A Profile of Shri Mohan Lal Jain
Founder of ANUVIBHA
Shri Mohan Lal Jain, known affectional as Mohan Bhai was born on 28th Sept. 1919 at Sardarshahar – small town in the district Churu of Rajasthan. He is a stanch Gandhian and man of principles. He exudes confidence and determination even at the age of 90 years. He never went to school, yet his contribution in the field of education and his relentless crusade against social injustice, poverty and exploitation reveal deep insights. He founded many institutions dedicated to children’s education and handed them over to those who could run them. This shows his dispassionate attitude towards life. His life is a rare example of selfless dedication.
Though, born in a rich Jain family, Mohan Bhai chose the difficult path of social service. He also faced strong reactions from the society and family members too when he started working among Harijans.
At the age of 16 years he joined the Independence Movement in Sardarshahar. He was the first person in that region who dared to start activities related to the freedom struggle. He actively participated in the freedom struggle till India won her freedom in 1947.
After independence, he diverted his attention to the cause of the down-trodden i.e. Harijans. He was always worried about the carelessness of the parents and the society towards all-round development and proper educational of the children. The conditions of the children of Harijan families were worst. He founded the first educational institution Bapa Seva Sadan for Harijan children. Then he never looked back and started many institutions in last 50 years. Bapa Seva Sadan (a institute for Harijans based on Gandhiji’s Basic Educations and other related activities), Bal Mandir ( a Montessori system based school), Balika Vidyalay (a model school for girls), Gyan Mandir (an institute to propagate good literature), Bal Badi (a Giju Bhai systam based school), Vardasar Adarsh Gram (a model village for Harijans), Bhartiya Sanskar Nirman Samiti (a nation wide movement of character-building among children), ANUVRAT Vishva Barati (a unique institute of its kind for all-round development of children), Bhagirathi Seva Pranyas (a Trust to serve down trodden children)) etc. These are the major institutes founded by Mohan Bhai.
Mohan Bhai is greatly impressed by the lives of Mahatma Gandhi and Acharya Tulsi. He actively associated himself with the ANUVRAT Movement of Acharya Tulis which aims at the self transformation of an individual. He was honoured with got prestigious ANUVRAT Award for his selfless and dedicated services in this field.
At the age of 65 years, when a common man wished to retire from all the responsibility Mohan Bhai took a new challenge to establish a new institution on a bare hill top in Rajsamand, 500km. away from his native place. The natural beauty and tranquility of the place inspired him to set a children’s paradise there which was his dream for many years. Presently, the institution thus founded by him- ANUVRAT Vishva Bharati (ANUVIBHA) which is a transnational center for peace and nonviolent action and is associated with UN-DPI.
The ‘Global Peace Palace’ envisaged and designed by Mohan Bhai is the headquarters of ANUVIBHA. This is a beautiful building situated in a hill top near the bank of the famous Rajsamand Lake.The whole campus is devoted to activities related to all-round development of children through it unique programme ‘Balodaya’ Under this programme periodical camps values among school children – moral, aesthetic, cultural and social & spiritual and to build character, not through preaching, but through providing a learing environment which motivates children to develop character and values on the solid foundation of Indian culture. For example, children learn of ‘courage’ not through being told , but by visiting ‘Great Children Gallery’ where they observe portraits, incidents and events recreated for the purpose of illustrating ‘Courage’. There are around 50 such galleries and rooms in the peace Palace. In these galleries, with children of his own age group, the child is under no pressure through preaching. He may select his own model & take his own time in selecting the model. He is encouraged in doing this through peer emulation. Selection of role model is further strengthened when the child visits gallery of scientists or of literateurs. All this the child is learning as also selecting role models.In an atmosphere free of fear and burden, children who participate in the Balodaya camps, enjoy their stay here and through different activities learn the true direction of their future life. Following are few of the galleries at the peace palace that encourage learning at a pace of one’s choice in a calm and peaceful atmosphere. These are a treasure trove of culture and values: 1. Great Persons Galleries, 2. Knit India Galleries, 3. Jeeven Vigyan Gallery, 4. Doll’s Museum, 5. Children’s Library, 6. Great Children’s Galleries, 7. World Cultural Gallery, 8. Science Room, 9. Computer Room, 10.Music Room, 11. Drawing Rooms,12. Audio Visual Rooms, 13.Museum, 14.india:My Country Gallery, 15.Colourful Tower,16.workshop. 17.Telescope Terrace, 18. Wonder of the world Room, Concentration Caves, 19.Swimming Pool, 20, Streams, and 21. Play Grounds etc.
In the year 1999, on the occasion of the independence Day, Mohan Bhai with the help of his family membership and friends, launched a Hindi monthly magazine Bachchon ka Desh with a noble aim to develop nationality and good character among children of the country. The magazine has received overwhelming response from all walks of life nationwide. Mohan Bhai’s life is an rare example of how an individual can devote his whole life to the cause of humanity. He has no formal education or any kind of specializations to his credit. Still is a role model for the young generation. After completing eight decades of life he is still full of enthusiasm and zeal with a good health, thanks to his strong belief in naturopathy and self treatment. He is traveling through out India to collect financial assistance as well as morel support from public of all walks of life. Institutions founded by him in different parts of Rajasthan are greatly helping to the needs of character building of the new generation and they have large establishments. But Mohan Bhai never interfere in the management of these institutions as he belive that he has complerted his duty by establishing and making them self reliant and now it is up to the complerted his duty by establishing and making them self reliant and now it is up to the society to look after the progress of these institutes. Mohan Bhai is a man of principles and he never keep a formal post of any institute for more than 10 years.