tIn a popular play Shakespeare enumerates the saint-like virtues of man:
"As justice, verity, temperance, stableness, bounty, perseverance, mercy, lowliness, devotion, patience, courage, fortitude."
"Give me that man
And I will wear him
In my heart's core, in my heart of hearts."
Verily, hundreds of thousands of Dr. Agam Prasad Mathur's devotees wear him in their heart's core, in their heart of hearts. He is equally loved, admired and revered by even a larger number of his friends and well-wishers outside the fold of his religious faith. This is because of the fact that Dr. Mathur is full to the brim with all the humane and saintly virtues enumerated above. His is a multidimensional personality in whom the qualities of head and heart are so co-mingled that they are held in perfect balance.
These are the observations not of a casual visitor or a chance favour - seeker but of one whose close association, in one capacity or the other, has traversed through a course of four decades. As a proverb goes, what the time has tested as true must be true, and therefore my assessment of Dr. Mathur's personality and acquisitions cannot be wrong.
Being a direct descendant of His Holiness Hazur Maharaj Rai Salig Ram Bahadur, the founder of Radhasoami Faith and Satsang, Dr. Mathur is the Head of the Peepal Mandi Branch of Radhasoami Faith. He has a following of lakhs of devotees all over the country and abroad. In an 'Age of Interrogation', an age of science and rationalism, when religion is losing its roots, when citadels of established institutions and authority are cracking down, it is nothing short of a miracle that under Dr. Mathur's patronage the Peepal Mandi Radhasoami faith is expanding in its range and dimensions. Dr. Mathur has added immensely to the spiritual lustre and glory of the faith. This is because this faith is not an archaic creed but a living and dynamic institution covering all aspects of social life. It aims at eliminating all barriers of caste, creed and race and all types of social evils and abuses. Dr. Mathur's Satsang practises what it preaches and this accounts for the pulsating life that energises it. This pulsating life emanates from the dynamic personality of Dr. Mathur.
The celebrated city of the Taj has a hoary history of religious, cultural and spiritual confluence, A galaxy of saints and sages, seers and prophets, mystics and incarnations have hallowed the soil of this region from age to age. One such holy and hallowed spot in the town is the celebrated "Hazuri Bhawan" situated at Peepal Mandi. It is a huge and splendid palatial mansion, the Mecca and Jerusalem to the followers and devotees of the Radhasoami Faith. It was within the portals of this mansion that the founder Guru of the Radhasoami Faith, Param Purush Puran Dhani Hazur Maharaj first preached the basic precepts of his faith to his disciples even as God preached his Ten Commandments to Israelites through Moses on the Mount Sinai. This was some time in the middle of the nineteenth century when Hazur Maharaj delivered his orations. Three generations have passed since then but the words of His Holiness Hazur Maharaj are still vibrant in the air of Hazuri Bhawan. They say words never die. Yes, the echoes of the words of Hazur Maharaj can still be heard by 'the inner ears of conscience' in the corridors of Hazuri Bhawan. The air is still surcharged with his spiritual halo. One has to enter to feel it. The moment one crosses the threshold of this holy mansion, one gets spiritually transformed and enlightened.
Hazur Maharaj was an inexhaustible reservoir of wisdom, spiritualism, mysticism, philosophy and knowledge. Intellectually he was a Colossus. He was fully conversant with the principles and precepts of all great faiths and religions enshrined in the Vedas, Upanishads, Bible, Quran, and such other holy scriptures. Nothing was outside the ken of his knowledge and wisdom. He founded and propounded the pristine precepts and principles of his faith, which were reverentially accepted and practised by his disciples and followers. But after his departure to his heavenly abode, intellectualism came to be slightly neglected. The succeeding Gurus, great spiritualists and mystics as they were, laid more emphasis on spiritualism, mysticism, devotion, and meditation over intellectualism. This lack of intellectualism was taken advantage of by some other local 'gurus' at different places and they set up their own branches and seats there. The original Satsang was thus split up into several streams and branches and their local 'gurus' assumed too much of pride and conceit. This was against the true spirit of this great faith. In such a situation the faith only needed another holy soul to incarnate to consolidate the original 'Satsang' and to restore it to its pristine spiritual lustre as well as intellectual force. A balance between spiritualism and intellect needed to be established.
Dr. Agam Prasad Mathur (Dadaji Maharaj) is this soul incarnate to whose lot has fallen the onerous task of consolidating, strengthening and expanding this great faith. He was also required to interpret its fundamental tenets and precepts rightly and to bring them into actual practice. Dadaji has succeeded in doing so to an amazing degree both in theory and practice. He practises what he preaches, and preaches what he practises. He is the living spirit of the faith, an emblem of everything that is good and great in it, the real soul incarnate of Radhasoami Dayal. Like his great ancestors he is simplicity and dignity personified. He lives in the midst of fabulous splendour and glory, and yet lotus-like he lives beyond and above it. He is loving and affectionate, kind and merciful, considerate and charitable to one and all. His 'Satsang' is a veritable congregation of all faiths, all religions, all castes, colours, and nationalities. Under his aegis the spiritually charged and intellectually electrified atmosphere of Hazuri Bhawan affects and draws everyone who passes around it even casually. Hazuri Bhawan is the sanctum santorum of this faith and Dadaji is its Presiding Deity.
In the spiritually hallowed atmosphere of Hazuri Bhawan was born a child on 27th July, 1930 at 8.45 p.m. in the same room in which his revered grandfather, father, and later his other brothers were born. His grandfather named him 'Agam', which means eternal, immortal, immeasurable, inscrutable. This child more than proved the justifiability of his name 'Agam' in later years by his extraordinary precociousness, prodigiousness, intellectual and spiritual calibre, and an unusually wide range of other talents and acquisitions. It is this child who in course of time became the Head and 'Guru of the time' of the Radhasoami faith and who is today universally known as "Dadaji Maharaj."
Dr. Mathur's parents played a very vital role in moulding and shaping his complete, perfect and balanced personality. He also inherited sharp intellectualism from his maternal side. His maternal grandfather was a renowned scholar. His mother (Bauaji) was equally a learned and highly talented lady. She was the very idol of love, affection, generosity and farsightedness. She always took sagacious, impartial and independent decisions and firmly stuck to them. She laid the seeds of high morals, noble ideals, firm character and strict discipline in all her children. Dr. Mathur was very espcially attached to her and followed all through his life the high ideals and values enunciated by her. She was certainly a unique and ideal mother.
