Ramchandra Gandhi’s ‘The Seven Sages’, is a collection of essays that provide brilliant original insights on a variety of topics ranging from sex to spirituality.
The Seven Sages
Edited by A. Raghuramaraju
Eminent philosopher, professor and public intellectual, Ramchandra Gandhi (1937–2007) was regarded as a sage in his lifetime. This book brings together some of his long essays and hitherto unpublished talks and writings on themes ranging from non-violence and karma to svaraj, brahmacharya and modern Indian spirituality, which are contextualized in an introduction by close disciple A. Raghuramaraju.
Bridging the moral, religious and social, the book offers many original insights: on how Sri Ramakrishna’s and Sri Sarada’s catholic vision of religion annihilated exclusivism; the manner in which Gandhi’s martyrdom broke the prevailing power of evil and violence; how, going beyond celibacy, brahmacharya is a joyous renunciation of sex; and on svaraj being ‘a struggle for the kingdom of self and autonomy’, not mere political independence.
Brilliantly argued and inspiring, The Seven Sages brings Ramchandra Gandhi’s ideas to a new audience, beyond his admirers.
Ramchandra Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and C. Rajagopalachari, studied philosophy at St. Stephen’s College, New Delhi, and took his doctorate from the University of Delhi, and DPhil from Oxford University under the renowned Professor
Peter F. Strawson.
Ramchandra Gandhi was the founding head of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Hyderabad, and had been a Fellow of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, and Indian Institute of Education, Pune. He taught at the University of Rajasthan, Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan, the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, and Bangalore University. Author of several papers and books, he has been one of the most creative philosophers and public intellectuals, incessantly exploring new ideas, and experimenting with new ways of relating modern Indian thought both with classical India and the West.
A student of Professor Ramchandra Gandhi at the University of Hyderabad, A. Raghuramaraju joined the Department of Philosophy there after obtaining his doctorate from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. His areas of special interest are social and political philosophy, and Indian philosophy. Among his publications are Debates in Indian Philosophy: Classical, Colonial and Contemporary that won the Choice Outstanding Academic Title, 2007, and an edited volume, Ramchandra Gandhi: The Man and His Philosophy. The University Grants Commission recently appointed him as Principal Investigator for e-content development for Philosophy for its e-PG Pathshala.
Raghuramaraju also writes in Telugu on Telugu literature. He is the series general editor of Porugununchi Telugu Loki: Charcha Kosam, Vimarsh Kosam published by Emesco, Vijayawada, consisting of translations of books into Telugu.
Engaged in farming for two months a year in his native village near the temple town of Tirupati, he lives with his family in Hyderabad.