This book is a bunch of 52 letters written by me to Pranav Chndrasekhar, a young man of twelve.
Vinoba Bhave is a name which may not ring a bell in many young minds and
especially if they happen to be educated in English medium schools.
Being a student of Vinoba's writings, I have put in my efforts in presenting his
thoughts. These letters, since I wrote to Pranav, have been persued by
Shri Daniel Majgaonkar and Br.Pravin Desai, life long associates of
Vinoba. They found that these letters could be published for the
general public. All opinions are ofcourse my own.
Since it is a bunch of letters, the reader could start at any page and read them
in any order. The basic purpose of writing of these letters was
that Pranav should read Vinoba's thoughts, read his books and acquaint
himself with Vinoba's writings. Perhaps a different sequence and order
of complexity some reader would prefer. I have not disturbed the
sequence of what I wrote in 1990-91.
A person educated in the western tradition must keep in mind that Vinoba is
a son of the soil in the sense that all his basic philosophical
foundations are typically Indian. As Geoffrey Ostergaard has observed,
"further reflection, however, has convinced me that Sarvodaya ideas,
including its political ones, can be properly understood only if they
are viewed within the framework of Indian religious thought and seen
as a reinterpretation of a distinctively Indian conception of the
self and the relation of the self to society, nature and the
cosmos." My first few letters have this observation as a background.
The letters have been seen by Dr. (Mrs.) Rama Sivaram, Professor Nissim Ezikel, Ms
Marjori Sykes, Shri S R Mohandas, Shri R V Joshi and several
friends. I needed their help primarily because English is my second
language. Shri N Paranjpe and Shri VG Potdar, my colleagues, have been
helping in the typing, retyping and computerizing. I am obliged to
all of them.
I have profusely quoted from various books of Vinoba and acknowledged them
with gratitude. I have used Vinoba's thoughts as a property which
belongs to all. Sab bhoomi Gopal ki.
Jai Jagat !