Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, fully Sir or Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

Radhakrishnan, fully Sir or Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

Indian Advaita Vedantist Philosopher, Writer and Politician, Vice President and later President of India

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Nations, like individuals, are made, not only by what" they acquire, but by what they resign.

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

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

Hinduism is not bound up with a creed or a book, a prophet or a founder, but is persistent search for truth on the basis of a continuously renewed experience. Hinduism is human thought about God in continuous evolution.

No one Who holds himself aloof from the activities of the world and who is insensitive to its woes can be really wise.

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

Hinduism is not just a faith. It is the union of reason and intuition that cannot be defined but is only to be experienced. Evil and error are not ultimate. There is no Hell, for that means there is a place where God is not, and there are sins which exceed his love.

Only the man of serene mind can realize the spiritual meaning of life. Honesty with oneself is the condition of spiritual integrity.

Age or youth is not a matter of chronology. We are as young or as old as we teel. What we think about ourselves is what matters.

Hinduism is wholly free from the strange obsession of some faiths that the acceptance of a particular religious metaphysics is necessary for salvation, and non-acceptance thereof is a heinous sin meriting eternal punishment in hell.

Reading a book gives us the habit of solitary reflection and true enjoyment.

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

Hinduism recognizes that each religion is inextricably bound up with its culture and can grow organically. While it is aware that all religions have not attained to the same level of truth and goodness, it insists that they all have a right to express themselves. Religions reform themselves by interpretations and adjustments to one another. The Hindu attitude is one of positive fellowship not negative tolerance.

Religion is essentially an initiation into inwardness, a cleansing of internal life. When once the individual becomes inwardly single, he lives for humanity. He stands out for truth and fears none even when isolated and subdued. You may deride him, persecute him but he will not retaliate.

Arts reveal to us the deeper layers of the human soul. Arts, therefore, reveal the transcendental force underlying all existence which we are much too feeble to endure when it is completely unveiled. Art is possible only when heaven touches earth.

Hinduism represents an effort at comprehension and cooperation. It recognizes the diversity in man's approach towards, and realization of, the one Supreme Reality. For it the essence of religion consists in man's hold on what is eternal and immanent in all being.

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

Books are the means by which we build bridges between cultures.

Hinduism represents the spirit, the spirit that has such extraordinary vitality as to survive political and social changes. From the beginning of recorded history, Hinduism has borne witness to the sacred flame of spirit, which must remain forever, even while our dynasties crash and empires tumble into ruins. It alone can give our civilization a soul, and men and women a principle to live by.

Sin becomes disobedience to authority not violation of integrity.

By what strange social alchemy has India subdued her conquerors, transforming them to her very self and substance..... ? Why is it that her conquerors have not been able to impose on her their language, their thoughts and customs, except in superficial ways?

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

Spiritual life is the genius of India.

Death is never an end or obstacle but at most the beginning of new steps.

Human nature is fundamentally good, and the spread of enlightenment will abolish all wrong.

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Indian Advaita Vedantist Philosopher, Writer and Politician, Vice President and later President of India