October 29, 2005

Krishna Chandra Bhattacharya, Dr Radhakrishnan and Sri Aurobindo

Of those who are in the forefront of philosophical thinking in modern india, three names deserve special mention: Sri Aurobindo, Acharya Krishna Chandra Bhattacharya and Acharya Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan.

The philosophy of Acharya Krishna Chandra Bhattacharya is great by virtue of its profound insights and its richness in extremely subtle analyses. But that philosophy has only one direction and it is not comprehensive.

The works of Acharya Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan betray amazing scholaship and his style is doubtless wonderful; but it is also true that his thought is not as profound as that of Krishna Chandra Bhattacharya or Sri Aurobindo.

The philosophy of Sri Aurobindo is free from both these limitations. It is extremely profound, yet wonderfully comprehensive. Though its nature is synthetic, it takes into account the details of universal existence. Penetrating analysis and sound logical argument are spontaneously evident everywhere while the style of this truely wise philosopher whose intelligence is fixed in the Truth is classical- controlled, beautiful, and noble.

In the philosophy of New India, Sri Aurobindo is ekamevadvitiyam, one without a second. Kali Das Bhattacharya, SA, A Garland of Tributes, Ed. Arabinda Basu

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