Dr. Mathur's father was the only son of his father and only grandson of his grandfather. He was born and brought up in an atmosphere of wonderful plenty, prosperity and splendour on the one hand and deep spirituality and intellectualism on the other. But personally he loved simplicity and austerity. Though he served in the Postal Department for about 25 years, he did not involve himself in gross worldly affairs. He had a deep understanding and appreciation of the basic tenets and precepts of Radhasoami Faith. He was by all means a man of high ideals. His understanding of men and matters, situations and problems, was always correct and penetrating. He had an extraordinary knack to take correct decisions in the most difficult situations. He took deep interest in Dr. Mathur's education from the very beginning. He moulded and shaped Dr. Mathur into a self-respecting and independent person. He wanted Dr. Mathur to play a very decisive and leading role in the further development and expansion of Radhasoami Faith. Dr. Mathur always remembers his father nostalgically with great reverence and veneration.
Dr. Mathur is the eldest son amongst his eight brothers and sisters. His brother next to him, Dr. Shabd Prasad, has gone to his heavenly abode. His other two brothers are Soami Prasad and Dr. Saran Prasad. Among the sisters one Shiromani Jiji is elder to him, and three younger sisters are - Santosh, Saroj, and Naveen. They are all happy, healthy and well off.
Dr. Mathur was a favourite of his parents from the very beginning. But he was by far more attached to his grandfather and grandmother. He constantly remained in close proximity with his grandfather. He used to sleep and play and walk with him. He specially watched the spiritual activities of his grandfather - how he bowed his head before the Samadh of his Guru, how he walked, how he dressed, how he spoke and how he preached. Dr. Mathur tried to follow and emulate him even in his sport as a young boy. His grandfather remained a model and an ideal for him all his life.
Dr. Mathur became so excessively attached to his grandfather that he came to look upon him as a being omniscient and omnipotent, eternal and immortal. To him his grandfather's word was a divine oracle, a final word in all matters - personal or general. Even in sport he would sit on the pulpit and play the role of his "Babaji". Even as a young lad he used to read and recite chosen lines and verses from Prem Patra. At the early age of ten he was formally initiated into Radhasoami Faith. Ever since then Dr. Mathur has stood out as a symbol of the spirit and soul of Radhasoami Faith.
Dr. Mathur lived a princely life from his very childhood. Every shade of his will and desire was instantly fulfilled. He was a highly "protected" child. He was strictly prohibited from going outside his home or mixing with other children. But he was free to play all kinds of indoor games and some outdoor games too within the house. Dr. Mathur, as a child, himself did not feel at home in the company of other children of his age largely on account of the crude language they used. As a result he grew into an introvert child. From an introvert nature to meditation there is but one step.
Dr. Mathur's early education began at home. A private tutor came to teach him English, Hindi and Mathematics at home. He proved himself to be a very sharp, intelligent and highly promising student from the earliest stage. He had equal hold on both Hindi and English. He started reading Hindustan Times and Illustrated Weekly, since his grandfather also read them. As per directions of his grandfather, he looked up every word he could not understand in the Dictionary. This cultivated in him the habit of consulting Dictionary which is the first and most important step towards mastering any language. One of his teachers taught him stories from Panchtantra which gave him some penetrating glimpses into the world of hard realities. It was at this stage that he gradually read out all the parts of Prem Patra. These early studies made a lasting impact on his mind and personality.
The school education of Dr. Mathur started with class IV at St. John's Inter. College from where he passed his high school exams. with high marks. Subsequently he passed Intermediate, B.A. and M.A. from St. John's Degree College. He was specially proficient in English and used to obtain very high marks in English. He was primarily a Hindi student but he acquired good working knowledge of Urdu which he has retained to the present day. He has even composed poetry in Urdu of a fairly high level.
The subjects in his B.A. exams were History, Economics and English Literature and that of M.A. was History. In those days the classes of M.A. History were jointly held at St. John's and Agra College on alternate days. Thus Dr. Mathur attended the classes in both the colleges and derived the best from the teachers and traditions of both these great Colleges of the town.
Besides his academic interests, Dr. Mathur took keen interest in extra curricular activities. His outstanding oration was highly applauded by all and many a time he won prizes and medals in debating competitions. He also held the posts of the Secretary History Association of St. John's College and Leader of Opposition of the College Parliament. His interest in English Literature kept him associated with the Literary Society of St. John's College as its active member. The field of sports and games also did not remain untouched and Dr. Mathur enjoyed playing Cricket, Badminton and Table Tennis.
During all these years of Dr. Mathur's education and literary and social life the protecting and blessed hand and the over-seeing eye of his grandfather was always there.
As soon as Dr. Mathur took his Master's Degree in History in 1952, he thought of doing some job because he wanted to be independent and an earning hand. In the same year he was appointed a lecturer in History at Agra College, Agra.
His Marriage and Family
Dr. Mathur was married on 15th February, 1956. His wife Smt. Usha Mathur, comes of a highly respectable family. She is herself a highly refined, religious and devoted lady who has so ably supervised her family as a mother. Dr. Mathur has three children - one daughter Veera, and two sons Achint and Atul. All the three are married and well settled in their respective fields and are happy and well off.
As a Teacher & Historian
The long span of 30 years of his teaching career at Agra College was a glorious one. Both as a teacher and researcher his role was outstanding. He earned immense popularity among the students of the Agra College as well as the two post-graduate Colleges viz. St. John's and R.B.S. College who came to attend his history classes. But this popularity he earned with the dint of his hard labour. He delved deep into his subject and got himself identified with its essence. He got rapid promotions and became the Prof. & Head, Department of History, Agra College in 1964.
Besides too many accolades that he received from his Professors and Principals, two are noteworthy for their comprehensive assessments of his abilities.
Prof. A.L. Srivastava who was Professor and Head of History Department, Agra, was all praise for his excellent teaching and humane qualities and had this to say :
It gives me pleasure to certify that Dr. Agam Prasad Mathur, M.A., has been my colleague in the Department of History, Agra College, Agra since July 1952. He has been teaching British History to the M.A. classes for the last several years with success. Besides that paper he was entrusted with Mughal India, Pre-Mughal India & the late Mughals from time to time. He is a diligent and successful teacher, a friendly and dependable colleague and a fine gentleman. He has been associated with extra-curricular activities of the Department. He was for sometime Secretary in charge of our Study Circle. This year he has worked as the Treasurer of the History Association. Mr. Mathur possesses the qualities of an organiser. He is a friend of the student community and he is a pleasant man to work with. Needless to add that he possesses many qualities of head and heart, and an excellent character.
