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Sep 5, 2012

Teachers Day – It's Importance

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Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was the second President of India, from 1962 – 1967. He was also the first, Vice-President of India from the period of 1952 – 1962. He was also a philosopher and statesman. He was born on, 5th September 1888, Tiruttani, now in Tamil Nadu.

Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was one of India's most influential scholars of comparative religion and philosophy, Radhakrishnan built a bridge between the East and the West by showing how the philosophical systems of each tradition are comprehensible within the terms of the other. His academic appointments included the King George V Chair of Mental and Moral Science at the University of Calcutta (1921–1931) and Spalding Professor of Eastern Religion and Ethics at Oxford University (1936–1952).

Radhakrishnan was knighted in 1931 but ceased to use the title "Sir" after India attained independence. Among the many other honours he received were the Bharat Ratna (1954) and the Order of Merit (1963). His birthday is celebrated in India as Teachers' Day on 5 September. Radhakrishnan was elected as the first Vice President of India in 1952. He was elected as the second President of India (1962–1967).

When he became President, some of his students and friends requested him to allow them to celebrate his birthday, 5th September. He replied, "Instead of celebrating my birthday, it would be my proud privilege if 5th September would be observed as Teachers' Day." His birthday has since been celebrated as Teachers' Day in India.

Guru or teacher is given the position of God in our culture and society. He is the one who bestows us with knowledge and helps us progress in life. There are teachers in various fields and levels, we have spiritual teachers we have academic teachers, in fact, each and every thing and person that bestows us with knowledge is a teacher for us. And if we look at that this way, we have various kinds of teachers in our life. And, all we need to do is follow them and take the knowledge, and spread the light of knowledge, to our fellow beings and to the society.

Teachers Day Wishes to All the Teachers of the World.


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