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The movement he founded spread rapidly around the world, attracting the attention of leading scholars and religionists.

The movement he founded spread rapidly around the world, attracting the attention of leading scholars and religionists.

“Here for the first time since the days of the Roman Empire is a new Asian religion—that is to say, an Asian religion new to the Western world—being practiced by people of the Western race and Judeo-Christian background. It arose out of nothing in less than twenty years and has become known all over the West. This, I feel, is a sign of the times and an important fact in the history of the Western world.”
—A. L. Basham, Ph.D., World’s leading authority on Indian history and religion