India has pioneered the human quest for data since aeons. Its soil has given delivery to such nice intellectuals as “Maharshi Vyasa” who reorganized the Vedas and composed the timeless epic of “Mahabharata” and the eighteen Puranas, a treasure of our cultural heritage, “Maharshi Patanjali” who gave the world a singular system of “Yoga” by composing “Patanjala Yogasutra”, “Maharshi Panini” who reorganized the Sanskrit grammar by composing “Ashtadhyayi” and final however not the least “Maya” who gave the world the sciences of “Structure” and “Astronomy” by composing “Mayamata” and “Suryasiddhanta” respectively, which had been most likely the primary ever expositions of those topics. Unimaginable as it might be, within the first quarter of the final century, was born a legend on this league solely.
“Pt. Raja Ram Shastri” was a flexible genius with numerous nice achievements to his credit score together with probably the most excellent analysis work on Sanskrit grammar which outdid “Maharshi Panini.” He was a curator of folks artwork, author, linguist, astrologer, anthropologist and a supreme researcher of Indian traditions all mixed into one.
Born on 27th Dec., 1918 in Tohana Distt., Haryana in an orthodox Brahmin household, he grew to be a analysis scholar of no imply stature. His dad and mom died in his infancy and was introduced up by his grandparents. He confirmed indicators of a unprecedented mind early on in life. With out ever devoting a lot time to research, he stood fourth within the state of Punjab in his matriculation exams. Then he went forward to finish his Shastri in half of the required time.
After finishing his training, he grew to become inclined in direction of the sphere of literature and in the midst of time made an excellent contribution along with his works. Throughout his tenure as a dramatist in “All India Radio” from 1947 to 1957, he composed greater than 300 one-act performs which had been broadcast on AIR. “Dr. Hazari Prasad Dwivedi” has additionally acknowledged the contribution of Shri Shastriji in composing his Granthavali within the first quantity. However a correct acknowledgement has not been made. Whereas “Dr. Dwivedi” was writing his Granthavali he thought-about utilizing some genuine materials wherein Shri Shastriji helped him by finishing the termite-eaten parts of some unique handwritten manuscripts on the classical ideas of literature. This work alone speaks volumes of his scholarship.
Amongst his quite a few literary works, seven collections of one-act performs in Hindi had been additionally revealed together with “Sat Ladi Ka Har”, “Uljhan”, Damrunath” and “Devhuti.” He authored many novels like “Jhumman”, “Uljhe Tar” and so on. in Hindi along with the primary ever novel in Haryanvi language, “Jhadu Phiri” which was later included within the postgraduate syllabus of Kurukshetra College within the yr 2002.
Different of his writings embrace a minimum of ten books on astrology and numerous analysis works together with “Agroha” which offers with the historical past of Agrawal group of India.
Haryana and Haryanvi language had been of particular curiosity to him. His contribution within the political, cultural, social and linguistic arenas of Haryana is unparalleled. The reason for Haryana remained carefully related to him all through his life. Beneath this affiliation, he went on to determine “Haryana Lok Manch” within the yr 1963 which has been a pioneering establishment in its work on preserving, growing and researching the totally different features of Haryanvi tradition and people artwork. The motto of “Haryana Lok Manch” is “Deshosti Hariyanakhyah Prithivyam Swargasannibhah” that means “Equal to heaven there’s a place on earth often known as Haryana.”
Shastriji collected treasures of folks artwork on tape whereas wandering all through the agricultural Haryana. He later composed “Panipat Ki Teesri Ladaai” and revealed it in 1972 which offers with the historical past of the Third Battle of Panipat. The work was initially composed by “Nigahi” in 1761 A.D. as an eyewitness account of the battle as he himself mentions on this people epic of Haryanvi language. This has been proclaimed as a singular work on this planet of literature. It’s a “Haryanvi Giti Kavya” (Haryanvi Epic Poem) and the entire work is an instance of “Aprastut Prashansa Alankar” which units it aside from all different works. For his excellent providers within the area of Haryana’s artwork, tradition and language he was awarded the primary “Lakhmichand Puraskar” within the yr 1972.
Regardless of having many alternatives to go overseas and work there he refused and selected to stay in India and work for the reason for Indian tradition and particularly that of Haryana. Cash was no attraction to him and was relatively a detraction. He was a grasp in criticism and radicalist by nature. Maybe that’s the reason he didn’t comply with the overwhelmed monitor of issues in whichever area he entered. Along with his extraordinary analysis and assortment of uncommon works in Haryanvi language, he went on to show that Haryanvi isn’t an “Upbhasha”(semi-language) of Hindi or a “boli”(accent) as is normally understood, however a well-developed language in itself with its historical past of written literature going again to the eighth century A.D.
Authentic handwritten manuscripts on each palm leaves and paper shaped part of his lifetime assortment, which was rarest of the uncommon. These embrace works on astrology, historical past, faith, yoga, Ayurveda and a number of different topics. He not solely studied and researched on them but additionally made needed corrections wherever required. One of many priceless gems in his assortment is a piece by sindhi poet “Kazi Kadan” which accommodates 216 padas(stanzas) composed by him. Thus far, solely seven padas (stanzas) of Kazi Kadan had been accessible which had been termed as “seven pearls of Sindhi literature.”
Linguistics was the sphere to which he added a very new dimension by outdoing the legendary “Ashtadhyayi” of “Maharshi Panini.” This grew to become the work of his crowning success within the area of analysis. He developed 54 phonetical differentiations of “a”, the primary letter of Hindi alphabet, as towards the 18 initially enunciated by “Maharshi Panini.” Now, “a” might be spoken and written with the assistance of particular indicators developed by him in 54 other ways. Sadly, the particular pronunciation that he had developed was misplaced after his dying. This was partly as a consequence of indifference of intelligentsia and lack of enough publicity in his lifetime. The “magnum opus” of Shri Raja Ram Shastri nonetheless lies unpublished in two volumes underneath the title of “Hindi Varnmala Ka Pratham Akshar “a” Evam Anya Varna”. This work of his was given the stamp of approval by eminent students after extended debates and discussions on the “Lal Bahadur Shastri Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeeth” (Deemed College) in Delhi. This work was additionally referred to the “Nobel Prize Committee” within the yr 1992.
In his later years, he was engaged on a nonetheless superior idea of his personal that these 54 sorts of “a” can additional be expanded into 378 if every of the 54 totally different “a” will be mixed with the “Saptasuras”(the seven musical notes). His linguistic genius opened up such an uncommon area of analysis that few may have dreamt of.
On the sixth of Nov., 2002, the Solar of Sanskrit Grammar set with the dying of Shri Shastriji on the ripe age of 84. He left behind a legacy of mental achievement, erudition and the standard which is born as soon as in ages. His life will stay a supply of inspiration for ages to come back.