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Shree Guruji on “Hindu View of Life” by P. Parameshwaran

1. The Authentic Voice

Sister Nivedita in her foreword to the Complete works of Swami Vivekananda wrote in the year 1906, “What Hinduism needed, amidst the general disintegration of the modern era, was a rock where she could lie at anchor, an authoritative utterance in which she might recognize herself. And this was given to her, in these words and writings of the Swami Vivekananda” (page ix – Introduction – The Complete works of Swami Vivekananda Vol I). More or less in the same words could be described the message that Shri Guruji gave to his countrymen during the three decades of his Sarsanghachalakship of the RSS. Like Swami Vivekananda, Shri Guriji’s ideas have come down to us mostly through the lectures he delivered and the letters he wrote on innumerable occasions. He neither had the time nor the inclination to sit down and write any book as such, though his skill, ability, scholarship and mastery over language for the task were unquestionable. To the question why in spite of his thorough knowledge of history, he did not write down a book on history, Shri Guruji’s reply was typical. “We are here to make history. It is for others to write.” In his endless travels, and meetings with people from all strata of society – rich and poor, intellectuals and illiterate – and in his almost daily lectures and discourses, Shri Guruji dealt with every aspect of life, both in their practical and philosophical dimensions. He was eminently qualified for such a daunting job.

These viewpoints have a unique significance. They are not mere philosophical treatises. Shri Guruji was not just an academic philosopher. No doubt, he had mastered the crux and complexities of the Hindu philosophy. But, as a down-to-earth, practical leader of men, guide and philosopher of a multi-faceted countrywide movement, he had tested his philosophical wisdom by experience and experiment in his every day life and contact. He never lost touch with concrete situations and burning problems. As such, his viewpoint, while remaining deeply rooted in the Hindu spiritual tradition, had intense practical relevance.
But, Shri Guruji never got stuck up in the problems and travails of the immediate present. Though he never failed to give practical guidelines for the immediate problems of the organizations and the Hindu society, he had always kept a long-term perspective and never swerved from the national and the spiritual angle. Even while guiding politicians who approached him for advice, Shri Guruji never counseled expediency or unprincipled compromise. He belonged to the tradition of the Rishis who were the safe custodians of unerring wisdom.

All this was possible because he lived and worked during what could be termed a Yuga Sandhi. He belonged as much to the glorious traditions of the past as to the future with its immense possibilities. He was born into a family tradition enriched itself by rigorous and austere religious practices. His parentage left a deep and indelible impress of uncompromising spiritual values, of strict and rigorous adherence to religious practices and observances. His education at the most famous university – Benares Hindu University – where the atmosphere was throbbing with the living presence of Mahamana Malaviyaji molded him in a manner not possible elsewhere. The rare privilege to come under the spiritual magnetism of Swami Akhandanandaji, a direct disciple of Shri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and the Gurubhai of Swami Vivekananda, gave Shri Guruji a unique opportunity to nourish his in-born spiritual tendencies to the fullest extent. To add to all these, Shri Guruji came into intimate contact with Dr. Hedgewar who was the very personification of dedication to Hindu nation. The touch of Dr. Hedgewar gradually transformed and finally decided the direction of Shri Guruji’s momentous life.

In him, we find a blending of the influences of the life and teachings of Swami Vivekananda and Shri Aurobindo and also Lokamanya Tilak, the father of Indian unrest. This was a rare combination pregnant with tremendous possibilities. As Guruji’s life unfolded through its various stages, the world witnessed the presence of an organizer, a transformer, a philosopher and a prophet, all rolled into one. Shri Dattopant Thengadi with his intuitive perception described Shri Guruji as “The great sentinel”. With genuine poetic inspiration Shri Thengadiji sang the glory of Shri Guruji in the following couplets.

O Mighty master! To the tune of Thy finger The oceans dance and the mountains move Crowns are raised and melted down
Thou art supreme, – Here and Above. (… p5, The Great Sentinel)

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શ્રીજીએ “જીવનનો હિંદૂ દૃષ્ટિકોણ” પર

