Maharishi Arvind Ghosh was a very well known freedom fighter and
a famous philosopher. He lived in Vadodara from the year 1894 to
1906, as a personal advisor to king Sayajirav Gayakvad. Let us read
about some of his childhood events.
Shri Arvind was brilliant right from his childhood. His father
sent Arvind and his two brothers to study in Manchester (England)
under the guidance of his friend Mr Drewett.
MrDrewett coached Arvind and his brothers for some time.
However, after a short period Mr Drewett together with his wife
decided to migrate to Australia, so he rented a flat for them in
London and arranged for the three boys to stay there with his
The three brothers were living in London with the
grandmother. Their father could not send them money regularly from
India. Sometimes months went by without any money, but food was not
a problem as grandma as grandma was with them. In this way three
years passed without ado.
However, one day the situation worsened, and everything went
haywire. What happened was, everyday, the three brothers had to
perform the duty of singing prayers to grandma followed by reading
a page from a holy book. Usually, the eldest brother Benoybhusan
did the reading, but on that day, it was the second brother,
Manmohan read. He was in an impulsive mood. Before starting to
read, he blurted out, "People don't follow what is written in this
holy book, so what's the point of just reading it."
Grandma was filled with rage when she heard this. She was furious,
"Oh my God, you are bloody atheist! How dare you speak of the holy
book with such irreverence? I will not live another day with you. I
am leaving." True to her word, she packed all her belongings
From that day onward, the burden of
managing the house came upon the three brothers. Now who will pay
the rent? There was no money to pay the fees even, so where will
they get money to buy food? All sorts of difficulties engulfed
them. They had to vacate the house since they could not pay the
The elder brother Benoybhusan, found a job at the Liberal Club
where he earned five pounds per week. He was given a cellar like
room at the back of the club to live in. Actually, it was the
office go-down without any light or ventilation. There was no
facility for a fireplace, which could give a bit of warmth against
London's freezing cold weather, as this was a storage place and not
living quarters. Moreover there was constant deafening noise of
However, Shri Arvind did not lose
hope. In the midst of acute adversity, he completed his schooling.
Moreover, while living in that cellar like room, he learnt
languages such as Italian, Russian, Spanish, German and Greek. In
addition to that, he was awarded the 'Butterworth Prize' for
writing the best paper in literature in the entire school, and the
'Woodworth Prize' for History. He also won the scholarship for best
student of the school.
See friends, Shri Arvind achieved such a high education
in spite of such adverse circumstances. So come, let us make a firm
decision today, not to be disheartened in any adverse situation,
big or small and attempt to come out of it by remaining