Keyserling, Count H. Philosopher, author, public speaker. more...
Kezwer, Glen Peter a physicist from Canada. He lives in Himachal Pradesh and is author of the book Meditation, Oneness and Physics more...
Kipling, Rudyard British writer, who spent his earliest years were blissfully happy in an India full of exotic sights and sounds. Kipling was a Nobel Laureate in Literature more...
Klostermaier, Prof Klaus Distinguished Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Manitoba in Canada. He is author of several books including Hinduism: A Short Introduction more...
Knapp, Stephen (Sri Nandanandana Dasa) American born author of several books including The Secret Teachings of the Vedas : The Eastern Answers to the Mysteries of Life and Proof of Vedic Culture's Global Existence.  more...
Koestler Arthur Hungarian-born British novelist, journalist, and critic. He is best known for his novel Darkness at Noon and The Lotus and the Robot, in which he examines Eastern mysticism more...
Krause, Karl Christian Friedrich was even more strongly influenced by Indian philosophy. He praised the Vedanta particularly in his Vorlcsungen uber die Grundwahrheiten der Wissenschaften (1829), although he wrote on Buddhism, Jainism, and the Carvakas. more...
Krieger, Andrew President and CEO of NorthBridge Capital Management. A BA in Philosophy (Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa), an MBA in Finance -- and prior to that, an MA in South Asian Studies, most notably Sanskrit. He has studied Sanskrit and Indian philosophy.   more...
Kriplani, Acharya Jiwatram Bhagwandas Noted Gandhian, and Eminent National Leader. When speaking as the President of the Congress in India. more...
Krishnamacharya, Ekkirala author of Cradle of Indian History, physician, educationist and Kulapati (rector) of the Theosophy-related World Teacher Trust in Visakhapatnam. Fondly called by his disciples as `Master E.K'. more...
Kulkarni, S K was Indian Audit and Accounts Service and is presently the director of finance and administration at the Nehru Center, Mumbai. He is also the author of the book, Hinduism: Triumphs and Tribulations and is a prolific writer. more...
Lal, B B (Braj Basi) On joining the Archaeological Survey in January 1946, he held charge of the Excavations Branch and participated with Sir Mortimer Wheeler in the excavations at Harappa, now in Pakistan. In 1951 he was deputed for advanced studies at the Institute of Archaeology, London. In 1961, under a UNESCO project, he conducted excavations in Nubia, Egypt, and brought to light valuable evidence relating to prehistoric and protohistoric periods of that country. more...
Lamb, Beatrice Pitney Author of several books including India: A World in Transition. She was Editor of the United Nations News for several years and has written and lectured extensively on Indian affairs. Beatrice Lamb first visited India in 1949 on an assignment for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Mrs. Lamb saw the many-hued soul of India revealed through its people, living, working and worshipping. more...
Lannoy, Richard author of The Speaking Tree: A Study of Indian Culture and Society more...
Larson Gerald James An American scholar who points out that there are in a manner of speaking almost as many Gitas as there are readers of it more...
Le Bon, Gustave Author of the book The World of Ancient India. more...
Le Mee, Dr. Jean Born in France in 1931, Studied Sanskrit at Columbia University. Author of the Hymns from the Rig Veda more...
Leatherdale, Marcus Montreal born photojournalist has had a long love affair with India. To him Hinduism and India are almost synonymous. What he likes about Hinduism is that its very emotional, colorful and joyful.  more...
Lecky William Edward Hartpole Irish historian, essayist, author of The Substance of History of European Morals (From Augustus to Charlemagne). more...
Lehmann, Jean-Pierre is professor of International Political Economy at IMD — a leading international business school, based in Lausanne, Switzerland. He also is an adviser to WTO Director General, Dr. Supachai Panitchpakdi. Mr. Lehmann studied in Japan, Switzerland, the United States (Georgetown) and received his doctorate from Oxford. more...
Lemaitre, Solange uthor of several books, including Le Mystère de la mort dans les religions d'Asie and Râmakrishna et la vitalité de l'hindouism. more...
Levi, Sylvain French scholar more...
Levy, John was born into a wealthy aristocratic family. Levy was an English mystic, teacher, musician, and artist who was an expert in Asian folk music. more...
Lewis, Alun was one of the few great British writers of the Second World War. His early death at the age of twenty-eight robbed Wales of its most promising poet and story writer. Born and brought up near Aberdare in south Wales, the son of a teacher, he read history at Aberystwyth and Manchester. After a period of unemployment he became a teacher in south Wales, before enlisting in the Royal Engineers in 1940. Later in 1942 Lewis's new regiment, the South Wales Borderers, travelled to India. His experiences there are recreated in the beautiful poems of Ha! Ha! Among the Trumpets and the stories and letters of In the Green Tree. more...
Loti Pierre pseudonym of Louis-marie-julien Viaud, a novelist whose exoticism made him popular in his time and whose themes anticipated some of the central preoccupations of French literature between World Wars. Loti's career as a naval officer took him to the Middle and Far East, thus providing him with the exotic settings of his novels and reminiscences. Some of his books include Voyages 1872-1913 and L'Inde sans les Anglais. more...
Louis-Barthou, Madame Alice more...
Low, Sir Sidney James Mark journalist, historian, and essayist and author of the book, The Governance of England and Vision of India. more...
MacDonald, James Ramsey first Labor Party prime minister of Great Britain more...
Macintosh, William more...
Mackenzie, Professor John Stuart He had commented on Indian religion and metaphysics. He was the author of the book, Elements of Constructive Philosophy more...
Mackintosh, Sir James British writer and Philosopher. He was trained as a physician, but after settling in London he became a writer and lawyer. He served as recorder of Bombay (1804-6) and judge in Bombay vice-admiralty court (1806-12). more...
Maeterlinck, Count Maurice Belgian writer of poetry and a wide variety of essays. He won the 1911 Nobel Prize for literature. more...
Maharaj, Sri Swami Sivananda Saraswati The founder of The Divine Life Society, with headquarters in Rishikesh, Himalayas, began as a physician before he turned sannyasi. more...
Maharishi, Ramana A great saga, Kavyakanta Ganapathi Muni, called him Bhagavan or God for he regarded him as the incarnation of Skanda or Subramania, and named him Ramana, the sweet one, and Maharshi, the great saga. more...
Maine, Sir Henry James Summer His first work, Ancient Law was his most famous. He was (1862-69) legal member of the viceroy's council in India, where he planned the codification of Indian law. more...
Majer, Friedrich A disciple of Johann Gottfried Herder, an Orientalist more...
Malaviya, Madan Mohan He was notable for his role in the Indian independence movement and his espousal of Hindu nationalism. He was a scholar and a national leader during the freedom struggle wrote on the Bhagawad Gita. more...
