Dr. S. Radhakrishnan; His Life And Mission

By Kunj Bihari Raina. Dated: 9/6/2020 11:29:14 PM

The world is general and India is particular is celebrating today the 5th of September 2020 the 132 birthday of Dr. Radhakrishnan our second worthy President of India. Whenever we celebrate the birthdays of great men, we get lost in celebrations only and become forgetful and obvious of the lessons which they have left behind to follow. Nowadays things have been institutionalised and the spirit is dead. ….. use or celebrating such kind of celebrations.
Dr. S. Radhakrishnan had an uncanny knack of putting himself on rapport with any individual, high or low, did or young, if the arose. While he was essentially shy and lonely, he passed for a social and sociable man. His withdrawn nature and social timidity have given him a reputation that he was difficult to know. He used to say that his achievements are not entirely his own but his mistakes are in large part due to his own but his mistakes are in large part due to his own folly or weakness.
Dr. S. Radhakrishnan further said that physical efficiency and intellectual alertness are dangerous if spiritual illiteracy prevails. And this is what is happening nowadays. Unless the faculties of the mind are deflected to higher apperceptions, these will get enmeshed in the petty enjoyments of the world.
Dr. S. Radhakrishnan has touched every part are of one’s life and there is no subject in the whole of the world which has remained untouched by Dr. S.Radhakrishnan.
Dr. S. Radhakrishnan further said that we are obsessed with our bodies and generally with the material aspects of life, the detriment of our souls and the spiritual dimension of life.
Talking about institutions, he said that an institution can be born out of some person but it should never he under one or some persons or group, otherwise it can never become adult with its own vigour and stamina. A borrowed existence for an institution is more parasitical than that of a sick or dependent person. A person may die but an institution may sometime drag on and on. The mortality of an institution does not speak of the health and longevity of family. Institutions are the immortal extensions of the human life. However, for this an institution calls for immense sacrifice. There should be reciprocity and response between persons and institutions. If the institutions become dominating, persons cannot exist, if a person of group or persons dominate over the institution, the institution become a misnomer and a mere farce.
Addressing the teachers he said that teachers can be compared to reservoirs of water and the process of education is the pipes and .. the taps. If the water in the reservoirs is dirty, filthy and impure, how can the water in the taps be pure. How beautiful the ideas! Dr S. Radhakrishnan spoke without notes and without any preparation. Words always came out spontaneously as if inspired. He did not claim to be a teacher but wanted the listeners to enquire together with him into the nature of reality and truth.
According to Dr. S. Radhakrishnan real education is flowering of goodness and intelligence both in the taught as well as the teachers. It creates an intelligence that always functions righteously in the world. It is the sacred duty of the teacher to help the student to free himself from all conditioning influences so that he can face life without fear or conflict.
Dr. S. Radhakrishnan endeared himself to all who saw him and they never went without admiring him. He was essentially a shy man. A man of few words especially in the company of men not familiar to him. He put his visitors at complete ease and made them return happy and wise.
Dr. S. Radhakrishnan combined in himself different roles---that of a religious philosopher/interpreter of Indian philosophy to the West in the contemporary idiom, an educationist, a synthesizer of different faiths on the basis of human love. He served the cause of world unity and peace and outlawing of war and fought against the social evils or Indian society e.g. untouchability and the ill-treatment of women.
Dr. S. Radhakrishnan was the finest product of Indian Renaissance. By his power of oratory on a thousand platforms, at home and abroad, his extensive works disclosing massive scholarship, deep philosophical insight, creative power of thought, he had held fast the loyalty and love of the scholars in the East as well as the West. His birthday is commemorated as Teacher’s Day on his own insistence. Teachers of today should take a cue from out of his life and teachings.

 

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