EXAMPLES SET BY GREAT PEOPLE
If we turn back pages of history,the names of great men stand out in golden letters.
1 Florence nightingle became extra-ordinary of love and care,influsing new life into wounded soldiers.
2 Gandhiji's all great deeds were sown on the grounds of Truth and Non-voilence.
3 Helen Keller distinguished herself through the quality of endeour and courage,striving to overcome her handicaps and encouraging others to do the same.
4 Our all freedom fighters serve asa shining examples of the quality of patriotism.
CARE AND CONCERN FOR PEOPLE
When Gandhiji was to go on the Bengal tour, two third- class compartments were reserved for him and his party.He found that to compartments were not necessary;his party could be easily accommodated only in one of them. So he called Kanu Gandhi and asked him to vacate one of the two compartments.
But both have been reserved for us,Bapuji.
The railways authorities have been already paid!"
"That does bot matter at all! We are going to Bengal for poor and starving millions. It is not proper on our part to enjoy train.Morever,don't you observe the suffocating rush in other third- class compartments?
Under such circumstances, we should not occupy more space than what is absolutely necessary. Travelling in third class compartment will be criminal joke! observed Gandhiji.
This incident shows that how much Gandhiji cared for people.We should also care for others, no matter we know them or not.
RAJA RAM MOHAN ROY
Raja Ram Mohan Roy has been rightly hailed as the morning star of Indian Renaissance and the Inaugurator of the Modern Age of India Scholar,Writer,Journalist and social reformer, Raja Ram Mohan Roy founded the Brahmo Samaj in 1828 as the forum for the followers of all religions. He was a champion of individual liberty, a fighter for the freedom of the press and an upholder of the rights of women. He was opposed to idolatry and religious superstition. While appreciating the finer aspecpts of Western oriented. He wanted Indian not to lose sight of their essential Indianess rooted in the Vedas. He gave a stimulus to writing in Bengali. He was a Titan in his generation.
Apart from his religious conerns, Ram Mohan Roy was vitally interested in social reform, particularly, the uplift of women.He kept up an agitation for the abolition of Sati till it was legally abolished in Dec 1829 by Loard William Bentinck. "The service that Raja Ram Mohan Roy rendered to the causes of the suppression of Sati lay in strenghtening the hands of the Government of proving fron ancient Hindu scriptures that the self-immolation of a widow is nowhere enjoined as a duty; and that a life of piety and self-abnegation was considered more virtuous-points on which the Governor-General based the preamble of the anti-Sati decree."
Swami Dayananda Saraswati
Swami Dayananda Saraswati is one of the great leaders of the Modern Indian Renaissance. Kulapati Munshi looked upon him as "the first among moderns who lived and taught others to live up to the permanent values of our culure".
Swami Dayananda was a powerful human dynamo physically, mentally and spiritually.
A distinguished religious leader, social reformer, system builder, Swami Dayananda was a gifted speaker and a prolific writer.
Swami Dyananda's voluminous writings include commentaries on the first three Vedas, an encyclopaedic work on Hinduism called 'Satyartha Parkash', a book of prayers and a work on Sanskrit grammar. Though his mother-tongue was Gujrati he spoke and wrote mainly in Hindi and the 'Dayananda period' has a distinct place in Hindi literature.
1. The Vedas, particularly the mantra part of them, are the words of God.
2. He who is called Brahman or the Most High or the Paramatman permeates the whole universe.
3. Dharma, which is truthfulness in thought, word and deed, is the will of God as embodied in the Vedas.
4. Salvation is to be attained through worship of God, the performance of time honoured ritual deeds, and the acquisition of the true knowledge.
Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar(1820-1891)
'Ocean of Knowledge' Vidyasagar was a tile conferred on him and he was hailed as such by a personage no less than the Saint of Dakshineshwar, Sri Ramakrishana Paramahamsa.
Scholar, social reformer, educationist and philanthropist, Vidyasagar won praise from Rabinranath Tagore as an 'artist'- an artist whose sense of beauty was revealed in his Bengali writings.
Vidyasagar was a rare combination of 'Vidya' and 'Vinaya', knowledge and humility. Steeped in Shastric lore, he was yet progressive in outlook. A scholar in Sanskrit, he did not disdain learning of English and, in fact, encouraged its study. Few men had done so much for women's education in the teeth of opposition as he did during the nineteenth century. An ardent champion of widow re-marriage, he got his own son married to a widow. He laid the basis for modern Bengali writing being himself the author of many books.
"As a reformer of social evils, as an educationist, a man of literature and learning, a philanthropist, a staunch nationlist and a man of honour, Vidyasagar will ever stand out prominently the galaxy of great men of his century. Politics was not his domain but in other fields of activity he contributed immensely to build up a better national consciousness and character.