Malcolm Sir John Was the Governor of Bombay author of A Memoir of Central India including Malwa and Adjoining Provinces and who worked for the East India Company more...
Malhotra, Rajiv After studying in Delhi's St. Columba's High School and then St. Stephen's College, Rajiv arrived in the US in 1971 to study Physics and Computer Science. His corporate careers and business entrepreneurship included the computer, software and telecom industries. He now spends full time with The Infinity Foundation, a non-profit organization in Princeton, New Jersey.  more...
Malraux, Andre A profound thinker and French prolific writer, an essayist, novelist, art-historian, and political speech writer, Malraux did give his readers a philosophy. more...
Manning, Charlotte Speir author of Life in Ancient India. more...
Martel, Yann a Canadian who won this year's Booker Prize for Life of Pi. more...
Mascaro, Juan Author of The Bhagvad Gita - translated By Juan Mascaro.Penguin Classics, 1962), pays tribute to the glory of the Sanskrit literature. more...
Matheson, Dr British author. more...
Matlock, Gene D is author of several books including India Once Ruled the Americas and Jesus and Moses Are Buried in India, Birthplace of Abraham and the Hebrews. more...
Maugham, W. Somerset Was born in the British Embassy in Paris and was educated in England and Germany. After medical school, a successful attempt at writing led him to widespread fame for his plays and novels. Author of several books including "Of Human Bondage" and " The Moon and Sixpence." more...
McArthur, Tom author of Yoga and the Bhagavad Gita more...
Melville, Herman The great American novelist, in his magnum opus Moby Dick, refers to the incarnation of Vishnu in the form of a whale, which sounded down to the utmost depths of the sea to rescue the sacred books. more...
Menuhin, Sir Yehudi Born to Russian - Jewish parents who migrated to America. One of the greatest violinists of the 20th century revered an Indian Yogi as his teacher. He was famous for his affiliation with renowned Hatha yoga teacher B K S Iyengar and legendary sitarist Ravi Shankar. The more he learned about India and Yoga, the more he loved it.  He was among the first in the West to espouse yoga and the principles of organic food.  more...
Merrell-Wolff, Franklin was an American Mystic, Philosopher, and Mathematician who combined an extraordinary intellect with profound mystical insight and authenticity. Born in 1887 in Pasadena, California, he was raised in San Fernando as the son of a Methodist minister. Wolff graduated from Stanford University in 1911 with a major in mathematics and minors in philosophy and psychology. He then went on to Harvard graduate school to study philosophy.  more...
Merton, Thomas Was a Trappist monk, poet, social critic and author of many books, including Seeds of Contemplation, Life and Holiness, Mystics and Zen Masters.  Merton , in his book "Thoughts on the East" talks about the living importance of the Bhagavad Gita. more...
Michelet, Jules French writer, the greatest historian of the romantic school more...
Milburn, Mr. R. Gordon more...
Mirabai, Sant She was born a Rajput princess, is undoubtedly India's best known saint-poetess of bhakti in the purest Vaishnava tradition. Her bhakti poetry is immortal. Mirabai was born 500 years ago in a little-known village called Kurki in Mewar. The much loved daughter of Rana Ratan Singh, Mira was nurtured by her grandfather Rao Duda in the fortress city of Merta in Mewar. According to the royal custom she was married in 1516 to Prince Bhojraj, son of Rana Sanga, ruler of the Sisodiya clan of Mewar.  more...
Moffitt, John a graduate of Princeton and the Curtis Institute of Music, was a monastic member of the order of Ramakrishna for 25 years and then became a Catholic. In his book, Journey to Gorakhpur he gently leads the Westerner to shed his cultural imperialism in an encounter with the ongoing vitality of Indian tradition. more...
Monier-Williams, Sir Indologist and head of the Oxford's Boden Chair more...
Mookerji, Dr. Radhakumud distinguished historian and author of several books including Hindu civilization (from the earliest times up to the establishment of Maurya empire), Ancient Indian education; Brahmanical and Buddhist and Indian shipping: a history of the seaborne trade and maritime activity of the Indians from the earliest times. more...
Moorhouse, Geoffrey British author of "Om: an Indian Pilgrimage"  more...
Morales, Frank Gaetano aka  Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya ( ? ) He earned a Ph.D in Languages and Cultures of Asia from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He specializes in Sanskrit, Hindu Studies, Philosophy of Religion and History of Religion. After living the life of a celibate Yoga monk for six years, Dr. Morales was ordained as a brahmana (a spiritual teacher) in 1986. His Sanskrit name is Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya. He is a follower of the ancient Vishishta-Advaita philosophy of Ramanuja. more...
Motwani, Kewal author of several books including Manu Dharma S'satra: A sociological and historical study. more...
Mukerji, Dhan Gopal was the first South Asian immigrant to the United States to carve out a successful literary career, publishing more than twenty books Caste and Outcast was the first book on India written by an Indian that was widely read in America. As an interpreter of Indian thought and spirituality, Mukerji's influence on American literary circles was considerable. Among his long-time literary associates were the eminent critic Van Wyck Brooks and the historians Will and Ariel Durant. Mukerji's opus was an integral part of a far-flung intellectual effort in the early twentieth century that seriously studied Indian civilization and drew upon it for inspiration and direction. Those involved included such figures as T. S. Eliot, Theodore Dreiser, Eugene O'Neill, Lewis Mumford, Luther Burbank and A. J. Liebling. more...
Mukerji, K P   more...
Müller, Friedrich Maximilian German philologist and Orientalist. more...
Munro Thomas Sir held various posts in the colonial administration of India, served as brigadier-general during the third Maratha War (1817–18) and was appointed Governor of Madras in 1819. more...
Munshi, K M Dr. A freedom fighter, Committee of the Indian National Congress. He founded Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in 1938 with the blessings of Mahatma Gandhi. He ceaselessly strove for cultural and spiritual regeneration. more...
Naipaul, Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad Nobel Laureate, was born in Trinidad into a family of Indian origin is known for his penetrating analyses of alienation and exile. Writing with increasing irony and pessimism, he has often bleakly detailed the dual problems of the Third World: the oppressions of colonialism and the chaos of post-colonialism. His grandfather had emigrated there from India as an indentured servant. He is the author of several books including Beyond Belief: Islamic Excursions Among the Converted Peoples, India: A Wounded Civilization, Among the Believers: An Islamic Journey, India: A Million Mutinies Now. more...
Nakamura, Hajime Was a Japanese scholar. His field of research was exceedingly broad, encompassing Indian philosophy, Buddhist studies, historical studies, Japanese thought, comparative thought. He was the author of The History of Early Vedanta Philosophy an epoch-making study in four volumes.  more...
