Man as Spiritual Being: Especially Tagore and Dr. Radhakrishnan’s View

International Journal of Research and Scientific Innovation (IJRSI) | Volume VI, Issue II, February 2019 | ISSN 2321–2705

Man as Spiritual Being: Especially Tagore and Dr. Radhakrishnan’s View

Dr. Nirupama Bhattacharyya

SIBSAGAR College, Sivasagar, Assam, India

Abstract: – The work gives an account of the views of Tagore and Radhakrishnan on man as spiritual being. The comparative and analytical study of views of both the philosophers will through new light of development in study of contemporary Indian philosophy. The capacity of man is finite. Man cannot with all its vigour and talent overcome the nature. It is dependent upon nature. The untamed umpteen endeavors of man pay a great dividend which elevated man above animal. Discussion would be carried out on Tagore’s concept of man as spiritual. Dr. Radhakrishnan regards man as essentially spiritual. The man is guided by certain ideals also shows that man is spiritual being. These ideals are Truth, Beauty, and Goodness.

Key Words: spiritual, comparative, analytical, contemporary, vigour, ideals, truth, beauty, goodness.


A truly spiritual person: the thought of a spiritual person conjures up in our minds images of gurus, saints, yogis, mendicants, sishis, jinas, Sufis, fakirs, monks, and so on. While this is true to on great extent, what is more important for the practice of spiritualism is more important for the practice of spiritualism is moral parity and the attitude of inwardness rather than obsession with the outward rituals or physical appearance, A person may wear orange robes but inwardly may be hankering after wordly desires. Another person may be living loke an ordinary householder and yet may be virtuous and deeply spiritual. So one should not be deceived by outward appearances or the mere words and speeches of spiritual gurus. One should look at their general behaviour and what they are trying to do. A truly spiritual person is one who
1. Believes in the existence of Soul or innermost self.
2. Accepts it as his true self
3. Identifies himself with it all the time
4. Lives and acts as if is the self not his mind and body
5. Dwells deep within himself to understand the true nature of his existence.
6. Doesnot see any difference between himself and the rest of the creation.
7. Is morally pure
8. Disinterested in showing off his spiritual powers for personal popularity.

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