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Hari Dutt Pant: A Great Freedom Fighter from Kumaon (Uttarakhand)

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एम.एस. मेहता /M S Mehta 9910532720:

A Great Supporter of Indian System of Education & Health : He had a firm belief  in India’s customs, practices; and culture. He studied in Sanskrit in the period when education was aimed to develop people morally, spiritually, physically in gurukuls. He was a brilliant student and was a favorite pupil of gurus. He had learnt all the formulas “Navya Vyakaran” and remembered them through out of his life. He could define any word according to grammar from the tip of his tongue.

He told us about the great poet Kalidas’; one of his verse in Abhigyan Shakuntalam which he had described about deer in distress and fear when Dushyanta aimed at him; “greeva bhanga viramah…………………..” When William Shakespeare read
its meaning, he said, “if I was given to describe about a deer in fear, I couldn’t do so beautifully as did Kalidas”. He regularly read Geeta and always found himself to be as a learner. In 2006, while Siddhi was at Hardwar he told him to bring for him the Tilak Bhashya on Geeta (which Tilak wrote during his Burma imprisonment).

Mr. Pant was truly spiritual and self- seeker of truth.

After the independence, he applied for a Panchayat Raj job in the UP. He was
interviewed by the board headed by Dr. S. Radhkrishanan (himself a great scholar of Sanskrit), who asked him, “You have read Sanskrit; what do you think that Sanskrit can do to develop a new India this scientific era?” “Please don’t call it scientific era alone. It’s atomic era and rather a space era. I read in the news paper that Russia has plans to launch Sputnik in the space. Our Amar Kosh in Sanskrit has all these scientific developments defined. Sanskrit is not just a language; it is the only perfect science related to development of human mind and character”; was the reply. After a few more questions and straight forward answers in reflex, Mr. Pant also enlightened the Board about rich knowledge in Indian Vedic texts, on the request from the Chairman and was selected as an officer of UP Panchayati Raj. He had also kept himself updated and learnt English (from Upendra Narayan Bajpai and others) in Agra Central Jail from

inmates and taught them Sanskrit in return.

He trusted ayurveda. He rarely took a course of modern medicines; he himself knew the rules for keep his body fit. I checked his general health few months back; his BP majored 110 – 80, his lungs were functioning very well, his eyes had no cataract. He could read smallest letters of Geeta without spectacles, his ears heard like of a young lad, and all other organs working perfect. He regularly used Abhayarisht to avoid constipation and Triphala for good systems. He liked massaging with Mayanarayan
Oil and took all preventions and precautions suggested in ayurveda for good health.Whenever somebody fell sick in the family, he would take him/her to government ayurveda dispensary. He himself knew the basic principles of ayurveda and treatment criteria. He often discussed about ayurveda with the doctors working in the PHC. He showed complete balance of mental, physical and spiritual health till his last breath.

एम.एस. मेहता /M S Mehta 9910532720:
His Routine :

He had a well set time table to work for himself and for others, it continued till his age. In all seasons he got up at 4 AM. After refreshing he never opened TV or read news paper but went in fresh air did exercise and meditated inside the worship place he had made at home. Than he always read ‘Geeta’. He had learnt lakhs of ‘mantras’ and ‘shlokas’ few out of them he would recite daily in the morning and evening before meal and after meal. He remembered “Amar Kosh”, the first thesaurus of the World; by heart; and so did most Sanskrit scriptures and literary works. He would quote “Bhartrihari Niti Shlokas” (the wisdom words in small verses in Sanskrit) so often that most of the family members and acquaintances would also remember them.

He knew that the food is ‘Brahma’ and ‘rasa’ the Vishnu. In the day time he worked hard
in the garden, fields for children, and society. He always walked 4 Km. in evening time
(till he had a footloose around the age of 86 years) and took his dinner fixed quantity and
fixed time. He prayed god for more than one hour daily in the morning and evening. He
usually slept at 9 PM and peacefully for eight hours.

एम.एस. मेहता /M S Mehta 9910532720:
The Last Day

Even on his last day of life he washed his clothes, did all his routine himself. He made sure that everyone had his dinner early; and left for his heavenly abode in peace and in a very calm and quite manner. The sip of holy Ganges water, so dear to him, of course he did take just before the last breath!

He still lives in the form of the millions of trees that he planted the words he spoke to us and in our eternal memory, in all his deeds that still enlighten us all; and in out hearts and souls. May God rest his soul in peace!

एम.एस. मेहता /M S Mehta 9910532720:

Pant ji with Family.

Mr Udya Pant, Sr IAS Officer is son of H D Pant Ji.

एम.एस. मेहता /M S Mehta 9910532720:

Playing HOli.


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