A commemorative postage stamp on Yugacharya Srimat Swami Pranabananda Ji Maharaj, founder of Bharat Sevashram Sangha :
Issued by India
Issued on Nov 3, 2002
Issued for : The Department of Posts is happy to issue a postage stamp in honour of Swami Pranavananda.
Stamp & FDC : Sankha Samanta
Cancellation : Alka Sharma
Type : Stamp, Mint condition
Colour : Multicolour
Denomination : 500 Paise
Overall size : 4.064 x 2.73 cms.
Printing Size : 3.714 x 2.38 cms.
Perforation : 13 x 13
Paper : Imported un w/m adhesive gravure coated stamp paper in sheets 50.8 x 53.5 cms.
Stamps Printed : 5 million
Number per issue sheet : 40
Printing Process : Photogravure
Printer : India Security Press, Nasik
Name : Binode Bhuia
Born on Jan 29, 1896 at Bajitpur, Madaripur district, Bengal, British India [now in Faridpur district, Bangladesh]
Died on Feb 8, 1941 at Kolkata, Bengal, British India
- Swami Pranavananda (1896-1941) was a great spiritual leader of modern India, revered for his message of universal love, nationalist zeal and zest for social reform.
- Born in the Faridpur district of East Bengal (presently in Bangladesh), his philosophical inclinations were evident even in childhood. He was often seen in deep contemplation at the village school which he attended and was popular with the children of the locality because of his helpful nature. A visit to Gorakhpur in 1913, where he got to meet Yogiraj Baba Gambhir Nathji Maharaj proved to be a landmark event in his life, and he was formally initiated into the world of spirituality. In 1916 he organized a major religious programme back home, and was elevated to the status of Acharya. He launched a Mission to carry on social service activities and spread his religious ideas, which took a formal shape as Bharat Sevashram Sangha in 1923. Swamiji believed that India could be defeated, occupied and overrun by foreign rulers only because of her lack of unity. His thoughts had a strong nationalist foundation and he wanted the Bharat Sevashram Sangha to strive tirelessly and selflessly to awaken and unite all sections of the people into a cohesive and strong India.
- The Sangha started cottage industry centres, a brahmachari school, primary schools and free dispensaries. Branches were started in different places and humanitarian work including flood relief was taken up on a large scale. A magazine called Pranav was launched to carry Swamiji‘s message to a larger audience. Overseas mission were also started. Swamiji‘s supporters came from different religions. He was also an inspiration to many freedom fighters, to whom he extended moral and material help. He continued to work tirelessly till the last day of his life, awakening, uniting and strengthening the people of India.
- Swami Pranavananda had propagated practical spirituality in preference to theoretical philosophy. Though the literature on his teachings is not elaborate, the essential truths have been codified as the Sangha–Geeta, which offers adequate guidance to his followers in achieving self-realisation. He emphasized the ideals of sacrifice, self-discipline, truth and continence and urged his followers to shun idleness, procrastination and lust. He wanted the country to rise above the divisions of communalism.
- Text : Based on material furnished by the sponsors.