Needham, Joseph s famous mainly for the formidable magnitude and scholarship of his work on science in China. He impressed by the achievements of India in the field of knowledge and learning.  more...
Nehru, Jawaharlal The first prime minister of free India, was more than a deeply moral human being. He yearned for spiritual light. He was particularly drawn to Swami Vivekananda and the Sri Ramakrishna Ashram. The Upanishads fascinated him. more...
Nietzsche, Friedrich The great German Philosopher, poet, classical philologist, who became one of the most provocative and influential thinkers of the 19th century. He wa s deeply influenced by Schopenhauer in his youth. One of the great European philosophers, Friedrich Nietzsche's beliefs were best expressed in his Thus Spake Zarathustra, in which his teachings are put into the mouth of the wandering prophet Zarathustra. more...
Novalis Was the pseudonym of the young Baron Friedrich von Hardenberg.  He was a pioneer of the early German Romantics, one of Germany's greatest Romantic poets.  more...
Obama, Barack Hussein is the 44th and current President of the United States. He is the first African American to hold the office. more...
Okakura, Professor Kakuzo a Japanese philosopher, art expert, curator and author of The Book of Tea and The Ideals of the East, with Special Reference to the Art of Japan. more...
Olcott, Col. Henry S American author, attorney, philosopher, and cofounder of the Theosophical Society more...
O'Malley, L S S author of Popular Hinduism writes about Hindu Literature as giving help to a sense of moral value and to maintain a healthy ethical standard. The two great epics, the Mahabharata and Ramayana, are a means of moral education for millions, teaching moral lessons in concrete terms and illustrating in the lives of heroes and heroines such virtues as truth, love, fidelity, courage and calm resignation.  more...
Oman, John Campbell English Professor Natural Sciences in Government College Lahore and English author of several books including The Great Indian Epics: the stories of Ramayana and Mahabharata. more...
O'More, Haven a scholar at the University of Chicago and author of several books, including Butoh : Dance of the Dark Soul and Sacrificial Bone Inscriptions, more...
Oppenheimer, J. Robert Scientist, philosopher, bohemian, and radical. A theoretical physicist and the Supervising Scientist Manhattan Project, the developer of the atomic bomb more...
Oppert Gustav born in Hamburg, Germany, he taught Sanskrit and comparative linguistics at the Presidency College, Madras for 21 years. He was the Telugu translator to the Government and Curator, Government Oriental Manuscript Library. more...
Organ, Troy Wilson A professor at Ohio University more...
Osborne, Arthur has lived with the Indian sage, Sri Ramana Maharshi. He was a man of brilliant intellect and introspective spirit. After graduating from Oxford, his inner longing to experience the Supreme Reality ultimately brought him to the hermitage of the great Indian sage, Sri Ramana Maharshi. His son was Adam Osborne who invented the portable computer. more...
Otto Professor Rudolph Was associate professor at Göttingen. Eventually he became a professor of systematic theology, first at Breslau in 1915, then at Marburg in 1917. more...
Ovington J Chaplain to the British King, the seventeenth-century English traveler, wrote in his A Voyage to Surat in the Year 1689 more...
Pal, Hamendar Bhisham Lt. Col He was in the Artillery and Infantry Regiments and was on active service during Indo-Pak Wars of 1956 and 1971. He has written several books including The Temples of Rajasthan and The Plunder of Art. more...
Palkhiwala, N. A. The eminent Indian jurist more...
Panikkar, Prof. Raimundo Born in two major religious traditions, he has been striving towards the harmony of religion in a pluralistic world. more...
Panikkar, Sardar Kavalam Madhava Indian scholar, journalist, historian from Kerala, administrator, diplomat, Minister in Patiala Bikaner and Ambassador to China, Egypt and France. Author of several books, including Asia and Western Dominance, India Through the ages and India and the Indian Ocean. He has succinctly summed up the basic tenets of Hinduism, which show that the Divine for the Hindu is a family phenomenon and not a distant Truth. more...
Patton, General George S. He came from a long line of soldiers who fought and often died in many conflicts, including the American Revolution and, in particular, the Confederate side in the American Civil War.  more...
Paul, Hubert a French Theosophist, was to write in glowing terms of Charles Wilkins translation the Bhagavad Gita. In his book Histoire de la Bhagavad Gita he said it was one of the 'striking events in the universal history of philosophy' more...
Paz, Octovio Was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1990. He served as Mexico's ambassador to India from 1962 until 1968. This is what he says about Hindu art in his book "In Light of India". more...
Philips, Ashby Of Princeton University more...
Philostratus Ancient Greek writer, son-in-law of Flavius Philostratus. more...
Plunkett, E. M. Author of the book Ancient Calendars and Constellations more...
Pol Droit Roger French philosopher and journalist, author of L'oubli de l"Inde : une amnâesie philosophique (The forgetting of India) more...
Prabhupada, A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami The founder of ISKCON - The International Society for Krishna Consciousness also known as 'the Hare Krishna' was founded in 1966. its core philosophy is based on scriptures such as the Bhagavad-Gita and Srimad Bhagavatam, both of which date back many years into antiquity.  more...
Pratt, James Bissett American author of Why Religions Die and India and its Faiths. more...
Prem, Yogi Baba who is a Hindu Yogi, a Vedavisharada trained in the traditional Gurukural system.  more...
Priddy, Robert C who formerly lectured in philosophy & social science at the University of Oslo (1968-1984) more...
Prime, Ranchor was born in Leeds and has spent his life as a devotee of Krishna in Britain and India. He now works with the World Wide Fund for Nature as their Religious Network Officer in UK. He is also currently running a tree planting and restoration project in Vrindavan, India, on behalf of WWF.    more...
Prince MShikoh Muhammad Dara the favorite Sufi son of Moghul emperor, Shah Jehan. Known the world over for his unorthodox and liberal views. He was a mystic and a free thinker. He had learned Sanskrit and studied the Hindu scriptures in the original. more...
Prinsep, James an employee of the East India Company, deciphered the Brahmi script in 1883 and author of Essays on Indian antiquities, historic, numismatic, and palaeæographic of the late James Prinsep. more...
Punj, Balbir K Member of Parliament and a Rajya Sabha member and convenor of the BJP's think-tank. more...
Pym, Michael author of The Power of India more...
Queen Fredricka of Greece The wife of King Paul of Greece. more...
Quinet, Edgar French Historian. His first publication, the Tablettes du juif errant (Tablets of the Wandering Jew) appeared in 1823. Being struck with Johann_Gottfried Herder's Philosophie der Geschichte (Philosophy of History), he undertook to translate it, learnt German for the purpose, published his work in 1827, and obtained by it considerable credit. At this time he was introduced to Victor Cousin, and made the acquaintance of Jules Michelet. In 1839 he was appointed professor of foreign literature at Lyon, where he began the brilliant course of lectures afterwards embodied in the Génie des religions. Two years later he was transferred to the Collège de France, and the Génie des religions itself appeared (1842). more...