The Principal of Agra College Dr. M. Ray, was greatly impressed by his scholarship, and administrative and teaching abilities and wrote the following:
I have great pleasure in certifying that Dr. A.P. Mathur joined the staff of the History Department at this College, as a lecturer, in July 1952 after having a uniformaly good academic Career at St. John's College, Agra and has been teaching Degree and Postgraduate classes ever since. In December 1960 he was promoted to the post of Associate Professor and worked in that capacity till July 1964 when he was asked to officiate as Professor and Head of the Department. He was confirmed in his post as Professor/Head of the Department of History w.e.f. April 1, 1966.
Prof. Mathur is an excellent teacher. He has specialised in Medieval, European and British History and enjoys a good reputation as a teacher. He has shown brilliant results in the University examinations and I am glad to record that for the last three consecutive years his students have been obtaining First Class with First Position in order of merit at the M.A. examination of the University, which in itself is a testimony of his abilities both as a conscientious teacher and a capable Head of the Department.
As Head of the Department he has been very successful and was able to resolve many a difficult situation by perseverance and intelligence. He is considerate and discreet in seeking cooperation of his colleagues and enjoys universal respect of students. Needless to add Prof. Mathur possesses many administrative and organizational qualities which are essential ingredients for making one a successful Head of a Postgraduate Department.
I have personally known Prof. Mathur ever since he came to this College and I found in him a faithful and devoted teacher; a loyal, willing and dependable colleague. He is methodical in his approach to the historical problems and possesses scholastic bent of mind. Having sound knowledge of his subject, Prof. Mathur is deeply interested in higher studies with sufficient inclination towards original research. He keeps himself abreast of recent researches in History and has himself published a few research papers in the University Journal of Research.
Prof. Mathur is social, smart, straightforward, honest and very resourceful. His conduct and character are exemplary. A man of decent manners and amiable disposition, he possesses all the qualities that go to make one a successful teacher and an academician and I shall always watch his career with interest.
I wish him well in life.
While he was a teacher he came into close contact with the eminent historians of the country like Dr. Jadunath Sarkar, Dr. Kannongo, Dr. Banarsi Prasad Saxena, Dr. Visheshwar Prasad, Dr. Ishwari Prasad, Dr. R.C. Majumdar, Dr. S.P. Sen, Prof. A.L. Basham, Prof. M. Habib, Prof. Nurul Hassan and many more.
He always encouraged his students to do their own original thinking and do not subscribe to any of the prevalent controversial doctorines propounded by the four schools of History viz. the Allahabad School, Aligarh School, Dr. Sarkar's School and the Marxian School. He himself had his own independent views and was never led away by any of these schools. He had special disliking for the attitude of the Marxian scholars who tended to attribute all the happenings of the past to economic causes.. Their allusion to Buddha's renunciation due to economic cause was particularly repugnant to him.
He is a real master of his subject. He has special interest in European and British History and is a master of medieval and modern Indian History. He has specialised in the study of comparative religion. Modern Indian renaissance with special emphasis on social and religious reforms was his subject of research. As a result of original work done on this subject, he is recognised as a great scholar of History. To all historians he is known as historian of Radhasoami Faith and also as one who has made his mark in writing the history of Uttar Pradesh. More particularly Agra and Akbar have engaged his special attention and interest. He was the Chief Convenor of the Seminar on the 400th anniversary of the Sulh-i-Kul organised by the U.P. Government in which all the top dignitaries and academicians of the country participated. His doctoral thesis on Radhasoami Faith, a significant religious reform movement of the 19th century, has been widely acclaimed by the scholars of India and abroad. Besides he has contributed many an article on a variety of topics on Indian history.
His epoch-making thesis "Radhasoami Faith - A Historical Study" published in 1974 by Vikas, placed him in the first rank of historians in India and the world. Applauding the high worth of his thesis, the celebrated historian Dr. R.C. Majumdar wrote the following letter :
Dear Dr. Mathur
I have recd. with great interest and profit your book on 'Radhasoami Faith', which you very kindly sent two months ago. I am sorry I am rather late in acknowledging receipt of it. I was very busy with my literary work and could not devote time to read it with that care and attention which it deserves.
I have now gone through your very interesting and at the same time very learned, critical and thorough discussion of a very interesting religious sect which deserves more attention than it has hitherto received from historians. I was deeply impressed by my visit to Dayalbagh, about a decade ago, and naturally your book was very welcome to me. As you have justly pointed out the rational attitude towards religion displayed by the founder of this sect ever before the time of Rammohan Roy must be noted by all historians who seek after truth and are not carried by emotion inspired by a spirit of hero-worship. I have tried to show in my humble way that Rammohan was undoubtedly a very great figure and his contributions to the making of modern age are not minimised even if we admit as historical truth that he was not the only man to whom is to be credited everything that has created Modern India. I have been, and still am being, strongly condemned for this view, particularly as I am a son of Bengal, but your book adds one more evidence that the credit for ushering the modern age in India must be given to others also - among whom I include the founder of the Radhasoami Faith. By the way, when I visited Dayalbagh I found an unfinished mausoleum whose artistic decoration (inlaid gems) rivals that of Taj Mahal. Has that been finished ?
He was honoured with the Fellowship of the Indian Historical Society (F.I.H.S.) and Fellowship of the Royal Asiatic Society, London (F.R.A.S.). His name also appeared in world's Who is Who. He was nominated as Member of the Executive Council of the Institute of Historical Studies, Historical Record Commission of India, Historical Record Commission of U.P., and a life member of Indian History Congress. He was awarded Life Membership of the Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage. He was also made a Member of International Goodwill Society and Authors Guild of India. He equally made his mark as a research supervisor and produced dozens of Ph.D.'s under his supervision. Thus Dr. Mathur's 30 year-long career at Agra College brought him immense recognition, honour and reputation in the country and abroad.
