"There 's got to be more to life than fighting for fishheads." Jonathan Livingston Seagull
Monday, August 15, 2016
Mahatma Gandhi’s Spiritual Guru
Prime Minister Narendra Modi referred
his name couple of times during his Independence Day speech today. For those
who wish to know more about Shrimad Rajchandra, Spiritual Guru of Mahatma
Gandhi here I have reproduced some of the questions Mahatma Gandhi had asked
Shrimad Rajchandra and answers given by him.
It is remarkable that Mahatma Gandhi
had grown a close intimacy with Kavi Rajchandraji. Mahatmaji had expressed this
experience of his life in very impressive language. He writes,
"Tolstoy, Ruskin and
Rajchandbhai the three great personalities have influenced me much.
Tolstoy through his book and correspondence Ruskin by his " UNTO THIS
LAST!" and Rajchandbhai by his close contact.
When I had grown up doubts about
Hinduism, it was Rajchandbhai who helped me (to remain firm in my belief). In
the month of July 1891, when I returned from England and reached Bombay, that I
first met Rajchandbhai. Dr. Pranjivandas introducing him to me, as a Kavi
(Poet), said, that inspite of being a poet, he is a partner with us in
business. He is very wise, a 'SHATAVADHANI' also.
I was simply amazed to hear this and
out of curiosity read out to him a big list of words from various languages,
which I had written beforehand for my convenience. After hearing me,
Rajchandbhai repeated those words exactly in the same order as I read them.
I was satisfied and wondered (at this
extraordinary feat of memory). Indeed I had a great regard and impression about
his faculty of memory. The wonder is that the Kavi had no knowledge of English
and he was only 25 years old at the time. A student only of vernacular (normal)
classes, yet he developed his wisdom and knowledge such that commanded respect
from all ! My acquaintance with Kavi continued for long, as a " Gnyani” he
While Mahatma Gandhi was in South
Africa, he came into the contact of the Christian Missionaries and had
religious and philosophical discussions with them. As a result he had to face a
mental storm which arose in his mind . He at once wrote to Kavi Rajchandra and
sought his help to clear the doubtful points, which were troubling his mind. He
put no less than 27 questions to the Kavi, which were duly answered. Four are reproduced below: