Said, Arnold Toynbee, the great British historian, It is already becoming clear that a chapter which had a Western beginning will have to have an Indian ending if it is not to end in self-destruction of the human race. At this supremely dangerous moment in human history, the only way of salvation is the ancient Hindu way. Here we have the attitude and spirit that can make it possible for the human race to grow together into a single family.
Almost echoing him, Will Durant, the great American historian, said,
It is true that even across the Himalayan barrier India has sent to us such unquestionable gifts as grammar and logic, philosophy and fables, hypnotism and chess, and above all numerals, and our decimal system. But these are not the essence of her spirit; they are trifles compared to what we may learn from her in the future. Perhaps in return for conquest, arrogance and spoliation, India will teach us tolerance and gentleness of the mature mind, the quiet content of the unacquisitive soul, the calm understanding of the spirit, and a unifying, a pacifying, love for all living things. (The Case for India, 1931)
Significantly both Arnold Toynbee [1889-1975] and Will Durant [1885-1981] were contemporaries; they spoke almost in the same language, namely the language of Swami Vivekananda who, in the darkest period in the history of India, saw India emerging as the Jagat Guru.
This is the goal of ancient India in contemporary times. We have to awaken to this truth that it is not only in India's interest, but in the world's interest that Bharat has to be culturally vibrant to emerge as the Guru of the world.