Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was a teacher, philosopher, statesman, India’s first Vice-President and second President, from 1962 to 1967. He was born on, September 5 1888, Thiruttani,this day is celebrated as Teacher’s Day across the country.
He believed that ‘teachers should be the best minds in the country’. It is said that after Radhakrishnan became the president, his students asked him to celebrate the birthday.
To which he replied, “Instead of celebrating my birthday, it would be proud privilege if September 5 is observed as Teacher’s Day’. Since then, 1962, his birthday is celebrated as ‘Teacher’s Day’ in India.
Died: 17 April 1975, Chennai.
Education: Madras Christian College (1905–1906), Voorhees College, University of Madras.
Parents: Sarvepalli Veeraswami, Sitamma.
Awards: Bharat Ratna, Templeton Prize, Peace Prize of the German Book Trade, Order of Merit.
Today on his death anniversary, here are 10 quotes by Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan that are relevant even today.
1)The word Atmaa (Soul) means the ‘breath of life’. Atmaa is the principle of man’s life, the Soul that pervades his being, his breath, his intellect and transcends them. Atmaa 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.
2)Love thy neighbour as thyself because you are your neighbour. It is illusion that makes you think that your neighbour is someone other than yourself.
3)Religion is behavior and not mere belief.
4)Man is a paradoxical being-the constant glory and scandal of this world.
5)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.
6)Tolerance is the homage which the finite mind pays to the inexhaustibly of the Infinite.
7)It is said that a man without religion is like a horse without bridle.
8)A literary genius, it is said, resembles all, though no one resembles him.
9)To look upon life as an evil and treat the world as delusion is sheer ingratitude.
10)Books are the means by which we build bridges between cultures.>