Obituary: Dr. A.Venkoba Rao; Dr. S.G.Mudgal

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MSM  Published in Mens Sana Monographs, Vol III, No 4-5, November 2005- February 2006, p55.




Dr. A. Venkoba Rao


I have to record with great regret the sad demise of Dr Venkoba Rao, one of the senior most and highly esteemed psychiatrists this country has produced. His research work in psychiatry and medicine, as well as his work in philosophy and the human predicament, have been noteworthy indeed. He was a researcher and an academician of the highest order.

It was always a great pleasure interacting with him. Both juniors and his peers will remember him with great regard and equal fondness. He never made himself difficult to approach, and was open to all positive inputs, from whatever source.

He was highly appreciative of the work done by the Mens Sana Research Foundation too. I treasure the encouraging letter he wrote to us sometime back about the Mens Sana Monograph Psychiatry, Science, Religion and Health, of which here is an excerpt:

The articles in general are of high standard and are very readable…I must tell you that your monograph makes an enjoyable and informative reading and my personal congratulations to you on your achievement.


In fact, he was encouraging towards all efforts in the field of mental health.

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Published in Mens Sana Monographs, Vol III, No 4-5, November 2005- February 2006, p56-57.





Dr. S. G. Mudgal

(11 Nov 1923-15 Aug 2005).



In the loss of Prof (Dr.) S.G. Mudgal, the world of philosophy has lost an eminent torch -bearer of the classical Indian tradition. His benign presence, stately bearing, and benevolent guidance to all his students and peers in the field, was something to be experienced. Words are inadequate to describe such an experience. His anguish towards the neglect of the Indian tradition, and dismay at finding bright minds trying to stilt and distort the Indian philosophical corpus by viewing it through western methodology and approach was palpable. He was one of the finest of the committed proponents of that which was the best in ancient Indian thought. And he had no regrets proclaiming it. His knowledge of the classical western tradition was adequate for him to find the greatness therein, and find many comparative features, which fortified his abiding interest in the Indian one.

Lately he appeared in a hurry, probably realizing the end was near. In 2003 he published his 310 page book The Bhagavad Gita (Himalaya Publishing), a seminal work on the great treatise. This book is his understanding of the Bhagavad Gita, which, according to him is theistic and realistic:


The world, according to the BG is real and not illusory, nor an illusion. The jivas are real. Bondage and attainment of Moksa are also real. Jnana and Bhakti are inclusive; ultimately it is Bhakti which leads to Mukti. Grace of Guru and God are emphasized. Bhakti continues even in the state of Moksa.

The Gita does not advocate the doctrine of Karma Sanyasa; but advocates the performance of Karma as worship, as dedication and an offering to God. Work thus done with a sense of dedication or worship, is liberating and not binding. (Back cover of the book)   


 The same year he published Seven Upanishads With Sri Madhwabhasya (Ubhaya Vedanta Research Centre, Pgs 320), another important work in Indian Philosophy. Even this year, as late as April 2005, he published Brahmasutras ( Archish Pub., Pgs 32 4), one more important work in the field. 



Dr Mudgal had been a well-known academician, erudite scholar, and an able and efficient administrator. He had been Principal of the well-known Ruparel College, Mumbai, and Nowrojee Wadia College, Pune. He made a mark as Professor of Indian Philosophy and Comparative Religion. He studied all the schools of Indian Philosophy especially the three schools of Vedanta, namely, Advaita, Visistadvaita and Dvaita. He had a great grasp over Mahayana Buddhism too.


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