Bishwa Nath Singh
It is high time to pay our floral tribute to a great Indian saga in true sense of yester years who was an ardent disciple of Mahatma Gandhi and founder of Sarvodaya and Bhoodan movements, a great thinker and writer, linguist and propagator of peace, who had led a life of absolute celibacy who was born on September 11,1895 and had passed away on November 15,1982..He was posthumously honored with the Country’s highest civilian award Bharat Ratna in the year 1983.
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Bishwa Nath Singh :
Acharya Vinoba Bhave was a great freedom fighter and a spiritual teacher. He is best known as the founder of the 'Bhoodan Movement' ( meaning gift of land) He was a great reformer who had an intense concern for the deprived masses. Vinoba ...Bhave had once said, "All revolutions are spiritual at the source. All my activities have the sole purpose of achieving a union of hearts.". Vinayak Narahari Bhave, popularly known as Acharya Vinoba Bhave who was born at Gagode in Kolaba district, Maharashtra in India on September 11, 1895. His original name was Vinayak Narahari Bhave. His mother Rukmini Devi was a very religious person. At a very young age Vinoba was deeply interested in Mathematics. In 1916, on his way to Mumbai to appear for the intermediate examination, Vinoba Bhave put his school and college certificates into a fire. It was believed that Vinoba took the decision after reading a piece of writing in a newspaper written by Mahatma Gandhi. After a series of exchange of letters between Gandhi and him .On June, 7,1916 ,he had gone to meet Mahatma Gandhi Five years later, on April, 8,1921, he went to Wardha to take charge of a Gandhi-ashram there. During his stay at Wardha, Bhave also brought out a monthly in Marathi, named, `Maharashtra Dharma'. The monthly comprised of his essays on the Upanishads. Over the years, the bond between Vinoba and Gandhi grew stronger and his involvement in constructive programmes for the society kept on increasing.In 1932, accusing Vinoba Bhave of conspiring against the colonial rule, the British government sent him to jail for six months to Dhulia. There, he told the fellow prisoners about the different subjects of 'Bhagwad Gita', in Marathi. All the lectures given by him on Gita in Dhulia jail were collected and later published as a book.Till 1940, he was known only to the people around him. Mahatma Gandhi, on October 5, 1940, introduced Vinoba Bhave to the nation by issuing a statement. He was also chosen as the first Individual Satyagrahi (an Individual standing up for Truth instead of a collective action) by Gandhi himself. for.BhoodanMovement. In 1951, Vinoba Bhave started his peace-trek on foot through the violence-torn region of Telangana. On April 18, 1951, the Harijans of the Pochampalli village requested him to provide them with around 80 acres of land to make a living. He asked the landlords of the village to come forward and save the Harijans. To everybody's surprise, a landlord, got up and offered the required amount of land. This incident added a new chapter in the history of sacrifices and non-violence. It was the beginning of the Bhoodan (Gift of the Land) movement. Following this, he had traveled all across the country asking landlords to consider him as one of their sons and so give him a portion of their land. He then distributed those portions of land to the landless poor. Not a single people around him ever saw him getting angry and violent. He always followed the path of truth and Non-violence, as shown by Mahatma Gandhi. Vinoba Bhave received serious brickbats in 1975 for supporting the state of emergency imposed by the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. Bhave advocated that the emergency was required to teach people about Discipline. According to many scholars and political thinkers, Vinoba Bhave was an imitator of Mahatma Gandhi. In November 1982, he fell seriously ill and decided to end his life. He also refused to accept any food and medicine during his last days. On November 15,, 1982, the great social reformer of India passed away. In 1958,he was the first recipient of the international Ramon Magsaysay Award for Community Leadership. He was also conferred with India's highest civilian award ‘Bharat Ratna” posthumously in the year 1983 in recognition of his self –service to the nation and being a well-reputed social reformist. On his passing away, the Indian nation as whole had lost one of its most distinguished sons who will be always remembered for his great thoughts and selfless service. Let us join to pay our humble obeisances to his lotus feet and pay our respectful homage to his ever lasting memories!
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Anil Kumar :
I respect Vinoba ji as Great Saint and pay homage & ask blessings.