Dr. Sambandam Ekambaram M.Sc., M.Phil., Ph.D
Each soul is potentially Divine. Education is the manifestation of
perfection already in man.
People call me Sam
using the first three letters of my full name. I am from PONDICHERRY on the
east coast of Southern India. Having completed my Master Degrees in India, I
worked as Assistant Professor/Professor of Mathematics at Tagore Arts College, Avvaiyar Women’s College, now affiliated to Pondicherry
University, India. I came to Simon Fraser University and completed my Ph.D. in
Pure Mathematics. Having taught at a few colleges and universities in Canada
and U.S.A, I decided to stay with Columbia College. Now, I have a feeling that
I belong to Columbia College and I am glad to be here.
WHAT THE WEST SAYS ABOUT INDIA
We owe a lot to the Indians, who taught us how to count, without which no
worthwhile discovery could have been made.
DURANT, American Historian
the motherland of our race and Sanskrit the mother of Europe’s languages; she
was the mother of our philosophy; mother,
through the Arabs, of much of our Mathematics; mother through the
Buddha, of the ideals embodied in Christianity; mother, through the village
community, of self-government and democracy. Mother India is in many ways the
mother of all. It is true that even across the Himalayan barrier India has sent
to the west such gifts of grammar and logic and philosophy and fables,
hypnotism and chess, and above all numerals and the decimal system.
DAVID THOREAU, American thinker and author:
I read any part of the Vedas, I have felt that some unearthly and unknown light
illuminated me. In the great teaching of the Vedas, there is no touch of
sectarianism. It is of all ages, climbs, nationalities and is
the royal road for the attainment of the Great Knowledge. When I read it, I
feel that I am under the spangled heavens of a summer night.
ADDRESS TO THE BRITISH PARLIAMENT, 2 FEBRUARY, 1835
I have traveled across the length and breadth of
India and I have not seen one person who is a beggar, who is a thief. Such
wealth I have seen in this country, such high moral values, people of such calibre, that I do not think we would ever conquer this
country, unless we break the very backbone of this nation, which is her
spiritual and cultural heritage, and, therefore, I propose that we replace her
old and ancient education system, her culture, …..
SIR W. HUNTER,
British surgeon The surgery of the ancient Indian
physicians was bold and skillful. A special branch of surgery was dedicated to
rhinoplasty or operations for improving deformed ears, noses and forming new ones, which European surgeons have now
SWAMI VIVEKANANDA SAYS ABOUT THE UNIVERSE
can not be added in the economy of this universe one particle of matter or one
foot-pound of force , nor can one particle of matter or one foot-pound of force
be taken out. If that be the case, what is this intelligence? If it was not in
the protoplasm, it must have come all of a sudden, something coming out of
nothing, which is absurd. It, therefore, follows absolutely that the perfect
man, the free man, the God-man, who has gone beyond the laws of nature, and
transcended everything, who has no more to go through the process of evolution,
through birth and death, that man called the “Christ-man” by the Christians,
and the “Buddha-man” by the Buddhists,
and the “Free” by the Yogis-that perfect
man who is at one end of the chain of
evolution was involved in the cell of the protoplasm, which is at the other end
of the same chain.
LIVE IN THE PRESENT MOMENT.
eternal truths revealed by enlightened masters, called RISHIS. There is a
MANTRA, a song which is chanted at the beginning and end by any one who is
going to study or teach. It is called SHANTI MANTRA written in Sanskrit
language. The English meaning that is close to the original prayer is this:
May the Supreme
Being protect us both.
nourish both of us.
May we be vigorous
May what we study
become fruitful and may we do not hate each other
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