Some time back I was interviewed by one of the international sites. In the interview I was asked as to who was my inspiration. I replied that my inspiration was Acharya Vinoba Bhave. I also told the questioner that the Acharya had started learning Japanese at the age of 70. An admirer had asked the Acharya “Acharyaji, what is the use of learning Japanese at the age of 70”. The Acharya had smiled and replied’ There is no age for learning and knowledge’. This is the essence of the Acharya’s message.
Acharya Bhave was a Gandhian leader who was
After independence Acharya Bhave devoted himself to the poor in India. He started a movement for the landless poor in India called the Bhoodan movement. In this he prevailed on rich farmers to part with part of their surplus lands which he distributed to the poor and landless. Acharya Bhave also wrote many books on religion and philosophy.
The Acharya after independence held aloft the beacon of ahimsa and non violence, after the demise of Gandhi. He was awarded the Bharat Ratna as well. He was also the first recipient of the Magsaysay award for service to the rural poor. It is because of men like Acharya Bhave, that India is great. His life is a shining example of a man who sacrificed his life for the poor.
Acharya Bhave was a great soul and when he realized that his end was nearing, he decided to stop taking food and die as a learned Acharya. India is great because of men like Acharya Vinoba Bhave.