સ્વામી વિવેકાનંદના પૂર્ણ કાર્યોની પૂર્વાભાષામાંઇસ સિસ્ટર નિવેદિતાએ વર્ષ ૧6૦6 માં લખ્યું હતું, “આધુનિક યુગના સામાન્ય વિઘટન વચ્ચે હિન્દુ ધર્મની જે જરૂર હતી, તે એક ખડક હતી જ્યાં તે લંગર પર સૂઈ શકે, તે એક અધિકૃત વાક્ય હતું. તેણી પોતાને ઓળખી શકે છે. અને આ તેણીને આ શબ્દો અને સ્વામી વિવેકાનંદના લખાણોમાં આપવામાં આવ્યું હતું. ”(પાના IX – પરિચય – સ્વામી વિવેકાનંદ ભાગ 1 ની સંપૂર્ણ રચનાઓ). આ જ શબ્દોમાં વધુ કે ઓછા એવા સંદેશા વર્ણવવામાં આવી શકે છે કે શ્રી ગુરુજીએ તેમના રાષ્ટ્રિય સંગઠનનાં સરસંચાલક્ષરશિપના ત્રણ દાયકા દરમિયાન તેમના દેશવાસીઓને આપ્યો સંદેશ. સ્વામી વિવેકાનંદની જેમ, શ્રી ગુરુજીના વિચારો મોટે ભાગે તેમણે આપેલા પ્રવચનો અને અસંખ્ય પ્રસંગોએ તેમણે લખેલા પત્રો દ્વારા આપણી પાસે ઉતર્યા છે. તેમની પાસે બેસીને આવા કોઈ પણ પુસ્તક લખવાનો સમય કે ઝુકાવ ન હતો, તેમ છતાં તેમની આવડત, ક્ષમતા, શિષ્યવૃત્તિ અને કાર્ય માટે ભાષા પર નિપુણતા નિંદનીય હતી. ઇતિહાસ વિશેની સંપૂર્ણ જાણકારી હોવા છતાં પણ, તેઓએ ઇતિહાસ પર કોઈ પુસ્તક કેમ ન લખ્યું તે સવાલના જવાબમાં શ્રી ગુરુજીનો જવાબ વિશિષ્ટ હતો. “અમે અહીં ઇતિહાસ રચવા માટે આવ્યા છીએ. બીજાએ લખવાનું છે. ” તેમની અનંત યાત્રાઓ અને સમાજના તમામ વર્ગના લોકો – શ્રીમંત અને ગરીબ, બૌદ્ધિક અને અભણ – અને તેમના લગભગ દૈનિક પ્રવચનો અને પ્રવચનોમાં શ્રી ગુરુજીએ તેમના વ્યવહારિક અને દાર્શનિક પરિમાણોમાં જીવનના દરેક પાસાઓ સાથે કામ કર્યું. તે આવી અવ્યવસ્થિત નોકરી માટે જાણીતા હતા.

આ દ્રષ્ટિકોણોનું એક અનોખું મહત્વ છે. તે માત્ર દાર્શનિક ગ્રંથો નથી. શ્રી ગુરુજી માત્ર એક શૈક્ષણિક દાર્શનિક નહોતા. તેમાં કોઈ શંકા નથી કે તેમણે હિંદુ દર્શનની જટિલતાઓ અને મુશ્કેલીઓમાં નિપુણતા મેળવી હતી. પરંતુ, ડાઉન-ટુ-પૃથ્વી, પુરુષોના વ્યવહારુ નેતા, બહુપક્ષીય દેશવ્યાપી ચળવળના માર્ગદર્શક અને તત્વજ્herાની તરીકે, તેમણે તેમના દૈન્યિક ડહાપણને તેમના રોજિંદા જીવન અને સંપર્કમાં અનુભવ અને પ્રયોગ દ્વારા પરીક્ષણ કર્યું હતું. તેમણે નક્કર પરિસ્થિતિઓ અને બર્નિંગ સમસ્યાઓનો સંપર્ક ક્યારેય ગુમાવ્યો નહીં. તેમ તેમ, તેમનો દૃષ્ટિકોણ, જ્યારે હિન્દુ આધ્યાત્મિક પરંપરામાં deeplyંડે મૂળમાં હતો, ત્યારે તેની તીવ્ર વ્યવહારિક સુસંગતતા હતી.
પરંતુ, શ્રી ગુરુજી તાત્કાલિક હાજરની સમસ્યાઓ અને મુશ્કેલીઓમાં કદી અટવાયા નહીં. તેમ છતાં તેઓ સંગઠનો અને હિન્દુ સમાજની તાત્કાલિક સમસ્યાઓ માટે વ્યવહારુ માર્ગદર્શિકા આપવામાં ક્યારેય નિષ્ફળ ગયા, તેમ છતાં તેમણે હંમેશાં લાંબા ગાળાની દ્રષ્ટિબિંદુ રાખી હતી અને રાષ્ટ્રીય અને આધ્યાત્મિક કોણમાંથી ક્યારેય ભટકી ન હતી. રાજકારણીઓ કે જેમણે સલાહ માટે સંપર્ક કર્યો હતો તેમને માર્ગદર્શન આપતી વખતે પણ, શ્રી ગુરુજીએ ક્યારેય અભિવ્યક્તિ અથવા સૈદ્ધાંતિક સમાધાનની સલાહ આપી નહીં. તે ishષિઓની પરંપરા સાથે સંકળાયેલા હતા જે અવિરત શાણપણના સલામત રક્ષકો હતા.

