Chapter II - Part 3
Personal Diplomacy
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Rahdakrishnan Receives Degree From H.S.I.U.
Oct. 13, 1965
On the occasion of Your Excellency's visit to Our country it gives Us special pleasure to receive you
at this institution itself dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge and truth.  It is altogether fitting that
Your Excellency should be the focus of this occasion, for Your Excellency has yourself since your
youth been dedicated to that cause.  Your marked achievement to the august rank of Professor at
the youthfull age of twenty-eight, your consistent endeavour to pursue knowledge and the
numerous books that have flowed from your pen, to this bear witness.

Today more than ever before man realizes the bond of unity that exists within the race; he is
endeavouring to employ the accumulated knowledge and wisdom of the ages.  He is employing
modern science and technology; he is reaping the benefits, however limited, of political and
economic unity; and to that extent, he is transcending the age-old barriers that have divided the
race so long and is endeavouring to reflect on the welfare not only of himself and his immediate
neighbour but also on the welfare of all the human race.  This endeavour is in harmony with the
spirit of the mystics of ages gone by "... in the mystic traditions of the differenct religions we have a
remarkable unity of the spirit.  Whatever religions they may profess they are spiritual kinsmen.  
While the different religions in their historic forms bind us to limited groups and militate against
the development of loyalty to the world community, the mystics have always stood for the
fellowship of humanity," so Your Excellency has taught us.  And in an effort to carry out this
teaching to pursue truth -- to promote those bonds common to the human race -- Your Excellency
has dedicated your whole life.  To free the human race from superstition and fear that originate
from ignorance: to enable him to transcend the apparent obstacles of race and religion; and to help
him recognize the blood-ties of the whole human race, Your Excellency has laboured.  To this
generation, so tormented between modern knowledge and ancienct faith, your scrupulous studies
have pointed the way by which man may be saved from traditional superstition and modern
scepticism.

Were the thoughts of Plato and Socrates, the beliefs of Christianity and Judaism not harmonized
with Hindu philosophy; were Yoga and its various stages not exposed to Western thought; had
Western religion and philosophy not been exposed to the philosophy and religion of the East
through Your Excellency's persistent endeavour, how much the poorer would human thought have
been!

In the history of the human race, those periods which later appeared as great have been the
periods when the men and the women belonging to them had transcended the differences that
divided them and had recognized in their membership in the human race a common bond.  Your
Excellency's constant endeavour to challenge this generation to transcend differences, to recognize
its common bond and to work towards a common goal has doubtless made this age pregnant with
greatness.  It is, therefore, in recognition of these labours that We, with unequalled pleasure,
bestow upon Your Excellency the degree of Doctor of Letters,
honoris causa.
Haile Selassie the First - October 13, 1965