A commemorative postage stamp on Sant Gulab Gondoji Mohod, a Hindu saint from Maharashtra :
Issued by India
Issued on Dec 19, 2018
Issued for : Department of Posts is pleased to issue a Commemorative Postage Stamp on Gulabrao Maharaj.
Stamp/FDC/Brochure/Cancellation Cachet : Ms. Gulistan
Type : Stamp, Mint Condition
Colour : Multi Colour
Denomination : 500 Paise
Stamps Printed : 3.0 lakh
Printing Process : Wet Offset
Printer : Security Printing Press, Hyderabad
Name : Gulab Gondoji Mohod
Born on Jul 6, 1881 at Amravati, Maharashtra, India
Died on Sep 20, 1915 at Pune, Maharashtra, India
- Gulabrao Maharaj was a Hindu saint from Maharashtra, India. Born in a farmer’s family, deprived of education, blinded of on early age, facing adverse conditions all around, he was still credited with giving a vision of life to the people.
- Gulabrao Maharaj was born in a Maharashtrian family on 6 July, 1881 to Gonduji Mohod and Alokabai Mohod from the village of Madhan near Amravati. His full name was Gulab Gonduji Mohod. He became blind on being administered the wrong medicine at the age of 9 months. When he was four years old his mother died and he was brought up by his maternal grandmother in Loni Takli village. He was married to Mankarnika, daughter of Ganaji Bhuyar a farmer in nearby village in the year 1896.
- Sant Gulabrao Maharaj was known as Pradnyachakshu Madhuradwaitacharya Gulabrao Maharaj. He was called Pradnyachakshu because in-spite of becoming blind at the age of about 9 months, he was master of Vedanta philosophy and many occult and physical sciences. ‘Pradnya’ means intelligence and eyes are called “chakshu” in Sanskrit language. He had many divine powers that included the ‘intellectual eyesight’.
- Gulabrao Maharaj displayed his deep intellect and genius through a vast array of writings on Bhakti Vedanta, Sankhya, Nayaya, ethics, Yoga, Ayurveda, music, poetry, literature, plays and scripts in Sanskrit, Marathi, Hindi, Brij and Varhadi. He wrote about 133 books on various subjects containing more than 6000 pages, 130 commentaries and about 25,000 stanzas in poetry. He particularly wrote on the Advait Vedanta of Shri Sankaracharya and Shri Dnyaneshwar Maharaj. He liked the holy songs (Bhajans), holy verses (Shlokas) and reading occult books. He would ask his friends to read the books and would repeat the contents immediately. He had extraordinary memory. He knew all the Vedas and Shastras at the age of ten years. He started writing essays and poetry on religious philosophy since 1897 i.e. from the age of sixteen. He would visit nearby cities, villages and towns and meet people to discuss various topics of religion. In the year 1902 when he was 21, he wrote a commentary on the theories of Darwin and Spencer. He wrote books on various subjects like dhnyan, yoga and bhakti and commentaries on ancient treatises. He wrote on the “Manas Ayurveda”, i.e. psychological part in the Ayurveda. He gave valuable guidelines to those who want to attain salvation and gain eternal knowledge.
- Gulabrao Maharaj is also called “Dharama Samanvaya Maharshi” because he compared and contrasted Indian Philosophy with western philosophy and put up the theory of reconciliation to remove misunderstandings and conflicts from all religions of the world.
- Gulabrao Maharaj died at an early age of 34 years on 20 September, 1915.
- Text : Based on information received from the proponent.