16 Quotes By Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan That Will Help You Connect With Your Inner Self.

Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was the second President of India, an iconic teacher and philosopher par excellence. Here are a few interesting piece of trivia from the life of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan.

1. As an appreciation for his commendable contribution to the field of education George V bestowed knighthood on Radhakrishnan. However the educator refused the honor citing his preference for the academic title of Doctor.

2. Bertrand Russell the British philosopher and social critic was a big fan of Radhakrishnan. When the latter was elected as the President he remarked, “It is an honor to philosophy that Dr. Radhakrishnan should be President of India and I, as a philosopher, take special pleasure in this.Plato aspired for philosophers to become kings and it is a tribute to India that she should make a philosopher her President."

3. As a teacher Radhakrishnan was much loved and when he was assigned a posting in Calcutta, his students in Mysore University drove him in a decorated carriage to the railway station.

4. He was also the second vice-President of India and he had to disburse the responsibility of presiding over the Upper House. A man of tact, Radhakrishnan would chant shlokas and mantras when the members would engage in verbal duel to calm things down. Prime Minister Nehru once commented, "By the way in which Radhakrishnan conducted the proceedings of the Rajya Sabha, he had made the meetings of the House look like family gatherings!"

5. Radhakrishnan explained Indian philosophy in western terms thus alerting them to the rich logic and reason imbibed in our culture which was earlier deemed as inferior.

It is not God that is worshipped but the authority that claims to speak in His name. Sin becomes disobedience to authority not violation of integrity.

- Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

The idea of Plato that philosophers must be the rulers and directors of society is practiced in India.

- Indian Philosophy, Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

Love thy neighbor as thyself because you are your neighbor. It is illusion that makes you think that your neighbor is someone other than yourself.

- Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

Human life as we have it is only the raw material for Human life as it might be

- Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

Anubhavavasanameva vidya phalam. The fruit of knowledge, the fruit of vidya is anubhava.

- Foundation of Civilisation: Ideas and Ideals, Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

To look upon life as an evil and treat the world as delusion is sheer ingratitude

- Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

We must recall humanity to those moral roots from which both order and freedom spring.

- Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

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

- Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

Books are the means by which we build bridges between cultures

- Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

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

- Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

The prophets of spirit make history just by standing outside history

- Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

Anubhavāvasānameva vidyā phalam. The fruit of knowledge, the fruit of vidyā is anubhava.

- Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

It is said that a man without religion is like a horse without bridle

- Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

Religion is the conquest of fear; the antidote to failure and death

- Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

Tolerance is the homage which the finite mind pays to the inexhaustibly of the Infinite

- Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

A literary genius, it is said, resembles all, though no one resembles him

- Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

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