Dr. Kanhaiyalal Maneklal Munshi

Our Founder

Dr. Kanhaiyalal Maneklal Munshi, the founder of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan was philosopher in action, a man of great ideas and great courage and a multi-faceted genius. The versatility of Munshiji is seen in his role as lawyer, creative writer, constitution-maker, freedom fighter, administrator, organization-builder and champion of Indian culture. Dr. Munshi looked upon himself as a "sea shell thrown up by the mighty flood of Indian renaissance."

He founded the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in 1938. He said, "We, the Bhavan's family, whether it is the smaller one or the larger one, must make every effort in restoring an awareness of these values-Satyam, Shivam and Sundaram-Truth, Love and Beauty-in personal and collective life." The Bhavan, in the words of Dr. Radhakrishnan, is the greatest monument of Munshi's life.

Till his death in 1971 he devoted all his energies to the building up of the Bhavan as the premier cultural organization of the country.

 

Bhavan's Faith

Let me once again set forth the Bhavan's faith for the benefit of new students and members, for it is necessary that they should understand it clearly and imbibe its spirit.

The Bhavan stands for the reintegration of Indian culture. In a world falling to pieces under the impact of an amoral technological avalanche, it tries to hold fast to the fundamental values for which our culture stands - RITA, SATYA, YAGNA and TAPAS:

  • FAITH in God who informs the Cosmic Order;
  • TRUTH which is accord between mind and word and deed;
  • DEDICATION which offers all moments of life as an offering to God;
  • SUBLIMATION which purifies the body and mind and transmutes instincts, passions and emotions into things of beauty.

We can look forward to the future with confidence only because they have the vitality which gives the power to vindicate their validity even in this fear and avarice ridden age of ours.

We, the Bhavan's family, whether it is the smaller one or the larger one, must take every effort in restoring an awareness of these values in personal and collective life.