Sadhu T L Vaswani : Sindhi Philosopher, Educationist & Spiritual Master
Sadhu vaswani [Thanwardas Leelaram Vaswani] was born on 25th November 1879 at Hyderabad Sindh. Presently his birthday is celebrated as the "Meatless Day" throughout the world. His father Shri Leelaram Vaswani was a true devotee of "Devi Mata" and mother Varanbai had great faith in "Gurbani" and she used to get up early morning for path [recitation] of Gurbani. The childhood of the child was cared for and affected to a great extent by this religious atmosphere at home.
The child was a genius, brilliant at studies even in very early days of schooling. At matriculation he stood first in the Sindh province. This was the effect of the religious atmosphere at home so that during student life besides concentrating on the school syllabus he also studied very deeply the Gurbani and Bhagvat Gita [Hindu Religious Books] and developed an attitude of faith with prayers; hence he always tried to inspire fellow students for prayers.
After completing M. A. he joined Metropolitan College Calcutta [Kolkatta] as professor and soon started working as the Principal of Dayal Singh college at Lahore [one of the biggest cities of present Pakistan]. During his career in the educational field he always concentrated on the character building of students because in his own vision "Character Building is Nation Building".
This was evidence of his wisdom and deep studies of Indian religious books that he went to Berlin at the tender age of 30 to attend "World Congress of Religions". During this visit, everyone not only was impressed with the knowledge and understanding of Indian religions that he held but also succeeded in getting some companions for his future mission to help and heal humanity.
Death of his mother, when he was of 40 years, proved a revolutionary happening for his progress on the roads of spirituality. In those days he was busy with writing books and articles. His writing was so effective that even the very first article on the front page of Mahatma Gandhi's Young India was written by him. He was a strong believer of greater involvement of youth power for the nation building and thus at Rajapur established "Shakati Aashram" to him Shakati meant Spiritual vitality.
His most notable contribution to society was the starting of the "Mira (Meera) movement" in the year 1933 in the educational field and St. Mira's College for girls only, in the year 1962 at Pune. His whole life revolved around one principle " Be strong, Be manly, Be Strong and spend your strength in the service of the poor and broken one." His spiritual life was a great inspiration from the Mira and all of his poetic expressions were dedicated to Lord Krishna now complied as "Noori Granth".
In childhood one day he listened to the crying voices of animals at the butcher shop and from that day not only left eating the flesh food but also spent his life in inspiring people to leave flesh food eating. It is the effect of his efforts that today in most parts of the world his birthday is celebrated as "Meatless Day" and every year thousand take the oath to leave the habit of eating flesh food for the rest of life from that day.
Sadhu Vaswani was among the great educationists, spiritual masters and philosopher born in the Sindhi community. Government of India recognized his works and issued a postal stamp to honor him on 25th November 1969.
He left the perishable world on 16th January 1966 for the heavenly abode but his work is in continuation under the able guidance of Dada Jashan Vaswani in the form of Sadhu Vaswani Mission.