My Dear Pranav

(An Introduction to the Thoughts of Vinoba)

Written by : L. N. Godbole

Foreword by : Usha Chandrasekhar

First Published : 1994

Price : Rs. 40/-

ISBN 81-7011-291-5

Published by : N. H. Atthreya Hon. Director of Indian Centre

for Encouraging Excellence, Court Chambers, III Floor, Bombay 400 020


Printed at : St Paul Press Training School, Bandra, Bombay 400 050

L. N. Godbole, 1994

In the form of 52 letters - one a week, written over a year - the author introduces some of the insightful thoughts of Vinoba to Pranav, a young man of twelve. Vinoba was a willing soldier, a keen student, a versatile scholar, a scintillating synthesizer, a social activist, a spiritual seeker and a great satyagrahi - all rolled into one. Every Indian, young and old, should have a feel of this great son of India.

Reading him is best and reading about him is the second best. The author hopes the reader will get sufficiently provoked to read Vinoba's writings..



  Birth Definition of 'Brahma'

  In search of Meaning

  Learning : The change in ourselves

  Education : Ever eternal, ever changing

  Talks of Vinoba

  Add emotions into your thoughts

  Education & Spirituality : Development with direction

  People's Power

  Change in 'I' is the change in 'We'

  The greatest Democracy : Unity in Diversity

  The person of Ideas

  'And Also' - Duties and Philosophy

  The modern side of 'Bhakti'

  Bhakti, Gyan and Seva

  The Experimenter

  A True son of the soil

  Vinoba & Jayaprakash




  On Institutions

  Sarvodaya Samaj-1

  Sarvodaya Samaj-2

  Science + Spiritual Wisdom=Self-Knowledge

  Power of the Word

  Religious Institutions

  Ahimsa - the way of living

  Teachers : the source of light

  Dignity of labour

  Essence of learning

  'Gungrahan' - Enlarge the good qualities of others

  Nai Talim - Lok Shikshan

  Think globally, act locally

  Women's Power



  Enjoy in renouncing wealth

  Gandhi and Vinoba : A unique pair

  Thought is greater than man

  Cow Protection (Goraksha)


  Emergency in India

  Chapter on Discipline

  Vinoba's holistic approach

  Spiritualizing Politics

  Devanagari Script-1

  Devanagari Script-2



  Panch-Jana Shakti


  Vinoba : The man of ideas


  Appendix 1

  Appendix 2

  Appendix 3