આ બધુ શક્ય હતું કારણ કે તે યુગ સંધી તરીકે ઓળખાતી વાતો દરમિયાન જીવતો અને કામ કરતો હતો. તે ભૂતકાળની ગૌરવપૂર્ણ પરંપરાઓ જેટલી જ તેની પુષ્કળ શક્યતાઓ સાથે ભવિષ્યની હતી. તે સખત અને ધાર્મિક વ્યવહારથી સમૃદ્ધ એક પારિવારિક પરંપરામાં જન્મ્યો હતો. તેમના માતાપિતાએ કાલ્પનિક આધ્યાત્મિક મૂલ્યોની ધાર્મિક પદ્ધતિઓ અને પાલનનું કડક અને કઠોર પાલન કરવાની deepંડી અને અમર્ય છાપ છોડી હતી. સૌથી પ્રખ્યાત યુનિવર્સિટી – બેનરેસ હિન્દુ યુનિવર્સિટીમાં તેમનું શિક્ષણ, જ્યાં મહામાના માલવિયાજીની જીવંત હાજરીથી વાતાવરણ ધમધમતું હતું અને તેમને અન્યત્ર શક્ય ન હોય તેવી રીતે edાળવામાં આવ્યો. શ્રી રામકૃષ્ણ પરમહમસાના સીધા શિષ્ય અને સ્વામી વિવેકાનંદના ગુરુભાઇ, સ્વામી અખંડનંદાજીના આધ્યાત્મિક ચુંબકત્વ હેઠળ આવવાના દુર્લભ લહાવો, શ્રી ગુરુજીને તેમની જન્મજાત આધ્યાત્મિક વૃત્તિઓને સંપૂર્ણ હદ સુધી પોષવાની અનન્ય તક આપી. આ બધામાં ઉમેરો કરવા માટે, શ્રી ગુરુજી હિંદુ રાષ્ટ્ર પ્રત્યેના સમર્પણનું ખૂબ જ રૂપ ધરાવતા ડ Dr.. હેડગેવાર સાથે ગાtimate સંપર્કમાં આવ્યા. ડ Dr.. હેડગેવારનો સ્પર્શ ધીરે ધીરે પરિવર્તિત થયો

અને અંતે શ્રી ગુરુજીના મહત્વપૂર્ણ જીવનની દિશા નક્કી કરી. તેમનામાં, અમને સ્વાસ્થ્ય વિવેકાનંદ અને શ્રી obરોબિંદો અને ભારતીય અશાંતિના પિતા લોકમાન્ય તિલકના જીવન અને ઉપદેશોના પ્રભાવોનું સંમિશ્રણ મળે છે. આ પ્રચંડ સંભાવનાઓ સાથે ગર્ભવતી એક દુર્લભ સંયોજન છે. જેમ જેમ ગુરુજીનું જીવન તેના વિવિધ તબક્કાઓમાંથી પસાર થયું, વિશ્વએ આયોજક, ટ્રાન્સફોર્મર, દાર્શનિક અને પ્રબોધકની હાજરી જોઈ, બધા એકમાં ફેરવાયા. શ્રી દત્તોપંત થેંગાડીએ તેમની સાહજિક દ્રષ્ટિથી શ્રી ગુરુજીને “મહાન મોકલનાર” ગણાવ્યા. અસલી કાવ્યાત્મક પ્રેરણાથી શ્રી થેંગાદિજીએ નીચે આપેલા દંપતીઓમાં શ્રી ગુરુજીનો મહિમા ગાવ્યો.

ઓ માઇટી માસ્ટર! તમારી આંગળીના સૂરમાં મહાસાગરો નૃત્ય અને પર્વતો ખસે છે ક્રાઉન્સ ઉભા થાય છે અને પીગળે છે
તું સર્વોચ્ચ કલા છે, – અહીં અને ઉપર. (… પી 5, ધ ગ્રેટ સેંટિનેલ)

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Urgent Action needed for protecting villages from rising sea levels because of Global Warming (Sea Barrier Conservation Project)

 


 

A. Introduction

An extensive portion of the land alongside the sea at Dandi and further south along the coastline in the Kantha Vibhag area has a problem of sea erosion and sea water overflowing into agricultural lands and over time this area has become unusable because of the saltiness of the land (know as Khanjar). This will continue to be a bigger problem because of rising oceans. Seasonal Monsoon flooding is another problem that has to be addressed, flooding in the villages during the rainy season disrupts life and it takes months to recover, proper draining and preparedness for the annual rains will alleviate the issue.

