The Heart of the Hindusthan is a collection of seven essays by the eminent philosopher and former President of India, S. Radhakrishnan, centered on the theme of Hindu religion and philosophy. The essays included in this collection are: The essays included in this collection are: The Heart of Hinduism; The Hindu Dharma; The Hindu Idea of God; Islam and Indian Thought; Hindu Thought and Christian Doctrine; Budhism and Indian Philosophy. The book brings together Radhakrishnana's thoughtful and inspiring discourses that appeared in various periodicals over a period of time. It encapsulated the central features of Hinduism, its philosophical doctrines, religious experience, ethical character and traditional values. Chapters on the impact and influence of Islam, Christianity and Buddhism on the Hindu faith bring out the relationship, similarities and differences among the major religions of mankind.
According to him, 'Religion must express itself in reasonable thought, fruitful action and right social institutions. The book is a helpful guide for all those interested in Hindu religion and philosophy as well as its relation with the other major religions in the current geo-political context.
One of modern India's greatest sons, S. Radhakrishna (1888-1975) was a prominent philosopher, author and educationalist. Despite his slight association with politics, he was elected to the prestigious position of Vice-president of India in 1957. He became the President of India in 1961 and held this rank until 1967, when he retired from public life.
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