Dr. Mathur reached the highest pinnacle in academic life when he became the Vice-Chancellor of Agra University in 1982. Even many academicians were overawed when Dr. Mathur was raised to the august position of the Vice-Chancellor from the post of the Head of the Department in College. To many it was incredible that a teacher should become a Vice-Chancellor without being a Principal. His installation as the Vice-Chancellor was a matter of pride and honour to St. John's College and Agra College in particular and to all other colleges of the Agra University. The Managing Committee of Agra College paid a glowing tribute to Dr. Mathur on his occupying the position of Vice-Chancellorship and hosted a dinner in his honour on November 2, 1982. It unanimously passed the following Resolution in his honour:
"The Managing Committee of Agra College expresses its great delight and congratulates Dr. A. P. Mathur on his appointment as the Vice-Chancellor of Agra University. It is a matter of great pride and honour to the College that one of its Heads of Department has become the Vice-Chancellor of the University. It is a recognition of his selfless and devoted service extending over a period of thirty years. The Committee wholeheartedly praises his honest and sincere services to the College and pays glowing tributes to him as an eminent educationist, teacher, scholar and historian. He also organised a National Integration Programme on the 400th Anniversary of Emperor Akbar's Sulh-i-Kul on a huge scale and it was a tremendous success. The Committee places on record its wholehearted appreciation of the same." (English rendering from Hindi).
Just after a gap of three years Dr. Mathur was again appointed Vice-Chancellor of the University on 28th April, 1988 for another full term of three years. This in itself was a historic achievement, for no other Vice-Chancellor before him had ever been appointed for a second term in the same University.
As an Administrator
The secret of his success as an administrator, in my opinion, lies in his infallible judgement of human character and psychology of a man at the first meeting. He can peep into the workings of a man's mind and heart as one would do through a magnifying glass. He can judge the intentions and purposes, follies and weaknesses, motives and designs, sincerity or sham, devotion or infidelity, as accurately as one would render a table of multiplication. No one can deceive him or take him for granted. He is equally a judge of man's sincerity, honesty, integrity, efficiency and capacity. He is an ardent admirer of goodness, nobility and uprightness of character, even if he finds them in his opponent. He can never mistake in placing the right person in the right place. He can pick up talent from the crowd. Once he entrusts a person with a position of responsibility, he allows him full freedom to work, and yet he watches him work closely from behind the curtain. As a result, no one could take liberties with his office or be negligent or indifferent to his duty. This accounts for his remarkable success in the administration of the University and several other educational and social institutions which he has administered from time to time.
The one great quality of Dr.Mathur which has impressed me most is his fearlessness. He is fearlessly optimistic. A religious head has to be both fearless and optimistic and that Dr. Mathur is to the core. No opposition, no adversities, no unforeseen developments can ever bow him down. He remains undaunted, unscanned and unfathomed in all situations. He is firm like a rock and deep like an ocean. I have personal knowledge of the fact that Dr.Mathur has several times faced and passed through highly formidable and difficult situations under which an ordinary man might have fallen flat and got crushed. But Dr.Mathur rode over them with astonishing courage, confidence and faith. He has come out through them with redoubled courage and reinforced spirit. Even physical infirmities to which 'flesh is heir to' cannot daunt his spirit. Sometime back he suffered from acute gout pain in his legs. The pain was so acute and clinically incurable that he had to use elbow crutches even to stand up. One day when I saw him standing with the support of his elbow crutches, a cold stream of pain and dismay passed through my veins. Later, after the gap of a few months, when I went up to see him, he came forward with long paces and held me in his arms. The crutches had disappeared, the gout had vanished. Was it in any way short of a miracle? It was the victory of the spirit over the flesh, of the spiritual over the physical which only a spiritual sage could perform and demonstrate.
Dr. Mathur is full to the brim with the 'milk of human kindness'. He is known for his charity, benevolence and large-heartedness. What he preaches from the pulpit he practises in life. Radhasoami faith is the faith of love. Its cardinal principle is: Love thy neighbour. Popularly known as Dadaji Maharaj amongst his followers, he has assimilated all the cardinal principles of his religion in his character and conduct. Prompted by these principles, he has set up a number of free educational institutions, charitable dispensaries and shelter homes. Hundreds of people take their food at Hazuri Bhawan almost every day. He gives liberal donations and regular aid to many institutions dedicated to the service of the poor and needy. Many poor parents resort to Hazuri Bhawan to solemnize the marriages of their daughters when part of the expenditure is borne by their 'Dadaji'. Dadaji is compassionate to the poor and helpless, considerate to his subordinates, affectionate to his youngers, friendly to his associates and colleagues, and particularly regardful to his old companions and friends. He misses no opportunity to favour his friends.
As Head of Radhasoami Faith
While making his glorious record of achievements in various academic, administrative, social, philanthropical, and other public fields, Dr. Mathur remained at heart a spiritualist. The blending of intellectualism and spiritualism in a single personality is a rare phenomenon witnessed once in ages. It is combining of Heaven and Earth, raising worldly actions to spiritual heights and infusing spiritual values into practical life. Dr. Mathur constantly remains conscious of the fact that he belonged to a long ancestory of spritualists beginning with Param Purush Puran Dhani Hazur Maharaj, the founder of Radhasoami Faith in the middle of the nineteenth century.
When Param Purush Puran Dhani Kunwarji Maharaj departed for his heavenly abode in 1959, the onerous task of heading and organising Radhasoami Satsang fell on the young shoulders of Dr. Mathur. He was just 29 years of age when he became Head of Radhasoami Satsang of Peepal Mandi. On his accession to this apex position in the Faith, he was hailed as Dadaji Maharaj, and he is universally known as such ever since then. On his installation to this august position all his spiritual ancestors invisibly blessed him, with the result that a spiritual halo visibly emerged and encircled his head. His followers and devotees feel blessed to see this halo around him.
Dadaji Maharaj has been working hard in his mission of strengthening and expanding the Radhasoami Faith. On the insistence of many of his disciples and followers Dadaji Maharaj set out on an extensive tour of Rajasthan in 1962. He went to several remote places including Sirsa, Abohar, Ganganagar, Ajmer, Sujangarh, Churu, Sardarshahar, Jaipur, etc. His Satsang at all these places was attended by thousands of people, most of whom got inducted into this Faith. He also extensively toured over Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Delhi, and remote places in Uttar Pradesh. Everywhere he was most warmly received and applauded and thousands of men and women joined the Radhasoami Satsang.
Anniversaries and Bhandaras
The centenary celebrations, anniversaries and Bhandaras are religiously and devotionally held at Hazuri Bhawan on every auspicious day. The first centenary celebration of the Founding of Radhasoami Faith was magnificently celebrated on Basant Panchmi Day in 1961. Likewise the 75th Bhandara of Param Purush Puran Dhani Hazur Maharaj was held with equal magnificence in 1963. Similarly the Bhandaras on the auspicious days relating to Kunwarji Maharaj, Lalaji Maharaj, and Hazur Maharaj and Soamiji Maharaj are held every year, and thousands of Satsangis from all over the country and abroad come with full devotional reverence to participate in them. The fame and glory of Peepal Mandi Satsang is increasing and expanding far and wide under the benediction of Dadaji Maharaj.
