About Sadhu Vaswani

To many thousands around the world, Sadhu T. L. Vaswani is a name synonymous with reverence for all life. Born on November 25, 1879, in Hyderabad Sind, Sadhu Vaswani was the living embodiment of an unsullied love that knew no bounds, an all-embracing love that included all mankind, animals and all creation. He cared deeply about the birds of the air and the animals of the earth; and he protected them whenever and however he could. He realized the synthesis between the culture with East and of the West. In a world in which the new eternally clashes with the old from which it has evolved, Sadhu Vaswani was a link between the ancient and the new.

I always found him fired with unparalleled faith in the limitless power of the soul and of human progress, believing humanity to be on the point of new knowledge, new power and new capacities.

Sadhu Vaswani's life was one of unceasing service and sacrifice. In the words of Dr. Rajendra Prasad, the then President of India, "the life of Vaswaniji has been a saga of unassuming service, spiritual illumination and a source of inspiration to us all."

Sadhu Vaswani was a prolific writer, the author of several hundreds of books in English and the sweet, lyrical Sindhi language. Some of his English books have been translated into German and some Indian languages.

Sadhu Vaswani was a born orator. When he spoke, he filled the hall with the rich music of his words and the richer music of his heart. His words, - both spoken and written, - gave a new awakening to many. He was a poet, a mystic, a sage, a servant of the poor. He was not only one of the noblest of human beings, but, also, as the Irish poet, Dr. Cousins, called him, "a thinker and a revealer of the deep truths of the Spirit."

Sadhu Vaswani believed in the values of India's ancient culture. A vision of what India might become under the inspiration of her own spiritual culture filled his life with a new meaning and a new enthusiasm. He opened educational institutions; he established ashrams and satsangs, centers of spiritual culture; he opened centers of service and dispensaries for the poor. His work was inspired by the spirit of service. His service was illumined by the love of God.

Sadhu Vaswani re-worded the wisdom of the Rishis. He taught that all religions are true, that each had a value of its own. He taught that in all the saints and prophets shone the One Light. He asked all to turn away from creeds and dogmas to the Religion of Life, the Religion of Self-realization, the Religion of God-consciousness, the Religion of the One Spirit who is in all races and religions, prophets and saints. He was an eloquent prophet of unity.

Chronology of events: Sadhu Vaswani

  • 1879

    25th November - Born in Hyderabad, Sind

  • 1888

    Had his first mystical vision

  • 1895

    Stood first in Sind in the Matriculation Exam of the Univ. of Bombay and was awarded the MacLeod Scholarship

  • 1899

    Stood first in B.A English from Univ. of Bombay and was awarded the Ellis Scholarship

  • 1900

    Appointed Dakshina Fellow of D.J Sind College, Karachi

  • 1902

    Completed M.A Examination of the University of Bombay

  • 1903

    Appointed as Professor of History and Philosophy in the City College, Calcutta

  • 1906

    Joined D.J Sind College, Karachi, as Professor of English and Philosophy

  • 1910

    Attended the Welt Congress of Religions at Berlin (Germany) as one of India's representatives and delivered lectures in different parts of Europe

  • 1912

    Became Principal of Dyal Singh College, Lahore

  • 1915

    Became Principal of Victoria College, Cooch Behar

    Joined Mohendra College, Patiala

  • 1919

    Resigned his job as Principal and dedicated himself to the service of God and Man

  • 1920

    Participated in the Freedom Struggle

  • 1926

    Started Shakti Ashram at Rajpur

  • 1930

    Founded the Sakhi Satsang at Hyderabad Sind

    Started ‘Sant Mala', a monthly Sindhi journal

    Started the ‘Dawn', a fortnightly English Journal,
    later converted into a monthly journal called ‘New Dawn'

  • 1933

    Opened a Youth Camp at Lahore and toured throughout the Punjab

    4th June - Founded the Mira Movement in Education

    Started ‘The Mira', an Anglo-Sindhi weekly, which later became an
    English Monthly, still in existence

  • 1934

    Presided over the All-India Sahijdhari Sikh Conference, Shikrapur

    Presided over the All-India Humanitarian Conference at Bombay

  • 1937

    Started East and West, a monthly English journal

  • 1938

    Started the Shyam, a Sindhi weekly paper

  • 1939

    Founded Mira College at Hyderabad-Sind

    Offered Satyagraha and courted arrest. Arrested by the British Raj and released after four days

    Visited Ceylon to preside over the Pan-Asian World Conference for Peace in Colombo. Over the next four months, toured the island, delivering lectures

  • 1944

    Presided over the All-India Gita Jayanti Conference at Calcutta

  • 1946

    Laid the foundation of the Gita Mandir and the Fellowship Hall, Hyderabad-Sind

  • 1948

    12th November - Migrated to Bombay

  • 1949

    February came to Pune

  • 1950

    Started Radhakrishna Daya (charitable) dispensary

    Started St. Mira's High School in Pune

  • 1952

    Started St. Mira's Primary School in Pune

    Inaugurated the Animal Welfare Week in Bombay

  • 1954

    Started East and West series, a monthly English journal

  • 1958

    Started St. Mira's English Medium School for Girls, Pune

  • 1962

    Started St. Mira's College for Girls, Pune

  • 16th January 1966

    Mahasamadhi

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