R S Nathan author of Hinduism That is Sanatana Dharma more...
Radhakrishnan, Sarvepalli Was a prominent Indian philosopher, author and educationalist. Radhakrishnan was also a professor of Eastern Religions at Oxford and later President of India more...
Raja, Hilda was a professor at Queen Mary's College, Chennai. She has held an advisory position in the Catholic Bishops Conference in India. She was a sociology professor at Stella Maris College, Chennai. . Her writings are forthright but balanced, precise, incisive, thought provoking and informative. Apart from being a practicing Catholic Christian, she is a true nationalist, who values the cultural heritage of this great country and respects the Hindu tradition too. more...
Rajagopalachari, C. Was a scholar, a statesman, and a linguist. A contemporary of Mohandas Gandhi, he was also free India’s first Governor General. Perhaps his most signal accomplishment was his thoughtful rendition of the Mahabharata and Ramayana in English, making the stories and wisdom contained in those classics available to a new generation of English educated Indians. more...
Rajan, Radha editor of vigilonline more...
Rajaram, Navaratna S s a mathematician, computer scientist and linguist and historian of science. He has taught in several universities in the United States. Since 1984 he has been an advisor to the National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA). He has written several books including Politics of History, Aryan Invasion Theory and the Subversion of Scholarship. more...
Rama Tirtha, Swami enounced his career as a Mathematician in order to practice and preach Vedanta. more...
Ramakrishna, Sri The surreal Hindu Bengali Saint spent a lifetime seeking spiritual enlightenment, beginning in his childhood with a mystical encounter he experienced at the age of six. more...
Ramanuja Known as the greatest exponent of Visistadvaita Vedanta. more...
Ramanujan. Srinivasan is one of India's legendary intellectual heroes, hailed as one of the greatest Mathematician of India and compared to all time greats, Euler, Gauss and Jacobi, for natural genius, is an eternal source of inspiration, especially for the student of mathematics. more...
Ramdas, Swami Samarth He was a pre-eminent bhakti saint and poet. more...
Ranade, R D saint of the twentieth century wrote extensively on Upanishadic philosophy. more...
Rankin, Dr. Aidan author of Lifting the shadow : why Conservatives must reclaim human rights and was a Research Fellow in Government at the London School of Economics and editor of the Britain's leading environmental magazine, the Ecologist. more...
Rawlinson, Professor H. G. more...
Rawson, Philip academic, and artist and author of The Art of Southeast Asia more...
Renou, Professor Louis Author of several books including Hinduism, Civilization in Ancient India, L'Inde fondamentale   more...
Revel, Louis more...
Riencourt, Amaury de was born in Orleans, France. He received his B.A. from the Sorbonne and his M.A. from the University of Algiers. He is author of several books including The American empire and The Soul of India. more...
Riepe, Dale M. Author of the book ' The Philosophy of India and its impact on American Thought' more...
Roberts, Julia American actress starred in movie Pretty Woman. more...
Roberts, Paul William He taught at Oxford for a year before setting off around the world, stopping in India before settling in Canada, where he has been an award-winning television writer and producer, university lecturer, journalist, film and book critic and novelist. He journeyed through India for twenty years, and in his book ' Empire of the Soul: Some Journeys in India.' creates a dazzling mosaic, by turns tragic and comic, of the subcontinent and its people. more...
Robertson Rev. William more...
Rodin François-Auguste-René French sculptor, who imbued his work with great psychological force, which was expressed largely through texture and modeling. He is regarded as the foremost sculptor of the 19th and early 20th centuries more...
Roeer Edward German Indologist, born in Braunschweig Germany, made a name for himself on account of his research in Hindu philosophy. His knowledge of philosophy and philology enabled him to publish a number of valuable editions of philosophical texts. On Roeer's suggestion the Asiatic Society of Bengal decided to publish the Upanishads together with Shankara's commentary.  more...
Rolland, Romain French Nobel laureate, professor of the history of music at the Sorbonne and thinker. more...
Rosen, Steven Was initiated disciple of A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. He is the founding editor of The Journal of Vaishnava Studies. He is also an associate editor of Back to Godhead, the magazine of the Hare Krishna Movement.   more...
Ross, Nancy Wilson made her first trip to Japan, China, Korea and India in 1939. She was the author of several books including The World of Zen and Time's Left Corner. Miss Ross lectured on Zen Buddhism at the Jungian Institute in Zurich. She served on the board of the Asia Society of New York which was founded by John D. Rockefeller III since its founding in 1956 and was on the governing board of the India Council. In private life she was known as Mrs. Stanley Young. more...
Royce, Josiah He is regarded as America's most outstanding representative of absolute idealism. He studied Indian thought" and "he was also" as rightly pointed out by "one of the first Americans to show interest in the Sankhya philosophy. more...
Ruckert, Friedrich Professor of Oriental Languages at the University of Erlangen from 1827 to 1841, produced, under the inspiration of August Wilhelm von Schlegel, numerous skilful translations from Sanskrit. His published translations from Indian classical poetry made Indian lyrics and poems widely popular in Germany.  more...
Ruppenthal, Stephen H Son of a TWA pilot, he could travel across the world but India hooked him during his first visit. Later he would come to know the spiritual master Eknath Easwaran and work with him for about three decades. The author of the recently published The Path of Direct Awakening: Passages for Meditation was barely 14 when he fell in love with India. more...
Russel, A. E. George the Irish poet, essayist, painter, Nationalist leader, mystic, and economist; a leader in movement for cooperation among Irish farmers; editor The Irish Statesman 1923-30. Russel paid an eloquent tribute to the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita. more...
Ryder, Arthur William Professor at Berkeley. J Robert Oppenheimer the nuclear physicist had studied Sanskrit with him at Berkeley in 1933. He has translated several books including, Dandin's Dasha-kumara-charita : The ten princes. more...
Sa`Id Al-Andalusi Arab writer in AD 1068, He wrote Kitab Tabaqat al-Uman or "Book of the Categories of Nations," which recorded the contributions to science of all known nations. more...
Sadler, Sir Michael authority on education. more...
Sagan, Dr. Carl Famous astrophysicist, in his book "Cosmos" more...
Salim Rizwan , New York Tribune, Capitol Hill reporter, Engineering Times, assistant editor, American Sentinel, published in Hindustan Times more...
Salinger, Jerome David an American novelist and short story writer, best known as the author of The Catcher in the Rye was regarded by many as a Hindu. more...