That Dadaji Maharaj is a great scholar and intellectual, an eminent historian and researcher, and an acclaimed orator and author is known to all, but many do not know that he is a celebrated poet and connoisseur of classical music too. Only a month ago I called upon him one evening and found him composing and reciting sonorous verses and hymns extempore which two or three of his disciples were noting down hurriedly. I was surprised to see him in a poetic frenzy and was reminded of the great Milton who used to recite verses in the like manner for his Paradise Lost and his daughters or disciples used to note them down. I was told that Dr. Mathur had thus composed two volumes of poetry which have been published. His speeches on different occasions run into hundreds of recorded tapes.
He has composed and published several volumes of prayers, hymns, shabds, devotional songs and gazals and richly added to the scriptures and history of Radhasoami Faith. His Premawali, Prem Ragini, Prem Tarangini and Amrit Bachans are reverentially read, recited and meditated upon by lakhs of his disciples and followers. He has also published the justly acclaimed Centenary Souvenir on the 175th birthday of Soamiji Maharaj. He has also published the biographies of Lalaji Maharaj and Kunwarji Maharaj, which are authentic records of their lives.
Construction and Renovation
A scholar of architecture and archaeology as he is, he has applied his knowledge and experience of these branches to add to the beauty and magnificence of Hazuri Bhawan by the renovations and new construction on a large scale. He built the Samadh of Param Purush Puran Dhani Kunwarji Maharaj with his own 'Karseva' and that of the Satsangis. He also renovated the chambers of both Hazur Maharaj and Kunwarji Maharaj. A very important new construction added to Hazuri Bhawan is a huge four-storied Hazuri Rasoi fully equipped with all modern gadgets. Here food is served free of cost both times to the Satsangis dwelling here or coming from outside. The renovations added to the magnificance of Hazuri Bhawan, present a beautiful and reverential blending of antiquity and modernism.
Having made a humble estimate of the illustrious life and personality of Dr. Mathur in the first section of this write-up, I would now venture to highlight his achievements as the Vice-Chancellor of Agra University for full two terms. A separate section devoted to this phase of his life is justified on the ground that lakhs of people outside his religious sect came into contact with him in his capacity as the Vice-Chancellor. Moreover his achievements in this capacity were so commendable and of permanent value that they need to be dwelt upon in a separate section in detail.
When Dr. A.P. Mathur assumed office as Vice-Chancellor of Agra University for the second term in April 1988, a prestigious Daily newspaper commented: 'A Historian makes history'. Indeed, Dr. A.P. Mathur, the historian, made history by holding the reins of the university as Vice-Chancellor for the second term. No Vice-Chancellor of Agra University before him had occupied this apex position for two full terms.
The University took long strides on the path of all-round development and progress during the tenure of Dr. Mathur as Vice-Chancellor. The record of developments and achievements on all fronts - academic, administrative, financial, residential and affiliating wings, opening of new vocational courses and regularization of academic session,co-curricular and cultural activities, and games and sports - was unprecedented. A brief and systematic account of Dr. Mathur's achievements is given here under.
The primary function of a University is to promote and establish academic excellence. Dr. Mathur directed all his efforts towards this end from the very beginning of his first term of appointment. Dr. Mathur had the high aspiration that Agra University becomes a real temple of learning, that it is known for its academic excellence and the intellectual and moral quality of its alumni, that it is able to produce students possessing a balanced personality and a well-trained mind, fully-equipped with knowledge and training to meet the growing needs of the society in the emerging areas of human activity and interest. These objectives necessitated the establishment of a full-fledged residential wing of the University. Till then the residential wing of the university consisted of three Institutes only, viz. (1) K.M. Institute of Hindi and Linguistics, (2) The Institute of Social Sciences, and (3) The Institute of Home Science. But these Institutes had not been functioning as efficiently as they should have been. Dr. Mathur first made concerted efforts to streamline these Institutes. But it was soon realized that a few more Institutes were urgently needed. Consequently, efforts were set a foot to establish an Institute of Basic Sciences and an Institute of Vocational Studies. These Institutes were subsequently established. The Institute of Basic Sciences had five P.G. Departments, viz. Physics, Chemistry, Botany, Zoology, and Mathematics. Each of these Departments started with three major courses - M.Sc, M.Phil., and Ph.D. The syllabi for M.Sc. in different subjects were different from and more advanced than the courses in force in the affiliated colleges. Some new courses were also introduced such as Clinical Chemistry, Nuclear Physics, Computer Application and System Analysis, and Social Forestry. Steps were also taken to develop the Department of History into a full-fledged Institute of Indian History and Culture. The University also set up an independent department of Library Science and Manuscriptology. Thus the University developed a comprehensive and multi-dimensional Residential Wing which brought the University at par with the prestigious residential Universities of the State.
Dr. Mathur also envisaged that mere academic or theoretical education would not equip the students with necessary training to meet the needs and demands of practical life. As such he set up a number of job-oriented one-year P.G. Diploma courses which opened numerous avenues for jobs and self-employment. The more important of these job-oriented courses were: Hotel Management and Tourism, Diploma in Business Management, Computer Programming both in English and Hindi, Diploma in Physical Education, and Diploma in Adult and Continuing Education etc.
Proposals for the Seventh Five-Year Plan
It was also during Dr. Mathur's first term in office as Vice-Chancellor that the government invited proposals from the Universities for the Seventh Five -Year Plan. Under the guidance and patronage of Dr. Mathur, the University prepared and submitted the following proposals for the strengthening of the Residential Wing of the University. The present and future programming of the University Departments were submitted as given below:
1. Department of History
Present Programmes Ph.D. and D.Litt M.Phil. Diploma in Tourism.
Future Programmes M.A. (History) Advanced Course (to be added) Diploma/Degree in Journalism and Mass Media. Diploma in Archaeology. Diploma in Fine Arts. Diploma in Women's Studies and Social Welfare.
2. Department of Physics
Present Programmes Ph.D./ D.Sc. M.Phil.
Future Programmes M.Sc. (Applied Physics) (to be added) M.Sc. (Electronics) M.Sc. (Computer Science) Diploma in Electronics and Instrumentation. Diploma in Computer Science and Digital Electronics. Diploma in Radiation Physics.
