An Indian teacher, philosopher, statesman, India's first Vice-President and second President, Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was a noted great personality. On his death anniversary, we are going to recall the memories which he had given to our nation. He played an impeccable role in Indian history and his birthday is celebrated as a Teachers day across India. He believed that ‘teachers should be the best minds in the country’. Is noted in the records that after Radhakrishnan became the president, his students asked him to celebrate the birthday. To which he replied to his student that instead of celebrating my birthday, it would be a proud privilege if September 5 is observed as Teacher’s Day’. Since then, 1962, his birthday is celebrated as ‘Teacher’s Day’ in India.
Today on his 43rd death anniversary, here are 10 quotes by Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan that are relevant even today.
*The word Atman (Soul) means the ‘breath of life’. Atman is the principle of man’s life, the Soul that pervades his being, his breath, his intellect and transcends them. Atman is what remains when everything that is not the self is eliminated. It is the unborn and immortal element in man, which is not to be confused with body, mind or intellect.
*Love thy neighbour as thyself because you are your neighbor. It is illusion that makes you think that your neighbor is someone other than yourself.
*Religion is behavior and not mere belief.
*Man is a paradoxical being-the constant glory and scandal of this world.
*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.
*Tolerance is the homage which the finite mind pays to the inexhaustibly of the Infinite.
*It is said that a man without religion is like a horse without bridle.
*A literary genius, it is said, resembles all, though no one resembles him.
*To look upon life as an evil and treat the world as delusion is sheer ingratitude.
*Books are the means by which we build bridges between cultures.