Saraswati, Swami Dayanand Rightly described as a human dynamo, Swami Dayananda shook the structure of established Hinduism to its foundations and infused into it new blood and fresh vigor. The founder of Arya Samaj, was a prophet with a difference. Dayanand is the father of both Renaissance (he brought to life world’s supreme knowledge, the Vedas, with his slogan ‘Back to Vedas) and Reformation. In 1849, the British annexation of Punjab, introduced the aggressive conversion of faith of Christianity. In time, Christianity threatened each of the coexisting religions. Christian missionaries brought with them new forms of organization and techniques of proselytism. He created a psychological revolution and gave tremendous self-confidence to Hindudom. Swamy Dayananda took the Christian and Muslim converts back into the Hindu fold by performing purification rites for them. more...
Saraswati, Swami Ghanananda the first African swami was initiated by Swami Krishnanand of India in 1975. He heads the Hindu Monastery of Africa in Accra, Ghana, regularly imparting spiritual guidance to devotees. more...
Sarfatti, Jack Physicist of the Physics/Consciousness Research Group more...
Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami American born editor of Hinduism Today. more...
Satprem aka Bernard Enginger, a sailor and a Breton born in Paris. A member of the French Resistance. Satprem was arrested by the Gestapo when he was twenty and spent a year and half in concentration camps. Devastated he journey first to Upper Egypt, then to India, where he served in the French colonial government of Pondicherry. There he discovered Sri Aurobindo and Mother. Their Message - "Man is a transitional being" - struck a deep chord.  more...
Saunders, Kenneth author of The Heritage of Asia. more...
Schiffman, Richard is nationally known as an on-air journalist whose features regularly appear on the National Public Radio shows: Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Living of Earth. He has studied in India for over four years and is the author of Sri Ramakrisnhna - Prophet for the New Age (1989). Schiffman lived in India for a number of years and studied Hindu spirituality under several spiritual Masters, including the Jillellamudi Mother, Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba and Mata Amritananadamayi. He is the author of Mother of All, a biography of the Jillellamudi Mother, and former editor of the Matrusi Journal. more...
Schopenhauer, Arthur German philosopher and writer. He was one of the greatest philosophers of the 19th century. more...
Schrei, Josh is a Marketing Director, Strategist, Producer, Writer, Critic, Activist. more...
Schroedinger, Erwin Austrian theoretical physicist, a Nobel prize-winner, on quantum mechanics more...
Schuon, Frithjof was born in 1907 in Basle, Switzerland, of German parents. He was a philosopher, poet and artist author of Language of the Self. Many of his ideas are taken from Vedanta.  more...
Schweizer, Dr. Albert Humanitarian, theologian, missionary, organist, and medical doctor. more...
Seal, Brajendranath Sir Knight Vice Chancellor Mysore University. Seal's major published work is The Positive Sciences of the Ancient Hindus, which, besides being a work on the history of science, shows interrelations among the ancient Hindu philosophical concepts and their scientific theories. Sir Brajendranath Seal, had coined a very appropriate term to describe India as 'ever ageing but never old'. more...
Sebokbt, Severus Bishop of Kenneserin, a Syrain astronomer. more...
Seidenberg, Abraham An American historian of mathematics. more...
Seife, Charles a journalist with Science magazine, has also written for New Scientist, Scientific American, The Economist, Science, Wired UK, The Sciences, and numerous other publications. He holds an M.S. in mathematics from Yale University and his areas of research include probability theory and artificial intelligence. He is a mathematician and science writer, author of  Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea more...
Sen, Gautam was a lecturer in politics of the world economy, London School of Economics and Political Science, and a member of the Indo-British Roundtable. He is the author of the book, The Mind of Swami Vivekananda and director of Gandhi-Einstein Foundation.  more...
Sen, Gertrude Emerson historian and journalist and Asia specialist. Author of several books including The Story of Early Indian Civilization. She married a Bengali - Basiswar Sen and in her Voiceless India, she learned to love the deep-rooted Indian view of life, Indian ways of thought and Indian ideals.  more...
Shakaracharya, Adi Indian philosopher and religious thinker who developed Advaita Vedanta, a system of philosophical thought within Hinduism. more...
Shankar V Shri ICS (Retd.) former Defense Secretary and earlier Private Secretary to the late Sardar Patel. more...
Shankar, Shri V. ICS (Retd.) former Defense Secretary and earlier Private Secretary to the late Sardar Patel. more...
Shankar, Sri Sri Ravi Founder of the Bangalore based Art of Living, an International Foundation. He recently addressed the UN Peace Summit on Aug 28. He is the only non-westerner to serve on the advisory board of Yale University's School of Divinity and is author of the book - Hinduism and Christianity. more...
Sharan, Ishwar A Smarta Dasanani sannyasi who took his Vedic initiation from a renowned mahamandaleswar at Prayag in 1977. He was brought in the foothills of western Canada in a God-fearing Protestant Christian family.  more...
Sharma, Arvind author of the book, Why I am a Believer, Personal Reflections on Nine World Religions. more...
Shaw, George Bernard Nobel Laureate in Literature. Famous British Author and Playwright, of books such as Pygmalion.  more...
Shearer, Alistair more...
Sheldrake, Rupert is a biologist and author of more than 75 scientific papers and ten books. A former Research Fellow of the Royal Society, he studied natural sciences at Cambridge University, where he was a Scholar of Clare College, took a double first class honours degree and was awarded the University Botany Prize. He then studied philosophy at Harvard University, where he was a Frank Knox Fellow, before returning to Cambridge, where he took a Ph.D. in biochemistry. more...
Shelley, Percy Bysshe was one of the major English Romantic poets. He is perhaps most widely famous for such anthology pieces as Ozymandias, Ode to the West Wind, To a Skylark, and The Masque of Anarchy; but his major works were long visionary poems such as Adonais and Prometheus Unbound. more...
Sherring, M. A. Noted missionary of the 19th century. more...
Shih, Hu Chinese philosopher in Republican China. He promoted vernacular literature to replace writing in the classical style. He was ambassador to the U.S. (1938-42) and chancellor of Peking University (1946-48). more...
Shimkhada, Deepak was in the faculty of Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, California where he taught courses on Asian religions including Hinduism, Buddhism and the Visions of the Divine Feminine. He is currently a visiting professor at California State University in Northridge. more...
Shirdi Sai Baba Sai Baba was a Brahmin from Pathri. His parents had handed him over to a Muslim fakir and his wife for reasons unknown. It is also known that after some years that fakir died and before his death he asked his wife to hand over the child to a petty chieftain of Selu in the Nizam’s dominions who was called Gopal Rao Deshmukh. more...
Shourie, Arun is a Rajya Sabha member and among India's best known commentators on current and political affairs. His writings are backed by rigorous analysis and meticulous research. Shourie has been an economist with the World Bank, a consultant in the planning commission and the editor of Indian Express. Among the many honors and awards, he has received the Magsaysay Award, the International Editor of the Year, the Dadabhai Naoroji and the Astor Award. Author of several books, including Secular Agenda, Eminent Historians, Harvesting Our Souls, Religions in Politics.  more...
