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Swami Ram Tirath

Born in Muraliwala village (now in Pakistan) in 1873, Swami Ram Tirath was a yogi who gave a new meaning to Vedanta. He inspired the youth of India to rise above material wants.

The child Tirath Ram was extremely sensitive. In his childhood, he lived in abject poverty but he considered poverty a blessing. Swami Ram Tirath renounced his domestic life to seek the truth. A Professor of mathematics at Lahore, a chance meeting with Swami Vivekananda changed the course of his life and he opted the path of spirituality. He supported the universal education of girls, as he believed that God resides in the hearts of women. His concept of Vedanta is fairly comprehensive and he was very much fascinated by the syllable Om. According to him Om has a charm and majesty of its own.

In his concept of nationalism, there is love and love alone. He also discussed the poverty in India. He opined that poverty is the mother of all social, political and moral ills. In his opinion, Dharma is not a religion but it is a way of righteousness. Like Buddha, he propagated that the greatest sin was ignorance and the greatest virtue was knowledge.

He was a real saint and a sage whose life mirrored the highest principles of Hindu spirituality. His concept of religion is the overlapping area covered by the sun, the stars, the rivers, gravity, mind and body.

On 17th October 1906, Swamiji went for a bath in the Ganges and attained samadhi upon the lap of the holy river.

Updated on 20th June, 2005


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