He found that India was the home of religion in its oldest and purest form.He described India as a country "on which all other countries had to rely, but which did not rely on anyone else." He also believed that Christianity derived from Hinduism.
Neither Christianity nor the classical cultures of Greece and Rome were considered satisfactory any more and the European intelligentsia sought to apply the new knowledge, brought in increasingly by Indologists, to their own spiritual preoccupations Heiler, Werner Karl Heisenberg, Henrich Heine, Johann Gottfried Herder, Immanuel Kant, Count Hermann Keyserling were ardent admirers of Hindu philosophy and Sanskrit language. It is significant that, with notable exceptions, India appears to have been most attractive to those Europeans who did not visit the country personally.Germany would do likewise, but hers would be treasures of spiritual knowledge. He was one of the greatest philosophers of the 19th century.He was the first Western philosopher to have access to translations of philosophical material from India, both Vedic and Buddhist, by which he was profoundly affected.Certainly, the nature of political relationships and nationalistic pride understandably played a significant role.European nations generally were more receptive to Indian ideas during the early period of their relationship which was based on relative equality. The influence of political relationships on cultural intercourse is further illustrated by the fact that, once the British became overlords of India, Indian learning drew more sympathetic and imaginative understanding form other European countries than it did from the British.Another similarity is illustrated , by the Indian tendency to work scientific systems, India was the nation of scholars of antiquity, in the same way as the Germans are the nation of scholars of the modern times."Hindus who are proud to assert their identity and fly the Tricolour high have now found a new platform to have their say, the way they want it, without fear of being shouted down.Tired of being derided by but are swift to pounce upon Hindus for being intolerant, their cultural ethos crudely denigrated by the Left-liberal intelligentsia as antediluvian, Hindus have begun to harness technology to strike back with deadly effect.They are destined sooner or later to become the faith of the people." some Western religious writers, such as Hendrick Kraemmer (World Cultures and World Religions), who have designated it as the "Eastern invasion of the West".Perhaps excessive anxiety to defend the Western Christian traditions may have led Kraemer to over-rate Indian influence.They have a mind of their own and refuse to be led like sheep. Much of the criticism has come from left-of-centre journalists who believe they have unfettered monopoly over media as their inalienable birth right.Exalted members of Delhis commentariat, who are indistinguishable from the citys la-di-dah socialites, tend to turn up their noses every time they hear the phrase Internet Hindus as they would at the suggestion of travelling by public transport.