Shukla, Aseem Dr. is an associate professor in urologic surgery at the University of Minnesota Medical School. He is also a co-founder and board member of the Hindu American Foundation. He also writes a weblog for The Washington Post on Hinduism-related topics. more...
Singh, Dr. Karan Heir apparent to the Maharaja of Jammu & Kashmir, Indian Ambassador to the U.S. and an outstanding thinker and leader. more...
Singhal, Damodar Indian historian, was a lecturer in the Asian History in the University of Malaya before moving over to the University of Queensland. He was author of the book, India and World Civilization more...
Sircar, Dr. Mahendra Lal was not only the greatest homoeopath of his time in India, but also a great scientist. In the field of physical science, Dr. Sircar has made great contributions and was' a pioneer of scientific research in India. Dr. J. C. Bose and Dr. P. C. Ray were also inspired by him.  more...
Sister Nivedita - Margaret Noble Her first literary achievement was Kali the Mother, in which she expounds the conception of Kali. more...
Smart, Ninian Professor of Sociology. born in Scotland, he taught at the Universities of London, Birmingham, and Wales for many years before moving to the University of California, Santa Barbara. more...
Smith Vincent British historian, and author of The Oxford History of India, more...
Smith, Huston Born in China to Methodist missionaries, a philosopher, most eloquent writer, world-famous religion scholar who practices HathaYoga. Has taught at MIT and is currently visiting professor at Univ. of California at Berkley. Smith has also produced PBS series. He has written various books, " The World's Religions", "Science and Human Responsibility", and "The Religions of Man". more...
Smythe, Colonel Frank Smythe aka Francis Sydney military leader, explorer, mountaineer, writer, photographer. He describes experiencing the same feeling of loneliness and revelation in the Bhyunder Ganga Valley. Chronicle of the author's four months in the remote, difficult to reach Bhyundar Valley in the Himalayas, the spectacular Valley of Flowers. The credit for the popularising the Valley of Flowers generally goes to Frank S. Smythe and R.L. Holdsworth who incidentally reached this valley after a successful expedition of Mount Kamet in 1931. more...
Soddy, Fredrick English born scientist. Studied in the University of Oxford. From 1900 to 1902 and was Chemistry assistant in the University of McGill, Montreal, where he co-worked with Rutherford. He received in 1921 a Nobel Prize Laureate in Chemistry. more...
Sonnerat, Pierre A French naturalist more...
Sorman, Guy French intellectual, writer, economist and a professor of political science at Paris University, visiting scholar at Hoover Institution at Stanford and the leader of new liberalism in France. He has observed India with a keen eye, a great deal of intelligence and genuine affection. more...
Southey, Robert English poet, generally considered a member of the romantic movement. He was born in Bristol and educated at the University of Oxford. Southey was a good friend of poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge. more...
Spirkin, Aleksandr Georgievich a well-known Soviet psychologist, who was a corresponding member of the erstwhile USSR Academy of Science and the head of the section of methodological problems of Cybernetics in Scientific Council of Cybernetics of the USSR Academy of Sciences, presents some illuminating views in his book Dialectical Materialism (Progress Publishers Moscow-1983, published during the Soviet days) about Indian's ancient explorers. more...
Srinivasan, Rajeev works in software sales and is a marketing professional, and writes commentary for Rediff.com. He graduated from IIT Madras and the Stanford Business School.  more...
Steiner, Rudolph Austrian architect, highly interested in the alignment between science and nature, matter and spirit, he developed an anthropomorphic architecture for his own Anthroposophical Society. A scholar who had edited the works of German dramatist/poet Johann Wolfgang Goethe. more...
Sting Born in Newcastle, England in 1951, the son of a milkman, Born Gordon Matthew Sumner in Wallsend, Northumberland. He received his name Sting from his striped sweater in which Gordon Solomon said that he looked like a bee. Sting, who received the Commander of the British Empire (CBE) honour from the queen is reportedly unimpressed with the honour and believes it is not a big achievement to get awards from a country that has shrunk to an island. "It's not very big, the British Empire. It used to be the whole world and now we own, like, one island. It's called England" more...
Stokes, Satyanand son of a wealthy Philadelphian engineer-businessman of Quaker antecedents and came to the he came to the Christian Mission House at Kotgarh. more...
Stuart, Colonel Charles 'Hindoo' was an Irish man and a member of the Asiatic Society, who came out to India in his teens. more...
Stutfield, H.(Edward Millington) Author of Mysticism and Catholicism. more...
Subramuniyaswami, Satguru Sivaya Editor of Hinduism Today. Swami says in his book, "Siva's Cosmic Dance: An Introduction to the World's Most Ancient Religion, Saivite Hinduism."  more...
Sundaram, V in Delhi University for two years till he joined the Indian Administrative Service (I.A.S.) He was the first Chairman of Tuticorin Port Trust. He has authored several books. more...
Sunderland, Rev. Jabez T. American born, former President of the India Information Bureau of America and Editor of Young India (New York). Author of India, America and World Brotherhood, and Causes of Famine in India. He has written glowingly about India's culture. more...
Suneson, Carl author of Richard Wagner och den indiska tankevärlden. more...
Suzuki Dr. D T Japanese Buddhist and Zen scholar, who has written several books, including Zen Buddhism and Its Influence on Japanese Culture (1938, rev. ed. 1959), An Introduction to Zen Buddhism. more...
Swamigal, Chandrashekarendra Saraswati was the 68th Jagadguru in the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam. He is usually referred to as Paramacharya or MahaSwami or Maha Periyavaal. more...
Swamy, Subramanium Dr. He is also a reputed economist and worked as Assistant Economic Affairs Officer, United Nations Secretariat, New York in 1963. He worked with two Nobel laureates, Simon Kuznets and Paul A. Samuelson for his doctorate in economics at the Harvard University, awarded in 1965. He was a faculty at Harvard in 1964 and has been teaching there off and on for 12 years with the latest stint completed in 2005. He is acknowledged as an authority on comparative studies of India and China. He is also well-versed in the Mandarin Chinese (Hanyu) language. He was Professor of Economics at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi from 1969. more...
Swarup Ram a foremost spokesperson of Hindu spirituality and culture in India. He will probably prove to have been the most influential Hindu thinker and Hindu Revivalist in the second half of the 20th century. Arun Shourie has called him a scholar of the first rank. In the 1950s when Indian intellectuals were singing paens to Marxism and Mao, he wrote critiques of communism. He was also an author of several books, Hinduism vis-à-vis Christianity and Islam and Christianity, an Imperialist Ideology more...
