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System Indian Philosophy-Gandhi

System Indian Philosophy-Gandhi

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V. R.Gandhi,B.A., M.R.A.S.
Barrister-at-LawEdited ByDr. K. K. DixitResearch OfficerL. D. Institute of IndologyAhemdabad
Shri MahaviraJainaVidyalayaBombay 400036
It was really a happy coincidence that a manuscript of a hitherto unpublished wok of ShriVirchand Raghavji Gandhi was discovered in his birth- place, Mahuva (Saurashtra), andthat too in his centenary year. In his centenary your 1964, Shri Chandulal Vardhman Shah,one of us and Shri Kantilal Dahyabhai Kora, Registrar of Shri Mahavir Jaina
along with a past student Shri Pannalal R. Shah visited Mahuva. Their intention behindthe visit was to collect from his birth- place the available material that can evoke thesacred memory of that eminent scholar and effective speaker. And we should say that thevisit proved to be a pilgrimage. There they discovered and obtained certificates, writing, asilver casket and a gold medal along with two note-books containing the present lecturesin his own hand-writing. It is really fortunate for us that these two note- books have beensaved from destruction during a rather long period of 63 years even after the death of thatscholar.
We handed over the note- books for perusal to Pt. Shri Dalsukhbhai Malavania, Directorof Shri Lalbhai Dalpatbhai Bharatiya Sanskriti Vidyamandir and one of General Editors of Jains Agama Series along with Pujya Shri Punyavijayji Maharaj. While reading them, hefound that they contained Shri V. R. Gandhi's illuminating lectures on the systems of Indian Philosophy. It is these lectures which Shri V. R. Gandhi delivered before Americanaudience in attractive and popular style. Fearless and frank presentation of the subject-matter is the special feature of these lectures. Thus the present work containing them isreally invaluable and the first of its kind. Hence we are very happy that it is published byour Institution.It was very difficult to edit them critically on the basis of a handwritten manuscript and toprint them in their pristine form. But the cooperation extended by Shri Lalbhai DalpatbhaiBharatiya Sanskriti Vidyamandir, Ahmedabad, made our task very easy. Vidyamandirallotted the work of editing the lectures to Dr. K. K. Dixit, a scholar of many subjects andespecially of philosophy. Dr. Dixit has taken great pains in carrying out the work successfully. We express our gratitude to the management of Vidyamandir for extendingactive cooperation. And we heartily thank Dr. Dixit for critically editing these lectures andfor writing an elaborate thought-provoking introduction to the present work.The evaluation of the present work, and its author has been made by Dr. Dixit in hisimpartial and scholarly introduction as also by Dr. Pt. Sukhlaji in his `Something AboutLate Shri V. R. Gandhi.' We know that one of the Factors that inspired him to write it, ishis admiration for Shri V. R. Gandhi's academic activities. The original
of thisEnglish note is included in this work in order that the reader can have the benefit of reading Panditji's thoughts in his own words.The late Shri Umedchand Dolatchand Barodia, a close associate of Shri Mahavira Jaina
for over 40 years, had assigned to the Institution his endowment paid-upinsurance policy of Rs. 2,000/- in 1963 with a request to utilize the amount when realizedfor publications activities, as may be suggested by his two sons, Shri Shantibhai and ShriKantibhai. On his death three years later, the two devoted sons who are past students of this Institution suggested that the insurance money may be utilized in the publication of thepresent book, whose author, Shri V. R. Gandhi was held in high esteem by their father asan outstanding representative of India at the Congress of World Religions in America andfor his learned lectures in America and Europe. This suggestion coincided well with thedevotion in which he held knowledge and religion.Shri Umedchandbhai was born in Chuda, Saurashtra, in 1883 A.D. and was brought up ina atmosphere of education and culture. His father Shri Dolatchandbhai was one of the firstArts Graduates of the Bombay University and was the author of a number of books.Having such a laudable legacy of culture and knowledge, Shri Umedchandbhai had adistinguished career both at school and college. He won a University prize, besides being a
Dakshina Fellow at Gujarat College, Ahmedabad. He started his early career as a school-teacher, which he continued with zeal and admiration for nearly twenty years. Afterleaving the sphere of education, he became the Assistant Secretary of the Bombay Stock Exchange, which he continued till 1940, when he felt an urge to retire and have a spiritualsolace. Later, he spent some years in religious studies and meditation at ShrimadRajchandra Ashram, Agas along with his wife, who was a source of great inspiration in allhis activities. After the death of his wife, he left Agas and returned to Bombay at thepersuasion of his sons, a proposition, which he never cherished. He died at Bombay at theage of 83 on 11th February 1969.During his stay in Bombay, Shri Umedchandbhai held in high esteem Acharya ShriVijiyavallabhsuri, Whose Services to the cause of education, social welfare and Jainism hasbut few parallels in our history. This ideal brought him closer to Shri Mahavira Jaina
. Besides being a religious teacher and examiner of the students of 
, hewas member of managing Committee for many years.
remained his life-longinterest and the progress of 
was always near and dear to his heart.The outstanding feature of his life was that he was a deeply religious man and was adevoted student of Jaina history, philosophy and literature. Education, devotion to duty,social service and spiritual practice were the strong attachments sustaining his life. He wasthe author of some books including the History and Literature of Jainism, besidescontributing various articles to various journals. He edited also `Tarun Jain' and `JainHerald' for some time.The spontaneous help received from such a religious person in the publication of thepresent valuable work on philosophy is specially noteworthy and commendable.Dr. N. J. Shah has corrected the proofs. And again it is he who has prepared the threeuseful indices. We express our sincere thanks to him. At last, our thanks are due to theMouj Printing Bureau for the excellent printing.August Kranti Marg CHANDULAL VARDHMAN SHAH(Gowalia Tank Road) JAYANTILAL RATANCHAND SHAHBombay- 26 BALCHAND G. DOSHI14-1-1970. Hon. Secretaries.

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