Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Dr. Sarvepalli Radha Krishnan (Radhakrishnan)


5 September 1888 - 17 April 1975

In India 5th September is celebrated as Teachers' day.

5th September is the birthday of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. When Dr. Radhakrishnan became the president of India in 1962, some of his students and friends approached him and requested him to allow them to celebrate 5th September, his "birthday". In reply, Dr, Radhakrishnan said, "instead of celebrating my birthday separately, it would be my proud privilege if September 5 is observed as Teachers' day". The request showed Dr.Radhakrishnan's love for the teaching profession. From then onwards, the day has been observed as Teachers' Day in India.

Born on September 5, 1888, at Tiruttani, 40 miles to the north-east of Madras, Radhakrishnan grew to become the most famous Indian teacher and philosopher of all times. He was also the Vice-President of India from 1952-1962.



Quotes - Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan: A Religious Biography - by Robert Minor - Google Book Link with Preview

Radhakrishnan: His Life and Ideas
By K. Satchidananda Murty, Ashok Vohra

Detailed Biographical Essay on Radhakrishnan from Google Books Preview

Books by Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

Foundation Of Civilisation: Ideas And Ideals
Orient Paperbacks, 01-Mar-2005 - India - 120 pages
Ideas are more potent than facts, even though the ideas may be illusions. Every great achievement is a vision in the soul before it becomes a fact of history. Ideas control the world. They triumph over the blind forces. This selection comprises some of Radhakrishnan's thought provoking essays on freedom, culture and the future of civilization.


8. Intellectual Integrity

Writings of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan:

The Ethics of Vedanta and Its Metaphysical Presuppositions (1908) [His M.A. Thesis]
Essentials of Psychology (1912)
The Philosophy of Rabindranath Tagore (1918)
The Reign of Religion in Contemporary Philosophy (1920)
Indian Philosophy - Volume I (1923)
The Hindu View of Life (1926)
Indian Philosophy - Volume II (1927)
The Religion We Need (1928)
Kalki or the Future of Civilization (1929)
An Idealist View of Life (Hibbert Lectures) (1932)
East and West in Religion (1933)
The Heart of Hindustan (1936)
Freedom and Culture (1936)
Contemporary Indian Philosophy (1936)
Religion in Transition (1937)
Gautama, the Buddha (British Academy Lectures) (1938)
Eastern Religions and Western Thought (1939)
Mahatma Gandhi (Essays and Reflections on his Life and Work) (1939)
India and China (1944)
Education, Politics and War (A collection of addresses) (1944)
Is this Peace ? (1945)
Religion and Society (Kamala Lectures) (1947)
The Bhagavadgita (1948)
Great Indians (1949)
The Dhammapada (1950)
An Anthology (Of Radhakrishnan Writings) (1952)
The Religion of the Spirit and World's Need: Fragments of a Confession (1952)
History of Philosophy in Eastern and Western (2 Vols.) (1952)
The Principal Upanishads (1953)
East and West: Some Reflections (First series in Bently Memorial Lectures) (1955)
Recovery of Faith (1956)
Occasional Speeches and Writings - Vol I (1956), Vol II (1957)
A Source Book in Indian Philosophy (1957)
The Brahma Sutra: The Philosophy of Spiritual Life (1960)
The Concept of Man (1960)
Fellowship of Faiths (Opening address to the Center for the Study of World Religions, Harvard) (1961)
Occasional Speeches [July 1959 - May 1962] (1963)
President Radhakrishnan's Speeches and Writings 1962-1964 (1965)
On Nehru (1965)
Religion in a Changing World (1967)
President Radhakrishnan's Speeches and Writings 1964-1967 (1969)
Radhakrishnan Reader: An Anthology (1969)
The Creative Life (1975)
Living with a Purpose (1977)
True Knowledge (1978)
Indian Religions (1979)
Towards a New World (1980)

A Source Book in Indian Philosophy

Religion, Science and Culture


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