Tagore, Rabindranath Poet, author, philosopher, Nobel prize laureate. more...
Taylor Edmund author of Richer By Asia more...
Taylor, William Cooke author of several books including A popular history of British India, commercial intercourse with China, and the insular possessions of England in the eastern seas. more...
Temple, Sir William English statesman and diplomat, in his Essay upon the Ancient and Modern Learning (1690) more...
Teresi, Dick author and coauthor of several books about science and technology, including The God Particle. He is cofounder of Omni magazine and has written for Discover, The New York Times Magazine, and The Atlantic Monthly.  more...
Tesla, Nicola The Serbian-American inventor, electrical engineer, and scientist, used ancient Sanskrit terminology in his descriptions of natural phenomena more...
Tharoor, Shashi Under-Secretary-General for Public Information at the UN, author of six novels and two non-fiction books. Educated in India and London, describes himself as a `believing Hindu'. more...
Thieme, Paul German Indologist University of Tuebingen. more...
Thomas, F. W. Wrote the book 'The Mutual Influence of Mohammedans and Hindus," more...
Thomas, Lowell Jackson was an American writer, broadcaster. A war correspondent in Europe and the Middle East while in his 20s, Thomas helped make T.E. Lawrence famous with his exclusive coverage and later with the book With Lawrence in Arabia. His radio nightly news was an American institution for nearly two generations, and he appeared on television from its earliest days. Out of his lifelong globetrotting came lectures, travelogues, and more than 50 books of adventure and comment, including Kabluk of the Eskimo and The Seven Wonders of the World. more...
Thoreau, Henry David American Philosopher, Unitarian, social critic, transcendentalist and writer more...
Thorton, Mr. Author of the book, History of British India. more...
Thundiparambil, George columnist has written some articles including 'Why this war on Hinduism?, The Source of Bias against Hindus and The Vedas and the Original Sin. more...
Tilak, BalGangadhar Freedom fighter, great Sanskrit scholar and astronomer. His contribution to modern India stands on par with that of Mahatma Gandhi's. Proclaimed to the nation, "Swaraj is my birthright and I shall have it!" more...
Todd, Colonel James more...
Tolstoy, Leo Was a champion of nonviolent protest; he was "an influential factor in the social restlessness that swept Russia before the revolution." Tolstoy  the famous Russian author of 'War and Peace', responded to India with sensitivity. Ancient Indian literature and the writings of Swami Vivekanada mad a deep impression on him. In a letter to Gandhi in 1909, he quoted from the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, the Tamil Kural, and Vivekananda. Tolstoy is only one of the many Western writers and thinkers to find much of illumination within Hinduism's pages. more...
Tomas, Andrew was an Australian UFO pioneer, author of several books including Mirage of the Ages: A Critique of Christianity and We Are Not The First and On the shores of endless worlds: The search for cosmic life and Beyond the Time Barrier has written: more...
Torwesten, Hans Author of the book "Vedanta - Heart of Hinduism". more...
Townes, Charles A member of the technical staff of Bell Telephone Laboratories from 1933 to 1947. Dr. Townes worked extensively during World War II in designing radar bombing systems and has a number of patents in related technology. He invented the microwave-emitting - MASER. more...
Toynbee, Dr. Arnold Joseph Great British historian. more...
Trifkovic, Serge has received his PhD from the University of Southampton in England and pursued postdoctoral research at the Hoover Institution at Stanford. His past journalistic outlets have included the BBC World Service, the Voice of America, CNN International, MSNBC, U.S. News & World Report, The Washington Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, The Times of London, and the Cleveland Plain Dealer. He is foreign affairs editor of Chronicles. He is the author of The Sword of the Prophet: History, Theology, Impact on the World. more...
Tripurari, Swami B V American born has spent over 30 years as a Hindu monastic, founder of the Gaudiya Vaishava Society, author of several books, most recently Bhagavad-Gita: Its Feeling and Philosophy. more...
Tsang, Hieun Chinese pilgrim who came to India - was a famous Buddhist monk, scholar, traveler, and translator that brought up the interaction between China and India in the early Tang period. more...
Tuckwell , James Henry author of Religion and Reality: A Study in the philosophy of Mysticism. more...
Tukaram, Sant is one of the saints who produced an extraordinary influence on the Marathi world through his poems. He speaks of God as Vitthal, Vithoba, or Pandurang, local names for God Vishnu. more...
Tully, Mark Former BBC correspondent in India, author of several books, including No Full Stops in India and The Heart of India. more...
Twain, Mark Also known as Samuel Clemens, one of the most widely loved and celebrated American writers since his first books were released in the late 1860s. more...
Tyanaeus, Apollonius Greek Thinker and Traveler. 1st Century AD. more...
Urwick, Edward J British intellectual and the late Ratan Tata Professor of Social Science in London University, more...
Utukuru, Paul has a Master's degree in Physics and a Doctor of Science degree in Radiological Science. During his professional career as a medical physicist, he published widely in the field of the physics of medical imaging and radiation oncology. Since his retirement from the Johns Hopkins University in 1995, Utukuru has been active in matters related to bridging the gap between Science and Religion. His writings and lectures reflect his interests from the point of view of Neurotheology, Spiritual Transformation, Christian ethics, Epistemology and Hindu Cosmology. He is a retired medical physicist in the Science and Theology News, a French monthly newspaper. more...
van Beethoven, Ludwig Was also attracted by Indian thought, as it is clearly attested by numerous passages and notes referring to Indian ideas and texts found in the Beethoven papers. He was first introduced to Indian literature by the Austrian Orientalist, Hammer-Purgstal, who founded a periodical for the dissemination of Eastern knowledge in Europe as early as January 1809.  Beethoven had a deep interest in Indian knowledge long before Indological studies began in Germany. more...
Van Nooten, Barend Author of Rig Veda, a metrically restored text with an introduction and notes, and The Mahabharata; Attributed to Krsna Dvaipayana Vyasa. more...
Varenne, Jean Michel the distinguished French Orientalist more...
Verlaine, Paul The French lyric poet known for the musical quality of his verse, wrote the French poem, "Savitri". Verlaine became keenly interested in Hindu mythology during his high school days. more...
Versluis, Dr. Arthur Associate Professor of American Thought and Language at Michigan State University, a scholar and researcher of several currents of the hermetic, gnostic, theosophic and mystic traditions and author of The Egyptian Mystery. more...
Viswanathan, Ed is the author of the bestseller book, Am I a Hindu?: The Hinduism Primer (1992) is a form of dialog between a Hindu father and his American-born son. more...
Vivekananda, Swami Foremost disciple of Ramakrishna and a world spokesperson for Vedanta. more...