There is now an increasing need to protect the coastline and inner areas of our gams from sea water and erosion, especially because of rising waters due to global warming. Sea Water that has been flowing into the Khanjar areas over the years has been turning good arable farm land into unusable land caused by salty sea water and sea erosion. This can readily be reversed by erecting natural sea barriers where sea water overflows into the land in the form of sand and rock barriers and mangrove vegetation. Fish farmers who currently use sea water can continue doing so by piping sea water to the required pond areas.

Any solutions implemented should take into consideration monsoon rains together with the problems of drainage and runoff of much needed fresh water into the sea, it may be desirable to store this water perhaps in a lake. A feasibility study of all possible solutions should be presented before any project is started, this will all be done with the help and collaboration of the regional government departments.

As part of the Tree Planting Project, thousands of trees should be planted on the Dandi coastline as protection against natural calamities like cyclone, hurricane, Tsunami, etc.

B. Key Issues

– Severe sea erosion problems in some areas on the beachfront and further inland
– Sea levels rising every year due to climate change
– the solution of P.P. Gabions is not suitable
– Protection by using tetrapod mays be part of the solution, though high cost may be an issue
– If protection work is carried out by larger size stones, Gabions, Tetrapods, Beach will loose its
natural beauty
– a study needs to be conducted before a solution is implemented
– requires a permanent long term solution
– time is of the essence, if the government is unable to help with a timely solution then a community funded solution will be the only alternative.

C. Potential Solutions and Opportunities

The one solution is to put up barriers that will prevent sea water from overflowing into land areas, these barriers should be as high as the height of the highest watermark during high tide multiplied by two, this will ensure a permanent long term solution. Routine maintenance has to be planned on a periodic basis, perhaps quarterly to ensure that the barriers are not compromised due to soil erosion and wave action.

Land Reclamation – preventing sea water from overflowing into the area and reversing the saltiness of the Khanjar area will suddenly make hundreds of acres of land available for farming and other non-agricultural uses.

D. Challenges

1. Currently, sea water is used by the fishing industry in ponds, continuation of this supply is necessary by providing piping from the coastal area to the inland ponds on a limited basis.
2. Funding for the project
3. If nothing is done then there is a threat the entre Kantha Vibhag area may be overrun with sea water and it will result in loss of farmland and habitat.

E. Project Implementation

– All work that has to be done should be conducted with the help and permission of the relevant government authorities.
– A detailed project plan and timeline should be established
– Proper project management and controls to be in place

 
pdf 1. Download Kantha Vibhag Sea Barrier Project – English
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Purpose of the Website:

    1. First and foremost, is to recognize our roots and rich culture and heritage and social and community practices which is prevalent in all our communities around the world..
    2. Valuing and drawing up existing knowledge, skills and talents of the members of the Mandhata Community Globally.
    3.  Networking with each other, helping and guiding members and affiliated associations to optimise their abilities in order to fulfil their objectives.
    4. Addressing specific issues on their own merits and proven experiences.
    5. Develop and enhance the quality of life in our village areas in India by promoting education and development in all spheres of life.
    6. Record and Archive our roots and heritage and make it available globally.
    7. Promote Hindu Religious, Spiritual, Cultural and Social Practices
    8. Recognize and acknowledge achievements by our people around the world.
    9. Network and share Best Practices to ensure a peaceful and sustainable future for our communities around the world by living in harmony with people and nature and to protect the environment.
    10. Make positive contributions to society in general and to all the people and countries that we live in, around the world

[n.b. If you would like to contribute material for the site (photos or documents) or to become an Editor, please send a message to the email account mandhataglobal@gmail.com.]

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Mandhata Community – Who are they ???

Mandhata Community refers to all the Koli Patel Community people who originated from the Kantha Vibhag area in Navsari District of South Gujarat in India and also those who migrated to various overseas countries.

The first Koli Patel immigrants from Navsari District are recorded to have sailed for South Africa in 1860. Over the years since then many more joined them. Others traveled to Fiji and then to New Zealand as early as 1902. During the War years and later large numbers traveled to East Africa.

Initially they came to work on the plantations and to build roads and railways. As years passed the vast majority of them settled in the countries where they worked. The first immigrants were all young men who went back to their local villages to get married and return to be followed by their wives a little later.

It is these immigrants who identified themselves as Mandhata Community. It is estimated that they number over a hundred thousand. UK has over 40,000 settled mainly in large cities and are now involved in almost all professions and in every industry, as in other countries too.

