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Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan: A glimpse into his life and legacy

THE CREATIVE GENUIS, RADHAKRISHNAN: A GLIMPSE INTO THE LIFE OF THE FORMER PRESIDENT AND WORDS OF WISDOM FROM HIM ON HIS BIRTH ANNIVERSARY

“INSTEAD OF CELEBRATING MY BIRTHDAY, IT WOULD BE MY PROUD PRIVILEGE IF 5 SEPTEMBER IS OBSERVED AS TEACHERS’ DAY”

These were the golden words, stated by the First Vice-President and Second President of independent India, Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, when he was approached by his dearest students to celebrate his birthday in a grandiose manner.

While students across the globe celebrates Teachers’ Day on October 5, we celebrate it a month prior in honour of the country’s former President, philosopher, beloved teacher and a statesman.

Born on 5th September,1888 at Tiruttani in Tamil Nadu, Radhakrishnan was a scholar, a philosopher, a brilliant orator, an eminent author and a spiritualist. A instrumental and the torch-bearer of Indian education, he was a man of honour who had served the nation in many capacities. A distinguished alumni of the Madras University, he was also a Professor at the Oxford University. Among countless awards and titles that he was conferred upon, the Bharat Ratna is the highest one which he had received in the year 1954. He had served as the ambassador to UNESCO and later to Moscow. But above all, he was one of the finest and greatest teachers the nation has had ever produced. The eminent son of Mother India had left for the higher realm on April 17, 1975. It was in his memoy that the Oxford University had started the Radhakrishnan Memorial Award and Radhakrishnan Chevening Scholarships.

“It is India’s peculiar privilege to have a great philosopher, a great educationist and a great humanist as her President.” The first Prime Minister of the nation, Jawaharlal Nehru had said this about the former Philosopher-President.

On the glorious occasion of the 132nd Birth Anniversary of Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, here are some of the most profound quotes by the Bharat Ratna:

“Man is a paradoxical being – the constant glory and scandal of this world.”

​”Tolerance is the homage which the finite mind pays to the inexhaustibility of the Infinite.”

​”A life of joy and happiness is possible only on the basis of knowledge and science.”

​”Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.”

​”Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life, define yourself.”

“The self (Soul) is the constant-witness consciousness. Through all months, seasons and years, through all divisions of time, the past, present and future the consciousness remains one and self luminous. It neither rises nor sets. The ultimate self is free from sin, free from old age, free from death and grief, free from hunger and thirst, which desires nothing and imagines nothing.”

“The worst sinner has a future, even as the greatest saint has had a past. No one is so good or bad as he imagines.”

“God lives, feels and suffers in every one of us, and in course of time, His attributes, knowledge, beauty and love will be revealed in each of us.”

“True religion is a revolutionary force: it is an inveterate enemy of oppression, privilege, and injustice.”

“Into the bosom of the one great sea Flow streams that come from the hills on every side, Their names are various as their springs And thus in every land do men bow down To one great God, though known by many names.”

“It is the intense spirituality of India, and not any great political structure or social organisation that it has developed, that has enabled it to resist the ravages of time and the accidents of history.”

​”When we think we know, we cease to learn.”

​”All our world organizations will prove ineffective if the truth that love is stronger than hate does not inspire them. “

“Before we can build a stable civilization worthy of humanity as a whole, it is necessary that each historical civilization should become conscious of its limitations and it’s unworthiness to become the ideal civilization of the world.”

“Let us do everything for the nation first! India first! That way we will rise above division and differences.”

Which one did you like the most?

Greetings and salutations to all those selfless souls who “help us think for ourselves” from the Cachar Chronicles family.