Blissful Message of the Spiritual Leader of Sindhi Community Rev. Dada Jashanji Vaswani
Of the great French painter, Pierre Auguste Renoir, it is said that in his old age, he suffered from arthritis, which twisted and cramped his hands. One of his friends watched sadly while, Renoir, holding the brush with only his fingertips, continued to paint, even though the slightest movement caused stabbing pain. The friend asked Renor why he persisted in painting even though it caused him so much torture. Renoir replied: "The pain passes, but the beauty remains".
Shri Bhagwan Bhagchandani - a close associate of Dada Ram Panjwani and a former General Manager of Crompton Greaves Ltd. – has taken great pains in producing this beautiful publication. The pain will be forgotten, but the beautiful publication will remain – and be a source of endless inspiration to generations unborn.
It was one of Dada Ram Panjwani’s cherished dreams to produce a book recording the sacrifices of Sindhi writers, poets, poets, educationists, journalist and others who, in spite of the heavy odds they had to face during the first twenty five years after partition, bravely held high the flag of Sindhyat. They were true, heroic souls.
The Sindhis, I believe, have a rich contribution to make to the thought and life of India and Humanity. My regret is that many Sindhis – scattered, as they are, all over India and the world – are unaware of the rich heritage which belongs to them as children of one of the most ancient civilizations of the world – the Indus Valley Civilisation. Many Sindhis are unaware of the rich heritage, which belongs to them as children of one of the most ancient civilizations of the world – the Indus Valley Civilisation. Many Sindhis are unaware of the sacrificesour stalwarts have made in keeping Sindhyat alive. Hence the value of Brother Bhagwan Bhagchandani’s fascinating publication.
The Sindhis have thrown up poets and writers and have built up schools and colleges and hospitals and dharamshalas, of which any the best community may be proud.
Ancient is the civilization to which the Sindhis belong. When the Aryans came to India and stood on the banks of the mighty River Indus, they exclaimed in sheer wonder, “Sindhu, Sindhu’ The word, “Sindhu”, appears in a number of hymns in the oldest scripture of humanity, the Rigveda. The Sindhu (Indus) Valley Civilisation is at least 7,000 years old. And India was originally called, “Sindhustan”, the Land of the Sindhu”.
When, due to the partition of India, the Sindhis were dispossessed of their lands and properties, they did not give in to despair. Leaving their properties and possessions in Sind, they migrated to India, bringing with themselves their enterprising spirit, their faith in God and their many qualities of head and heart. In Sind, there was never a Sindhi Hindu beggar. When they came to India, they resolved that they would starve rather than beg. Little boys attended school during the day and, in the afternoon, kept themselves busy hawking on the streets or in railway trains.
The Sindhis are a peaceful, hardworking, hospitable, open-minded community. They have builtup the image of Indians abroad as a prosperous and dependable people. They are free from inhibitions of caste and creed. In Sindhi Temples you will find images of Sri Rama and Sri Krishna placed, side by side, with those of Shiva and Durga and Guru Nanak. The Sindhis are cosmopolitan in their outlook. Someone said that today in India it is difficult to meet an Indian: everyone belongs to one province or the other. The Sindhis are the only Indians in India.
The Sindhis are an enterprising and industrious people – full of the spirit of faith and courage. They know the subtle psychology of influencing the customer. Sindhi merchants, rightly said an Englishman, know how to “hypnotise the customers.”
In the course of a talk I had with Dr.Arnold Toynbee, this great historian of our days paid a rich tribute to the Sindhis. He said that even in the remotest parts of the world he always found some Gujaratis and Sindhis.
Maharishi D.K. Karve, the founder of the Indian Woman’s University repeatedly urged that the Sindhis were a “most generous and hospitable people.”
In his interesting travel book, Peter Mayne says: “Sindhis are the easiest and most open of the Eastern people, I have come across… They do not seem to be tormented by any inhibitions.”
And to my Sindhi brethren, I would say: We are scattered all over India-and the world. Our community will survive only if we keep our language alive. Let every Sindhi learn as many languages as he will, but let him not neglect the Sindhi language. It is the language of our Saint-poets and dervishes. The Sindhi language has been inspiration of Sindhi life. And in the words of Sadhu Vaswani: “To be cut off from your language and your literature, O Sindhi people, will be uprooted from life itself”.
Maythe new generation learn to love the Sindhi language and feel proud of the Sindhi culture, which we have inherited from the hoary past, if indeed we are to have a future worthy of the hopes and struggles of our Great Ones, and to achieve the purpose for which the Beloved Community has survived the shocks of history.
May this informative, educative, elegant book be blessed with success, which it so richly deserves.
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Disclaimer: Please note Sindhisangat has uploaded the entire book on the website as per discussion with the Mr Bhagwan Bhagchandani.