Sadhu Vaswani was a great Sindhi educationist and philosopher. He was born as Thanwardas Lilaram Vaswani, on November 25, 1879, in Hyderabad, Sind. In his youth, he became a scholar of the Upanishads, part of the oldest spiritual texts on Earth. He graduated from the University of Bombay with a bachelor’s degree in 1899, and a master’s degree in 1902. His first job was as a teacher at Union Academy. He then took a professorship in History and Philosophy position at the City College in Calcutta. It was here that Vaswani found his Guru (spiritual teacher), Sri Promotholal Sen, affectionately known as Naluda. Five years later, Vaswani moved to Karachi, in 1908, and joined the D. J. Science College as a Professor of English and Philosophy. In 1910, Vaswani and his guru, Sri Promotholal, sailed from Bombay to Berlin (Germany) to attend the Congress of World Religions. In 1920, Vaswani’s mother died. Shortly thereafter, he became a brahmachari.
In the beginning, Sadhu Vaswani developed a devout following of mostly women. They called themselves the Sakhi Satsang back then. During an age when a woman’s place was in the home, Sadhu Vaswani suggested that they be the ones to lead the country towards a brighter future. He was so committed to this belief, that he founded a girl’s college to educate women and named it the Mira School. Thus began what the world now knows as the Mira Movement.
Sadhu Vaswani was one of the first supporters of the Satyagraha Movement, a freedom movement characterized by noncooperation and nonviolence, led by Gandhi. He used his influence on the Indian National Congress to get legislation passed in favor of Indian independence. He also wrote many books about the socioeconomic and political affairs of the time, such as My Motherland and Awake Young India.
- Written by Neelam Wadhwani