It gives me great joy to write this
note on the occasion of the 320d Anniversary of Dr. V. Raghavan, which is marked with the release of his original
Prose-writing titled “Uses of Adversity" penned by him in the
year 1929, as a IV year Hons. student in the
Presidency College, Madras. He had won the "Narasimhachariar
Sanskrit Prize" for this essay. Mahamahopadhyaya
S. Kuppuswami Sastrigal
(who was also his Guru), who had judged this essay, says in his own handwriting on
the title page of the hand-written copy of this work, " this should be selected as the best and first, in respect of its
language, matter and method" and adds
further that this student should be given the first prize; he marks 60 out of
100 for this essay, thus recommending it strongly for the prize. The hand -written copy
of this work has stood the test of times, with its paper and the ink still
remaining intact, even after "Eighty two"
In his list of publications, Dr. Raghavan, has included
this as one among his many pending works to be published. This is now being
published with English translation, to make it beneficial for students and
Dr. Raghavan who came up
in life the very hard way, had a mind full of positive outlook and approaches.
Having lost his parents at a very early age, he met life with different types of challenges
from which he learnt many a lesson and never ever lost his spirit, zeal and
enthusiasm to work at any point of time throughout his life and career; he
always looked ahead and never worried about the surrounding obstacles; his goal
was towards the path of success; even when he rose to be a world-renowned
scholar, his faith in divine guidance and his Guru remained firm and he always
looked up to elders to learn from their wise experiences. Whatever be his
scholarly attainments, he always believed in hard work.
In this work, one can feel the thought
process of Dr. Raghavan, who as a
young student, aspiring for higher goals of life, has analysed the sources of
strength and the forces of swaying emotions that challenge the individual with
pain and pleasure. As his children, my elder brothers Kalidas,
Charudattan, elder sister Priyamvada
and myself can fully understand the impact of his experiences in his early life
that have, in a way prompted him to write such a deep, thoughtful essay.
is the prosperity of the great' is a quotation of Ercin
which he had copied in his own hand and used it as book mark in his daily diary. I found this
after his passing away; I preserve this still in my almirah and look at it everyday to remind myself of the struggles that our father
went through to give us the best in life, art and many more, in addition to his
'unspoken word of deep love and care' that he gave the four of us in plenty;
whatever we are today, we owe it to him and our mother who followed him like a
shadow and stood by him in all that he did, not only for us, but for so many in
the larger circles.
The Centre which functions to
perpetuate Dr. Raghavan'
s memory, is very happy to bring out this publication on this
occasion of his 32nd Remembrance day. I am sure this work will be as much
interesting to all those who wish to dwell deeper into the philosophy of life as to
students and researchers in the field of Sanskrit.
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