India in Greece

19 Jan 15
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Impact of British Raj on our psychology gauged from the fact that often we feel ashamed of our ancient past and heritage.

 We molded in a particular though process that we are loser since ancient time. Just discuss anything related to ancient Indian past and you will be branded as fanatic Hindu who knows nothing about rationality or science. In a recent controversy (Indian Science Congress) Indian relation with Greece debated by eminent people across the country but everyone failed to dive deep into it. We are here to bring few things buried deep into libraries across the world related to- Indian Greece relationship since ancient time.  



Hopkins says "Plato is full of Samkhyan thought worked out by him but taken from Pythagoras. Discussing the historical genesis of Greek antiquity, 


J. P. Mayer observes: " Egyptian, Persian and Indian cultural influences were absorbed into the Greek world from very early times." (source: Political Thought, The European Tradition, p.7)



Sir William Jones has pointed out, "It is impossible to read Vedanta or the many fine compositions in illustration of it without believing that Pythagoras and Plato derived their sublime theories from the same fountain with the Indian sages." 

(source: Hindu Phenomenon - By Girilal Jain South Asia Books 1998 ISBN 8174760105 p- 35-36)

Schlegel says: "The doctrine of the transmigration of souls was indigenous to India and was brought into Greece by Pythagoras."

Enfield says: "India was visited by Pythagoras, Anaxardes, Pyrrho, and others, who afterwards became eminent philosophers in Greece." There are authorities who suggest that Plato had found his way to the bank of the Ganges. (source:

E. Pococke
 has asserted that Greek civilization, not accepting its language, is a local variation of an Indian culture taken to Greece by early colonists from India. India in Greece. 

(source: India in Greece - By  Edward Pococke London. 1852)

James Princep author of Essays on Indian Antiquities. London, 1858,  is recorded to have observed that "Greek was nothing more than Sanskrit turned topsy-turvy." 

(source: D.S. Mahalanbois, "A New Light on Plato" Modern Review, August 1963, p. 142.)

 Talking of Plato's mysticism, Strutfield says that "India, always the home of mystical devotion, probably contributed the major share." 

(source: Mysticism and Catholicism p. 74.).



H. T. Colebrooke, the great Orientalist, states significantly that "a greater degree of similarity exists between the Indian doctrine and that of the earlier than the late Greeks." He goes on to conclude that Greek philosophy, especially between Pythagoras and Plato, was indebted to Indian thought. (source: Royal Asiatic Transactions. I.)

A contemporary scholar of Western political thought,
 John Bowle, briefly but categorically declares that Plato was influenced by Indian ideals. 

(Source: A New Outline of World History. p. 91).



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