Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, fully Sir or Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

Sarvepalli
Radhakrishnan, fully Sir or Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan
1888
1975

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

Author Quotes

In all conflict with evil, the method to be used is love and not force. When we use evil methods to defeat evil, it is evil that wins.

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

It is not safe to be immoral… Against the rock of moral law, earth’s conquerors and exploiters hurl themselves eventually to their own destruction. While yet there is time.. we must take steps to prevent the helpless rush of man to his doom.

Once upon a time, Buddha relates, a certain king of Benares, desiring to divert himself, gathered together a number of beggars blind from birth and offered a prize to the one who should give him the best account of an elephant. The first beggar who examined the elephant chanced to lay hold of a leg, and reported that an elephant was a tree-trunk; the second, laying hold of the tail, declared that an elephant was like a rope; another, who seized an ear, insisted that an elephant was like a palm-leaf; and so on. The beggars fell to quarrelling with one another, and the king was greatly amused. Ordinary teachers who have grasped this or that aspect of truth quarrel with one another, while only a Buddha knows the whole.

Religion is behavior and not mere belief.

The fact that man is unable or unwilling to acknowledge God, means only that he cannot accept ideas and beliefs about God framed by men, the false gods which obscure the living and ineffable God.

The future is hidden from us, but the past warns us that the world in the end belongs to the unworldly.

The world is not an illusion; it is not nothingness, for it is willed by God and therefore is real… The reality of the world is not in itself but it is in the thought and being of the Creator. It is what God thought and willed it to be before it was.

To get at the transcendent within oneself, one must break through one’s normal self. We must impose silence on our familiar self, if the spirit of God is to become manifest in us. The divine is more deeply in us than we are ourselves.

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

We miss the true spirit of religion if we recommend it on account of its secular advantages.

When we dispute over dogmas we are divided. But when we take to the religious life of prayer and contemplation, we are brought together. The deeper the prayers, the more is the individual lost in the apprehension of the Supreme.

Worship does not consist in fasts and prayers, but in the offering of a pure and contrite heart. The musk is in the deer but it thinks that the fragrance comes from outside and so hunts for it restlessly. God is in us and we have only to turn within to realize the truth.

Author Picture
First Name
Sarvepalli
Last Name
Radhakrishnan, fully Sir or Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan
Birth Date
1888
Death Date
1975
Bio

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