3. Department of Chemistry
Present Programmes Ph.D./ D.Sc. M.Phil.
Future Programmes M.Sc. (Environmental Chemistry) (to be added) B. Pharmacy Diploma in Clinical Chemistry. Diploma in Pharmacy. Diploma in Glass and Ceramics. Diploma in Petro-Chemicals. Diploma in Leather Finishing, Paints & Varnishes. Diploma in Drug Chemistry.
4. Department of Mathematics
Present Programmes Ph.D./ D.Sc. M.Phil.
Future Programmes M.A/M.Sc. (Computer Applications) (to be added) M.A/M.Sc. (Applied Mathematics) M.A/M.Sc. (Operations Research) Diploma in Program and Decision Sciences. Diploma in Meteorological Forecasting.
5. Department of Zoology
Present Programmes Ph.D./ D.Sc. M.Phil.
Future Programmes M.Sc. (Applied Zoology) with (to be added) specialization in Environmental Zoology.
Diploma in Modern Lab.Techniques and clinical Pathology. Diploma in Pathology and Biochemical Techniques.
6. Department of Library Science
Present Programme B.Lib. Science.
Future Programme Diploma in Library Science, Archives (to be added) and Museology.
7. Institute of Social Sciences
(i) Department of Economics M.Phil. & Ph.D.
(ii) Department of Political M.Phil. & Ph.D. Science
(iii) Department of Sociology M.Phil. [already conducting Ph.D. and M.A. (Alternative Course)]
(iv) Department of Social Work M.Phil. (already conducting Master of Social Work and Ph.D. Programmes)
(v) Department of Statistics M.Phil. (stat.) & conducting M.Stat. and Ph.D. Diploma in Computer Programmes in Statistics) Programming.
8. K.M. Institute of Hindi Studies & Linguistics
(1) Department of Modern Indian M.A.(Urdu) (facilities to teach Languages (already conducting Urdu for M.A. Ph.D., M.Phil. and M.A. Hindi Degree do not exist in Language & Literature courses any affiliated college); & Diploma courses for M.Phil.(Urdu); Proficiency in various Regional Ph.D. (Urdu) Languages, viz. Gujarati etc.)
(2) Department of Oriental M.Phil. and Ph.D. in Sanskrit. Classical Languages
(3) Department of European M.Phil. and Ph.D. in Languages (already conducting English and a few diploma Diploma/Certificate courses courses. in Russian, French, German)
(4) Department of Linguistics Diploma in Speech Therapy. (already conducting Ph.D., M.Phil. and M.A. Linguistics)
9. The Institute of Home Science
The Institute of Home Science has been conducting Home Science courses for B.A., B.Sc., M.A., and M.Sc. degrees - each of two years' duration divided into four semesters. From the current session, the University has introduced a 3-year B.Sc. Specialised Courses as also M.Sc. Specialised courses in various fields, e.g. Child Development, Foods and Nutrition etc. Besides, the Institute's activities have been extended, to the conducting and guiding of research in various areas of Home Science, e.g. Child Development, Food & Nutrition, etc.
10. Department of Adult and Continuing Education and Extension
National Adult Education Programme had been in force in the University for a number of years, but it did not prove very effective. This has now been streamlined and expanded, and the Department of Adult and Continuing Education and Extension has been established to conduct the three-phased programme under the scheme sponsored by the University Grants Commission under Point No.16 of the New 20-Point Programme of the Hon'ble Prime Minister. The Department has set up 340 centres of Adult and Continuing Education within the territorial jurisdiction of the University. The scheme aims at planning, involvement of students and teachers effectively in the eradication of illiteracy; providing special attention towards programmes for women, scheduled castes/tribes, the handicapped and people from the rural, backward and slum areas; relating the programmes directly to the needs, interests, aspirations and life-situations of the learners and to the national goals of socio-economic development through a process of operational linkages with the development programmes; helping in the acquisition of basic literacy skills, effective post-literacy follow up and continuing education, so as to bring the learners in the ambit of life-long learning process.
The ultimate goal is to bring about a transformation of society through a change of attitude and through imparting training to working people.
11. Coaching Centres for Competitive Examinations
Agra was conspicuously lacking in providing effective coaching to the candidates for competitive examinations. This is why only a small percentage of candidates for competitive examinations from Agra Region got into Central and State Administrative and Allied Services. Considering this fact, the University has introduced the system of setting-up coaching classes for various categories of candidates. The centres already functioning and the competitive examinations covered by them are detailed below :
(1) Coaching Centre for weaker (i) I.A.S. and Allied Services sections amongst Minorities Competitive Examination (Under the scheme sponsored (ii) State Administrative Services by the Ministry of Education Competitive Exam. through U.G.C., New Delhi, (Executive/Judicial). under Point No.11 of the 15- (iii) Banking Service Competitive Point Programme of the Govt. Examinations. of India) (iv) C.P.M.T. (v) Entrance Test for admission to Engg. Colleges.
(2) Coaching Centre for (i) P.C.S. (Executive/Judicial) Scheduled Castes/Tribes Service Competitive Exam. (Under the scheme sponsored (ii) Banking Service Competitive by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Exam. Govt. of India, under Point No. Note: 7 of the New 20-Point pro- The Ministry's scheme does not gramme of Govt.of India) provide for coaching for I.A.S. Competitive Exam.
(3) Coaching Centre for Central All competitive examination Category of Candidates covered by the Coaching centre (Under the University's own for Minorities. scheme)
12. Special Cell for Scheduled Castes/Tribes
It is also praiseworthy that Dr. Mathur was able to obtain sanction and financial help from the U.G.C. and the Central Government for establishing a Special Cell for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes to help and guide them and to redress all their problems relating to their admissions, reservations, scholarships, financial assistance and training and employment. This cell is proving a boon to the candidates of these castes and tribes and is yielding the desired results.
The Affiliating Wing
The Affiliating wing of the University was given equal consideration by Dr. Mathur. There are 49 Colleges affiliated to the University and they are spread all over the Agra region, and the Homeopathic Medical Colleges affiliated to it are spread all over the State. These Colleges face numerous problems - some problems being common to all, some being individual problems. As such, an urgent need was felt for setting up a central coordinating body to organise and co-ordinate the activities of the affiliating Colleges.
