SARAT CHANDRA BOSE
Sarat Chandra Bose was the elder brother of Subhas Chandra Bose. He completed both his postgraduation and law in 1911. Later on he joined the Bar in Cuttack. He did the Bar at Law from England and returned to India in 1918. Soon after, he was involved in the Freedom Movement of India and was imprisoned several times for his anti-British activity. He was elected the Alderman of Calcutta Corporation.
Between the years 1937-39, Sarat Chandra was a member of the Congress Working Committee. He was a founder of the ‘Socialist Republican Party’. In 1948, he began to publish a daily newspaper Nation in English. He was an Honourable Minister of the Indian Republic, following her independence.
This great teacher [Sri Ramakrishna] was Bengal’s contribution to the world in the last century. …We and the rest of the world came under the influence of his teachings during his early pilgrimage and even more so, after he had completed his journey. …To my mind, Sri Ramakrishna’s mode of approach to different systems of worship inculcated in the different religions of the world is his special contribution to the history of the progress of religions in the present age. …Sri Ramakrishna’s teachings did not disturb a single religion of the world. …He left no new religion as his legacy unto us. He did not ask anybody to change his religion with a view to realizing God. …His teachings prove that each religion gives ample scope and opportunity to realize God. That was the distinctive peculiarity of his teachings. Towards the end of his sojourn into this world Swami Premananda, one of his disciples, heard him pray, ‘Mother, do not let me become famous by leading those who believe in beliefs! Do not expound beliefs through my voice.’55