More Details about A Biography of Swami Keshvanand

General Information  
Author(s)M.M. Juneja
PublisherModern Publisher
Edition1st
ISBNswamikeshvana
Pages244
BindingHardcover
LanguageEnglish
Publish YearJanuary 1996

Description

It is a matter of chance that nearly a quarter of century has passed to the death of Swami Keshvanand, but no research oriented volume on this illustrious son of the soil has been brought out so far. However, two or three books on him in Hindi have been authored by his admirers and devotees.


Contents

Page No.

Preface

Preface

Acknowledgements

I. Early Life

13

Swami Keshvanand was a prominent personality of north India. Being a Swami, he neither wrote his autobiography nor ever talked about his family. So, a little is only known about his family background and early life.

II. A Learner

22

When Birma joined the Arya Anathalaya of Ferozepore he was seventeen. So fas as his knowledge was concerned, it was hardly equal to an average boy of five. The Anathalaya was his first School.

III. A Freedom Fighter

32

Swami Keshvanand's desire for learning led him to know the pitiable condition of the country. Under the British rule India was going from bad to worse.

IV. The Gramotthan Vidyapeeth

40

Swami Keshvanand was  a multi-dimensional pesonality, yet he was popularly known as a Shiksha sant. His public life began in 1908. Since then, he had been working hard to end the prevailing ignorance among the people. His role in developing the Sadhu Ashram, Fazilka, establishing the Sahitya Sadan, Abohar, encouraging the adult education and opening the mobile library in the villages of Fazilka tehsil was highly significant.

V. Opening the Rural Schools

59

After consolidating the establishment of the Jat School, Sangaria, Swami Keshvanand decided to open schools in the villages of Bikaner State. It was backward state, especially in the field of education.

VI. In Support of Women's Education

67

When Swami Keshvanand achieved one thing, he immediately moved forward. By 1944, he placed the Jat High School, Sangaria on strong footing. So, now he devoted his time and energy to opening schools in rural areas.

VII. Love for Libraries

75

Swami Keshvanand was not much educated, yet he developed a habit of collecting numerous books. As the days rolled by, his collection of books increased quantitatively as well as qualitatively.

VIII. In Service of Hindi

100

Swami Keshvanand had great love for Hindi. He served its cause for more than six decades. If we look into the public activities of Swamiji, we shall find that he not only served the country through Hindi, but also the cause of Hindi in itself.

IX. Craze for Museums

122

Though Swami Keshvanand was a multi-dimentional personality, yet he concentrated himself on creating all-round awakening among the ignorant people of his region.

X. A Social Reformer

135

In India, it is easier to become a political leader than to a social reformer. The Indian society is not prone to change. If we look at its history, we shall find the number of saints and seers much higher than that of karma-yogis and social reformers.

XI. Fund-Collections

151

Swami Keshvanand was more or less a Fakir, yet he had the credit of establishing several costly institutions at Fazilka, Abohar, Mahajan (near Bikaner) and in particular at Sangaria.

Illustrations

173

 

XII. Was he a Sadhu?

197

The word 'sadhu' is a familiar word in India. It has come into use from times immemorial. It is a respectful word. It is also a synonym of Sannyasi.

XIII. Conclusion

206

The most interesting chapter of a biography is often its Conclusion. This chapter is supposed to examine the mind, body and soul of its hero. A biography is generally of some greatman.

Appendices

219

 

Chronology

231

1883: Birth at Magloona village in Sikar District (December).
1886: Father dies.
1889: Mother dies.
1900: Joins the Arya Anathalaya, Ferozepore.

Bibliography

235

(a) Primary Sources (unpublished)
-Personal Diaries of Ch. Harish Chandra Nain, a close associate of Swamiji.
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The Log-Books of the following institutions:
-Gramotthan Vidyapeeth (including Jat School and Sir Chhotu Ram Memorial Museum), Sangaria.
Sahitya Sadan, Abohar.
-Yuvak Samiti, Sirsa.

Name Index

241