Voltaire, Francois Marie Arouet France's greatest writers and philosophers, was a theist, and a bitter critic of the Church, which he looked upon as the instigator of cruelty, injustice, and inequality. more...
von Goethe, Johann Wolfgang German Poet, Dramatist, Novelist, Natural Scientist. His own enthusiasm for Shakuntala was no less exuberant than Herders. more...
von Schiller, Fredrick was Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's friend, who otherwise took little interest in Indian literature, was also moved to enthusiastic praise of Shakuntala, which he found in some respects un paralled in the classical literature of Greece and Rome. He published part of the Shakuntala in Thalia. more...
von Schlegel, August Wilhelm German Scholar and Poet who also learnt Sanskrit. The impulse to Indological studies was first given in Germany, through his book, ' The Language and Wisdom of the Indians' which appeared in 1818. more...
von Schlegel, Frederich German philosopher, critic, and writer, the most prominent founder of German Romanticism. Educated in law, he turned to writing. His brother, August Wilhelm von Schlegel, was a scholar and poet. With his brother, August Wilhelm, he published the Athenaeum, the principal organ of the romantic school. Schlegel study of Sanskrit and of Indian civilization, On the Language and Wisdom of India (1808), was outstanding. more...
von Schroeder, Leopold German philosopher, has also remarked in his book 'Pythagoras und die Inder' more...
Wagner, Richard German composer, known for his 13 operas. more...
Walker, Kenneth A famous British surgeon, has devoted a good deal of time and writing to the study of Indian thought and literature in search of an answer. more...
Walters, J. Donald (Swami Kriyananda) World renowned as a singer, composer, and lecturer, founder of the Ananda Village is perhaps the most successful intentional community in the world. Has written a book " The Hindu Way of Awakening: Its Revelation, Its Symbols". more...
Wassaf, Abdullah Muslim historian. more...
Waterstone, Richard Studied Sanskrit at the University of Edinburgh, journalist, creator of BBC documentary, author, comments in his book on " India: Living Wisdom". more...
Watts, Alan A professor, graduate school dean and research fellow of Harvard University, drew heavily on the insights of Vedanta. Watts became well known in the 1960s as a pioneer in bringing Eastern philosophy to the West. more...
Weber, Albrecht author of The History of Indian Literature, London 1878. more...
Wells, Herbert George H. G. historian, a bitter critic of the Roman Catholic Church and author of several books including A Short History of the World and Crux Ansata: An Indictment of the Roman Catholic Church and The Time Machine. more...
Wheeler, John Archibald Physicist, the first American involved in the theoretical development of the atomic bomb. He also originated a novel approach to the unified field theory. Professor Emeritus at Princeton and Texas universities, studied with Niels Bohr, was named winner of the 1997 Wolf Prize in Physics, for developing the modern "black hole" theory. Has taught students include scientists like Richard Feynman, now occupies the chair that was held by Einstein.  more...
Whitehead, Alfred North British mathematician, logician and philosopher best known for his work in mathematical logic more...
Whitman, Walt Who championed American intellectual independence, was amongst those who came under the influence of the American Transcendentalists. He wrote his famous poem Leaves Of Grass in 1855. Whitman turned to the East in his anxiety to escape from the complexities of civilization and the bewilderments of a baffled intellectualism.  more...
Whittier, John Greenleaf Was a talented poet who was influenced by Emerson and from whom he borrowed a copy of the Bhagavad Gita. more...
Wilberg, Peter Indian spiritual teacher born in North-West London, United Kingdom, of German and German-Jewish parentage. more...
Wilcox, Ella Wheeler famous American poet and journalist who is perhaps best remembered for verse tinged with an eroticism that was still unconventional for her time.  Wilcox poems have been collected in volumes such as Poems of Pleasure (1897) and Maurine and Other Poems (1888). more...
Winternitz, Maurice Famed Indologist, author of History of Indian Literature. more...
Wood, Ernest E a Sanskrit and Asian scholar, introduced the Montessori philosophy to the study group who were considering establishing a new nursery school. Professor Wood lived in India for 38 years. He founded two University Colleges, acted as President, Principal and Professor of Physics, English and Sanskrit at different times. His love for India and its people, and his deep experience, found expression in active aid to an educational renaissance initiated by the leaders of India, including the poet Rabindranath Tagore. He wrote several books including Practical Yoga and The Glorious Presence.  more...
Wood, Michael British historian/host/writer of The Barbarian West public TV documentary. more...
Woodroffe, Sir John aka Arthur Avalon the well known scholar, Advocate-General of Bengal and sometime Legal Member of the Government of India. He served with competence for eighteen years and in 1915 officiated as Chief Justice. Writing under the pseudonym, Arthur Avalon seemed to be an ‘An Indian Soul in a European Body? His books challenged the dominant Western understanding of Tantra as a primitive and demonic cult. His emphasis was on the philosophical aspects of Tantra and his conclusion that textual descriptions of rites should be read as deeply spiritual symbolism. Author of several books including Bharata Shakti, The Serpent Power, more...
Wordsworth, William was a major English Romantic poet who, with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, helped to launch the Romantic Age in English literature with the 1798 joint publication Lyrical Ballads. more...
Yaqubi Muslim historian. more...
Yeats, William Butler 1923 Nobel Laureate in Literature, described his first meeting with a Hindu philosopher at Dublin. more...
Yeats-Brown, Major Francis was the younger son of an English diplomat. The Orient called to him and he became a Bengal Lancer, although every turn of his mind was toward scholarship, literature, and philosophy. His book The Lives of a Bengal Lancer was perhaps the most extraordinary book ever written about India by a westerner.  more...
Yogananda, Paramhansa was an Indian yogi and guru who introduced many westerners to the teachings of meditation and Kriya Yoga through his book, Autobiography of a Yogi.   more...
Young, James officer, Bengal Horse Artillery, and twice sheriff of Calcutta Secretary, Savon Mechanics Institutes. more...
Yutang, Lin Chinese scholar and author of the book, The Wisdom of China and India. more...
Zaehner, Robert R. C. British historian of religion who investigated the evolution of ethical systems and forms of mysticism, particularly in Eastern religions. The son of Swiss parents who had immigrated to England, Zaehner studied Oriental languages at the University of Oxford. Author of several books including Hindu Scriptures, and Hinduism more...
Zimmer, Dr. Heinrich The great German Indologist, a man of penetrating intellect, the keenest esthetic sensibility. Zimmer came to the United States in 1940, at the height of his career, and was lecturing at Columbia University when he died in 1943. His other works in the Bollingen series include Myths and Symbols in Indian Art and Civilization and Philosophies of India.  more...
Zinoviev, Alexander Russian sociologist and works in Russian Academy of Sciences. He has been many times in India and interested in Indian culture. more...
Zukav, Gary author of The Dancing Wu Li Masters. more...

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