Desk. Today the 151st birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation, is being celebrated today. The name Bapu is one of the most inspiring legends in Indian history. He was instrumental in providing independence to the country. Gandhiji’s personality was a miracle in itself. The people who came in contact with him felt blessed. His words and teachings changed the direction of people’s lives. People worship Mahatma Gandhi as the greatest saint of modern India. Crores of people all over the world, who follow the path of non-violence and truth, consider him as their guide, but once a small child became the guide of Mahatma Gandhi.
Actually, in a photo before independence, a boy is seen walking holding Gandhiji’s sticks. In an old photograph, a child is seen walking ahead of him holding Gandhiji’s sticks. This is one of the rare photographs of Gandhiji. In this picture, a small child is walking forward by holding one end of Gandhiji’s sticks and Gandhiji is following him by holding the other end of the sticks. This child was four years old at the time, it is claimed that Mahatma Gandhi came to Chhattisgarh in 1933. And this child had impressed him immensely. This child, whose name was Rameshwar, later became famous as Swami Atmanand.
Dedicated life to human service
Saint Atmanand, being influenced by the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi and then Swami Vivekananda, dedicated his life to human service by remaining celibate. He raised awareness about human service, leprosy, education and rituals in Chhattisgarh. He gave an elemental interpretation of the sacred texts and Upanishads of Hinduism. Hearing the interpretation of religious literature from his mouth changed the lives of many people and thus Rameshwar became Saint Atmanand.
The elders of Chhattisgarh say that when they used to do Ramnam Kirtan, listening to it gave a divine feeling. Audio recordings of Sant Atmanand’s interpretation of the Gita contemplation are still available today. He was born on 6 October 1929 in Barabanda village in Raipur district. Her father was a teacher and mother housewife in the government school at Mandhar. His father Dhaniram Verma took admission in Hindi University established by Mahatma Gandhi in Wardha for higher education and came to Wardha with the whole family.
Raghupati Raghav Rajaram used to sing Bhajan Rameshwar
The Varma family started visiting regularly at Sevagram Ashram in Wardha. Here Rameshwar, the boy, used to sing Bhagwan’s favorite Raghupati Raghav Rajaram and people used to listen to him with fascination. Gradually, the child became very dear to Rameshwar Gandhi. Gandhiji had immense affection for that child and often kept it with him. After some time Dhaniram came back to Raipur with family. Here Rameshwar, a student from St. Paul’s School, passed the High School examination, then studied MSc from Nagpur University. He then appeared in the IAS written examination and was successful in it, but did not appear in the interview. He joined the Ramakrishna Ashram and made life-long human service his goal. On August 27, 1989, Sant Atmanand died in a road accident near Rajnandgaon, but his thoughts as a saint are still alive in the society.