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C Rajagopalachari Quotes

C. Rajagopalachari (10 December 1878 – 25 December 1972), informally called Rajaji or C.R., was a lawyer, politician, writer and statesman. Rajagopalachari was the last Governor-General of India. This is a collection of quotes and teachings of C Rajagopalachari.

As Yama Dharmaraja taught Nachiketas, the vision of the Supreme cannot be attained by the mere study of Shastras; nor could knowledge of the Self come through subtlety of intellect or much learning or argument. The grace of God is the one thing necessary and for that the heart should melt in Bhakti.

Bhakti is different from Shastric learning. One may get by heart and recite without cessation the Sanskrit scriptures; one may know and repeat upside down the commentaries of the Acharyas. But righteous conduct and equanimity of mind are different and more necessary gifts.

When the heart has not mellowed, study and exposition of Shastras are a mere monkey game. Without wisdom in the heart, all learning is useless.

When that which is within and that which is without are one and the same, we have wisdom. When they are not, our learning is no better than the tricks of a trained monkey. The teaching of Sri Ramakrishna gives us, not mere learning, but true wisdom.’ (Source: Introduction to Ramakrishna Upanishad)

A Collection of Quotes of C Rajagopalachari

We cannot succeed in anything if we act in fear of other people's opinions.

Woman is a source of trouble if you keep her at a distance, but if you come together, she is a source of joy.

We are imitative by nature.

Self pity is not a very good thing to indulge in.

Your life is your work.

Our body and here are the temple of God.

If we believe that God is everywhere… why should we not believe He is in objects to which so much concentrated devotion is attached?

Godlessness leads to false ideas of progress and civilization, exploitation and war.

Do not demand love. Begin to love. You will be loved.

The tradition in Hinduism is that it is not open to any Hindu, whatever be the name and mental image of the Supreme Being he uses for his devotional exercises, to deny the existence of God that others worship. He can raise the name of his choice to that of the highest, but he cannot deny the divinity or the truth of the God of other denominations.

C. Rajagopalachari