The College Development Council
To meet this problem Dr. Mathur approached the U.G.C. to set up a College Development Council in the University. Consequently, the U.G.C. approved the setting up of such a Council under a whole-time Director. The objective of this Council was to facilitate and help the affiliated Colleges in the framing and approval of their various developmental plans and schemes. This Council functions as a link between the Colleges, the Residential Wing of the University, the U.G.C. and the State Government. This Council greatly helped the Colleges under the COHIPS, COSHIPS, Faculty Improvement Programme and several other schemes sponsored by the U.G.C. and the State and Central Government. This was a unique achievement of Dr. Mathur as the Vice-Chancellor.
Academic Environment and Regularisation of the Session
The most important contribution of Dr. Mathur as Vice-Chancellor, however, was the creation of peaceful academic environment in the University and affiliated Colleges, implementation of the academic calendar and regularisation of the academic session. The academic sessions prior to Dr. Mathur taking over as Vice-Chancellor were lamentably disturbed and delayed. The sessions started late in November or even December. Dr. Mathur resolved to regularize the sessions at any cost because without regular and undisturbed sessions, no proper academic environment could be created. Through slow and persistent efforts the desired goal was achieved with the result that the session 1983-84 started in August 1983, 1984-85 started in the third week of July 1984, and the session 1985-86 started on July 8, 1985. This was indeed a great achievement, though this could not be maintained after Dr. Mathur's first term in office ending in October 1985.
The Interim Period
The interim period of a little more than three years between Dr. Mathur's two terms in office as Vice-Chancellor was a period of lull and retrogression. Many of the steps, academic as well as administrative, taken by Dr. Mathur had either been withdrawn or crippled by his successors in the interim period. The University had gone back by decades.
Back on the Track
Dr. Mathur assumed office as Vice-Chancellor for the second term on the 28th April, 1988. The first task that he applied himself to was to bring the University back on the track and to restore normalcy. Having done preliminary work, he again undertook a number of projects to promote the academic and administrative tone and environment in the University.
Institute of Vocational Studies
Dr. Mathur gave top priority to stream-lining and further expanding the job-oriented P.G. Diploma courses. For this purpose he approached the U.G.C. and the State Government to set up a full-fledged Institute of Vocational Studies. Without waiting for their approval which normally takes time, Dr. Mathur set up the Institute with the approval of the Executive Council. Detailed Ordinances and syllabi in consultation with the experts in each field were framed and implemented. The following P.G. Diploma or Degree Courses were started under this Institute:
1. Hotel and Tourism Management
2. Archives and Museology
4. Clinical Chemistry
5. Computer Programming & Decision Sciences
6. Social Forestry and Environment
7. Business Management
9. Administrative and Official Hindi
12. Adult and Continuing Education (Certificate Course)
13. Adult and Continuing Education (Diploma Course)
14. Continuing Education and Extension
15. B.Lib Science and Manuscriptology
All these were self-financing courses. Admissions were given to these courses on the basis of written competitive Test and Interview. These courses proved highly popular and the candidates holding these diplomas were well received by various employment agencies.
In order to further expand and popularize these courses, the affiliated colleges were also permitted to open these courses on the condition that they fulfilled the prescribed terms and conditions. Several important colleges opened some of these courses.
Three-Year Degree Courses
The U.G.C. had recommended three-year Degree Courses for all Universities in the country several years earlier. Most of the Universities had adopted the three-year system, but Agra University had not been able to adopt it. The result was that several Universities and Service Commissions refused to accept our Degrees. Dr. Mathur took immediate steps to adopt three-year Degree Courses in all Faculties. The University also started awarding Honours Degrees. In order to tone up the academic standards, the system of admission through competitive examination and interview was adopted for all job-oriented courses, B.Ed., B.Lib. Science, LL.B. and all courses in the Faculties of Science and Commerce. For the same end in view, unit system in the syllabi and examination Papers was also adopted. All these measures went a long way in raising the academic standards of the University.
A University is primarily known by the quality of its research work. Dr. Mathur made admirable efforts to promote research both in quality and quantity. He revised and updated the Statutes and Ordinances relating to research, giving special attention to Comparative and Inter-Disciplinary research. In the Faculties of Science, Mathematics, Medicine, Psychology, Sociology etc. he encouraged and promoted research of practical value and utility.
Financial constraints stand in the way of development of every educational institution. Every University in Uttar Pradesh is facing financial crisis and deficit. The deficit of Agra University had accumulated to about Rs. 1.20 crores when Dr. Mathur assumed office. He made all out efforts to secure grants and financial aid from all sources - the State Government, the Central Government and the U.G.C. He also generated finances from several self-financing courses with the result that before he laid down the reins he completely made up the deficit of Rs. 1.20 corers and also left a surplus of Rs. 20 lakhs. This was a great achievement through such a grave financial crisis.
The University during Dr. Mathur's tenure did not keep itself confined within the ivory tower of mere academics. It performed many remarkable things in the socio-cultural fields at the national and international levels. It celebrated with great zeal and gusto the Nehru Centenary celebrations spread over a whole year. The celebrations included Youth Festivals, a series of lectures, debates and seminars, a Model Parliament, a very prestigious Nehru Exhibition and above all the publication of a Nehru Centenary Souvenir. The University also hosted an International Child-Care Meet, Indo-Soviet Friendship Meet presided over by Soviet Vice-President, and many more such functions.
These were the achievements of Dr. Mathur during his two terms in office as the Vice-Chancellor. No other Vice-Chancellor of Agra University has enjoyed so much of popularity and celebrity, so much of fame and honour, and so much of result-oriented and fruitful tenure in office.
A Multidimensional Personality
The life and character, achievements and acquisitions, thoughts and philosophies of a multidimensional personality like Dadaji cannot be summed up in a brief biographical sketch like the present one. Even volumes would fall short in containing and assessing him. The blending and balancing of head and heart, spirituality and intellect, spirit and matter, munificence and renunciation, splendour and asceticism is a rare of the rarest phenomena. Such a rare phenomenon is Dr. Agam Prasad Mathur. His life is a living testimony to Tennyson's immortal lines:
"Let knowledge grow from more to more,
But more of reverence in us dwell;
That mind and soul, according well,
May make one music as before."
This is only what I know of Dr. Mathur but much more of him is outside my knowledge. His followers and disciples, running into lakhs, hold him in highest veneration and reverence. To them he is their most revered 'Guru', their spiritual head, their moral succour and support, their harbour and rock of shelter to land upon. They look up to him and are spiritually fed by him. He is their pole star and their lighthouse.
