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Gadge Baba Essay In Marathi

यह घटना सन् 1907 के आस-पास की है। अमरावती के पास ऋषमोचन नामक गांव में एक बहुत बड़ा मेला लगा हुआ था। मेले में हजारों लोग आए हुए थे। इस वजह से वहां सफाई का नामोनिशान न था। सभी लोग यह सोच रहे थे कि मेले में इतने लोग हैं और सफाई कोई अकेले उन्हीं की जिम्मेदारी नहीं है। वे भोजन की जूठी पत्तलों, दोनों और मिट्टी के बर्तनों को जहां-तहां फेंके जा रहे थे। गंदगी बढ़ती जा रही थी और किसी का इस ओर ध्यान नहीं था। वहां एक युवा भी उपस्थित थे। वह चारों ओर गंदगी देखकर अकेले ही झाड़ू लेकर सार्वजनिक स्थल पर सफाई करने में जुट गए। यह देखकर दर्शनार्थियों के मन में कौतूहल के साथ-साथ उनके प्रति आदर भाव जागृत हुआ और वहां भीड़ लग गई।



भीड़ को एकत्रित देखकर गाडगे महाराज बोले, 'आप मुझे इस तरह हैरत से क्यों देख रहे हैं? मैं कोई अजूबा नहीं हूं, न ही मैं कोई अनोखा काम कर रहा हूं। फर्क इतना है कि जिस सफाई को आप केवल अपने घरों तक सीमित रखना चाहते हैं, उसी सफाई को मैं पूरे देश में फैलाना चाहता हूं। गंदगी के कारण ही महामारी और असंख्य बीमारियां पनपती हैं। इसमें हम सभी का हाथ होता है और बीमारी की चपेट में आने वाले भी हम ही होते हैं। लेकिन हम जागते तभी हैं जब इसकी चपेट में आते हैं। मुझमें और आप में इतना अंतर जरूर है कि मैं पहले ही जागरूक हो गया हूं और यहां सफाई कर रहा हूं।' गाडगे महाराज की बातें सुनकर वहां मौजूद दर्शनार्थियों की नजरें झुक गईं। इसके बाद सभी श्रद्धालु झाड़ू लिए सफाई में जुट गए।

प्रस्तुति : रेनू सैनी

Debuji Zhingraji Janorkar (February 23, 1876 - December 20, 1956), popularly known as Sant Gadge Maharaj or Gadge Baba, was a saintly social reformer, a wandering mendicant who held weekly festivals with the help of his disciples across Maharashtra. His reforms and visions for villages in India is still a source of inspiration for various political parties and non-government organizations.

Maharaj was born in Shedgaon village in Amravati District of Maharashtra in a washerman's family. A public teacher, he traveled from one place to another wearing his food pan upturned on his head and carrying his trademark broom. When he entered a village, he would instantly start cleaning the gutters and roads of the village. He also told the citizens of the village that their congratulations would have to wait until his work was done. In return the villagers gave him money. From this money Maharaj built educational institutions, dharmasalas, hospitals and animal shelters. He conducted his discourses in the form of "Kirtans" in which he would emphasize values like service to humanity and compassion. During his kirtans he would educate people against blind faiths and rituals. He would use Dohas by Saint Kabir in his discourses.
He exhorted people to stop animal sacrifice as part of religious rituals and campaigned against vices such as alcohol abuse. He tried to embody the values that he preached: hard work, simple living and selfless service to the poor. He abandoned his family (wife and 3 children) to pursue this path. Maharaj met the spiritual teacher Mehar Baba several times. Mehar Baba indicated that Maharaj was one of his favorite saints and that Maharaj was on the sixth plane of consciousness . Maharaj invited Mehar Baba to Pandharpur , India , and on 6 November 1954 thousands of people had Maharaj and Mehar Baba’s darshan
Maharaj died on December 20, 1956 on his way to Amravati, on the banks of river Pedhi near Valgaon. The Government of India has started a 'Sant Gadgebaba Swachta Abhiyan' in 2000-01 in his honour. This programme awards prizes to villagers, who maintain clean villages.
Currently almost all organizations build by him are functioning well. On December 20th, 1956 the Great Saint left this mortal world. Even so many years have passed since his departure there is lot of following for him. Government of Maharashtra state also runs a village cleanliness programme named after him. University of Amravati was renamed as Sant Gadge Baba University.

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