A vast number of us settled overseas are now sixth and seventh generation. Even the later arrivals boast third and forth generation. Yet we have continued close relationship with our extended families in India. Most of us visit regularly and many have built homes on their ancestral land.

This site highlights the history and life of the Mandhata Patel Community.

Site Specifics

This site has been built using a web content management framework, this will enable many people around the world to contribute content without any programming skills, all that is required is basic computer skills, this will ensure that content is contibuted by our communities around the world and also will ensure independance, so that no one person is tasked with the responsibility of maintaining the site. If you’d like to become a contributor, simply send an eMail message to our group email address, mandhataglobal.com. (exclude the period).

The site has been kept as simple as possible. Anyone with a basic knowledge of computing and internet will be able to interact. We are aware that a large number of you have a fund of knowledge to contribute to this site so that it can become a comprehensive repository of our history and heritage illustrated in words and pictures. In years to come this site would develop into a resource that our coming generations would refer to learn about their roots. We invite you to volunteer yourself as an administrator.

This site will be bilingual. We shall use English and Gujarati to reach as many of our people as possible.

On this site you will be able to read shorter articles in full, and where need be a .pdf version to copy. Large articles and other printed material will be in .pdf format for copying and printing.

Migration History

Preamble

When in the quiet of the night the question arises in your mind as to who your forefathers were? Where did they come from? How did they live? And you desperately want to explore your roots, this website may help you..

Perhaps the obvious starting point of this inquiry could be our own first hand knowledge of the stories told by our fathers and grandfathers of their experiences in their villages and how they made it to the foreign lands all over the world.

From their own lips we have heard how a few young men from the villages found construction jobs building railways in Surat and other nearby cities. Back in village for holidays their offers of help led more youths to join them. At work they came in contact with other peoples and particularly the English who valued their construction knowledge. This broadened their horizon. When opportunities came their way to work for railways in East Africa, plantations in South Africa and New Zealand many volunteered and packed their bags.

From their own lips we have heard how a few young men from the villages found construction jobs building railways in Surat and other nearby cities. Back in village for holidays their offers of help led more youths to join them. At work they came in contact with other peoples and particularly the English who valued their construction knowledge. This broadened their horizon. When opportunities came their way to work for railways in East Africa, plantations in South Africa and New Zealand many volunteered and packed their bags.

My paternal and maternal grandfathers both came to Mombasa, in East Africa to work on the Railways in 1919/21. They were perhaps among the first there and in their own words life was terrible. They lived in tents and were always in fear of the wild animals. For the first year or two they survived on boiled lentils with some pepper and salt. Later they grew chillies and ginger. Apart from bhajan singing in the dim light of a lantern, other entertainment was zero. Life in South Africa or New Zealand was no different. This was soon after the First World War period. Political power struggle was intense among the European powers and British were digging in wherever they went.

Period prior to the Second World War was the 2nd wave of immigration for our people. Passports were easily available and hundreds of youths leaving their families behind boarded sea-going clippers and left in search of a better life. A number of them perished and for the many who made it, life was very, very hard in every respect. Homesickness gripped many.

Read further about our History in the articles below.

Å 1. Read/Download the story of India’s Historic People by Keshavbhai J Patel.

 2. Read/Download the Early Katha Migration in Gujarati by Maganbhai B Karadia

 3. Read/Download ‘Our Finest Patriotic Years by Maganbhai B Karadia

4. Read/Download ‘Koli Samaj, a Historical Perspective’ by Dr. Arjun Patel

5. Read/Download ‘ History of Koli/Mandhata Patel People’

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Sultanpur – Migrating Flamingos

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Coastal Area new Dandi

Coastal Area near Dandi

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Jalaram Bapa Mandir

Bridge near Aatgam

Bridge near Aatgam

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Keshavbhai meeting school children


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New Avdafalia Shiv Mandir (2017)

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Karadi School

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School Children during Assembly – Karadi School

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School Children – Republic Day Celebrations

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Youth Leadership and Educational Seminar

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Shree Amratbhai Jerambhai Patel (in blue Shirt) And Shreemati Taraben Amratbhai Patel of Machhad are residents in USA. Both are generous donors of our Samaj. They visit Gam almost every year and sponsor a number of project in Machhad, other Kantha Vibhag gams. They are particularly interested in educational projects which we organise year after year. Their generous sponsorship help students with scholarships and various educational seminars for the students.  This Leadership Seminar was hosted by them and was held on 12th April 2014.

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Babubhai Patel UK (MBE) Residence in Avdafalia

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