I bow my head to such a sage in all reverence and veneration. These, my stray thoughts, are my offerings and adorations on his sixty-fifth birthday with earnest paryers to Radhasoami Dayal that we may celebrate many many more of his birthdays in the same spirit.
e) Sources of public opinion based on Hindi Periodicals
(proceedings in the 14th Annual Historical Conference).
f) Social Reformers of U.P.
(Quarterly Review of Historical Studies).
g) The metaphysical aspect of
Indian Culture (A.C.J.)
h) A Great Saint of Agra (A.C.J.)
i) The partition of Bengal and
public opinion (proceedings of 14th Annual Historical
j) Less Known Reformers of North India (proceedings of the Indian Historical Congress 1976).
k) Agra in the pages of History (Souvenir of the 14th Annual Historical Conference).
l) Agra University : A Review (A.U. Special Number, Souvenir).
m) Indian Reaction to British Agri-
cultural Policies (A.U.A.)
n) Annie Besant and Indian National Congress(A.C.A)
o) Indian Reaction to British
p) Annie Besant and Indian Politics (A.U.J.)
q) Impact of the British Raj on the Social Conditions of the people of Jhansi District (J.I.H.S.)
r) Lord Lytton's dealings with Sher Ali prior to the 19th Century (A.U.J.)
s) A General Survey of British
Foreign Policy in the 19th
t) Lord Wellesley and Nizam of Hyderabad (A.C.J.)
u) C.Y. Chintamani as a liberal Thinker (J.I.H.S)
v) International Attitude towards Indo-Pak Relations (J.A.R.H.)
w) The Tashkant Declaration.
x) Swami Ram Tirth as a Religious Reformer.
PUBLISHED WORK : a) Published Thesis 'Radhasoami Faith' A Historical Study, 1974 - Vikas, Delhi. The book reviews speak highly of the merit of the work.
b) Radha Soami Mat : Aek Atihasik Adhyayan, 1974 (Vikas, Delhi).
c) Prem Ragini (Mystical poems in two volumes), 1963.
d) Biography of Lalaji Maharaj, 1966 (in Hindi).
e) A Text book of European History.
f) Amrit Bachan Radha Soami, Part I and Part II.
g) A Text book of Medieval Indian History.
h) A book on 'U.P. and National Movement' in press.
i) 'SMARIKA' 175th Birth
Anniversary of P.P.P.D. Soamiji Maharaj, 1993.
CHIEF EDITOR OF : a) Souvenir to commemorate 400th JOURNALS & SOUVENIRS Anniversary Celebration of Akbar's National Integration Policy of Sulh-I-Kul.
b) Chief Editor of the History and Culture(A.C.)
c) Chief Editor of the Souvenir to commemorate 14th Annual Confere-
nce of Indian Historical studies
d) Chief Editor of the Souverir to commemorate silver Jublee Celebration of Agra University.
RECORDED TAPES : About Nine hundred recorded tapes including religious discourses and speeches on various problems like promotion of new education policy, upliftment of weaker sections of
society, public welfare, philosphy, history and culture.
PUBLIC ADDRESSES : Addressed a large number of Public Meetings, Conferences, Seminars,
Symposia and Press media, some of which are the following:
a) XXVI Conference of the Institute
of Historical Studies, Calcutta.
b) Centenary Conference of the
Indian National Congress.
c) Presidential Address to All
India Economic Conference held at Agra.
d) Presidential Address to Hindi Prachar Sabha organised by the Income Tax Department.
e) Lecture on the New Education Policy.
f) Several lectures in the Rotary Club, Lions Club,Junior Chamber,
Theosophical Society and many other such institutions on a large variety of topics - Educational, Social, Economic, Political, Cultural, Historical, Environmental, International relations, Legal reforms,Revenue reforms, National Integration, Science and Technology, Medical Sciences, Education Policy of U.S.S.R and U.S.A. and so on.
|MEMORABLE EVENTS RELATED TO PP DADAJI MAHARAJ|
|July 27, 1930
||Birth of PP Dadaji Maharaj at 04:30 hours
||Dadaji Maharaj as Sant Sat Guru
||Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society (London)
||Named in the World's "Who's Who in Indo-American Education"
||Fellow of the Indian Historical Society
||Named in India's "Who's Who - Year Book"
||Named in "Learned India Biographies"
||Named in "Learned Asia Who's Who"
||Named in "Who's Who in India"
||Named in "Reference Asia Volume II (Asia's Who's Who)"
|1982 - 1985 and 1988 - 1991
||Vice Chancellor of Agra University
||Named in "Biography International"
||Named in "Indo-American Who's Who"
||Adjudged "1997 Man of the Year" by American Biographical Institute, USA|
Named in "Five Hundred Leaders of Influence" (A supreme honour among the world's roster of Who's Who) by ABI, USA
Awarded "1997 Platinum Record for Exceptional Performance" by ABI, USA
||Named in "International Who's Who of Intellectuals" by IBC, Cambridge, England
||Named in "International Directory of Distinguished Leadership" by ABI, USA
||Fellow, Institute of Historical Studies, Calcutta. (An International Organization of Eminent Historians)
||Nominated as Deputy Governor in the Board of Governors for American Biographical Institute Research Association (ABIRA)
||Nominated for inclusion in Millennium Hall of Fame, Life Fellow of ABIRA, member of ABI's Research Board of Advisors, Decree of International Letters for Cultural Achievement, 5000 personalities of the World and Most Admired Man of the Decade by ABI, USA.
||Nominated for Fellowship of International Biographical Association, England and inclusion in The First Five Hundred Published by IBC, Cambridge.
||Secular India Harmony Award
||Special Felicitation by Institute of Historical Studies, India in its 35th Annual Conference
||"Michael Madhusudan Award" by M.M.Academy, Kolkata, India
|HOLY BOOKS BY PP DADAJI MAHARAJ|
||Publication of Periodical "Sugam Sandesh"
||Publication of "Premavali" (Collection of Hymns)
|Publication of "AmritBani" - Two Volumes|
||Volume I - (Prem Ragini)
||Volume II - (Prem Tarangini)
||Volume II - (Prem Tarangini) - Revised & Enlarged Edition
|Publication of "AmritBachan" - Two Volumes|
|July 27, 1990
||Publication of Biography of PPPD Lalaji Maharaj
||Publication of "Radhasoami Faith - A Historical Study"
|Sep 25, 1985
||Publication of "Jeevan Jhanki" of PPPD Kunwarji Maharaj
||Publication of "Smarika" in remembrance of PPPD Soamiji Maharaj on His 175th Birth Anniversary
||Publication of "Hazuri Daya Ki Jhalkiyan"