The incident, which brought me in personal
touch with Lokmanya Tilak, was when he surprised me with a request
through a messenger that I should proceed to Europe with the help
of Rs. 50000, which he was ready to offer me. My surprise was still
greater, when I was assured that Tilak did not want help for any propaganda
which was his own, that he would be sorry if I followed the path which
he himself was pursuing at the moment for the benefit of his country.
He wanted me to be true to myself and through my effort to serve humanity,
in my own way to serve India. I felt that this proposal from Tilak
carried with it the highest honour that I had ever received from my
countrymen. I do not know if I was worthy of it but it revealed to
me the greatness of Tilak's personality which deeply impressed my
mind. He had more faith in truth than in method. His ideal of the
fulfillment of India's destiny was vast, and therefore it had ample
room even for a dreamer of dreams, even for 'music-maker'. He knew
that freedom had its diverse aspects, and therefore it could be truly
reached, if individuals had their full scope to use their special
gifts for opening out paths that were diverse in their direction.
about Lokmanya Tilak
Reminiscences, Vol. II, PP 608-609
"I have been a professional columnist in newspapers for
number of years. During my journalist career I have encountered only two
persons who had the audacity to stun me with insolent question -----one
is Tilak and the other is German Emperor Kaiser Williams. Many people
will simply amaze to see me uttering this two names in one breath but
this are truly worthy to be pronounced together"
Sir Valentine Chirol.
An interview given to Observer in London.
Translated from "Lokmanya Tilak Yanche Charitra " in Marathi by N.C. Kelkar
Lokmanya Tilak is well known as a politician of a great
power and personality, who did his best to promote the political freedom
of his country. Yet , Tilak was by nature a scholar and only by necessity
The prison cell was the place where his brave soul could pursue its congenial
vocation. In the ten years of enforced leisure spent in Mandalay and elsewhere,
Tilak did his best literary work by which he will be remembered even after
his fame, as politician, grows dim.
While his chief investigations in oriental scholarship are in the domain
of Vedas and the Bhagwad Gita, he also wrote several miscellaneous essays
on kindred topics the chief of them being an article on 'A missing verse
in the sankhya-karikas.'
His discussions are marked by a very liberal spirit. He does not accept
everything established, nor does he slavishly adhere to authorities, Eastern
or Western, in the interpretation of ancient texts.
Dr. Sarvapally Radhkrishnan
on Lokmanya Tilak
From "Eminent Orientalists"